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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

butterfly bButterfly.png
HP 1-2
HD 1
XP 0
Speed 25
AC 0
EV 20
Will 0

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type butterfly, butterfly
Flags Flying
No experience gain
A large, brightly coloured butterfly with beautifully patterned wings, fluttering incongruously through the darkness of the cave.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Useful Info

Butterflies are harmless flying monsters that are fragile, but difficult to hit. They most often appear when using a scroll of butterflies, but "hostile" butterflies can be encountered throughout the Dungeon and the Lair. Butterflies wander around aimlessly, as if they were confused. They offer no XP.

Tips & Tricks

  • A scroll of butterflies can be used to block line of fire and distract attackers. Butterflies are evasive, though, so projectiles may pass through the butterflies and hit you.
  • Polymorphing a butterfly can turn it into something worth XP, but so little that it's probably not worth the wand charge.
  • Hostile butterflies will also block line of fire, so killing it will let your shots (and enemies') pass through. If you absolutely need one dead fast, Magic Dart or any EV-ignoring will kill it without fail.


They used to leave corpses and even skeletons, which could be raised as undead. This created amusing zombies that were incredibly fast but lacked any means of attack.