Big fish

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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.
big fish ;Big fish.png
HP 13-31
HD 4
XP 42
Speed 10
AC 1
EV 12
Will 16
Attack1 8 (bite: plain)

Resistances rDrown, rWater
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Water
Intelligence Reptile
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Little
Type big fish, big fish
Flags Cold-blooded
A stout fish with a wide, toothy mouth.

“And what are you, reader, but a Loose-Fish and a Fast-Fish, too?”
-Herman Melville, _Moby Dick_, ch. lxxxix. 1851.

Useful Info

Big fish are common aquatic pests which attack any player who ventures near or into their ponds. They are not terribly dangerous, especially since you can simply walk away from battle with them if you feel threatened; likewise, they'll retreat underwater when near-death. They can be found in any area where water exists, except for the first few floors of the Dungeon.

Tips & Tricks

  • A weapon of venom or other means of poisoning them lets you kill them even if they try to flee, though you'll likely lose the body in deep water.
  • Try not to fight them while standing in the water yourself; this will reduce your combat performance for most playable species. Fight from the shore, and use corners to only fight one fish at a time.
  • If you plan to be traveling up and down the length of the dungeon a lot, consider leaving any big fish you see alive. They make handy snacks for when you've already killed and eaten everything else on a floor.


Big fish were removed in 0.15.