Boring beetle

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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 It is retained for historical reference only.

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

boring beetle BBoring beetle.png
HP 28-61
HD 8
XP 110
Speed 6
AC 13
EV 4
Will 40
Attack1 35 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Insect
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type goliath beetle, boring beetle
Flags Burrows
No skeleton
An umber beetle with large, powerful mandibles that enable it to bore through solid rock.

Useful Info

Boring beetles are enormous beetles with the ability to burrow through rock walls. They are one of the stronger insects in the game, with decent AC and a heavy attack. However, they are painfully slow and are easy to kite by the time you find them in the deepest parts of the Lair.

Tips & Tricks

  • Boring beetles make a 'grinding sound' when they dig, alerting you to their presence on the floor.
  • If boring beetles show up with other enemies, be aware that they can dig around other creatures to get at you if you try to retreat into a corridor.
  • A fleeing boring beetle will always run away from you, including through walls.
  • Boring beetles may appear guarding a Pet Rocks shop along with earth elementals or some of the lesser golems. These shops might appear before your character is strong enough to deal with the enemies inside, so use caution if you see one.


Boring beetles were removed for being boring in 0.17.