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Ereshkigal &Ereshkigal.png
HP 231-467
HD 18
XP 13005
Speed 14
AC 10
EV 30
Will Immune
Attack1 40 (hit: drain experience)

Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Large
Type hell lord, hell lord
Flags Evil

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A fearsome arch-fiend who rules the deathly netherworld of Tartarus.

Useful Info

Ereshkigal is an umbral demon lord who guards the bone rune on the lowest floor of Tartarus. She is notable for being fast and very difficult to hit, and calls demons to her aid while tormenting and paralyzing you. On top of that, she can recover a tremendous amount of HP with her magic while simultaneously stopping your spells with Silence. She is encountered with a pack of Tzitzimimeh at her side.


Spell set I
Slot1 Bolt of Cold (3d27) Magical flag
Slot2 Silence Magical flag
Slot3 Summon Greater Demon Magical flag
Slot4 Symbol of Torment Magical flag
Slot5 Paralyse Magical flag
Slot6 Major Healing (50-230) Emergency flag,
Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • A source of torment resistance and maxed out negative energy resistance will greatly reduce her own damage output, as well as that of the Tzitzimimeh she'll be accompanied by. On top of that, you'll want very high willpower to avoid paralysis - Tartarus’s Will-sapping atmosphere makes even the most strong-willed characters vulnerable. Cold resistance is also helpful, in case her Tzitzimimeh start resorting to Bolt of Cold.
    • While Necromutation will provide living characters with immunity to torment, her Tzitzimimeh can quickly annihilate undead characters with Dispel Undead Range. Keep a large pack of summoned minions in the way to block their line of fire if you choose to face her while undead.
  • Her evasion can be a major headache unless you have ways around it. Powerful, undodgeable spells such as Shatter or Fire Storm work well. Straight melee characters will have a harder time of it, but the Shining One's divine halo and holy wrath weapons can help make your swings much more effective.
    • Maxwell's Capacitive Coupling is an interesting alternative for taking down Ereshkigal. If you can complete the channeling, she will be instantly defeated, but look out for her Silence, which can dissipate your charge as you are accumulating it.
  • Try to buff yourself up before getting caught in her silence aura, and remember that potions, wands, and other evocable items still function even then.


In Mesopotamian mythology, Ereshkigal was the goddess of Irkalla, the land of the dead or underworld.


Prior to 0.12, Ereshkigal had only 250 HP and her spell set was much weaker; she had Minor Healing in place of Major Healing, and Bolt of Draining in place of Silence.