Appears in Dungeon Keeper
Faction Creatures
Attracted By Lair - 9 tiles
Sacrifice Recipe 1 Dragon, 1 Dark Mistress FX
Base Wage 18
Base Health 250
Spells Level 1- Hand to Hand
Level 7- Freeze

The Beetle (also known as the Bug in the game's code) is a creature type in Dungeon Keeper.


"A Beetle has scuttled into your realm. It's tough enough to absorb a lot of damage."

-- In game introduction

A very basic creature that gets stamped on in a fight. Beetles are very weak and are regarded as fireball fodder by the stronger heroes.

-- Dungeon Keeper Manual

General Information Edit

Beetles are basic units that are obtainable from the very first level. They are somewhat tougher than Flies, but are still very fragile. They are vastly inferior in later levels, but in the early levels, they can be very useful. If nothing else, beetles can fill in for better minions in the Workshop or Library.

With no jobs that it likes to do or is particularly good at, nothing it hates, and barely learning any spells, the Beetle is a very plain creature. Although they are very cheap to maintain and easy to keep appeased, their poor quality in almost every regard makes them not worth keeping under most circumstances. Their Freeze spell is somewhat useful, but can only be obtained by Level 7. On later levels they become effectively useless, so it's best to either expel Beetles from your Dungeon, or use them in sacrifice recipes.

As one of the three insect creatures, Beetles are a key component for sacrifices, so you may want to keep them until you can create a Temple.

Combat Statistics Edit

Base Health: 250
Base Strength: 25
Defence: 25
Base Skill: 40
Base Dexterity: 55
Luck: 3

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

Tasks and Management Edit

Research Skill 1
Manufacturing Skill 1
Training Skill 1
Training Cost 8
Scavenging Skill 1
Scavenging Cost 8
Praying Anger -50
Sleeping Recovery 5
Sleeping Anger -3
Hunger 1 ∕ 5000

A Beetle has no default task, making it a lazy creature that will, without guidance, just idle in its lair except to take meals and Paydays.

For this reason Beetles can serve as a sort of placeholder. They can fill in on tasks where needed while costing practically nothing to retain and requiring no attention at all. Whereas more advanced creatures might actively try to use the Training Room, demand higher Wages, or generally be more of a pain to manage in some way.

Sacrifice Recipes:Edit

Beneficial Sacrifices
Creature Creature Creature Result
2 Beetles -- -- Complete Manufacturing
1 Beetle 1 Spider -- Dark Mistress
1 Dark Mistress 1 Beetle -- Casts Rebound on your creatures FX
1 Bile Demon 1 Beetle -- Casts Protect Monster on your creatures FX
1 Beetle 1 Orc -- Tentacle FX
1 Troll 1 Beetle -- Demon Spawn FX
1 Demon Spawn 1 Beetle -- Hellhound FX

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