Hungry ghost

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hungry ghost WHungry ghost.png
HP 25-52
HD 7
XP 184
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 17
MR 40
Attack1 5 (hit: hunger)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type ghost, hungry ghost
Flags Evil
See invisible
The undead form of someone who died of starvation, this creature drains sustenance from the bodies of its victims, hoping to inflict its own miserable fate on others.

Useful Info

Hungry ghosts are the vengeful spirits of adventurers who starved to death, armed with satiation-draining attacks and a tendency to eat any corpses or food they come across. Although not too strong, they have frustratingly high EV. They are found in the early- to middle-Dungeon.

Tips & Tricks

  • Characters with hunger issues should avoid melee combat with hungry ghosts as much as possible. Kite them if you're fast enough, or at least attack them at range as they approach.
  • Their hunger effect triggers each time they hit in melee, even when they deal no damage. Characters with high EV have less to worry about.
  • Dispel Undead and Airstrike take them out quickly, but any spell with high accuracy that affects the undead will work.
  • You can summon your own hungry ghosts with the Haunt spell.


Since 0.17, hunger draining attacks of Hungry Ghosts will apply whenever the attack hits, rather than only when damage is dealt.

Prior to 0.6, they would not eat corpses.


In the tiles version of Stone Soup, hungry ghosts bear a striking resemblance to the gluttonous character Slimer from Ghostbusters.