The Knife of Dunwall follows the assassin Daud as he seeks redemption for murdering Empress Jessamine in Dishonored's main story.
Daud has his own abilities including: "Void Gaze", which combines the functions of Corvo's "Dark Vision" with those of The Heart, guiding Daud to runes and bone charms; "Chokedust", which dazes enemies; and an ability which allows Daud to summon his assassin followers. Additionally Daud also has his own gadgets such as stun mines, a concealed wrist-mounted bow, and arc mines that disintegrate enemies. The Knife of Dunwall's plot runs parallel to that of Dishonored's, providing Daud's perspective on events, and introduces new locations such as a whale slaughterhouse and Dunwall's affluent legal district. The Knife of Dunwall also features an additional difficulty level, "Master Assassin", which is made available after completing the content.