Crazy Yiuf

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Crazy Yiuf gCrazy Yiuf.png
HP 12-26
HD 3
XP 40
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 9
Will 10
Attack1 9 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Silver
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type gnoll, gnoll
Flags Speaks
A withered old gnoll with a long silver beard, wielding a quarterstaff and wearing a cloak. He looks like a figure from mythology! Wait, is his beard held on to his ears with hooks?

“There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’”
-Edward Lear, _A Book of Nonsense [No. 1]_. 1846.

Useful Info

Crazy Yiuf the Enlightened is a deranged unique gnoll who shouts gibberish while murdering trespassers. He always generates wearing a cloak and wielding a chaos-branded quarterstaff, which has the potential to be extremely dangerous. He may occasionally generate with a powerful wand as well.

His vault is very distinct and recognizable: a stone chamber accessed through a characteristic uneven path, usually through trees and occasionally blocked off by fungi. His hut is guaranteed to contain at least one hammer; sometimes, many hammers are scattered throughout its entrance. This vault is always blocked by a transparent runed door.


Tips & Tricks

  • His chaos quarterstaff can be very dangerous - it may heal you, or it may electrocute you for enough damage to one-shot some low XL characters.
  • Other than his quarterstaff, Crazy Yiuf is just a simple, 100% speed, melee monster with no resistances.
  • Crazy Yiuf can wake up if you see him. So if you recognize his hut, you might want stay away until you're ready to fight him.
    • However, there can be artefact hammers inside or outside the hut. If you never plan on fighting Crazy Yiuf, it's worth checking out.
  • Note that you can be teleported or shafted inside Crazy Yiuf's hut.


If you are a follower of Xom or you've inflicted confusion on Yiuf, his dialogue will become... interesting.


  • Prior to 0.31, the worst-case effects of the chaos brand were more dangerous. You could be banished or paralysed for multiple turns, which made chaos attacks dangerous even to high level characters.
  • Prior to 0.29, Crazy Yiuf's hut had maces instead of hammers.
  • Prior to 0.23, the door to Crazy Yiuf's hut was opaque.
  • Prior to 0.17, Crazy Yiuf's hut had hammers instead of maces.
  • Prior to 0.13, you could find hammers as weapons outside Crazy Yiuf's hut.