From CrawlWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Version 0.23: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
bennu bBennu.png
HP 50-103
HD 14
XP 1337
Speed 16
AC 6
EV 16
Will 140
Attack1 27 (peck: holy)
Attack2 24 (claw: plain)
Attack3 24 (claw: plain)
Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type bennu, bennu
Flags See invisible
No poly
A sacred, self-created sunbird, representative of rebirth. It has ascended past the cycles of life and death, and calls upon aspects of both, rising forth from death in a burst of unholy flame.

Useful Info

Bennu are curiously contradictory creatures, masters of both life and death. Their attacks inflict holy damage, and upon death bennus emit a large burst of negative energy, damaging the living. Once they've resurrected once, however, they become mortal, and slaying them a second time will finish them off. They are very rare, appearing only in the Tomb of the Ancients and ziggurats.

Tips & Tricks

  • Lacking any ranged attacks, or even any particularly devastating melee ones, the bennu is one of the least-deadly opponents in Tomb, at least against living characters. Undead characters should avoid leaving these enemies alive for very long, however. Their holy-branded peck attacks can be surprisingly harmful if you lack solid physical protection.


The bennu is a reference to Bennu, an Egyptian deity of the sun, creation, and rebirth. The unholy aspects ascribed to it in DCSS have likely only been added to make it better fit in the undead-filled Tomb of the Ancients.