Bonecharm Crafting is a passive supernatural ability in Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider which allows Emily Kaldwin, Corvo Attano, and Billie Lurk to create custom bone charms from raw whalebone and bone charms they have already collected. In Dishonored: The Corroded Man, Zhukov uses this ability to create corroded bone charms which far exceed the capability of regular charms, albeit for limited uses.
|Bonecharm Crafting||1||N/A||Craft your own unique Bonecharms, with some chance of corruption.|
|Witch Crafting||2||Bonecharm Crafting||Lower chance of corruption for Bonecharms with 3 or 4 Traits.|
|Master Crafting||2||Witch Crafting||No chance of corruption when crafting Bonecharms with 3 Traits.|
There is still a low chance of corruption when crafting Bonecharms with 4 Traits.
|Craft Runes||4||Master Crafting||Craft Runes by expending Raw Whalebone, or sacrifice existing Runes to accumulate Raw Whalebone for crafting.|
|Trait Synergy||3||Bonecharm Crafting||Use the same trait up to four times across your crafted Bonecharms.|
Traits are the basic abilities granted by a bonecharm and the first requirement to craft new ones. They are learnt by sacrificing simple bonecharms collected in the world. Traits can't be learnt from breaking black, corrupt and custom charms. The Trait Synergy upgrade allows the same trait to be used up to four times, which can be used to make a more powerful version of its original charm. Traits are listed in 9 different categories depending on the ability they grant. The complete list of traits can be found further below.
Raw whalebones is the second requirement to craft bonecharms. They can be collected in the world or by sacrificing existing bonecharms. Runes can be sacrificed with the upgrade Craft and provide much more material. The amount of raw whalebone per item sacrificed is as follows:
- Simple bonecharm: 1
- Corrupted bonecharm: 3
- Black bonecharm: 4
- Crafted bonecharm (regardless of corruption)
- 2 traits: 2
- 3 traits: 3
- 4 traits: 5
- Runes: 8
The cost in raw whalebone to craft bonecharms is higher than the added traits:
- 2 traits: 3
- 3 traits: 4
- 4 traits: 6
Crafted bonecharms of three or four traits also have a chance of corruption (respectively medium and high), which results in an additional negative trait. This chance can be decreased by learning the Witch Crafting and Master Crafting upgrades. The negative trait itself is random and not related to the traits of the new bonecharm, although it is the negative equivalent of one trait or another. A complete list of corruptions can be found here.
Runes can also be crafted with 9 raw whalebones with the upgrade Craft Runes. Since spent runes are carried over in New Game +, more can be crafted by sacrificing all bonecharms at the end of the game and start with more abilities than what a single playthrough can provide.
- With some skill, any person can craft bone charms. However, this is a rather lengthy procedure, as opposed to the instant crafting Corvo, Emily, and Billie can do.
- Bonecharm Crafting is one of the three enhancements in Dishonored 2 that were not available in Dishonored. The others are Strength and Reflexes.
- The achievement Occult Carver is unlocked by crafting ten bone charms.
- Bonecharm Crafting is the only ability in the Dishonored franchise to have an upgrade that requires three previous levels to be purchased. The maximum prerequisite for all other ability upgrades is two.