Ghost moth

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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

ghost moth yGhost moth.png
HP 47-96
HD 13
XP 1198
Speed 12
AC 8
EV 10
Will 100
Attack1 24 (hit: drain stat)
Attack2 18 (hit: drain stat)
Attack3 18 (sting: drain stat)
Resistances rC+
rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type moth, ghost moth
Flags Flying
Invisible
No skeleton
Web immune
A vile interdimensional predator that feeds on the life force of living beings. It resembles an enormous, spiny moth.

“Always in focus
You can't feel my stare.
I zoom into you
You don't know I'm there.”
-Judas Priest, “Electric Eye”. 1982.

Useful Info

Ghost moths are speedy, invisible monsters with an MP-draining gaze and a stat-draining melee attacks. A ghost moth's stare causes you to irresistibly lose 5-17 MP - if you cannot see invisible, you will "feel you are being watched by something". They can be found in the Spider's Nest (particularly in Spider:4), the Realm of Zot, and on spider floors in Ziggurats.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Draining Gaze Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Ghost moths can not see invisible. If you yourself are invisible, ghost moths can't drain your MP.
  • Ghost moths are a good reason to keep a source of see invisible around, yourself. If you receive the message "You feel you are being watched by something," activate see invisible immediately. Keep in mind they fly faster than most characters run, so escaping without items is not an option.
  • The loss of MP is very fast. Even if you're not a spellcaster, be wary that some god abilities require MP to invoke.

History

  • Prior 0.28, ghost moths' melee attacks could inflict strong poison.