Cradle staff were the souls of the medical and psychiatric staff of the Shalebridge Cradle, living on only in the building's memory. Cradle staff appeared as pitch black, human-like shadows, flickering from time to time with a dim glow. The Cradle staff were frozen in time, forever performing their everyday routines as the Cradle remembered them.
It is possible that their black colouring was the result of the fire that destroyed the staff wing. Like the Zombies of TDS, they collapse into dust when killed, implying that the Cradle staff were nothing more than ash reanimated by the Cradle.
How Cradle staff react upon spotting Garrett depends on whether they recognize Garrett as a patient or as himself. If Garrett is pretending to be a patient, they will simply catch him and send him back to present, destroying the "toy" he is carrying. However, if Garrett is in the past as himself, they will try to kill him on sight. Being unarmed and without any magical abilities, they will fight with their own fists.
Being lesser undead creatures, Cradle Staff are also vulnerable to physical damage, such as Broadhead Arrows or the dagger. They are easily backstabbed, which saves on the anti-undead weapons needed for battling Puppets. They are harmed by broadhead arrows, but require several shots to kill. As other Undead, they can't be knocked out.
They can be stopped in the following ways:
- Backstab – kills with one blow
- Broadhead Arrow – can be killed in 6 – 8 shots
- Fire Arrow – can be killed with a single arrow
- Flash Bomb – can be killed with a single bomb
- Holy Water – can be killed with a single flask