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balrug 2Balrug.png
HP 50-103
HD 14
XP 1661
Speed 12
AC 5
EV 12
Will 160
Attack1 25 (hit: fire)

Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities Cold
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Large
Type balrug, balrug
Flags Fighter

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A huge and very powerful demon, wreathed in fire and shadows.

Useful Info

Balrugs are brutish tier-2 demons, often armed with branded demon whips and capable of casting powerful Fire Magic. Even when unarmed, they still deal significant fire damage (14-27 HP) per hit.


Spell set I
Slot1 Bolt of Fire (3d23) Magical flag
Slot2 Fireball (3d23) Magical flag
Slot3 Pyre Arrow (2d14*) Magical flag
Slot4 Smiting (7-17) Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • The more fire resistance you have when facing them, the better.
  • Balrugs are vulnerable to cold. Any decent Ice Elementalist or Conjurer shouldn't have much difficulty with them. Other characters can take advantage of their vulnerability with freezing-branded weapons or by zapping them with a wand of iceblast.
  • Don't let their size fool you; balrugs are still faster than most characters.
  • Maces & Flails specialists will probably want to take a look at their weaponry, as demon whips are among the best weapons in the game.


Balrugs are almost identical to the balrog, a fiery whip-wielding demon from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels.