In Dishonored, one way of playing is to knock enemies unconscious either by choking them or shooting them with a Sleep Dart.

Do these characters later wake up and resume walking around? I'm not sure if it's happened to me or it's someone else taking their place.

If they do wake up, how long does it take for them to wake up?

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No one gets up when Corvo is done with them.


On the console versions, there is a limit of around 5 unconscious/dead people in a given zone. So when you go and add another the set one will disappear.

This isn't an issue for corpses if you buy the disintegration upgrades.

The personal computer version(s) may allow more bodies about due to the higher memory availability.

So what this means is that you must hide a body immediately (or leave it where rats can't get to it) if you are going for some kind of bonus or low chaos, as the opportunity to do so will be gone later.


Enemies don't wake up in general sense, however their bodies are known to disappear from the game to prevent the memory usage, bugs and other possible issues.

I'm not sure if they disappear when the maximum amount of bodies is hit or when you get too far away from them.

In my playthrough I haven't noticed single disappearing or reappearing guard, mostly because I played fast and without unnecessary returns.

  • Guards may reappear or not depending on the area and your chaos level. The main street area of the first two missions, for example, will almost always have guards patrolling on it if your chaos is high. Even if you kill (or disable) all the guards in the street every time you pass through it.
    – AdamP
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 23:51

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