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Generic chaplain.png Chaplain.png
Access: Chapel office, Morgue, Crematorium
Additional Access: N/A
Difficulty: Easy
Supervisors: Executive Officer
Duties: Hold services and funerals, cremate people, preach, etc.
Guides: Cult, Department Standard Operating Procedure
Quote: There's something about the vast infinity of space that turns men to prayer. Especially if they get thrown into it without a space suit.

As a chaplain you would ideally proselytize whatever crazy religion you've made up for that round over your headset. However, besides your office, the hellish crematorium next to your office, and the rarely used morgue, you have no access.

It is vital that you use the radio to call people to the Chapel, because otherwise it is less frequented than the Library.

Holy Artefacts

In your possession are several important items, including your Holy Book and the Null Rod. These items are powerful and should be kept in your possession at all times.

Holy Book

You have to set the name of your god and religion in the Character Setup window before the round starts, else you will be stuck with whatever the default is. The first time you interact with your book in a round, you can set its skin. The resulting Bible starts with space cash and beer in it, and perhaps some other junk; you may want to store the holy water on your desk.

Hitting somebody in the head with your Bible has a 60% chance to heal them and a 40% chance to give them 10 brain damage, unless the victim congregant is wearing robust headgear (helmets, certain hats, and any child of the helmet class.) You can even revive people who are in critical condition! But if you use the ability a lot, you will start to see diminishing returns, with a higher chance to cause brain damage, and a lower amount of damage healed.

- It should be noted that your book cannot be used by the non-believers, meaning: If someone steals your book and attempts to brain somebody over the head with it, the book will sizzle in that persons hands. However, others CAN access the content of the book itself.

Null Rod

The obsidian rod will be your defense against the forces of evil. Having it in your possession will make you completely immune to the effects of blood magic. It will also destroy any runes and is a excellent weapon in general.

You can transform it in a holy weapon of choice by using it in hand! Options are:

  • Null rod: Fits in pocket
  • God Hand: Burn damage, but you can never put it down.
  • Red Staff/Blue staff: Low force, only fits on back, but high block chance
  • Claymore/Dark Blade: High force, low block chance, doesn't fit in bags
  • SORD: Complete shit
  • Scythe: Ignores armour, only fits on back. Same strength as null rod.
  • Chainsaw Hand: Basically just a mounted chainsaw
  • Clown Dagger: No mechanical changes, looks like a honkrender and honks on attack
  • Whip: Bonus damage vs shadowlings.
  • Fedora: Goes on your head. Does high throwing damage. No melee damage.
  • Dark Blessing: Basically just a weaker armblade.
  • Carp-Sie Plushie: Less damage than nullrod, looks/sounds like a carp plushie. Using it inhand makes the chaplain gain the carp faction. He will be ignored by wild carp.
  • Nautical Energy Sword A red energy sword that looks like a Scimitar. Cannot be sheathed like a typical energy sword, doesn't fit in bags.
  • High Frequency Blade Two handed weapon, Does decent damage.Not much else to say.Cannot be stored.

You can only re-pick once.


Each chaplain is free to invent the details of their rituals.

  • Funerals: You have a stock of coffins and burial garments you can use for wakes and space burials (that is, launching them out of the mass driver). Some employees appreciate wakes being held for friends and loved ones. See below.
  • Psychological care. This includes counseling, pharmaceutical remedies (consult the chemist), and confessions. You have a confession booth; you and the confessor enter separate rooms and switch on the radio terminals. Most crew members rarely if ever submit to psychological care of their own initiative; offer to help when someone looks troubled. Prisoners are most often in need of attention.
  • Church Services. Give sermons and sing hymns.
  • Proselytizing. Most crew members are godless heathens; acquiring followers for your god(s) is your first priority. When you convince someone to join the church, you can perform a ritual of conversion (some elements you may want to include: drugs, glossolalia, sacrifices, drinking of [demon's blood], public announcements, prayer, lying naked on the altar, strikes with the holy book, confession, blood-letting).
  • Blessing Rooms. Your bible has the power to turn ordinary water into holy water by blessing smacking the container with it. Holy water stops any Evil Spirits or Magical Beings from Ethereal Jaunting onto the tile that you splash the holy water on, and can deconvert cultists. If a cult or wizard is discovered then it would be the best idea to bless a water-tank with your bible, give that to security, grabbing a fire extinguisher and blessing that too and then asking for the AI to let you in so you can bless his chamber from potential harm. The fire extinguisher will allow you to easily bless rooms because it will affect every tile that the water travels on. You can tell if a tile is blessed when it glows yellow after a little while.
  • Other possible activities: Investiture of new acolytes and paladins, dedication of mechs, gravitational singularities, psychical research and seances, and pilgrimages to the singularity/Clown Planet/the AI Satellite/the Derelict Station.


The Mass Driver's primary purpose is for burials-at-space; wooden caskets are provided for this purpose. Caskets function likes lockers; place the body in the casket, give a eulogy (over the radio if no one is present), move the casket into the driver and fire it.

Note that some crew members may seek to use the Mass Driver as a way to exit the ship into space; for safety reasons, make sure they are properly equipped before letting them through. This will send them towards the derelict station.

The Crematorium is used to turn bodies into ash, including those of xenos. Remember to strip the body before cremating it.

Propitiating the Gods

The Pray command is like an adminhelp, but is IC, and should be worded deferentially (e.g. "Oh Great and Wise Pelor, please grant your humble servant...). It is advised that you only pray later in the round; the gods have a habit of ignoring early prayers. You can increase your divine favor by making a sacrifice to your god(s) of choice; you can do this any number of ways (it is wise to state what you have sacrificed in your prayer). Prayers are more likely to be answered if they are somehow thematically appropriate: wishing for an RCD for no apparent reason is unlikely to be fulfilled, but praying for, say, a divine mission or the tools to complete such are more amusing to the gods.

You have candles and crayons in your locker. Candles can be set anywhere and lit (they eventually burn down). Crayons can be used to draw runes (commonly placed in front of the podium), as well as graffiti (not really your style) and letters (allowing you to write out messages across the ground).

Do not expect any prayers to be answered. Gods are fickle beings. Nobody knows what they are going to do next in their great designs.


During a cult invasion, you will suddenly find yourself a vital part of the ship's security force, and also a target. You will want to ensure Security has a stock of holy water to deconvert cultists -- remember that your bible can bless any water it comes into contact with -- and Security may want your null rod as well. Your bible can be used to detect nearby hidden runes by hitting the floor with it. This can be invaluable in finding suspected cult bases. Finally, you are immune to cult magic, which will help you if you decide to go BATTLE PALADIN and valid save everyone. For more information, go here.

If your god hates you enough, you may also encounter a Revenant, an undead ghost creature that wants your souls. Again, your null rod is incredibly robust against these creatures.


  • Setting your religion's name to certain presents will give your holy book a special name, as well as dispensing 100 brain damage to you. For example, naming your religion 'Homosexuality' will name your bible 'GUYS GONE WILD!!'
    • Other notable examples include: christianity, satanism, cthulu, islam, scientology, chaos, imperium, toolboxia, homosexuality, lol, wtf, gay, penis, ass, poo, badmin, shitmin, deadmin, cock, cocks.
  • Your bible, despite starting with some useless junk, can be emptied and filled with a complete set of tools or other similarly sized items. Best of all, it fits in your hoodie's suit storage!
  • Healing en-masse during blob rounds is extremely effective, as you can get people back into the fight quickly and easily. Besides, who needs proper cognitive function to fight the blob?

The Inquisition

As a traitor, your curse of being ignored by everyone becomes a valuable asset. The chapel is a relatively secluded part of the ship, and odds are the AI won't be keeping an eye on it. You have a null rod, WHICH IS ROBUST AS FUCK. Also don't forget that your bible is a useful storage compartment that won't attract suspicion, and if you hit someone in the head with a bible a few times they get brain damage and then it's a lot harder to yell for help. You can drag around bodies, as well as both space and cremate bodies without looking suspicious: it's your job, after all.

Also remember that the morgue tray in the crematorium can store bodies, items and even whole crates (such as the syndicate surplus crate). It's not a bad place to hide stuff (especially if the camera suffers from an "accident"), but keep in mind the light on the tray turns orange if anything other than a body is inside of it.

Another sneaky idea as traitor is to host one of the chaplains universally renowned "Kool-Aid" parties. Make sure you purchased a toxins kit, then, go to the bar and ask for 10 glasses of grape or orange juice. Put all of the glasses on your table in the chapel then dump anything and everything from the toxins kit into each drink Jim Jones style, break into the captains office tell the captain to make an announcement saying that chaplain is hosting a party and everyone on the ship is required to visit (some one might actually be stupid enough.) you may not get your target, but you might get everyone else.

Jobs on FTL13


Command Captain, Executive Officer, Bridge Officer
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Master-at-Arms, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Ship Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Supply Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner, Munitions Officer
Science Research Director, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Chemist, Geneticist, Virologist
Service Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime
Civilian Assistant, Lawyer, Chaplain, Librarian
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Adamantine Golem, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Wizard, Shadowling, Abductor, Xenomorph, Revenant, Space Ninja, Holoparasite, Swarmers, Blob, Devil, Clockwork Cult
Special Centcom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Ian
Races Humans, Lizardperson, Flyperson, Plasmaman, Podman, Miscellaneous