Giant cockroach

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

giant cockroach BGiant cockroach.png
HP 3-7
HD 1
XP 2
Speed 12
AC 3
EV 10
Will 0
Attack1 2 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Little
Type giant cockroach, giant cockroach
Flags No skeleton
A big brown insect that makes a nasty hissing noise. Contrary to popular myth, they are in fact quite susceptible to mutagenic energies.

Useful Info

Giant cockroaches are common pests found all throughout the early Dungeon. They are faster than the average character, but only pose a threat to low level characters on the brink of death.

Tips & Tricks

  • Their AC can pose a problem for characters with weak starting attacks, particularly those with low-power L1 spells. Don't be afraid to beat them with an unskilled melee weapon if your spells are repeatedly doing no damage.


  • Prior to 0.25, giant cockroaches could cling onto walls in order to travel through adjacent water.
  • Prior to 0.15, chunks of giant cockroach meat were contaminated.