Karnaca alleyway pre release

Howlers lying in ambush in an alley.

The Howlers are a gang in Karnaca led by Paolo.

They see themselves as idealists and revolutionaries, trying to wrestle control of the city from the corrupt Duke Luca Abele and the Grand Guard for the good of the working people. They don't consider themselves as a gang per se, and see their acts, even against innocents, as justified.

The Howlers target, threaten and rob both upper and upper-middle class citizens who stumble upon them; referring to them as "parasites". In several areas, this definition extends to the protagonist, due to their refined clothing. Though this hostility could also be to them not liking competition, as mentioned by Paolo.

Black market merchants pay the Howlers protection money to keep their shops safe from looters and perhaps stray Grand Guard. If the protagonist robs too many such stores, they will attempt to ambush them in the Palace District.

They are currently locked in a territorial conflict with the Overseers over the Dust District at the edge of the city.[1]

There are times in the game where they can be situational allies.

Skills and Abilities

Howlers are adept as using both their swords and wristbows simultaneously in combat. They will fire different forms of ammunition while in combat, using bolts to damage at range, howling bolts to obscure vision and provide cover, and stinging bolts to severely disorient their enemies.


  • The name "Howlers" comes from the distinct howls that are occasionally uttered by members of the gang.
  • Despite not liking Overseers due to them also wanting control over Karnaca, they will work with them in low chaos with Armando or Corvo if both factions are left alone.



  1. Game Informer - Issue 278 - June 2016