Flayed ghost

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flayed ghost WFlayed ghost.png
HP 39-81
HD 11
XP 716
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 14
MR 60
Attack1 30 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rPois+++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type ghost, flayed ghost
Flags Evil
A hideous floating undead creature, the anguished spirit of a tortured victim, with torn skin hanging from an emaciated body. It restlessly stalks the dungeon, inflicting the anguish it felt in life upon those still living.

Useful Info

Flayed ghosts are unusual undead opponents most notable for their ability to inflict the flayed status effect on you. This is an irresistible smite-targeted effect which "damages" you for an amount which scales up with your max HP, although it can never bring you below 35 HP. These injuries are illusory, however, and will vanish the moment you kill the flayed ghost or after you've spent enough time out of the flayed ghost's line of sight. They are found in the Depths, the Crypt, and Gehenna.


Spell set I
Slot1 Flay Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • On their own, flayed ghosts are fairly harmless; it isn't hard to kill them long before you've been heavily flayed. Coupled with other enemies, however, they can be extremely lethal. Try to lure off individuals and avoid overconfidence.
  • You can gain your own flayed ghosts through worship of Yredelemnul, who occasionally grants them as undead slave gifts.


Prior to 0.13, flayed ghosts were one of the least interesting undead opponents. They were fairly beefy melee fighters, but otherwise had no distinguishing features. They were also one of the possible results you could wind up with when casting Haunt.