Ancient champion

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ancient champion zAncient champion.png
HP 46-94
HD 14
XP 2235
Speed 10
AC 23
EV 7
MR 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
Spell set III
Slot1 Iskenderun's Mystic Blast (3d19) Wizard flag
Slot2 Slow 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 usually being able to haste themselves. However, their spell sets vary considerably in threat level: Bolt of Draining and Iskenderun's Mystic Blast are both fairly negligible, while Iron Shot and Haunt are much harder to deal with. Consider switching to an amulet of warding if you suddenly find yourself surrounded by summoned ghosts. Or have Aura of Abjuration at hand.
  • Despite their deadliness and solid defenses, they don't have terribly high HP; Dispel Undead's irresistible damage will take care of these very easily.


Prior to 0.13, ancient champions were a variant of skeletal warriors that were only found in one specific vault.