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If you spotted by a Gatherer, run.

Running is one of two ways (the other being hiding) to avoid being killed by the monsters in Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: Justine, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. To run, hold the left shift key by default.


  • Monsters will not chase Daniel, Justine, or Oswald through loading screens (with the exception of Kaernk). If a clear run to a door that leads to a loading screen is available, go for it. Doing this is an absolute necessity in some parts of the game.
  • Don't try to fortify an area when a Gatherer is chasing Daniel. It will either kill him before this can be accomplished or tear it down, regardless of size, to kill him.
  • Make sure the protagonist is as healthy as possible! If Daniel is badly injured, he will not be capable of sprinting away from danger. Use Laudanum if he's hurt before running.
  • Avoid looking back at the monster while running from it, as this will inevitably slow the protagonist down significantly momentarily.
  • Running makes much more noise than hiding, so only run if already spotted.
  • If running is desired but a monster impedes the path, wait until just before it swings, then dodge to the left or right. This often causes them to miss and allows a gap of time to run past them.
  • If trapped in a room with only one door with an alerted monster on the other side, escape is still possible. After breaking down the door, the monster will wait a second before attacking again, giving the player the opportunity to sprint past it. Doing so is risky, but often the only option.
  • Make sure the lantern is off. If it is on, there is zero chance of escaping, since the creature can still see the source of light; however, when the lantern is off, the challenge of keeping track of the player is presented.
  • Try to cut corners and take the most direct route down passageways to avoid injury from a pursuer.
  • Don't forget to close doors behind the player, if possible. The monsters all move faster than Daniel, Justine, and Oswald can, so at some point, it's necessary to slow them down in order to survive the encounter.
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Daniel runs from a Servant Grunt.

  • The Terror Meter sounding will alert the player if he or she has been spotted without fault. This is the cue to run.
    • Inversely, when the terror music stops, the monster has lost sight of Daniel. Take this as an opportunity to find a hiding place (or just keep running, making a large space between him and the monster).
  • Do not attempt to pick up items that would slow down flight; the player can always return to pick them up later.
  • If a Gatherer can be heard snarling and swinging its claws, that means it's directly behind Daniel. Head for the nearest exit if possible, but don't use doors that open outwards, since this offers just enough time for the Gatherer to slash him.
  • If the Gatherer hits Daniel, don't stop, since it will slow down for a while before it picks up its pace. If Daniel is healthy, he can take two hits before death.
  • Even though darkness surrounds the player, do try to keep an eye on the surroundings/know where the protagonist is heading. It is possible to run into a dead end.
  • Moving in a zig-zag pattern decreases speed, but it reduces the Gatherer's accuracy, and it will often miss when it's trying to hit Daniel.
  • Brutes and Suitors can run faster than the player, so direct running from them is usually not the best option.
  • Whenever a Manpig spots Oswald, instead of hearing the Terror Meter, the abomination's high-pitched shriek will be heard. This is the cue to run; however, since Manpigs can easily outrun the protagonist, hiding is heavily more advised. As well, Oswald isn't nyctophobic like Daniel, so he can hide as long as the player desires with no effect on his sanity.

Please note that there are some points in Amnesia: The Dark Descent in which Daniel cannot escape the threat due to the storyline, so it's important to discern what can and cannot be avoided as to not waste Laudanum needlessly.

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