Death yak

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HP 50-103
HD 14
XP 872
Speed 10
AC 9
EV 5
Will 100
Attack1 30 (gore: plain)


Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type yak, death yak
Flags Warm-blooded
Herd
A larger and beefier relative of the common dungeon yak. Its little red eyes gleam with hunger for living flesh.

Useful Info

Death yaks are far tougher than their yak brethren. They are some of the strongest monsters in the Lair, appearing in packs and hitting hard enough to quickly wipe out players.

Tips & Tricks

  • Most of the tricks you've used thus far to take out dangerous monsters quickly won't work very well on death yaks; they've got enough willpower and hit dice to shake off most status effects, and their melee strength makes it extremely unwise to use brute force, unless you're playing a pure tank. Attack them from a distance, flood them with summoned or undead minions, and lure them upstairs one at a time for safe disposal. Never face down more than one at once until you've grown strong enough.
  • Even though death yaks have high willpower and HD, they still can be incapacitated with nets, atropa-tipped darts, or with the Dazzling Spray spell.
  • Their lack of poison resistance makes kiting death yaks much easier. Curare darts are especially good for poisoning and slowing them down. Fast species like spriggans armed with ranged weapons can hunt death yaks in relative safety if they encounter them on an otherwise empty floor.