Giant cockroach

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

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

Type of Meat Clean
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

  • Although you're unlikely to notice it, they can cling to walls. Bear this in mind if, for some strange reason, you need to hide from one behind impassable terrain.
  • Their AC can pose a problem for characters with weak starting attacks, particularly those with low-power L1 spells (Sandblast is particularly bad, since it is triply affected by AC). Don't be afraid to beat them with an unskilled melee weapon if your spells are repeatedly doing no damage.


Prior to 0.15, chunks of giant cockroach meat were contaminated.