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

hornet yHornet.png
HP 29-59
HD 8
XP 541
Speed 15
AC 7
EV 14
MR 40
Attack1 23 (sting: paralyse)

Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type hornet, hornet
Flags Flying
No skeleton
A huge hornet with a viciously barbed stinger. Potent paralytic poison drips from its tip.

Useful Info

Hornets are some of the most dangerous flying insects. Their poisonous stings can also paralyze you, leaving you defenseless unless you have poison resistance or an amulet of stasis. They are most common in the Vaults, the Swamp, and especially in the Spider's Nest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Never fight them in an area that allows you to be surrounded. Paralysis is bad enough when you only have to worry about one hornet.
  • You can summon your own hornets by drawing the Foxfire card. Summoned hornets are immensely powerful against most natural monsters and even some unnatural ones. Two particularly good locations for creating your own swarm are the Vaults:5 opening and while fighting Antaeus.
  • If you encounter one and have no poison resistance, zapping it with a wand of polymorph may be a good idea. They are quite likely to turn into something less dangerous. Their mediocre magic resistance also makes other status effect-inflicting wands, as well as most Hexes, quite effective against them.


  • Prior to 0.16, this monster was known as red wasp.
  • Prior to 0.8, their paralysis effect could stack. They were near-certain death to anyone stung without the proper defenses.