Crimson imp

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crimson imp 5Crimson imp.png
HP 8-18
HD 3
XP 48
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 14
Will 40
Attack1 4 (hit: plain)

Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities Cold
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Little
Type crimson imp, crimson imp
Flags Evil
A small, ugly minor demon. Its fanged maw seems locked in a permanent malign grin, and its horns protrude obscenely from its scaly pate.

“The Devil, too, sometimes steals human children; it is not infrequent for him to carry away infants within the first six weeks after birth, and to substitute in their place imps.”
-Martin Luther

Useful Info

Crimson imps are tier-5 demons, and likely the first demons players will encounter. They are annoying pests that regenerate quickly and blink often. On their own, they are mostly harmless (if annoying), but they may complicate a fight with other monsters.


Spell set I
Slot1 Blink Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you can't kill it, just run; it will blink, giving you an opportunity to get away. Leading it upstairs before doing so will remove the pest entirely, a technique called imp parking. Most early characters can eventually kill an imp with enough successive solid hits (especially with cold- or holy wrath-branded ones), but it's not always worth the effort. With a decently heavy weapon, almost any character can eventually whittle away at it until you overcome its regeneration. Just beware of other wandering monsters joining the fight.
  • A wand of polymorph other will often polymorph them into something that's technically easier to kill, but pretty much any other imp is more dangerous, and if you're simply trying to get around their fire resistance, be aware that iron imps are nearly as bad in that regard.


Prior to 0.10, "crimson imps" were named "imps."