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The Graveyard
Graves.jpg
Location information
Buildable
True
Exits
Church, Morgue, Apiary, Swamp, Witch Hill, Wheat Farm
Npcs
Episcop

The graveyard is introduced in the tutorial. An integral part of the game is how well you "keep" or maintain your graveyard. The most important part of the graveyard is its rating. The church is located in the graveyard.

Graveyard Rating[]

Graveyard rating is the main factor affecting the amount of money earned by donations in weekly sermons. It is therefore desirable to have a high Graveyard Rating.

There are four factors that affect quality: bushes, corpses, decor and graves.

Bushes[]

Bushes are present at the start of the game and do not currently regrow after being removed. Each bush has a -1 Graveyard Rating effect on rating.

Corpses[]

The quality of a buried Corpse item.pngcorpse determines the maximum rating per grave. The number of Red Skull, Green Skull and White Skull in the corpse rating are the basis of the quality. No grave can have a higher Graveyard Rating rating than the number of White Skull on that corpse. Additionally, certain autopsy operations increase the base Graveyard Rating rating of a grave. See Corpse item.pngcorpse for more info.

(Possible Bug Warning: If you exhume a corpse with 100% freshness from the right/east side of the graveyard, be wary of trying to improve it via autopsy. Corpses that spawned in the graveyard at the start of game may not acknowledge organs or parts added to them, effectively 'eating' the parts with no benefit. Parts can still be removed as normal. )

Decor[]

Decor includes things like lanterns, urns with ashes, flower beds, prayer stations, etc. Each piece of decor adds some amount of Graveyard Rating. The fence around the whole graveyard can be repaired for +10 Graveyard Rating and further upgraded for +20 Graveyard Rating.

Item Quality Cost Size Notes
Trunk Icon.png Trunk -
Flitch


Nails


Simple iron parts
3x2

2x3

Available from the beginning
Gravesite item.png Gravesite - 3x3 Available from the beginning

Wooden prayer station
+ 2 Graveyard Rating
Flitch


Nails

Item star 1.png
Book
2 x 2 Requires Graveyard Enhancement

Can be only placed in 9 spots.


Stone prayer station
+ 4 Graveyard Rating
A polished brick of stone


A carved piece of stone

Item star 2.png
Silver Book
2 x 2 Requires Stone Prayer Station

Can be only placed in 9 spots


Stone columbarium
+ 12 Graveyard Rating
Wooden beam


A polished brick of stone

12×
Ceramic funeral urn
4 x 4 Requires Cremation

Marble columbarium
+ 20 Graveyard Rating
A polished brick of marble

Item star 2.png
A carved piece of marble

12×
Porcelain funeral urn
4 x 4 Requires Cremation II

Flowerbed
+ 2 Graveyard Rating
A piece of stone


Peat


Red flower
2 x 2 Available from the beginning

Can only be placed in 9 spots


Lawn
+ 2 Graveyard Rating
A piece of stone


Peat
2 x 3 Requires Graveyard Enhancement

Lawn
+ 3 Graveyard Rating
A piece of stone


Peat
2 x 4 Requires Graveyard Enhancement

Lawn
+ 4 Graveyard Rating
A piece of stone


Peat
2 x 6 Requires Graveyard Enhancement

Marble flagstones
+ 3 Graveyard Rating
A piece of marble
2 x 4 Requires Stone Prayer Station

Lantern
+ 4 Graveyard Rating
A piece of stone


Simple iron parts


Glass
2 x 2 Requires Stone Prayer Station

Fix the Fence
+ 10 Graveyard Rating 10×
Nails

10×
Wooden plank


A piece of stone
none Requires Graveyard Enhancement

Build stone fence
+ 20 Graveyard Rating 24×
A polished brick of stone


A carved piece of stone

12×
Complex iron parts

none Requires upgrading to Big Church
Sweetheart Bishop.jpg Statue of the Bishop + 5 Graveyard Rating none Requires upgrading to Cathedral

Graves[]

Graves are an integral part of the game. Your first source of income in the game is
Burial certificate
s. They are obtained by burying or cremating corpses, and can be sold to Horadric at The Dead Horse for Silver Coin1 Copper Coin50.

Graves also have a positive or negative effect on the Graveyard Rating rating, based on the Corpse item.pngcorpse quality and grave decorations. As the maximum benefit for tombstones is +7 Grave Decor and fences is +5 Grave Decor, no grave can have a rating higher than +12 Graveyard Rating, even if the Corpse item.pngcorpse has more than 12 White Skull. (with the Game of Crone DLC the maximum benefit for tombstones is increased to +9 Grave Decor and for fences to +7 Grave Decor resulting in a possible max. of 16Grave Decor.)

Grave sites have no effect on Graveyard Rating when placed or "planned" with the blueprint desk located in the graveyard. After being dug out for burial, the grave has a -2 Graveyard Rating effect on quality.

Grave Maintenance[]

Graves will fall into disrepair over time. This is made apparent during the tutorial when you are shown how to repair grave decorations. Grave decorations that have deteriorated will provide less Graveyard Rating which in turn will provide you with less income.

Tombstones[]

As noted in the corpses section, the maximum Graveyard Rating benefit of a grave cannot exceed the number of White Skull of the corpse buried there.

Item Quality Provided Technology required
Blank 64x64.png None
+0 Grave Decor

Wooden marker
+1 Grave Decor
Graveplate

Wooden cross
+2 Grave Decor
Simple Gravestone

Gravestone
+2 Grave Decor
Simple Gravestone

Stone cross
+3 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestone

Gravestone II
+3 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestone

Stone cross II
+4 Grave Decor
Carved Gravestones

Gravestone III
+4 Grave Decor
Advanced Gravestones

Stone plinth
+4 Grave Decor
Carved Gravestones

Stone sculpture
+5 Grave Decor
Grave Monuments

Stone sculpture II
+5 Grave Decor
Grave Monuments

Stone sculpture III
+6 Grave Decor
Stone statues

Stone sculpture IV
+7 Grave Decor
Stone statues

Marble cross
+5 Grave Decor
Marble Gravestone

Marble cross II
+6 Grave Decor
Carved Marble Gravestones

Marble gravestone III
+6 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestone II

Marble plinth
+6 Grave Decor
Carved Marble Gravestones

Marble sculpture
+7 Grave Decor
Crypts

Marble sculpture II
+7 Grave Decor
Crypts

Marble sculpture III
+8 Grave Decor
Marble statues

Marble sculpture IV
+9 Grave Decor
Marble statues
With Better Save Soul DLC

Stone sculpture V
+10 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestones

Stone sculpture VI
+12 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestones

Marble sculpture V
+13 Grave Decor
Marble Gravestones

Marble sculpture VI
+15 Grave Decor
Marble Gravestones

Fences[]

As with tombstones, a grave quality is only as good as the corpse in the grave.

Item Quality Provided Technology required
Blank 64x64.png None
+0 Grave Decor

Wooden grave fence
+1 Grave Decor
Simple Gravestone

Stone grave fence
+2 Grave Decor
Stone Gravestone

Stone grave fence II
+3 Grave Decor
Carved Gravestones

Stone grave fence III
+3 Grave Decor
Advanced Gravestones

Stone grave fence IV
+4 Grave Decor
Advanced Gravestones

Stone grave fence V
+5 Grave Decor
Advanced Gravestones II

Marble grave fence
+4 Grave Decor
Marble Gravestones

Marble grave fence II
+5 Grave Decor
Carved Marble Gravestones

Marble grave fence III
+5 Grave Decor
Advanced Gravestones II

Marble grave fence IV
+6 Grave Decor
Marble Fence

Marble grave fence V
+7 Grave Decor
Marble Fence
With Better Save Soul DLC

Stone grave fence VI
+6 Grave Decor
Stone grave fence

Stone grave fence VII
+7 Grave Decor
Stone grave fence

Stone grave fence VIII
+8 Grave Decor
Stone grave fence

Marble grave fence VI
+9 Grave Decor
Marble grave fence

Marble grave fence VII
+10 Grave Decor
Marble grave fence

Marble grave fence VIII
+11 Grave Decor
Marble grave fence

Maximum Rating[]

The following table shows (without the DLC's Game of Crone or Better Save Soul) how to achieve a maximum graveyard rating (top/north to bottom/south and west/left to east/right). Instead of a lantern, a stone prayer station can be used for the same amount of Graveyard Rating. The 2x4 lawns can be replaced by marble flagstones.

left side
8 x 10 - total 95 Graveyard Rating


Marble columbarium
40 Graveyard Rating

Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

7 x 10 - total 88 Graveyard Rating


Marble columbarium
40 Graveyard Rating

Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

8 x 10 - total 95 Graveyard Rating


Marble columbarium
40 Graveyard Rating

Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 55 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

7 x 6 - total 48 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 55 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 52 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
4 Graveyard Rating

7 x 6 - total 48 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

15 x 6 - total 120 Graveyard Rating

10×
Gravesite
120 Graveyard Rating

right side
3x3 + 2x2 + 3x3 + 8x6
total 83 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
72 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
8 Graveyard Rating

7 x 10 - total 88 Graveyard Rating


Marble columbarium
40 Graveyard Rating

Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

huge tree
3x3 + 2x2 + 3x3
total 28 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
24 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 55 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

7 x 6 - total 48 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 55 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
3 Graveyard Rating

Lantern
4 Graveyard Rating

15 x 6 - total 120 Graveyard Rating

10×
Gravesite
120 Graveyard Rating

7 x 6 - total 48 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

8 x 6 - total 52 Graveyard Rating


Gravesite
48 Graveyard Rating

Lawn
4 Graveyard Rating

miscellaneous

Build stone fence

20 Graveyard Rating
Sweetheart Bishop.jpg Statue of the Bishop
5 Graveyard Rating

In total that's

adding up to 1258 Graveyard Rating, which seems to be the absolute maximum. Feel free to find a better solution. (Layout: https://imgur.com/a/kTP1pef)

edit: after version 1.3 a grave can have up to 16 quality, meaning new absolute maximum is 1594. (based on above layout: https://imgur.com/p5BKek1)

edit: With the new grave decorations and body part modification system in the DLCs the maximum score for a simple grave is now 26Graveyard Rating. A perfect corpse of 26White Skull with marble grave fence VIII and marble sculpture VI. With that in mind using any columbariums reduces your graveyard score since they only provide 20Graveyard Rating. The layout linked above can still be used, replacing any columbariums with graves and in some spots additional lawns/marble flagstones. You'll have more empty spaces in the end but a higher score.

Graveyard Expansion[]

In the beginning, the west half of the graveyard is locked. The sign there tells you to speak to the Inquisitor about this. Once you have earned 20 Happiness with him, he hands you (or sells) a
graveyard scroll
. Return to the graveyard and use it there at the sign.

The west half is quite overgrown with a lot of shrubs and big trees. You'll need the "Woodcutter" technology to get rid of the trees. You won't get any negative Graveyard Rating from it, but you won't be able to build anything without clearing the area first.

Royal Services[]

Once you are a preacher, you gain access to the Royal services box located outside the front door of the church. It is through this box that you interact with the bureaucratic system behind the throne.

You upgrade citizen titles by spending money on the Crown. Each title costs you a certain amount of money, but grants you access to a number of items you'll need to advance certain quests.

Exhumation Permission[]

Item Cost Notes

Exhumation permission
Silver Coin1 Copper Coin75 required to dig up a buried body.

Corpse exhumation is only needed when a badly autopsied corpse is negatively impacting your Graveyard Rating. To exhume a corpse, buy an
Exhumation permission
from the church box. After you have removed the fence and the gravestone, you may select "exhume" and dig up the body.

Note: These cost Silver Coin1 Copper Coin75, which is Copper Coin25 more than what you are paid for the
Burial certificate
. You will earn much of the money back if you bury it again (after autopsy) or if you cremate it. So, overall it's a small loss for exhumation.

Citizen[]

Item Cost Notes
Citizen Copper Coin50 0 Happiness -> 30 Happiness

Stamp
Silver Coin50 needed to complete a quest for Horadric to craft a
Package of meat

Building permission
Silver Coin20 needed to upgrade the church to a big church

Rightful Citizen[]

Item Cost Notes
Rightful Citizen Silver Coin3 30 Happiness -> 65 Happiness

Rightful citizen papers
free needed to preach in a big church

Town pass
free grants you access to the town

Trade license
Silver Coin50 needed for the merchant's quest to open a trade office

Aristocrat[]

Item Cost Notes
Aristocrat Gold Coin12 65 Happiness -> 100 Happiness

Aristocrat papers
free needed to preach in a cathedral(No longer required - potential Bug?)

needed to advance some quests in endgame

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