Briar patch

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briar patch PBriar patch.png
HP 9-20
HD 10
XP 0
Speed 0
AC 10
EV 0
Will Immune

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Plant
Size Small
Type plant, briar patch
Flags Stationary
No experience gain
A tangled cluster of thorny briars, sharp enough to pierce thick hide and armour. Though the gaps in the copse are plentiful enough to fire missiles through, walking through it looks like a painful prospect.

Useful Info

Briar patches are short lived obstacles conjured into existence by thorn hunters or the abilities of Fedhas Madash. These walls of thorny vines will appear either between you and the hunter or behind you, cutting off your escape route. Although they will not attack you, melee attacks against them will cause you to take 5d4 damage, and they do not block projectile ranged attacks, allowing the thorn hunter to shoot you unimpeded. They are worth no experience and die shortly after you defeat their summoner.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ranged fighters or spellcasters are largely unimpeded by briar patches. Physical ranged attacks can be fired right through them, as can most Conjurations. Piercing spells allow you to clear the briar and hit the thorn hunter in the same attack.
  • Reaching melee weapons can attack briars safely.


  • Briar patches were added in 0.14.