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apis YApis.png
HP 79-160
HD 16
XP 1345
Speed 10
AC 9
EV 5
Will 100
Attack1 40 (gore: holy)

Resistances rHoly
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type apis, apis
Flags Warm-blooded
A placid, sacred bull of Elyvilon.

For a list of all holy monsters, see list of holy monsters.

Useful Info

An apis is a rare yak-type monster, found only on holy Ziggurat floors and holy Pan levels. They behave like all yaks, moving into melee range and hitting surprisingly hard with their holy horns (especially dangerous to undead or demonspawn characters).

Tips & Tricks

  • Think of them as death yaks but stronger, particularly if you're vulnerable to holy damage.


The apis was a sacred bull worshiped in ancient Egypt.


  • Prior to 0.15, Elyvilon could punish the player for killing an apis by inflicting irresistible but temporary weakness. Also, hostile apis could turn neutral if the player worshipped a good god and was sufficiently pious.
  • In 0.14, apis were supposed to appear in the Enchanted Forest.
  • Prior to 0.13, killing an apis did not trigger Elyvilon's wrath.