Centaur (monster)

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This page is about the centaur monster. For the removed player race, see centaur. For a list of all monstrous centaurs, see list of centaurs.

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HP 14-30
HD 4
XP 112
Speed 15
AC 3
EV 7
Will 20
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type centaur, centaur
Flags Archer
A hybrid with the torso of a human atop the body of a large horse, centaurs are famous for their skills in archery.

“When Peleus, some distance away, saw him torn apart by the frightful wound he shouted: ‘Accept this tribute to the dead, at least, Crantor, dearest of youths’, and with his powerful arm, he hurled his ash spear, at full strength, at Demoleon. It ruptured the ribcage, and stuck quivering in the bone. The centaur pulled out the shaft minus its head (he tried with difficulty to reach that also) but the head was caught in his lung. The pain itself strengthened his will: wounded, he reared up at his enemy and beat the hero down with his hooves. Peleus received the resounding blows on helmet and shield, and defending his upper arms, and controlling the weapon he held out, with one blow through the arm he pierced the bi-formed breast.”
-Ovid, _Metamorphoses_, XII, 330. 8 AD.

Useful Info

Centaurs are the bane of low-level spellcasters and lightly-armored fighters. They are quick marksmen that travel alone early on or in packs with leaders as you travel deeper, carrying bows and firing fast enough to launch multiple arrows and advance in a single turn. Centaurs can be found in the early to middle Dungeon, the Lair, the Shoals, and the Vaults. The earliest floor where you can meet an out-of-depth centaur is D:2.

Tips & Tricks

  • Centaurs are fast enough to get multiple actions in the time it takes you to act once. Running is out of the question for all but the fastest characters, but you can force them to close into melee by hiding behind a corner, or closing the door and having them walk up to open it. Once you're adjacent to them, they'll put away their bows and lose much of their deadliness. A potion of attraction can help with pulling them in, though be careful to not attract dangerous melee monsters in doing so.
  • Successful use of Tukima's Dance will render them mostly helpless. Their low Willpower also makes them vulnerable to a wand of polymorph, which will make them drop their bow.
  • If you're on an open floor with no corridors, use a wand of paralysis or Mephitic Cloud to disable them while you charge into melee.
  • A source of Repel Missiles, e.g. a scarf of repulsion, can help you against their ranged attacks.
  • Be careful about retreating from centaurs; if you leave melee range, they'll pull out their bows and resume firing.
  • Centaurs will not attack you if other monsters are in the way. Allies can tank arrows, but may also dodge them and let them continue their trajectory, so this is not completely reliable.
  • Centaurs can be reliably killed with a few casts of Scorch or Stone Arrow, but reaching them to do so may be dangerous without a means of pulling them closer.