Box of beasts

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Version 0.18: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Type Miscellaneous item
Name box of beasts
Icon Box of beasts.png
A box filled with the bizarre leftovers of a depraved wizard's magical experimentations. Opening it might set loose a friendly mutant beast: bizarre creatures, each with their own combination of traits. Increased skill with Evocations will allow stronger beasts to be released.

A box of beasts is a miscellaneous magic item which can summon an irregular, albeit friendly, monster, classified generally as a mutant beast.

Mutant Beast

A mutant beast combines a number of random traits. The list of these traits, and their patterns, are not yet known.


Prior to 0.17, a Box of Beasts would instead summon a chimera.

In 0.16, Box of Beasts became considerably stronger than before.

Prior to 0.13 this item summoned individual (non-chimera) monsters

Prior to 0.9, it appeared as a small ebony casket while unidentified.