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The Flooded District is the seventh mission in Dishonored. Corvo Attano, betrayed by the Loyalist Conspiracy and captured by the Whalers, must escape and return to the Hound Pits Pub.


Pre-mission, Coronation Eve[]

The Lord Regent has been defeated and the reign of Emily Kaldwin is now assured. All that remains is to see her safely escorted to Dunwall Tower where she will assume her position on the throne.

Pre-mission, Adrift[]

Betrayed by Havelock, Martin and Pendleton, you were only saved at the last moment by Samuel the Boatman, who left you adrift in a ruined section of Dunwall.


Betrayed and poisoned by Havelock, Martin, and Pendleton, you've awakened in the ruins of the Flooded District, where the assassin Daud has you under guard. Recover your gear, confront Daud, and find a way out of the Flooded District.

Late-mission, Toil and Trouble[]

You've escaped the Flooded District and now you're winding your way back toward the Hound Pits Pub.



Assassins capture Corvo in the Flooded District.

There are many ways to navigate the mission, with only a few places that Corvo is required to visit. Prior to the mission, his gear is tossed to the bottom of the Greaves Refinery by Daud; Corvo can choose to retrieve his gear, or go on without it.


Corvo will awaken to find himself in a large hole. There are a few methods he can use to escape:

  • The easiest method involves throwing bricks at the wooden barrier. There are many bricks at Corvo's feet, and the door will break in just a few hits.
  • Corvo can also use Windblast to blow the door open. Keep in mind that Corvo's mana is limited, as he does not have any extra vials of Piero's Spiritual Remedy. An assassin will immediately appear when Corvo gets out of the hole by using this method.
  • Corvo can possess a rat and make his way out through the drain.
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Assassins patrol the area where Corvo is imprisoned.

Upon escaping the hole, Corvo will find a few vials of elixir, some food, an Assassins' Sword, and an Overseers' Sabre. On the level above, assassins will be guarding the exit to the building. Corvo can leave the building in many different ways:

  • He can confront the assassins head on and fight them, or run past them, jumping into the water below. The assassins will cease to chase him once he leaves the building.
  • Corvo can sneak past the guards or use Possession or Bend Time to stealthily leave the building.
  • Corvo can possess a hagfish on the lower level and swim out through a broken grate in the wall.

Rudshore Waterfront[]

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Rudshore Waterfront.

From here, Corvo can choose to either go straight to Daud or to retrieve his gear from the refinery. To get to Central Rudshore, Corvo can blink or climb to the nearby bridge and sneak past the assassin guards at the entrance to the Rail Station.

Note that to gain access to the Rail Station, Corvo must find the key. Several assassins carry it, and it is also found in a side room nearby.

If Corvo wants to go to the refinery, he can choose to go one of two ways:

The first route involves climbing the bridge and entering the building opposite the entrance to the train station. Corvo can do this by blinking up to the roof. Several river krusts can be found here, and Corvo can pick up useful weapons, such as pistols, from the various Overseer corpses scattered around the area.

After Corvo leaves through the double doors, he can blink past the fence and into the refinery.

Corvo can also choose to go past the bridge in the waterfront. Ahead, he will find a colony of river krusts and various corpses. There are also a few abandoned apartments, one which contains a weeper. Weepers also roam the streets ahead, and Corvo must pass them to get to the door leading to the refinery.

The next area is an abandoned apartment from which Corvo can blink across to the refinery. There are more weepers below, but they can be easily avoided.

Greaves Refinery[]

To get to the actual refinery building, Corvo must lower the stairway attached to the wall. He can do this by putting a whale oil tank in the power receptacle in the control room. By pulling a switch, he can lower the stairs. Note that this will release a rat swarm.


A quest marker points to Corvo's gear.

Once Corvo heads up the stairs, three assassins can be heard talking about their search for him (the details of which will differ according to Corvo's chaos level for the mission) before vanishing. Corvo can then enter the refinery.

In order to get to the area below, Corvo must power up the bridge with a whale oil tank. A filling station can be found nearby, but Corvo must climb into a caged area by breaking the wood above the bars to get an empty tank. Once the tank is filled and inserted, the bridge will lower, and Corvo can climb the chain down into the refinery.


Corvo's gear.

There will be four weepers around Corvo's gear in high chaos, but only one in low chaos. The box can be found near a grate, and once Corvo retrieves his equipment, he can leave by turning a wheel to open a metal door nearby.

Thereafter, there are noticeably more guards when Corvo returns to the Rudshore Waterfront, though they only watch the roofs rather than the street.

Central Rudshore[]

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Assassins patrol the area.

The Rail Station leads to Central Rudshore, where Daud's hideout at the Chamber of Commerce Building can be found. Many assassins guard the area, and a note found near the refinery will tell Corvo to avoid the bridge, as it is being watched.

There are many ways to navigate the area, but Corvo can enter the commerce building in one of two ways:

Corvo can choose to go through the front entrance, which is an open window attached to the bridge. Many assassins guard it, and the area is very open. Inside the building, Corvo must pass two more assassins in the hallway and then two assassins in the training area. Then, he can blink up to the next level. If he enters the library, he will find another assassin guard, but the hall right outside Daud's office will be clear, unless there is reason to investigate the area.

Corvo can also enter through the back by climbing a nearby abandoned building. This can be achieved from the bridge by blinking up onto a broken brick wall and then to the building. From there, Corvo will have to pass a few assassins guarding the area, but this route will take Corvo directly to Daud's office.

Confronting Daud[]

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Daud uses Bend Time to fight Corvo alone.

When Corvo approaches Daud's quarters, an assassin will appear to inform Daud of Corvo's disappearance. The assassin's explanation will reflect Corvo's actions in the area; if he has not been detected, the assassin will comment how nobody has seen him, and Daud tells him to "deal with the sentries as [he] sees fit." 

Corvo can duel with Daud by walking straight to him. In low chaos Daud will command his assassins to leave, stating "I have to do this alone". In high chaos he will urge them to attack Corvo. Regardless of chaos Daud will use Bend Time during battle, frequently leaving any assassin unable to attack as they are not immune to its effect. After his defeat, he will admit that he is the one who killed the Empress, and that he regrets it deeply. He then will ask Corvo to determine his fate. He will disappear if Corvo decides to spare his life.

Alternatively, Corvo can choose not to confront Daud at all, and instead steal the key from his desk and leave. To accomplish the "send a message" optional quest, Corvo has to pickpocket Daud, or knock him out with the choke maneuver. This method is best accomplished through liberal use of Bend Time (effective on Daud's sentries) and Blink. Knocking out any assassins in the room without being spotted will allow Corvo to sneak up behind Daud, where he can be pickpocketed or knocked out. Choosing this method counts as sparing Daud, and acts as the non-lethal elimination for the mission, and will earn Corvo the "Mercy is the Mark" achievement.

Escaping the Flooded District[]

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The corpse cart.

After taking Daud's key, Corvo can make his way down to the tunnel leading to the Rudshore Gate.

Rudshore Gate[]

Immediately after Corvo escapes the assassins' base, he will enter a slum. He emerges from the sewers into a large dumping ground for corpses of plague victims. Rats are scurrying about and Corvo needs to make it to higher ground. There are many survivors in the area, the first of which he encounters is a nobleman and a dying man. They are non-hostile. The side objective Creating a Safe Haven is available here in low chaos.

A rune is close to this area, located on the roof of one of a series of apartment buildings. Corvo can find it by going through the apartments, including one inhabited by a non-hostile survivor named Alfa.

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Alfa showing Corvo the corpse cart.

Corvo can reach the Rudshore Gate, leading out of the Flooded District, in a few different ways.

Talking with Alfa reveals one of the ways Corvo can escape the area: riding atop the large corpse carts that frequent the area. She will walk over and open a set of double doors overlooking the dumping ground. To entirely bypass the tallboys guarding the area outside the gate, Corvo can make use of the large trains. To do this, he must make his way through a series of abandoned apartments up to the roof of a building located near the elevated tracks. When a train passes by, after it has dumped the bodies into the river, Corvo can ride it past the tallboys. However, he must jump from the train before reaching the wall of light. He can choose to either disable or rewire the wall. The power source is located right next to the tracks.

Doing this, however, completely bypasses the survivors and the looters, resulting in Corvo being unable to acquire the Looters' equipment or aid in the survivors' rescue if played on low chaos.

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Tallboys attack the tenement building.

Corvo can also put a whale oil tank - located in the looters' hideout - in the power source for a floodlight near the tenement buildings. Upon the light's activation, the tallboys will leave their patrol routes and proceed to attack the buildings, killing anyone inside. Corvo can use this opportunity to cross the open area.

Another way to get to the gate is to sneak through the abandoned buildings on the left side of the area or to attack the tallboys directly.

Corvo will have to deal with one or two more tallboys, depending on chaos, after passing the first wall of light. He can get past them by climbing through an opening above the door to the next area, or he can drop down and pass through the door.

Old Port District Outskirts[]

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A group of weepers huddle around a fire in the Old Port District outskirts.

After bypassing the wall of light and tallboys guarding the district exit, Corvo will come upon a building with an entrance barred by wooden planks. Corvo can break the planks, but several weepers down the street will rush toward the sound. Alternatively, Corvo can access the building to the left by climbing through a window.

On high chaos, Corvo will run into more weepers upon leaving the building. Then, he must make his way down into the sewers through a hatch in the ground.

Old Dunwall Sewers[]


A Bottle Street thug, in the sewers near the site of Granny Rags and Slackjaw's final confrontation.

From there, he will have to pass by several river krusts. Using sticky grenades makes this task considerably easier, as many river krusts are growing from the walls and ceilings.

Corvo will then run into a Bottle Street thug. If Corvo previously interacted with Granny Rags and Slackjaw, the thug will tell him that he needs Slackjaw's key to get into the next area. If not, then the gate to the sewers will be open. After getting the key from Granny Rags, Corvo can enter the back room, where he will find an Outsider Shrine and a hole in the floor covered by wooden boards. From there he can break the wood and jump into the water. The current will quickly take him back to the sewer gate.

In the sewers beneath the Old Port District, Corvo will come upon a small settlement. In low chaos, its members are plague survivors; in high chaos, they are weepers. Once he passes this area, he will have to deal with a few more river krusts before finding the exit.

Side Objectives[]

  • Recover Corvo's gear, stashed in the Greaves Refinery.
  • Creating a Safe Haven: Help a group of plague survivors escape the district while protecting them from patrolling tallboys.
  • Settle the final confrontation between Slackjaw and Granny Rags. They will appear in the sewers only if Corvo does at least one side mission for Granny Rags during the High Overseer Campbell mission, and speaks to Slackjaw during House of Pleasure.
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      Granny Rags during the final confrontation.

      There are two ways to settle the confrontation: either kill/incapacitate Granny Rags or kill Slackjaw.
    • In order for Granny Rags to be killed or rendered unconscious, her cameo must be destroyed.
    • Despite her powers, Granny Rags is classified as a civilian, and killing her will count as a civilian kill against Corvo's chaos. Such is even the case when she still has her cameo, and each time she is "killed" will count.
    • Corvo can also choose to avoid the confrontation entirely and escape by stealing the sewer key from Granny Rags. She will turn hostile immediately.
      • Granny Rags doesn't "detect" Corvo before the end of speech and her first teleportation - Corvo can steal the key from her and run towards the door.
      • In this case, it is advised to loot her bedroom first.
    • Slackjaw will reward Corvo of 600 coins if he is freed after the confrontation.
      • Ghost/Clean Hands Note: When attempting a Ghost/Clean Hands run, use Bend Time, pickpocket the key from Granny Rags, and blink into the shack. Though Granny Rags will become hostile when Bend Time ends, she will not detect Corvo if he is not within sight. Quickly unlock the door and enter the room to avoid being detected.
        • A second method involves burning the cameo and immediately releasing Slackjaw resulting in a fight between him and Granny Rags. Slackjaw will win if Corvo kills all the rats that can attack Slackjaw.
        • Corvo can also burn the cameo, wait out of sight for Granny Rags to get zapped in the middle of her speech, and then immediately hit her with a sleep dart.
    • If Slackjaw was killed, or became aggressive towards Corvo after completing his first side-quest during House of Pleasure, Granny Rags will still appear in the sewers with his corpse, and will let Corvo loot it for the sewer key without confronting him. She can still be defeated with the methods described above, but it will not grant a special action. If Corvo picks his body up, she will turn hostile towards him, since she needs his bones for the soup.
      • Even if Corvo knocks Slackjaw out in the House of Pleasure mission, the gang leader will appear dead in the sewer.
      • Both of these options, however, mean that both Pendleton twins must be killed by the player.

Special Actions[]

  • Helped the Survivors Escape
  • Recovered Your Weapons and Gear
  • Put Weeper Campbell Out of His Misery
  • Helped Granny Cook Slackjaw
  • Helped Slackjaw Defeat Granny

General Mission Notes[]


Assassins on a roof in the Flooded District.

  • This level changes significantly based on the chaos level, and the number of guards is variable.
  • On a no-kill approach, be careful when using sleep darts on assassins who are on a roof or bridge. They may fall and die, especially if caught looking over an edge. Like City Watch guards, this will alert their fellows if Corvo is spotted.
  • If Daud is spared, any remaining assassins left in the area will become non-hostile towards Corvo unless provoked. This will not happen in high chaos.
  • If the wolfhounds in the kennels during High Overseer Campbell are left alive, they will re-appear just outside Daud's building along with a book entitled Excerpt from An Assassin's Log.
  • It is highly advised that Corvo retrieve his lost gear, as it makes dealing with river krusts later on much easier. If Corvo chooses to not retrieve his gear, he will not be able to use the crossbow for the remainder of the game (he can still collect the bolts). He will also lose all of his previous upgrades on his sword and pistol.
  • This mission has a bug on high chaos, affecting the Ghost achievement. Upon entering the Gateward Tunnel, combat music is played and the game can not be saved for a while. This counts as detection. A workaround is to stop time immediately after entering the tunnel, then quickly running and possessing a rat, thus avoiding the inexplicable detection.


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Granny and Slackjaw.

  • In Daud's base, Corvo encounters a novice assassin being put through a stealth training lesson. The instructor's dialogue is a direct reference to the training mission in Thief:The Dark Project, as Garrett's stealth instructor spoke exactly the same lines.
  • If Corvo manages to steal Granny Rags' key and skip the fight entirely, the optional objective "Find Granny's Cameo" may stay in the journal for the rest of the game. However, there are no negative consequences besides not being able to complete it.
  • The Bottle Street thug informing Corvo of the situation between Slackjaw and Granny Rags will shoot himself in high chaos, but simply disappear in low chaos. He will also disappear if Corvo takes away his gun in high chaos.
    • If Corvo chooses to kill or incapacitate the thug, he will still hear the gun shot in high chaos.
  • If Corvo branded Thaddeus Campbell during the High Overseer Campbell mission, he will be one of the weepers patrolling the level. His name will not appear when the crosshair lands on him, and his final thoughts can be found nearby.
    • It is possible to fulfill the Put Weeper Campbell Out of His Misery special action without losing Clean Hands achievement by incapacitating Campbell and feeding his unconscious body to a rat swarm (the nearest one can be found just outside the Greaves Refinery). It must be noted that the body should be fed to a pre-spawned rat swarm and not to a summoned one, or otherwise it will be counted against Clean Hands achievement.
  • The poison used to incapacitate Corvo is Tyvian. The Whalers that find Corvo consider it "amateur work". If this is because of the poison's origin or because it had been underdosed by Samuel Beechworth to spare Corvo is unknown.
  • According to a sign nearby, Granny Rags' lair used to be an armory.
  • If Corvo has recovered his gear and then opens the shutter to the bridge, an assassin will come to investigate as per the note found near the dead Overseer; if the gear has not yet been recovered, however, no assassins will be found near the bridge.
  • Two Whalers can be heard discussing Corvo's fine equipment, wishing to sell it for copious amounts of coin, should Daud not take ownership of this gear.
  • In an early draft, Daud would have cut off Corvo's hand during the intro cinematic, severing his tie to the Void. Corvo could then either find his hand or continue on without his powers.[1]
    • During the cinematic, Daud would have told Corvo "The blade's sharp. You won't feel it much."[2]. After cutting off Corvo's hand, Daud would have told his Whalers: "See that this is cauterized. Properly, mind you. Put him to sleep and move him into the warehouse across the street."[3]
    • The Outsider's speech to Corvo would have continued past the line "Maybe none of these. Perhaps that's just the nature of man", having him tell Corvo: "Your missing hand is lying at the base of an oil-soaked tower across the street. I suggest you awaken and go find it, because I happen to know you'll need it"[4]. This would then have added the objective to recover the missing hand to the player's log.[5]
    • Two cranks would have been unusable unless Corvo recovered his hand, displaying the message "You need both hands to turn this". These would have been the crank on lower level of the Greaves Refinery, and the one that controls the gate to the bridge connecting the warehouse with the dead Overseers to the Rudshore Central Station yard.[6]
    • During the fight with Daud, Daud could have taunted Corvo with the line "This time I'll cut off more than a hand!"[7].


Description Audio
Daud, before and during the fight with Corvo
Daud asks Corvo for his life


Low Chaos Walkthrough[]


  1. Developer Commentary - Corvo's Hand
  2. L_Flooded_FRefinery_Intro: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.DisDialogOneShot_3.DisDialogTree_OneShot.DisConversation.DisConv_Blurb_5
  3. L_Flooded_FRefinery_Intro: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.DisDialogOneShot_3.DisDialogTree_OneShot.DisConversation.DisConv_Blurb_6
  4. L_Flooded_FRefinery_Intro: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.DisDialogOneShot.DisDialogTree_OneShot_3.DisConversation.DisConv_Blurb_4 and _5
  5. The conversation all of the Outsider's lines in the Flooded District intro are in is nicknamed "Outsider Gives Hand Objective" (sic, L_Flooded_FRefinery_Intro: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.DisDialogOneShot). The objective to recover your gear is still called "obj_FloodedHand" in the files, i.e. L_Flooded_FRefinery_P: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.Main_Sequence.Objectives_Manager.SeqVar_Named_2
  6. L_Flooded_FRefinery_Script: Flooded_Twk.FloodedWheel_H2U_1Shot_D2U_twk, L_Flooded_FStreets_Script: Flooded_Twk.FloodedWheel_H2U_1Shot_D2U_twk
  7. L_Flooded_FAssassins_Script: TheWorld.PersistentLevel.DisDialogOneShot_2.DisDialogTree_OneShot.DisConversation_1.DisConv_Blurb_1