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basilisk lBasilisk.png
HP 23-48
HD 6
XP 193
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 12
Will 20
Attack1 20 (bite: plain)

Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Little
Type giant lizard, basilisk
Flags Cold-blooded
A crested lizard of middling size with a terrible petrifying gaze.

“Be thou like the imperial Basilisk
Killing thy foe with unapparent wounds!
Gaze on Oppression, till at that dread risk
Aghast she pass from the Earth's disk:
Fear not, but gaze—for freemen mightier grow,
And slaves more feeble, gazing on their foe:—
If Hope, and Truth, and Justice may avail,
Thou shalt be great—All hail!”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Posthumous Poems”. 1824.

Basilisks are reptilian monsters armed with an average bite and a petrifying gaze attack that you can resist with magic resistance. They will try to petrify you as they rush into melee range, giving them a few turns to chomp at you while you recover, but they aren't very threatening unless there are other monsters around. They can be found in the Lair and, less commonly, in the middle-Dungeon.


Spell set I
Slot1 Petrify Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Gargoyles are immune to their gaze.
  • If you find yourself petrifying with multiple enemies approaching, a timely teleport might send you to safety. But if you are on an unexplored floor, it's better to drink a potion of cancellation.


Basilisks were introduced in 0.9, replacing gila monsters.