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"…Arguments on the 'gentle nature' of the brutes… [are] refuted by seamen who return to shore, wide-eyed with tales of the whales' savagery."
— The Leviathans' Sorrow

Whales are enormous waterbound creatures in the world of Dishonored that are hunted for their blubber, meat, bones, and most importantly, their oil.


Described as "creatures of beauty and sadness", whales are supernatural animals, associated with natural wonder, spirituality, and aesthetics.[1] They have many flippers running down their sides, large, sharp teeth, and barbels hanging from their maws. Whaling trawlers hunt them in great numbers for their oil, which is the main source of energy in Gristol, and their bones are also prized for the creation of runes and bone charms.

While whales are seen as dangerous and violent animals by most, there are a few people who perceive them as intelligent creatures, such as Pacotti and natural philosopher Douglas Church.

The Knife of Dunwall

The Knife Of Dunwall DLC features a whale slaughterhouse with a live whale attached to life-sustaining device, so as to maximize its output of whale oil. If he so chooses, Daud can use one of Anton Sokolov's devices to end the whale's suffering.

In order to follow Granny's Recipe, which can be found in the first section of the mission A Captain of Industry, Daud must remove the eye of the whale after triggering the electroshock.


  • Piero Joplin claims to have read about "land-going whales deep in the Pandyssian interior".
  • The whales of Dishonored share several characteristics with the Livyatan melvillei, an extinct species of ancient sperm whale, the most obvious similarities being the large crown of the head and shape of the jaws. The in-universe whale is also sometimes referred to as a "leviathan", which was the original scientific name of the L. melvillei.
  • Various associations between whales and the Outsider exist.
    • Many of the bone charms and runes used to channel his magic are made from the bones of whales.
    • A book titled Spirit of the Deep even equates him to "a leviathan".
    • The Void in which he resides also has a prominent frozen whale; additionally, the song of a whale constantly emits throughout the dimension.



  1. Developer Commentary - Whales and the Outsider

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