Big kobold

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For a list of all kobolds, see list of kobolds.

big kobold KBig kobold.png
HP 18-37
HD 5
XP 97
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 12
MR 20
Attack1 7 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type kobold, big kobold
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
A kobold that is bigger and tougher than the ordinary kobold, and often armed.

“The Parts Septentrionall are with these Sp’ryts Much haunted.. About the places where they dig for Oare. The Greekes and Germans call them Cobali.”
-Thomas Heywood, _The Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels_, Book IX, l. 568. 1635.

Useful Info

Big kobolds are much like their smaller cousins, only tougher, stronger, and more likely to be found in packs. They can be found in the middle Dungeon and the Sewers.

Tips & Tricks

  • Low level characters should definitely try to force kobold packs into corridors to keep them from using their needles or surrounding you. If you can lure them into melee (and are strong enough in melee to deal with them), this may help you avoid death by curare.
  • Should you encounter one of the kobold vaults in the Dungeon, expect to have to fight through about five or six big kobolds in addition to a dozen or so of their lesser brethren. Buffing yourself with Charms, Invocations, and/or a potion or two may be a good idea, especially if you're not built for pure melee combat. Fortunately, most such vaults open into a corridor that you can lure them into and thus fight them one at a time.
    • Fragile spellcasters should use any crowd-control spells they have (Mephitic Cloud works, as do Freezing or Poisonous Cloud, if you've got the skill for them; take care not to hit yourself!). If you need to flee, teleporting away helps avoid the barrage of darts and needles you'll incur by just legging it.
  • You can often trick big kobolds found in the Sewers into fighting from shallow water. This greatly reduces their melee combat skills if you're fighting from dry land (or if you're not penalized by fighting in shallow water).