The Tunneler-icon Tunneller is a Hero unit in Dungeon Keeper.

For information about the Dwarf hero units of Dungeon Keeper 2, see Dwarf.
Note also that 'Tunneller' is the in-game and old British spelling of this word.

General InformationEdit

Tunnellers are weak fighters, but are the only creatures besides Imp-icon Imps able to dig, so their purpose is in fact to breach an unwary Keeper's dungeon. They are always designated as party leaders by the game when added to a party. This causes the heroes to follow them around as they blaze a trail through the unclaimed dirt. And once they dig a direct path leading to your dungeon, other Heroes will follow that path.

To prevent incursion by Tunnellers, order the Imps to go about Fortifying your dungeon by dropping them along claimed-but-not-fortified dirt wall sections.

Tunnellers are normally stronger in combat than Beetle-icon Beetles and quite inferior to Demon-spawn-icon Demon Spawn. But in the very earliest levels of the game, their strength is reduced to the point that even Flies are a match for them.

Converted Tunnellers join in the tasks assigned for the Imp-icon Imps, helping out with jobs such as digging, reinforcing, carrying unconscious enemies etc., albeit slower than an Imp would, and with extremely low motivation. Tunnellers cannot perform digging while Possessed. They need Lair space, food, pay, and will spend long periods just idling around, making them way more of a hassle than imps. If captured, it makes more sense to let them rot away in the Prison Icon Small Prison or Graveyard Icon Small Graveyard.

Tunnellers do not appear in Dungeon Keeper 2 and are replaced by the Dwarf.

Combat Statistics Edit

Base Health: 350
Base Strength: 40
Defence: 30
Base Skill: 40
Base Dexterity: 40
Luck: 0

See Query for more information on Health, Strength, Defence, Skill, Dexterity and Luck.

Tasks and Management Edit

Research Skill 0
Manufacturing Skill 1
Training Skill 1
Training Cost 10
Scavenging Skill 1
Scavenging Cost 10
Praying Anger -50 ∕ t
Sleeping Anger -3 ∕ t
Heal Icon Small in Lair +4 ∕ t
Hunger 2Chicken icon tiny ∕ 5000t

Notes Edit

  • Visually distinguished from the combat-oriented Mountain-dwarf-icon Mountain Dwarf by his blond hair and dual-wielding axes. The Mountain Dwarf is red-haired and carries one weapon.
  • Confusingly, in the Japanese version, this dwarf is called the Mountain Dwarf, and what in English is the Mountain Dwarf is simply a Dwarf.[1]



  1. ダンジョンキーパープレミアム勇者撃退ガイド (in Japanese). pp. 42,43. Tokyo: NTT Publishing. 1998. ISBN 978-4-87188-897-4.
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