Earth elemental

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For a list of all elementals, see list of elementals.

earth elemental EEarth elemental.png
HP 29-60
HD 6
XP 84
Speed 6
AC 14
EV 4
Will Immune
Attack1 40 (hit: plain)

Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Large
Type elemental, earth elemental
Flags Unbreathing
A spirit drawn from the elemental plane of earth, which exists in this world by inhabiting a lump of earth and rocks.

Useful Info

Earth elementals are lumbering brutes that are easily outrun, but pack a punch when faced head on. They are more durable than the other elementals, immune to virtually every type of damage other than pure physical damage.

They are not normally encountered in the dungeon except in special vaults, though you can summon your own earth elementals by invoking Qazlal's Elemental Force while clouds of dust (petrifying or otherwise) are visible.

Tips & Tricks

  • They're slow, so almost any character can kite them easily.
  • While elemental spellcasters may have a hard time with them, they take decent damage from Airstrike and Iskenderun's Mystic Blast. Earth Magic and spells that have a physical component (such as Hailstorm) also work.
    • Don't bother using Magic Dart, since their AC means that it will do no damage over half the time.
  • If using Qazlal's Elemental Force, the friendliness of the elemental will depend on the source of the cloud: Your clouds are friendly, ambient clouds are neutral, enemy clouds are hostile.


Prior to 0.19, you could summon your own earth elementals by evoking a stone of tremors.