Ancient champion

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ancient champion zAncient champion.png
HP 46-94
HD 14
XP 2251
Speed 10
AC 23
EV 7
Will 120
Attack1 32 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type ancient champion, ancient champion
Flags Fighter
An unfathomably ancient skeleton. It has hundreds of golden sigils etched onto its bones, and pulses with terrible, unholy power.

Useful Info

Ancient champions are dangerous undead foes with powerful spellcasting abilities and good weapons and armour. They can be found in the Crypt, often leading a band of skeletal warriors.


Spell set I
Slot1 Bolt of Draining (3d21) Wizard flag
Slot2 Stone Arrow (3d21) Wizard flag
Slot3 Haste Wizard flag
Spell set II
Slot1 Iron Shot (3d26) Wizard flag
Slot2 Pain (d15) Wizard flag
Slot3 Haste Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • All ancient champions are considerable threats in melee, wearing plate mail and wielding heavy, branded two-handed weapons, in addition to being able to haste themselves. However, their spell sets vary in threat level: Bolt of Draining is fairly negligible if you have good negative energy resistance (recommended for exploring the Crypt), while Iron Shot is generally harder to deal with.
  • Despite their deadliness and solid defenses, they don't have terribly high HP; The irresistible damage from Dispel Undead or Lee's Rapid Deconstruction in particular will take care of these very easily.