Anton Sokolov's Safehouse
The Hound Pits
|Conclusion||The Loyalists (if killed)|
The Light at the End (if saved)
|Role||Head of the Academy of Natural Philosophy|
- "I had a flask in my studio. Had I known I'd be leaving I would have grabbed it."
- ―Anton Sokolov
Anton Sokolov is the head of the Academy of Natural Philosophy and the Royal Physician. In addition to being a highly sought-after painter, he is a prolific inventor, and is responsible for much of the technology encountered in Dishonored. He also created Sokolov's Elixir, which restores health and staves off the dangerous effects of the rat plague.
Sokolov has little consideration for ethics, and intentionally infects healthy citizens to research the plague; one of these can be found imprisoned in his laboratory, along with an audiograph containing his observations in regard to her.
In his spare time, Anton is a painter, sculptor, and drunkard. His works are famous, and nobles pay exorbitant amounts of coin to have portraits made for them, despite Sokolov's contempt for the aristocracy. He is somewhat obsessed with the Outsider, so much so that he attempts rituals and sacrifices in order to summon him, to no avail; the Outsider does not find him "interesting enough" to be worth meeting.
Before the events of Dishonored, Anton worked with Esmond Roseburrow to create Dunwall's industrial revolution, and possessed an intense rivalry with Piero Joplin, going so far as to get Piero removed from the Academy. Currently, Sokolov lives above Kaldwin's Bridge in a safehouse located at the very top of a large building.
Piero and Sokolov ultimately reconcile their differences, possibly as a result of the shared danger from Havelock's men. In the low chaos ending of Dishonored, the two combine their efforts and develop a cure for the rat plague.
- Sokolov is voiced by Roger L. Jackson.
- A book found in The Knife of Dunwall DLC confirms that he is from Tyvia.
- Several of Sokolov's paintings can be found in Dishonored, and are among the most important items for which to search. Every painting is worth three hundred coins; furthermore, the game counts "Sokolov paintings found" as a separate point at the end of each mission. It is therefore recommended to obtain the paintings for the sake of completion, as well as for major bonus cash.
- Sokolov may be modeled after Grigori Rasputin, the Russian mystic who was hired to heal Czar Nicholas II's son of hemophilia and a notoriously debauched party animal, both on his scruffy appearance and name composition. However, his genius mind at technology and his fame at painting have a resemblance to the renowned Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci.
- He is fond of King Street Brandy, an expensive liquor containing a drop of whale oil, which Piero describes as "revolting." Corvo can bribe Sokolov with a bottle to give up information on Lady Boyle.
- Anton Sokolov's name is a nod to Viktor Antonov, visual design director of Dishonored.
- During the mission The Loyalists, Sokolov escapes his cell and takes shelter with Piero in the workshop. While there, they reconcile their differences and complete an advanced arc pylon to use against their attackers.
- It is mentioned by Lord Pendleton that Sokolov was never that fond of the Lord Regent, and suspected Hiram to be the "source of their trouble".
- He is the only target whose survival is mandatory.
- If Sokolov and Piero are killed during a low chaos playthrough, the ending will show their abandoned laboratory being overrun by the plague, though the Outsider's narration still states that the plague is cured.
Characters in Dishonored