Ice beast

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ice beast YIce beast.png
HP 18-37
HD 5
XP 130
Speed 10
AC 5
EV 10
Will 20
Attack1 5 (hit: cold)

Resistances rC+++
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type ice beast, ice beast
A terrible creature, formed of snow and crystalline ice. Its feet leave puddles of icy water on the floor.

Useful Info

Ice beasts are one of the more threatening early game creatures. Their icy bodies are resistant to cold and poison, and their attacks can deal a significant amount of cold damage with each hit. Fortunately, they are vulnerable to fire. They are occasionally found in the early Dungeon, showing up as early as D:5 or 6, and they can be summoned by ice statues or the unique elf ice mage Fannar.

Players can use the spell Summon Ice Beast to call an ice beast into existence to fight for them.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ice beasts introduce new players to the danger of elementally-charged attacks: the cold damage they deal bypasses AC. Melee characters should show more caution than usual around these creatures, softening them up at a distance if possible.
    • Lightly armored characters should be especially careful facing them in melee; their cold damage activates more often the more damage it deals.
  • Their immunity to cold and poison can be a problem for some characters. Characters who have been kiting dangerous foes with poison or curare darts will suddenly find that trick useless, and Ice Elementalists will likely be unable to damage them.
    • Hailstorm can still damage ice beasts, though its targetting is somewhat awkward.
  • If you have a wand of flame, now's not a bad time to use it.
  • If you don't have any good means of fighting an ice beast, then don't fight an ice beast -- a wand of polymorph is a good choice to change them into something more manageable.
  • Ultimately, it might not be a bad idea to just avoid ice beasts until you're ready to deal with them. Not killing one rare enemy here and there will hardly leave you underleveled.


  • Prior to 0.27, creatures made of ice (such as ice beasts) were completely immune to Hailstorm.