Glowing orange brain

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giant orange brain GGlowing orange brain.png
HP 38-71
HD 10
XP 713
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 4
MR 100

Type of Meat None
Resistances rDrown, rWater,
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence High
Uses Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type giant orange brain, giant orange brain
Flags Evil
See invisible
A huge wrinkled brain, floating just off the floor and glowing with mutagenic energies. Every now and then it seems to pulsate.

Useful Info

Giant orange brains are dangerous evil casters which can summon brutal monsters, feed on your intellect, or confuse you. While not too intimidating initially, they can create powerful reinforcements quickly and complicate almost any fight. They can be found in the Depths, the Vaults, and rarely in the Slime Pits.


Spell set
Slot1 Brain Feed Magical flag
Slot2 Cause Fear Magical flag
Slot3 Shadow Creatures Magical flag
Slot4 Mass Confusion Magical flag
Slot5 Blink Magical flag
Slot6 Teleport Self Emergency flag, Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a source of clarity and try to kill them as quickly as possible to avoid a summoning spree. They aren't too durable, so a few high-powered Conjurations should take them out, but melee fighters may wish to lure them around a corner to avoid a dangerous charge into melee range.
  • Airstrike works well, taking advantage of their low AC and flight. Bolt spells or other attacks that let you hit them even when they're hiding behind allies are also handy.
  • No matter how frightening their summoned allies are, remember that killing the summoner will eliminate all its summons. This may be a safer, faster escape route than fleeing on foot or trying to teleport away.


In 0.19, this monster was renamed into glowing orange brain.

Prior to 0.14, giant orange brains knew Confuse in place of Mass Confusion.