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Corpse item.png
General Information
Type :
Donkey or Graves

A graveyard keeper works with Corpse item.pngcorpses. They are obtained, can be altered and must be disposed of properly.



The donkey deliveres a corpse

Comrade Donkey.pngdonkey's main job is delivering corpses to the morgue. For more information, read about the morgue or the donkey.


The graveyard keeper digs up a corpse

Already buried Corpse item.pngcorpses may be exhumed for the cost of one
exhumation permission

Sometimes it makes sense to exhume a corpse, if you want to improve its stats or get rid of it to raise your Graveyard Rating. If you rebury or cremate it, you'll obtain a
burial certificate
, which nearly makes up for the costs of the
exhumation permission


The morgue offers a lot of means to alter a corpse

The morgue offers a lot of workstations to alter a corpse's rating. There, you can remove and install body parts and apply injections. You are also able to revive bodies to obtain helpers for your hard physical work.

For more details, please refer to the morgue page.


Each corpse has a rating determined by the number of Red Skull and White Skull. The number of each represents the sins and good deeds respectively which were performed by the corpse while they were living. The numbers are based on the body parts that are currently in the corpse. The starting total for a corpse are between 4 and 6 White Skull and 2 and 4 Red Skull. By choosing which body parts to include, remove, or replace, it is possible to achieve full 12 corpse rating on a body or exceed it.

With the addition of the Game of Crone DLC, the maximum skull amount for a body increases to 16 and can be fully utilized by new gravestones. Music Master has made a good quality guide for the 16 corpse rating. With access to the Souls room and its new materials added by the Better Save Soul DLC, the maximum corpse rating can be increased to 26.

Every Red Skull a corpse has subtracts 1 Graveyard Rating from your graveyard when it is buried.

The White Skull count determines the maximum corpse rating. The Graveyard Rating of a grave cannot exceed the number of White Skull of a buried corpse.

Additionally there are Green Skull, which represent the body's decay, and accumulate until it is buried. Each full Green Skull (equivalent to 10% decay) will remove a White Skull.

Corpse decay[]

Corpses arrive with 100% freshness and begin decaying immediately after delivery. For every 10% freshness lost, a Green Skull will appear on the corpse which counts against the corpse's rating.

Corpses decay very fast if left outside uncovered. You can slow corpse decay by bringing it into the morgue. Further methods of combating decay:

If a corpse is taken to the preparation place immediately as donkey arrives at dusk and the player fully rests and returns, the corpse will fall to about 95% freshness, which is sufficient time left for a full autopsy and burial.

A corpse below 90% freshness (1 full Green Skull or more) cannot be resurrected.


There are four possibilities to dispose of a corpse:


Burying a corpse in the graveyard

Corpses can be buried in the graveyard and decorated with a headstone and grave fence, affecting your Graveyard Rating. The higher the number of White Skull, the better, with 12 being optimal without DLC, but 26 being possible with Better Save Soul (incidently, also provides better graves for it too, which you will need for a 26 skull body).

You'll get a
burial certificate
for each corpse you bury, which can be sold to Horadric.


Burning a corpse on a funeral pyre

As soon as you've unlocked cremation, it's better to cremate (burn) a Corpse item.pngcorpse with bad stats on a funeral pyre, instead of burying it, which would lower your Graveyard Rating. It takes 8x
wood billet
s to build the pyre. Put the Corpse item.pngcorpse atop and ignite it.

You'll get a
burial certificate
for each corpse you burn, which can be sold to Horadric. You are also rewarded with Salt and Ash.

Up to two wall crematoria may be built in the Souls room. These use 20 fuel instead of wood per use and return a Burial certificate, 2 Salt, and 3 Ash.


How far can you toss a corpse?

In most countries, it is illegal to toss a Corpse item.pngcorpse into a river. There are no known negative consequences if you do so in game.

After you first do so, Gerry appears, scolds you, and tells you the secrets of cremation.

As you won't get a
burial certificate
for corpses you dump, this way of disposal is a financial loss for you.


A willing worker

The last possibility to get rid of a Corpse item.pngcorpse is to put it onto a resurrection table and to create a Zombie item.pngzombie from it. You first have to unlock Second chance by talking to Gunter.

As you won't get a
burial certificate
for corpse you resurrect, this way of disposal means a short term financial loss for you, but you gain a source of free labor. It's not clear if reviving corpses is a legal act by the measure of the inquisitor. But who cares? If you bury the Corpse then unbury it you can get a certificate.