Bombardier beetle

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
bombardier beetle BBombardier beetle.png
HP 11-23
HD 2
XP 46
Speed 6
AC 4
EV 7
Will 20
Attack1 5 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Little
Type bombardier beetle, bombardier beetle
An unassuming beetle filled with an incredible amount of hypergolic fluid. The sticky spray it fires is capable of igniting predators and unwary adventurers alike, though more experienced ones know to keep moving if they wish to avoid a fiery grave.

Useful Info

Bombardier beetles are insects that can set you on fire. They can be found in the early Dungeon.


Spell set I
Slot1 Pyre Arrow (2d3*) Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • They are slow, so it is easy to retreat if you can't fight one yet.
  • They are vulnerable to poison, so kiting one around while throwing poisoned darts at a distance is a good way to avoid ever getting hit.
  • Moving around will end the fire more quickly.
  • Bombardier beetles' Pyre Arrow is a natural ability, so you can't use silence to prevent them from casting.


  • Bombardier beetles were added in 0.31.