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Game Rules

Dungeon Layout

Between you and the dragon’s lair, there is the dungeon.

The Caverns

The caverns are infested by nasty critters that will rush you with their melee attacks. On the other side of the caverns is a passage down to the mines.

The Mines

The mines are overrun by humanoid-like creatures. In addition to melee monsters, you will also find adversaries that fire arrows and cast spells. On the other side of the mines are passages down to the dragon lair and to the ruins.

The Ruins

The ruins are haunted by undead creatures, which typically have special properties, so be sure to read about the foul things you encounter. You will find powerful weapons in the ruins.


In addition to the normal passages down, there is a one-way tunnel that leads from the caverns to the mines, and one that leads from the mines to the ruins. The entrances to these tunnels are in different locations each game. Tunnels use the loot tables for the level below, which is good. Tunnels are infested with slimes, which is bad. Each tunnel has 1-3 rooms.

The Dragon Lair

The dragon’s lair is your ultimate destination. Defeat the dragon(s) to win the game and save the village. The lair will consist of one room until you've advanced to 6 dragons. After that the lair will consist of 1 room for every 5 dragons (6-10 dragons = 2 rooms, 11-15 dragons = 3 rooms, etc.) If there is more than one room, the dragons are randomly dispersed, but with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 7 dragons per room. The lair level has a base amount of loot, plus extra loot for each dragon above 3 in a room.


Dungeoneers is a turn-based game. When it's your turn, you may first use a magic scroll (up to one of each type). You then take one of the following actions:

Move Move to an adjacent, empty floor tile.
Loot Chest or Rack Take the sword, shield, or bow from an adjacent weapon chest or rack. (You'll only keep it if it's better than what you already have.)
Sword Attack Attack an adjacent monster with your sword.
Bow Attack Use your bow to attack a monster that is either 2 or 3 tiles away. If the monster is 3 tiles away, there is -3 distance penalty.
Guard Skip your action, but gain +2 to your defense for the duration of the next round. Against melee misses, counterattack with sword. (There are hero-specific skills which modify the Guard action.)

While Unseen

When first entering a room, you are unseen by the monsters and can keep taking actions until you attack or are spotted:

Move ("Sneak") or Loot Chest or Rack ("Pilfer") After your action, there is 10% chance of being spotted, plus another 10% for each monster adjacent to you at the end of your turn. If spotted, you get another turn, then the monsters engage.
Attack ("Surprise Attack") You gain +3 to your attack for surprise, then the monsters engage.
Guard You enter Guard mode and the monsters engage.

NOTE: If you use a scroll, you will be spotted automatically, regardless of your subsequent action.


Once per game, you may undo your prior action or scroll use. This is for situations where you accidentally selected the wrong tile.

To take back your last turn, click the button with the circular arrow, located at the bottom-right of a room screen. If you take the same action again, you can expect the same result.


Your character can use the following items:

Sword You can attack an adjacent monster with your sword, adding your sword’s bonus to your attack roll. If you attack with your sword while unseen, you receive an additional +3 surprise bonus.
Shield Whenever you are attacked, your shield’s bonus is added to your defense roll. Exception: If your last action was to use your bow, you gain no shield bonus.
Bow You can use your bow to attack a monster that is 2 or 3 tiles away, adding your bow's bonus to your attack roll. If the monster is 3 away, there is a distance penalty of -3. You cannot use your bow against monsters that are adjacent to you or are 4 away. After using your bow, you do not get a shield bonus until your next action.
Health Potion Each time you reach 0 hit points, you automatically use a health potion to stay alive. If you run out of hit points and have no health potions, you will flee the dungeon.
Haste Scroll Use a haste scroll to immediately take an extra action. Hasted sword attacks (including dwarf charges) gain a +1 bonus.
Leap Scroll Use a leap scroll to move to an unoccupied tile up to 2 spaces away (3 if playing the elf).
Flame Scroll Use a flame scroll to block up to 3 adjacent tiles with flame. A 1-tile flame will last 5 rounds. A 2-tile flame will last 4 rounds. And a 3-tile flame will last 3 rounds. A tile with a pit or monster cannot be flamed. (Exception: you can flame a tile that has a floating monster on it, like a gas spore or ghost. Gas spores will explode and ghosts will dematerialize.)
Vanish Scroll (Rare) Use vanish scrolls to enter enhanced stealth mode. Your chance of being spotted when sneaking or pilfering is 0% plus 10% for each monster adjacent to the space on which you end your turn. You'll automatically un-vanish if you attack, guard, use a scroll, or leave the room. While you're vanished, monsters will stop moving - except slimes, which will behave as if you never vanished.
Bolt Scroll (Rare) Use Bolt Scrolls to cast a bolt of lightning along a straight line of hexes to the end of the room. Anything along its path will suffer a d10+10 attack. Gas spores, firebugs, and slimes are automatically hit.

Scrolls and health potions are found on the floor and are picked up by moving over them. The number of scrolls or amount of health will not be known until they are picked up.

Weapons are found in chests or on racks. If you are adjacent to a chest or rack, you can obtain its contents by taking a turn to loot it. A standard weapon chest/rack has an equal chance of containing a sword, shield, or bow, however its in a chest you won't know what it is until you open it. The bonus of the weapon is random, but the bonuses increase on lower dungeon levels.

NOTE: You can hold an unlimited number of scrolls and health potions. You can only have one sword, shield, and bow at a time. Whenever you find a better one of these items, the new item automatically replaces and upgrades your older item.

Altars:: At fame level 75, you will unlock an altar in the ruins (located in a random non-boss room). If next to the altar, you can use a turn to upgrade a weapon of your choice. You may upgrade any item to be +7 at no cost. Upgrading from +7 to +8 requires the sacrifice of 1 health potion. Upgrading from +8 to +9 requires 2 health potions. Only one upgrade may be made at an altar.


It's hit or miss

The attacker rolls its attack dice and adds its attack modifiers. Then the defender rolls its defense dice and adds its defense modifiers. If the attack total is as high or higher than the defense total, the attack is a hit. Otherwise, it's a miss.

A hit removes one hit point from the target. If a monster goes to 0 hit points, it dies. If your hero goes to 0 hit points, you flee the dungeon. (Monster hit points range from 1-3. Hero hit points range from 2-3.)

The dice used by each hero (d8, d10, or d12) reflect each hero's proficiency with each weapon. Monsters all use d10's for all their rolls.

Attack/defense modifiers

Your attack modifiers consist of the bonus from your sword or bow, plus any extra modifiers such as a surprise bonus or a distance penalty. Your defense modifiers consist of shield bonus (unless your last action was a bow attack), plus any extra modifiers such as a bonus for guarding. A monster's attack/defense modifiers are simply their attack/defense stats, but in some cases these stat can change - if the monster has been enlarged, for instance.


  • With the human swordsman, you do a surprise attack with your +4 sword against a swamp troll (Attack: +2; Defense: +5). You roll 9 on your d12 and the swamp troll rolls 7 on its d10. Your roll of 9, plus 4 from your sword bonus, is 13. The swamp troll's roll of 8 plus 5 from its Defense stat is also 13. Because your attack total is as high as the marsh troll's defense total, it's a hit.
  • A Goblin Champion (Attack: 1; Defense: 2) attacks you, rolling a 4, for an attack total of 5. You roll a 4 and have a +3 shield, so your defense total is 7. Because Goblin Champion's attack total is below your defense total, it's a miss.
  • After you shoot your bow at a Lizardman Warlock, a Lizardman Hulk (Attack: 2; Defense 2) attacks you. It rolls a 2 which, after adding its attack stat of 2, makes for an attack total of 4. You roll a 3, but you do not get a shield bonus because your last action was to shoot your bow. Because the attack total of 4 is higher than your defense total of 3, the Lizardman Hulk hits you.

Modifier List

  • WEAPON BONUS - When attacking with your sword or bow, the bonus of the weapon you're using is added to your attack roll. When you are attacked, the bonus of your shield is added to your defense roll, unless your last action was to use your bow.
  • SURPRISE - Your attack roll is at +3 if you attack before the monsters have spotted you.
  • LONG DISTANCE - Your bow attack roll is at -3 if you attack from 3 tiles away.
  • GUARD - Your defense rolls are at +2 when guarding.
  • FOCUS - You gain a +1 attack bonus (cumulative) each time you miss your target. You lose your focus bonus if you do any of these: hit the target, attack a different target, loot a chest, or enter another room. The maximum focus bonus is +10.
  • ADRENALINE - If no health potions, you gain a +2 adrenaline bonus on defense and sword attacks.
  • SPECIAL MONSTERS - Some monsters have special properties that involve attack modifiers. See the Special Monsters section for details.


You will occasionally trigger a feat. A feat is an extra turn where there are some significant tactical advantages.

During a Feat:

  • Take up to 2 actions. Any combat action ends the feat.
  • You gain a 0-X attack bonus against each monster, where X is half your hero's level, rounded up.

Feats are triggered in these ways

  • "Heroic Strike": You roll a 12 with a human sword attack, or a 12 with an elf bow attack, or a 10 with a dwarf sword attack. Against dragons, feats are triggered by rolling within 1 of those numbers.
  • "Massive Hit": Your attack total is at least 8 more than the defender’s maximum defense total (max roll plus modifiers).

Feats are not triggered during scroll use, nor from counterattacks. You cannot do Feats until they are unlocked. See Fame Guide.


There are three heroes: the human swordsman, the elven huntress, and the dwarven brawler. Heroes go up levels by earning experience points (XP) by killing monsters and finding weapons. You start with the human swordsman. The elf and dwarf can be purchased, or gained for free at Fame Level 50.

Each hero starts with two abilities. Additional skills are gained at levels 2, 4, 6, and 8.

The Human Swordsman

The human swordsman is well-rounded, but especially fond of the sword.

  • SWORD - Rolls a d12
  • BOW - Rolls a d8
  • SHIELD - Rolls a d10
  • PUNT: When hit by a small humanoid (goblin, kobold, skeleton torso, maimed zombie, or little mushroom man), the angered human will punt it. If there's space, the small creature will fly back one space. If no space, there's a 50% chance of a hit.
  • CLEAVE: 10% chance of a hit doing 2 damage.
  • FULL SWING: When attacking with your sword, if your target is the only monster next to you, gain +1 attack bonus with 20% chance of cleaving (instead of 10%).
  • PARRY: After choosing to Guard as your action, you will use your sword bonus to defend if it's higher than shield bonus. But this is only against melee attacks. Against ranged attacks you always use your shield.
  • PRESS: +2 to sword attack if your target cannot move away from you.
  • RIPOSTE: When you roll a 10 on your d10 defense roll, counterattack with sword.
  • FULL SWING II: Same as Full Swing, but bonus is +2 and chance of cleave is 30%.
  • PARRY II: Same as Parry, but counterattacks gain +1.
  • PRESS II: Same as Press, but with a +3 bonus.
  • RIPOSTE II: Same as Riposte, but triggered by a 9 or 10 defense roll.

The Elven Huntress

Preferring her bow, the elven huntress does best when she can keep some distance from those who would harm her.

  • SWORD - Rolls a d10
  • BOW - Rolls a d12
  • SHIELD - Rolls a d8
  • LEAP: For your action, leap to any open tile that's 2 away. If you are still unseen, the chance of being spotted when jumping is twice what it would be if you had moved normally into that space. When using a leap scroll, you can leap to a tile that is 2 or 3 away.
  • DODGE: Roll a 6, 7, or 8 on defense (with d8 defense dice) to avoid any hit.
  • LEAP ATTACK: Free sword attack against adjacent monsters you leap over. (Does not apply to stealth leaps, unless a scroll was used first.) Surviving monsters have 25% chance of losing next turn from disorientation. The bonuses (haste, adrenaline, etc.) for a leap attack are the same as for a standard sword attack. Leap attacks do not affect slimes.
  • EVADE: When guarding as your action, you counterattack melee misses with your sword and missile misses with your bow. And you only need to roll a 5 or more to dodge.
  • LONG SHOT: The distance penalty on range 3 bow shots is -1 instead of -3.
  • FLAME SHOT: +1 when firing over an adjacent flame.
  • LEAP ATTACK II: Same as Leap Attack, but 50% chance of disorientation.
  • EVADE II: Same as Evade, but counterattacks gain +1.
  • LONG SHOT II: No distance penalty on range 3 bow shots.
  • FLAME SHOT II: Same as Flaming Shot, but with a +2 bonus.

The Dwarven Brawler

With his trusty shield and deadly fist, the dwarven brawler is always a threat in close quarters.

  • SWORD - Rolls a d10
  • BOW - Rolls a d8
  • SHIELD - Rolls a d12
  • CHARGE: For your action, move towards and attack a target 2 away, at +2.
  • RESILIENCE: Fireballs, gas spore explosions, and dragon breaths that hit you have a 20% chance of doing no harm.
  • UPPERCUT: Sword attacks always hit against defense rolls or 3 or less.
  • HUNKER: After choosing to Guard as your action, gain an extra +2 to defense. (This is in addition to the normal +2 bonus for guarding.)
  • FRENZY: Gain +2 to sword attack if you are next to 3 or more monsters.
  • BELLOW: As an action, can call a purple worm (if any left) to emerge from a pit of your choice at the end of the round.
  • UPPERCUT II: Sword attacks always hit against defense rolls or 4 or less.
  • HUNKER II: Same as Hunker, but counterattacks gain +1.
  • FRENZY II: Same as Frenzy, but gain +3 to sword instead of +2.
  • BELLOW II: Same as Bellow, but the called worm is enraged and attacks at +2.

When you start a game, you choose the hero with which to enter the dungeon. With enough fame, you can also swap heroes from within the dungeon - as long as you have access to the dungeon entrance.

Monster Types

A list of all monsters by name is found here.


Melee monsters can attack from 1 space away. If a melee monster is adjacent to you, it will attack. If it is not adjacent to you, it will advance along the shortest, unblocked path toward you.

[If there is no unblocked path, the monster will advance along the path it would take if all non-adjacent monsters were ignored. If ignoring non-adjacent monsters does not result in a path to you, the monster will wait and do nothing that turn. If there are multiple path options that are equidistant to you, the monster will eliminate any option that requires backtracking and, if still more than one choice remains, choose randomly which path to take.]


Missile monsters can attack from 2 away, or 3 way with an attack penalty. A missile monster will behave as follows:

  • If adjacent to you, it will withdraw to a space that is 2 tiles away. If it has no way to do that, it is “cornered” and can take no action.
  • If 2 tiles away, it will attack.
  • If 3 tiles away: it will move towards a space that is two 2 away. If there is no path, it will attack with a -3 attack penalty.
  • If 4 tiles away: it will move towards a space that is 2 tiles away, if it can.

Missile monsters take their turn before melee monsters.


Spellcasters have unlimited range, but it takes a turn for them to prepare a spell.

If the spellcasting monster does not have a spell prepared and can increase the distance from you with one move, it will do so (randomly choosing if there is more than one choice). If the spellcaster does not have a spell prepared and cannot increase the distance with one move, it will prepare a spell for use during the next turn. The results of spell preparation are:

  • 10% of failure - no spell gets prepared
  • 30% of a summon spell preparation
  • 30% of an enlarge spell preparation
  • 30% of a fireball spell preparation

If the spellcaster has a spell prepared, it will cast it. After casting, the spellcaster will no longer have a spell prepared.

The spell effects are as follows:

Enlarge A random monster in the room gets enlarged, thus increasing its attack and defense stats by 2. The monster stays enlarged until the spellcaster is killed. A monster can be enlarged up to 7 times. If nothing in the room can be enlarged, the spell will fizzle.
Fireball The fireball results in an attack (the spellcaster's Attack stat plus 1-10) against you and any monster next to you. Fireballs automatically hit gas spores and ghosts. Fireballs do not harm the caster.
Summon A random monster is added to the room. (Spellcasters in the Mines cannot summon monsters that are found only in the ruins.) If the room doesn't have any empty spaces, the spell will fizzle.

Spellcasters take their turn before missile and melee monsters.

Special Monsters

The monsters below have special properties. Unless otherwise noted, they behave according the rules for their monster type (described above).


  • Dragons start asleep, so there is no penalty for sneaking or pilfering next to them.
  • Dragons have a standard melee attack, plus a breath attack (if ready). Breath is used if the dragon is 2 spaces away, either before or after it moves. Breath will only be ready if on the prior round the dragon neither attacked nor was hit.
  • If reduced to 1 health, a dragon will into a defensive mode where: if breath is ready, it behaves like a missile monster; if breath is not ready, it withdraws; if cornered, it melee attacks.

For each 5 dragons in the dungeon, a room is added to the lair. For each dragon above 3 in a room, there is extra loot.

There are 5 types of dragons:

White Melee Attack +11 Breath Attack +7 Defense +9
Black Melee Attack +11 Breath Attack +8 Defense +10
Green Melee Attack +11 Breath Attack +9 Defense +11
Blue Melee Attack +11 Breath Attack +10 Defense +12
Red Melee Attack +11 Breath Attack +10 Defense +13


When you reach games with 5 or more dragons, 1 out of 5 dragons will be a dragon mage. Dragon mages, distinguished by their purple glow, have these properties:

  • Behave like spell casters
  • Breathe like standard dragons (casting causes loss of breath)
  • Defense stats is 2 less than a standard dragon.

Gas Spores

Gas Spores explode when hit, resulting in an attack (the spore's attack stat plus 1-10) against everything adjacent to it. Gas spores float, so they can move over pits, and you can put a flame under them. They automatically explode if within the range of another explosion or if next to a flame. Each room in the Mines or Ruins has a chance of having gas spore in addition to the other monsters.

Purple Worms

Three purple worms lurks beneath the lower levels of the dungeon - mines and below. In a room where you've been spotted, anything (you or a monster) that's next to a pit has a 1% chance per round of attracting the worm. Once the worm has emerged, it will randomly choose an adjacent target to attack. The worm will withdraw back to the depths if it has nothing adjacent to attack. Monsters attacked by the worm will attack it back.


Shamblers lurk in the watery pits of the caverns. They will not emerge from the water unless they see you take a weapon or attack something. An emerged shambler will advance to attack you, attacking any monster that stands in its way! If you attack a shambler in the water, it will dive, with a 30% chance of resurfacing each round.

Cavern Crawlers

Each round, there is a 3% chance that a cavern crawler will enter the cavern you are in. The crawler will take a direct path to one of the exits it did not enter from. If you or a monster is next to a crawler, it will postpone its journey in order to attack a random target.


Firebugs turn to flame when hit, resulting in the tile they are on being blocked for three rounds. They will also ignite if next to a flame or explosion. Firebugs are most common in the caverns, but can be found in the mines and ruins as well.


Slimes are highly acidic, vile creatures that ooze around the tunnels. Your weapons are of no use against a slime. The only way to kill it is to torch it with a flame scroll or cause something to explode next to it. If a slime moves onto your tile, you take a hit, then scurry to a random, adjacent tile. A slime can only move to tiles in front of it. If the only path is behind it, it will turn around. Yellow slimes choose their destinations randomly, oblivious to you. Green slimes, however, sense if you are adjacent and will move or turn towards you. Slimes are blind. They will slither around, and green slimes will sense you, even if other monsters haven't spotted you yet.


Ropers cannot move, but they can attack a target 1, 2 or 3 tiles away, with no distance penalty. A roper will not attack if next to a flame. Each room in the mines has a 10% chance of containing a roper.

Monsters found only in The Ruins


Each time you kill a monster in the ruins, there is a 5% chance that a reaper will appear somewhere in that room. If you leave the reaper behind in a room, then the next time you kill a monster in another ruins room, the reaper will appear.


Wraiths fear fire and suffer -3 to their attack and defense if they are adjacent to a flame.


Mummies emanate despair, causing you to suffer a -2 attack penalty for each mummy adjacent to you (it's cumulative).


Skeletons are bony creatures, causing you to suffer a -3 penalty to your bow attacks against them.


Each hit from a ghoul has a 50% chance of causing you to be stunned on the following round. If stunned, you can take no action that round.


If hit, a ghost will dematerialize out of the room. For each round that you are in the room, there is a 10% chance that a dematerialized ghost will return to a random space and immediately take an action. But if at any point all the ghosts have dematerialized, you will have rid the room of ghosts, and they will never return. Ghosts can move over pits and are automatically hit by flame or an adjacent gas spore or fireball explosion.


Gargoyles turn to stone whenever attacked. They can't do anything while in this petrified condition. There is a 30% chance each round that the Gargoyle will return to flesh.


The Ruins contains the three bosses, which will be unlocked as you progress in Fame. Each boss has its own room which always has an exceptional weapon, in addition to a random set of room contents. Each boss will guard a different type of weapon.

The Two Specters

Specters are invisible unless adjacent to either you or a flame. If a specter appears right next to you, you will run in horror (away from the specter if possible). And specters float too, so pits offer no protection. Placing a flame under a specter will engulf it until the flame reaches its lowest level. While engulfed, the specter can take no action other than to defend itself.

The Lich Queen

The Lich Queen is a skeleton spellcaster that occupies the far room in the ruins. She does not move, but will cast spells from her throne. The lich automatically spots you if you sneak next to her.

The Mummy Pharaoh

The Mummy Pharaoh radiates deep despair, causing a -4 penalty to your attacks if you are within 3 tiles of it.

XP, Standings, & Fame

Experience Points

Each hero gains experience points (XP) as follows:

  • Finding a weapon = 2 per weapon bonus. (eg. a +3 sword gives 6 XP)
  • Defeating a regular monster = (Attack + Defense) * Health, minimum of 1.*
  • Defeating a boss monster = 3x normal XP.
  • Defeating A white/black/green/blue/red dragon = 200/225/250/275/300.
  • Leaving behind your weapons after a victory = each weapon bonus squared.

*Reapers are 50 XP. Slimes are 20 XP.

XP Bonuses: There are various ways to gain XP Bonuses, which will add to the above XP awards. For example, if you have an XP Bonus of +150%, then a 10 XP award would be increased to 25.

Cross Training: After games where you earned at least 50 XP, the 3 heroes will share what they learned and train each other. As a result, each hero gains additional XP equal to a 10% of the total XP earned that game. (20% if you've recruited the elf and dwarf.)

Enhanced Training: By spending 1 mana, you get the cross training XP, and then the total XP for that game (including training) is doubled. If you run out of mana, you can buy more from the Mana Fairy.


The above XP awards will be increased based your placement in the player standings. (There is one set of standings for all players, regardless of which hero characters are being used.) When you defeat a black dragon you enter the standings in the 5th Circle, which includes the 50 players who defeated their first black dragon immediately before you. You advance to the next circle by attaining a victory that puts you in the top 25 players in your Circle. Each Circle increases in size: the 4th Circle includes the 100 players who defeated a black dragon before you; the 3rd Circle includes the 250 before you; and the 2nd Circle includes the 500 before you. If you reach the top 25 of your 2nd Circle, you enter the 1st Circle, where you are measured against all the players in the standings. You start in the 5th Tier. You advance to the 4th Tier by attaining a rank that is in the top 4% of all players in the standings. You reach the 3rd Tier by being in the top 3%, the 2nd Tier by being in the top 2%, and the 1st Tier by being in the top 1%. The XP you earn in the game increases based on your place in the standings, as follows:

  • 5th Circle: 10% XP bonus
  • 4th Circle: 25% XP bonus
  • 3rd Circle: 50% XP bonus
  • 2nd Circle: 75% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 5th Tier: 100% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 4th Tier: 125% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 3rd Tier: 150% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 2nd Tier: 175% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 1st Tier: 200% XP bonus

Moving up in your circle will happen as soon as you attain the needed victory. Moving up in tier is not as immediate because tiers are only recalculated once a day.


You start at Fame Level 0. You go up one fame level with each career victory. Your fame applies to you as a player, regardless of which heroes you are using.

When you go up in fame level:

  • You will unlock game features.
  • At the beginning of each game, the villagers will give you trinkets for a little extra luck. If you have at least one trinket and you roll a 1 on defense, the roll is changed to the highest possible roll, and one of your trinkets gets used up. The villagers will give you one trinket for each of your first 5 fame levels, plus another trinket for every 5 fame levels after that. (So fame levels that generate a trinket are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) Unused trinkets are lost after each game.

Player Standings

Going up in Fame Level (through career victories) will increase your place in the player standings, which may in turn provide a larger XP Bonus.

When you defeat a black dragon you enter the standings in the 5th Circle, which includes the 50 players who defeated their first black dragon immediately before you. You advance to the next circle by attaining a victory that puts you in the top 25 players in your Circle. Each Circle increases in size: the 4th Circle includes the 100 players who defeated a black dragon before you; the 3rd Circle includes the 250 before you; and the 2nd Circle includes the 500 before you. If you reach the top 25 of your 2nd Circle, you enter the 1st Circle.

If you reach the prestigious 1st Circle, you will be measured against all players in the standings (all circles). You start in the 5th Tier of the 1st Circle. You advance to the 4th Tier by attaining a rank that is in the top 4% of all players in the standings. You reach the 3rd Tier by being in the top 3%, the 2nd Tier by being in the top 2%, and the 1st Tier by being in the top 1%.

You gain an XP bonus, applied to future earned XP (in any game mode), based on your place in the standings, as follows:

  • 5th Circle: 10% XP bonus
  • 4th Circle: 25% XP bonus
  • 3rd Circle: 50% XP bonus
  • 2nd Circle: 75% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 5th Tier: 100% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 4th Tier: 125% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 3rd Tier: 150% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 2nd Tier: 175% XP bonus
  • 1st Circle, 1st Tier: 200% XP bonus

Game Modes

Dungeoneers can be played in 3 modes: Career, Campaign, and Tourney. Campaign and Tourney modes are only available to players who've reached a certain fame level.


In career mode, you permanently advance each time you defeat all the dragons in the lair. So if you defeat 1 white dragon, you will move to 1 black dragon. When you defeat the black dragon, you'll advance to 1 green dragon. You never go backwards in dragon level.


In campaign mode, you advance by defeating all 5 types of dragons with consecutive victories. Any loss puts you back to the white dragon. You start games with no health potions. If you succeed in defeating the the red dragon, you'll advance to the 2 dragon level, where your challenge will be to defeat 2 of each dragon consecutively. Defeat 2 red dragons, and you'll advance to 3 dragons. And so on. Your advancement in the number of dragons is permanent. So if, for instance, you fail against 3 green dragons, you'd drop back down to 3 white dragons. With each successful campaign, you gain a permanent +15% XP bonus.

  • 1 Dragon Campaign: +15% XP Bonus
  • 2 Dragon Campaign: +30% XP Bonus
  • 3 Dragon Campaign: +45% XP Bonus
  • and so on ...

The above XP Bonuses represent the total bonus for campaign mode. This bonus is added to other XP bonuses and applies to all game modes.


In tourney mode, you have one weekly attempt to slay as many dragons as you can. The lair starts with 2 red dragons. Two more dragons are added with each victory, up to 10 dragons, and then 5 dragons are added per victory. (So: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.) Your tourney ends as soon as you suffer a defeat. Your rank is determined by the number of victories. Players with the same victories are sorted by the number of dragons killed in the game in which defeated, with ties going to whoever finished earliest. You start each tourney game with no health potions. There is no hero swapping in tourney mode. Tournaments begin/end Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Each week, the top 50 percentile of players with at least one tourney victory will gain a Tourney XP bonus for the following week, like this:

  • 51-69% = +50% bonus
  • 70-89% = +70% bonus
  • 90-99% = +100% bonus
  • Winner = +200% bonus

The XP bonus from tourneys is applied to any XP earned, in any mode, during the following week.

XP bonuses are additive to XP bonuses from fame, not multiplicative. So if you are Fame Level 2 and finished in the top 80% in the prior tourney, then killing a rat would produce: 10 + 1 + 7 = 18XP


Please play Dungeoneers as much as you'd like with the Human Swordsman. If you are enjoying the game and want a fuller experience, consider purchasing the Elf and Dwarf. When you reach fame level 10, you will also gain the ability to purchase the Altar. (The Elf and Dwarf can be had for free at fame level 50, and the Altar for free at fame level 75. If you reach fame 50 and have already purchased the Elf and Dwarf, you will be awarded a Jar of Mana. If you reach fame 75 and have already purchased the Altar, you will be awarded a Bottle of Mana.)

The other purchase option is mana. Mana can be used to double your XP after a game.


You can access an Options menu by clicking the gear icon on the lower right of the game screen. From the options menu, you can:

  • ADJUST VOLUME - Change the volume for game sounds or music.
  • EDIT PROFILE - Change your screen name or password.
  • RESET HELP - Set the game to go to the beginning of tutorial mode, so you will see help dialogs. Gameplay is not affected.
  • CONTINUE LATER - Return to the start screen without signing out or ending your game.
  • SIGN OUT - Sign out so you can play with a different account or as a guest. No progress is lost, so when you return to your account, you will continue where you left off.
  • RESIGN GAME - If the current dungeon seems hopeless, you can flee and start a new game. You drop all your stuff, but keep all your experience points.
  • LINK ACCOUNTS - Linking accounts lets you use the same account on multiple platforms. Just pick the account you want to use, then export it to the other platform to replace the other account.


The following tables show the item counts used when generating rooms for each level. Some items are distributed across the entire level. If a d10 roll table is shown, the item is generated for each room independently.

Potions (by level)

CavernsBetween 1 and 2
MinesBetween 2 and 3
RuinsBetween 3 and 4

Weapons Chests (by level)


In addition to the above, the caverns and mines will each have 3 weapon racks. The caverns racks will have a sword, shield, and bow; as will the mines racks.

Scroll Cases (by level)

CavernsBetween 4 and 5
MinesBetween 6 and 7
RuinsBetween 8 and 9

The chance of a scroll being a certain type is as follows: Leap: 28%, Haste: 28%, Flame: 28%, Vanish: 8%, Bolt: 8% (locked scrolls are replaced with an unlocked scroll type).

Scroll Case Quantity

Caverns Tunnel1112222233
Mines Tunnel1222233344

Exterior Pits

Caverns Tunnel0000000011
Mines Tunnel0000000011

Interior Pits

Caverns Tunnel0011122233
Mines Tunnel0011122233

Gas Spores

Caverns Tunnel1111111122
Mines Tunnel1111111122

Exceptional Gas Spores


Lair loot: There is base loot of 1 potion, 1 scroll case, 1 chest, and 1 golden chest (if unlocked), which is distributed randomly through the lair rooms. In addition, each room with more than 3 dragons will have extra loot: one extra item per dragon above 3. The type of each extra item is determined randomly: scroll cases (50%), health potions (30%), weapon chests (20%).

Tunnel loot: Each tunnel room has a 30% chance to have one health potion and a 10% chance to have two. One chest with the type from the level below will appear 30% of the time. There is a 60% chance for one scroll case, and a 10% chance for two.

Rare scroll cases contain half the normal amount, rounded down.

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