Dream sheep

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Version 0.22: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
dream sheep YDream sheep.png
HP 14-30
HD 9
XP 256
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 10
MR 30
Attack1 13 (bite: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type dream sheep, dream sheep
Flags Warm-blooded
Herd
A drowsy, fluffy ovine whose coat sparkles with motes of dream dust. It gathers in herds and fills the air with dream dust, overwhelming its victims and putting them to sleep.

Its wool looks quite flammable.


“How undisturbed, the sleep of the foolish.”
-Philip K. Dick

Useful Info

Dream sheep are a step below the common yak, pack monsters that don't hit too hard and are about as tough as an iguana. On their own, they should not be remotely threatening when you first encounter them (usually in the Lair) unless you're already injured. Be aware: if you can see them, they can make you sleepy and vulnerable, which greatly magnifies the danger of any other creatures nearby.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Dream Dust Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Magic resistance does not protect you against their sleep effect, nor does hiding behind other creatures. Kill a few or limit how many of them can see you and their dream dust becomes easier to resist.
  • Clarity guarantees resistance to sleep, as does going berserk. Though most characters will likely not have clarity in the Lair, going berserk may be useful, especially if there are a couple of other creatures you can continue to fight after killing the sheep. Just be mindful that your berserk doesn't wear off and leave you vulnerable with dangerous creatures still around.
    • Undead characters cannot sleep and have very little to fear from dream sheep.
  • Try to kite them or hit them with area-of-effect attacks like cleaving; aim to kill them quickly before they put you to sleep. Failing that, try to fight them in someplace where only a few creatures can get to you at a time, and especially don't fight them when dangerous monsters like hydras or komodo dragons can get at you.
  • Heavily armoured characters have less to worry about, as armour is virtually unaffected by being put to sleep. Characters that rely on evasion should be more cautious.

History

  • Prior to 0.22, Sticky Flame would spread between dream sheep.
  • Dream sheep were introduced in 0.19, replacing ordinary sheep.