Hell rat

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

hell rat rHell rat.png
HP 10-22
HD 3
XP 33
Speed 12
AC 7
EV 10
Will 20
Attack1 20 (bite: drain experience)

Resistances rTorm
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Demonic
Size Little
Type rat, hell rat
Flags Evil

A unusually large rat. Its weird, knobbly orange skin glows with the infernal energies that spawned it.

HAMLET [Drawing his sword.]: How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead [Stabs through the arras.]
-William Shakespeare, _The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark_, III, 4. 1603.

Useful Info

Hell rats are an unusually dangerous breed of rat. Like their weaker cousins, they have fairly low HP, but they move fast and have a powerful draining bite. They can be found as the bosses of some Sewer layouts, in packs in the Lair, or in rat vaults.

Tips & Tricks

  • Hell rats are thankfully rare in the early game, but finding one in the Sewers can prove very dangerous, and getting swarmed in the Lair can be extremely lethal. Do everything in your power to kill them at range, especially if you lack negative energy resistance.
  • They've got negligible willpower and very low HD, so pretty much any negative status conditions you can hit them with should work.


  • Prior to 0.16, hell rats were known as orange rats.