Elf

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For the player races, see deep elf and high elf. For the various monsters, see list of deep elves. For the removed races, see elf (race), sludge elf, and grey elf.

elf eElf.png
HP 25-45
HD 8
XP 349
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 15
MR 40
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence High
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type elf, elf
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
An elf, a member of an ancient fey race. Elves are slightly built when compared to humans, and have an innate magical acumen, though less than their deep elf cousins.

Useful Info

Plain elves are fairly boring humanoid monsters, only posing a threat if they happen to find a decent weapon before you encounter them. However, they are only ever found in a handful of rare vaults. You are much more likely to encounter a shapeshifter which has assumed the shape of an elf, usually on one of the middle floors of the Dungeon.

Variant Elves

Certain vaults contain members of the obsolete grey elf race, which are basically no different than other elves.

Once considered a unique species on its own, grey elves are now more properly classified as a sub-species of high elf. Little exists to distinguish them from their high elf cousins, aside from their supposed glamour (which is probably more myth than fact).

Deformed elf.pngYou can find deformed elves, febrile elves, and sickly elves in some of the sealed chambers in Cigotuvi's Fleshworks.

This poor creature looks hideously deformed.

Tips & Tricks

  • The uniques Dowan, Duvessa, and Fannar are listed simply as "elf" for their species.
  • If you see an elf roaming free and it doesn't appear to be part of a vault or have any equipment, it's probably a shapeshifter.