The Wretch is the first enemy encountered in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Unlike the Engineer, they appear in larger numbers and serve a role similar to the Servant Grunt of the original game, Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Of all the creatures encountered, it is the most common and appears in large numbers towards the climax of the game. During the later parts of the game, the player will even come across a nest of Wretches.
Their behavior is almost childlike, as seen when the player observes some of the Wretches playing. One can be seen interacting with building blocks and repeatedly knocking them over, while another is shown sitting in the far corner of a cell until the player approaches and causes it to charge, only to slip and fall, and return to its corner sulking.
The Wretch appears as a quadruped with a hunched over posture. The head and body seem to be of pig in origin, with human-like limbs and the right arm larger than the left. All of the limbs are crudely misshapen and connected with leather straps and sewing, much like the Grunts from Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Wretches are found in the following locations:
- Oswald's Mansion (Visual)
- Cellar (Visual)
- Alley (Visual)
- St.Dunstan's Church (Low Risk)
- Factory (High Risk)
- Factory Tunnels (High Risk)
- Streets (Visual)
- Pigline (Low Risk)
- Tesla (Deceased)
These encounters get extensively hazardous from the factory on. In the Pigline, a Wretch can be seen standing idly in the water that is soon to be electrified. It will not be alarmed unless the player intentionally jumps down before sabotaging the drainage machine. The appearances in the Mansion, Cellar, Alley, and Streets are purely visual. In the Tesla, there is one dead Wretch on a lower floor where the Tesla pig makes a brief visual appearance.
- The Wretch may have been the creature that appeared in the Halloween Teaser Trailer for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
- There is actually a Wretch sleeping in Oswald's Mansion. The Wretch can be seen dozing in a barred bedroom through a painting in a hidden passageway. Later, after completing a section, the Wretch is gone.
|Characters (A Machine for Pigs)|
|Main characters||Oswald Mandus • Enoch and Edwin|
|Antagonists||Failed Experiments • Wretch • Engineer • Tesla • The Engineer • The Machine|
|Side characters||Lily Mandus • The Professor • Father Jeremiah • Tabitha Stepwood|