Doom hound

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Version 0.29: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
doom hound hDoom hound.png
HP 72-147
HD 20
XP 3392
Speed 13
AC 6
EV 13
Will 20
Attack1 45 (bite: plain)
Attack2 30 (claw: plain)

Resistances rMiasma
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Demonic
Size Medium
Type hound, doom hound
See invisible
A demon lapdog of the queen of Tartarus, bound to hunt her enemies. Though it may appear alone, it's unlikely to remain so for long — it has the terrible power to set creatures of nightmare on its victim's trails, though it can only ever use this power exactly once.

“Standing over Hugo, and plucking at his throat, there stood a foul thing, a great, black beast, shaped like a hound, yet larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon. And even as they looked the thing tore the throat out of Hugo Baskerville...”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, _The Hound of the Baskervilles_. 1902.

Useful Info

Doom hounds are demonic canines that roam the realm of Tartarus and under the companionship of Grunn. Each doom hound can howl once, which gives you the Howl status condition. For the next several turns, other denizens of Tartarus (such as bone dragons, shadow dragons, tormentors, or even Tzitzimimeh) will be called in to near your location. These reinforcements are not summons, immune to abjuration and worth XP and piety.


Spell set I
Slot1 Doom Howl Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • They have very low MR, especially for the Hells. A simple wand of paralysis will shut them down long enough to smash them.
  • If you can't kill them before they get a howl off, try to retreat to an area where you can duck out of sight of any particularly nasty summons.
  • A potion of cancellation will remove the Howl status, if you're in a pinch.


  • Doom hounds were introduced in 0.18.