Drowned soul

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
drowned soul WDrowned soul.png
HP 12-26
HD 13
XP 456
Speed 12
AC 0
EV 13
Will 60
Attack1 0 (touch: drown)

Resistances rC+++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type phantom, drowned soul
Flags Evil
See invisible
A cold and hollow apparition of the drowned dead, chained by some lingering attachment to the depths in which it perished. They clamour around the living, sharing the last moments of their watery fate with whatever their pale form touches.

Useful Info

Drowned souls are fragile summoned undead creatures which seek out the living and attempt to drown them, inflicting modest asphyxiation damage and destroying themselves in the process. They normally only appear when summoned by merfolk avatars.

Tips & Tricks

  • Species that are amphibious (Barachi, Merfolk, Octopode) or otherwise unbreathing (undead, Djinni, Gargoyles) cannot be damaged by drowned souls, so have little to fear.
  • Don't waste time targeting them; the avatar will simply summon more souls, likely faster than you can kill them off. Do what you can to kill the avatar, which instantly banishes all drowned souls.
    • Merfolk avatars will usually flee to deep water if you try to approach them. This makes melee more difficult.


  • Drowned souls were added in 0.14.