A Ghoul is a fast, dangerous creature of the Underworld, a mindless Shadow traditionally inhabiting caves, ancient ruins, and the Isle of the Dead. When called by a higher power, they may wander into inhabited areas as well.
Ruin ghouls are encountered in Risen, and are labeled "Ghoul" in-game. They are found in ancient ruins. Ruin ghouls have the appearance of withered, but intact, skin. They wear a hood and a loincloth. Unlike other types, these have an extremely powerful magical area-of-effect attack, killing lower health characters in one hit. It is generally wise to avoid this attack if possible.
Common ghouls are encountered in both Risen 2 and Risen 3, and labeled "Ghoul" in-game. They are the weakest variety of ghoul. Common ghouls wear only a loin cloth and appear to have their skin withered to the point that some flesh beneath is exposed in certain areas. A few parts of their more muscular bodies are lightly wrapped in bandages, either left over from mummification or failed attempts to treat wounds when still among the living.
Black ghouls are encountered in Risen 2 and Risen 3, and are a stronger version of the common ghoul. Black ghouls and common ghouls are more muscular than ruin ghouls.
Ghouls are extremely swift and aggressive, often attacking in groups of 2 or 3. If a ghoul is hidden when an enemy arrives, it will attempt to surprise the opponent with a sudden leap from its hiding spot. They attack with a flurry of claw swings, effectively stun locking an opponent and also breaking an enemy's guard. They are also capable of jumping away to dodge a weapon strike. Perhaps the most dangerous type is the ruin ghoul, which employs an area-of-effect magical attack that other varieties do not possess.
|Ruin Ghoul||Common Ghoul||Black Ghoul|
|Additional Loot||Claw (Gut animals)|
|Strengths||Rapid flurry of attacks, powerful magic AoE attack||Ambush attack (if hidden), rapid flurry of attacks||Ambush attack (if hidden), rapid flurry of attacks|
|Weakness||Ranged attacks, fast mêlée attack combinations||Ranged attacks, fast mêlée attack combinations||Ranged attacks, fast mêlée attack combinations|
|Exp / Glory||130 Exp||100 Glory||100 Glory|