Emperor scorpion

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

emperor scorpion sEmperor scorpion.png
HP 71-145
HD 14
XP 1628
Speed 12
AC 18
EV 7
Will 60
Attack1 30 (sting: poison)
Attack2 10 (claw: plain)
Attack3 10 (claw: plain)
Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type scorpion, emperor scorpion
Flags No skeleton
Web immune
A giant scorpion with a massive barb on its tail dripping deadly venom. It is one of the largest arachnids known to exist.

“Portents had occurred indicating [Titus Flavius Vespasianus'] approaching end, such as the comet which was visible for a long time and the opening of the mausoleum of Augustus of its own accord. When his physicians chided him for continuing his usual course of living during his illness and attending to all the duties that belonged to his office, he answered: ‘The emperor ought to die on his feet.’”
-Cassius Dio, _Roman History_, LXVI, xvii, 2. 222 A.D.
trans. Earnest Cary, 1925.

Useful Info

Emperor scorpions are extremely tough arthropods, capable of inflicting serious injuries and packing a deadly venomous sting. They can handle much more abuse than the average bug, and their poison resistance makes some common strategies for dealing with arthropods ineffective. Although dangerous individually, they are extremely serious threats when encountered in packs. Thankfully they're not very common, only appearing in significant numbers in the Spider's Nest, usually guarding the rune chamber.

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance is almost a necessity for engaging these in melee: without it, they will be constantly inflicting more and more poison with every hit of their main attack, easily leaving you with dark red poison at the end of a fight. Poison resistance will almost entirely negate this.
  • Invisibility is an effective tool as Emperor Scorpions, like many denizens of the Spider Nest, cannot see invisible.


  • Prior to 0.28, emperor scorpions were slower (10 speed), but had more HP, AC/EV, and damage. They also weren't immune to webs.
  • Prior to 0.11, emperor scorpions were weaker and vulnerable to poison.