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The Warlock (known as the Sorceror [sic] in the game's code) is a creature type in Dungeon Keeper, Dungeon Keeper 2, Dungeon Keeper Online, and Dungeon Keeper Mobile. As the name implies, they are spellcasters, and their forte is research. Their craftsmanship, however, is non-existent.

Dungeon Keeper[]

"Powerful magical creatures who are excellent at research. Training makes them more powerful and expands their range of spells. If there are Warlocks in a group and their total experience is more than fifteen, they lead a rebellion against the rest of the group. The only way to combat this is to put them in a Prison or put one in the Torture Chamber. For this reason, Warlocks work well either with other Warlocks or alone."
— Dungeon Keeper Manual
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The Warlock's portrait

Warlocks are evil humanoid spellcasters and Library experts. As the Library is a basic room, Warlocks can be drawn into the dungeon almost right away.

Dungeon Keeper Warlock movement animation

Ingame animation of a Warlock

Warlocks train in fire element and support spells. Both their offensive and defensive capabilities are decisively inferior to the hero spellcasting classes, especially the Wizard, Fairy, and Priestess, but even a Monk will best a Warlock in combat. Their low health also makes them vulnerable to an enemy Keeper's Lightning; considering all this, Warlocks are seldom worth training for battle beyond the earliest Campaign maps.

Research is a Warlock's default job. After all projects are completed, they will lurk around in their Lair unless they get new orders. They are strong at scavenging and adequate at training, but refuse to manufacture.

Starting at level 2, Warlocks occasionally fling Fireballs at "unworthy researchers" in the Library, which in their opinion is anything for whom research is not a primary or secondary job. It is therefore recommended to build the Library with only one entrance to prevent through traffic, and to reinforce the walls in the very beginning so that Imps do not court death in there by returning to finish the task later.

Warlocks and Vampires are mortal enemies and will initiate combat if forced to share Lairs. They can still work together professionally in the Library.


Combat Statistics
Query Speed icon Dungeon Keeper Speed: 32
Heal Icon Small Base Health: 350
Strength Base Strength: 20
Defence Defence: 15
Skill Base Skill: 30
Dexterity Base Dexterity: 100
Luck Luck: 6
Tasks & Management
Warlock-icon Primary Job Research
Library Icon Small Base Research Skill 4
Workshop Icon Small Base Manufacturing Skill none
Training Room Icon Small Training Skill 2
Wage Training Cost /64t 30
ScavengerRoom Icon Small Base Scavenging Skill 5
Wage Scavenging Cost /64t 25
Temple Icon Small Praying Anger -70
Lair Icon Small Sleeping Anger -4
Heal Icon Small Sleep Recovery 6
Hatchery Icon Small Hunger 3Chicken icon tiny / 8000t
Wage Base Wage 120


  • Warlocks gain experience from sleeping next to a gold seam; however, the quantity gained is so measly (just 1 XP per turn! At that rate, it takes over 3 and a half hours for a Warlock to get to level 2, and that's if the game's running at its maxium framerate of 20fps and he sleeps without interruption (which he doesn't)) that it's hardly noticeable or worth it. This is fixed in KeeperFX. The lengths of time to reach each level (from the previous level) from sleep alone (at 20fps) are shown in the table below:
Level Time required
2 3 hours 33 minutes 20 seconds
3 12 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds
4 17 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds
5 23 hours 6 minutes 40 seconds
6 1 day 6 hours 13 minutes 20 seconds
7 1 day 13 hours 20 minutes
8 1 day 22 hours 13 minutes 20 seconds
9 2 days 8 hours 53 minutes 20 seconds
10 2 days 23 hours 6 minutes 40 seconds
Total 12 days 10 hours 40 minutes
There are three possible explanations as to why it is so slow:
  • The Sleep Experience stat was mistaken for a "training skill" value; that is, they thought it meant they'd gain XP equivalent to training with that level of training skill.
  • They decided on Sleep Experience values in reference to the creature's levelling up values without realising that those values are multiplied by 256 in-game (e.g. creatures require 256,000 XP to level up to level 2, not 1000).
  • It was not meant to be a serious game mechanic, but an Easter Egg noticeable only to those who are extremely patient and observant. However, as this mechanic is mentioned in the manual (even if only for the Dragon), the likelihood of this possibility is a matter of debate.
    • Dungeon Keeper early Sorcerer recruitment

      Early 1996 shot of hiring a Warlock (then known as the Sorcerer) from the Order Corporeal Creatures panel

      The Warlock was originally known as the Sorcerer (sometimes misspelt 'Sorceror'),[2][3] and still is in the game's data and code.
    • As to the rebellious behavior described in the official docs, Warlocks are assigned the unique ANGER_JOB_PERSUADE. It is nevertheless unclear how and whether this mechanic works, because anger steadily decreases when creatures are idling in their Lair.
    • Warlocks will only train if dropped in a Training Room. They are set to gain annoyance if left untrained, but this, too, is mysteriously hard to observe. Samurai have the double the annoyance value, and they get very obviously angry when untrained.
    • Prior to KeeperFX 1.0, Warlocks were the only spellcaster to have neither Rebound nor Armour (from KeeperFX 1.0, the Time Mage and Druid also have neither). Even with KeeperFX, Warlocks are the only spellcaster with neither Lightning nor Drain. This makes them extremely weak in combat relative to the heroes, and they don't stand a snowball's chance in hell against Priestesses and Fairies, who have both Lightning and Rebound, in one-to-one combat. If both are at level 10, a Warlock would be lucky to even score a hit against a Fairy before he falls. A level 10 Wizard would pulverise a level 10 Warlock, and even a Monk would best a Warlock.

    Dungeon Keeper 2[]

    "Warlocks are highly intelligent sorcerers, who have been shunned by the Overworld and now seek refuge in the depths of the Underworld. Warlocks are tireless in their quest for knowledge and likely to ally with any Keeper who allows them access to his extensive Libraries.

    They shy away from physical contact (which may explain their hatred of Wizards), and prefer to loiter at the back of any fights, hurling fireballs at their lowly opponents. Proud as they are of their intellectual prowess, Warlocks always attempt to set up Lair near Libraries and consider themselves above menial tasks such as manufacturing"

    — Dungeon Keeper 2 Manual

    The Mentor's thoughts[]

    "Hark now, a Warlock has arrived to study spells within your library. His research will serve your magic well. Restrict him not to his books for within combat he may prove formidable with fireballs."
    The Mentor, Campaign Mode (DK2)
    "A Warlock - use him in combat to support your other creatures. He is also your primary spell researcher and will spend long hours in the Library discovering new incantations for you."
    The Mentor, Pet Dungeon Mode (DK2)


    • Unlike Dungeon Keeper, Warlocks will sometimes randomly train without prompting, even when there are spells left to research.
    • The Warlock is one of the four evil researchers (Warlock, Vampire, Dark Angel, Maiden).
    • They can heal other creatures; this is especially useful when training creatures in the Combat Pit as Warlocks have no mana cost. To do this, cast Possession on a Warlock outside the Combat Pit, and manually heal the fighting creatures as they take damage.
    • Their fireball spell has a very long windup time. This means in battle they are much more suited in support roles, but this also makes them very easy to train in the Combat Pit.
    • Warlocks have less health than hero Wizards, and less powerful spells at a higher level; but can heal.
    • Their wages are equal to those of a Mistress or a Bile Demon.


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    Warlock progression Dungeon Keeper Mobile



    • Effective defence against mêlée minions when there was a wall to act as cover. The Warlocks' fire-based damage was especially effective against Trolls.
    • Good at sniping resource rooms or the Dungeon Heart after Trolls had cleared a nearby defensive room.
    • Weak against Bile Demons' poison-based attack.
    • Weak against Poison Traps' attack.
    • Would often be killed by floor traps, such as Spike Traps and Fireburst Traps.
    • Cannon Traps would often kill them from a long distance.
    • Could be effective for killing Tiny.
    • If they attacked a minion, and the minion departed, the Warlock will leave the Dark Library to chase them.


    Seeks Closest Room
    Ability Shoots a Fireball that travels over walls at a distance
    Weakness 2x damage from Poison sources
    Creature Targets Flying and Ground
    Attack Speed 1.5s
    Attack Range 4 Tiles (Can shoot over 2 tiles, non-diagonal)
    Move Speed 175
    Housing Space 3
    Summoning Time 1 minute 30 seconds
    Defensive Location Dark Library

    Training Upgrades[]

    Level Damage Health Training Time Training Cost (Gold) Dark Library Required Summoning Cost (Gold)
    1 44 75 - - Level 1 70
    2 54 90 2h 6,500 Level 2 150
    3 64 105 4h 20k Level 3 210
    4 74 120 8h 55k Level 4 300
    5 84 140 16h 80k Level 5 400
    6 92 155 ? 200k Level 6 500
    7 102 170 ? 450k Level 7 620
    8 112 185 ? 1.1M Level 8 750
    9 122 200 ? 1.9M Level 9 900
    10 132 220 3d 4.5M Level 10 1,100
    11 145 240 4d 13M Level 11 2,500
    12 155 255 5d 16M Level 12 4,500
    13 165 275 6d 18M Level 13 6,000
    14 175 290 7d 21M Level 14 6,000
    15 185 310 8d 24M Level 15 7,500
    16 195 325 9d 30M Level 16 9,000
    17 205 345 10d 34M Level 17 10,000
    18 215 360 11d 38M Level 18 11,500
    19 225 380 12d 45M Level 19 13,000
    20 235 400 13d 52M Level 20 14,000
    21 250 435 13d 52.1M Level 21 15,000
    22 265 475 13d 52.2M Level 22 17,000
    23 280 510 13d 55M Level 23 19,000
    24 295 540 14d 58M Level 24 22,000
    25 310 580 14d 62M Level 25 25,000
    26 325 610 14d 64M Level 26 27,500
    27 340 645 ? 68M Level 27 30,000
    28 355 680 ? 72M Level 28 32,500
    29 370 715 ? ? Level 29 ?
    30 385 750 ? 80M Level 30 37,500
    31 400 780 16d 82M Level 31 42,500
    32 415 815 ? 84M Level 32 45,000
    33 430 850 ? 86M Level 33 52,500
    34 445 885 ? 88M Level 34 57,500
    35 460 920 30d 90M Level 35 ?

    Note: Training Times adjusted for May, 2018 update.


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    2. Steve Klett (February 1996). "Guided Tour: Dungeon Keeper". PC Entertainment (IDG Communications) 3 (2): 41-43. 
    3. The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc.