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Weepers are sufferers of the rat plague in the last stages of the disease. They squat in various abandoned areas throughout Dunwall, such as those in the Distillery District and the Flooded District, and their numbers increase with chaos.

Appearance and BehaviorEdit

Weepers have discolored skin and haemolacria, which causes blood to drip from their eyes in a tear-like fashion, hence their name. They usually appear as very gaunt and grunting survivors, City Watch guards or thugs, have blood on their chests and faces, vomit black sludge, and often experience hair loss. Decreased immune functioning also leaves weepers susceptible to parasites, which burrow and hatch inside their bodies. The resulting insects will sting anyone who comes too close to the afflicted. Rats will not attack weepers, even when summoned by Corvo with Devouring Swarm, due to their advanced stage of infection.

Their capacity for thought and reasoning is greatly diminished from the plague-fever. As such, weepers are less aware of their surroundings and easier to sneak past; Corvo can bypass them with very little effort. However, it is believed by some that weepers are not actually hostile, and their "attacks" are really attempts to seek aid from uninfected humans. The Heart reveals that at least some of them have chosen to spend their last moments infecting any sane person they encounter.[1]


Weeper attack

A typical weeper attack.

  • Weepers produce a lot of moaning noise; upon hearing weeper cries, it is best to locate the source quickly in order to avoid being attacked unexpectedly.
  • In combat, weepers will run up to Corvo and attack. Due to lack of any significant defense and their simple combat tactics, weepers are easily defeated with any conventional weapon. It is also possible to avoid them altogether, as weepers do not actively search the area around them.
  • If Corvo allows a weeper to get close enough, it will grab onto him and vomit, causing him to take considerable damage.
  • Some weepers have small swarms of flies buzzing about them. The flies will attack anyone engaged in melee combat with these weepers and continue to attack even if the weeper is killed or knocked out, as long as Corvo is close to the body.
  • The use of ranged weapons or sneak attacks is recommended to dispose of weepers, as they can cause high damage in close combat, especially in groups.
  • Guards and thugs will attack weepers on sight, and as such, weepers can be used as distractions to allow Corvo time to escape from the area.
  • Weepers can easily be knocked down by attacks with a sword, allowing Corvo to handle groups and finish off individuals with less difficulty.

Related Bone CharmsEdit


  • Plague Affinity - Damage by weepers grants a small amount of mana.
  • Plague Resistant - Weepers inflict slightly less damage.


  • Thaddeus Campbell can be found as a weeper in The Flooded District mission if Corvo chooses to deal with him non-lethally during the High Overseer Campbell mission.
  • If not freed during the High Overseer Campbell mission, the black marketeer named Griff can be encountered in the House of Pleasure mission as a weeper.
  • Weepers possess very low perception, even lower than rat swarms, making it easy to sneak past them. "Patrolling" weepers, however, sometimes exhibit normal sight.
  • Weepers do not react upon spotting unconscious bodies or corpses.
  • At the end of the game, if Corvo's chaos rating is low and Piero Joplin and Anton Sokolov were rescued during The Loyalists mission, the two can be seen treating and curing weepers, ending the plague.
  • Weepers will attack survivors if they spot them, even those meaning no harm to them.
  • In the rare case of a weeper managing to kill an NPC, an animation plays in which the victim swats at the many flies that have been vomited onto them, falls to their knees, and dies.
  • Despite the detrimental nature of Weepers, killing them will raise chaos.
  • The model of an infested City Watch Officer was cut from the game and can be seen in concept art and on a pre-release screenshot in the gallery below.



  1. "She intends to spread the plague to others, if she gets the opportunity."

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