Hell beast

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hell beast 2Hell beast.png
HP 40 - 97
HD 4 - 7
XP 444
Speed 10 - 17
AC 2 - 6
EV 7 - 11
MR 24
Attack1 28 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (trample: plain)
Max Chunks 0
Type of Meat None
Resistances rN+, rTorm, rRot
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat land
Intelligence Normal
Uses Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Large
Type beast, beast
Flags Evil
An abominable crossbreed between beast and human that makes horrible barking noises.

Useful Info

Hell beasts are bestial tier-2 demons with randomized attributes. While their attacks are always fairly powerful and can trample you back a square, their HP and speed vary greatly. Fortunately their AC and EV are always pretty terrible, their HD are low, and they have few resistances. As demons, they can be encountered in the Abyss, Pandemonium, or the Hells, one The Lair's ending and other monsters may summon them against you (most notably Geryon).

Tips & Tricks

  • Evoking the horn of Geryon will summon 1-4 hell beasts at no cost. Their friendliness depends on your Evocations skill. Unlike most summons, these allies will even follow you up and down stairs.
  • Unlike most demons, they lack poison resistance. Mephitic Cloud and Poison Arrow affect them very well.
  • Be very aware of their trampling ability if you expect to stair dance away. They may push you off the stairs and leave you extremely vulnerable, a common way to die in the Vestibule of Hell.


Prior to 0.14, the Horn of Geryon only summoned a single hell beast, and it was always hostile.

Prior to 0.9, they were simply called "beasts."

Prior to 0.8, they could not trample.