Iron golem

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

For a list of all golems, see list of constructs.

iron golem 9Iron golem.png
HP 198-399
HD 15
XP 807
Speed 7 (atk: 70%)
AC 25
EV 5
Will Immune
Attack1 50 (hit: plain)
Attack2 50 (hit: plain)

Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Open doors
Holiness Non-living
Size Large
Type golem, iron golem
A large, ponderous and very solid statue of metal, given the power of locomotion through some esoteric means.

Useful Info

Iron golems are highly durable constructs. They're slow, but they hit hard and are completely immune to hostile enchantments and elemental damage. They are usually only found in certain vaults or the Iron City of Dis.

Tips & Tricks

  • Don't let yourself get boxed in with an iron golem; they may be slow, but they're strong enough to mash a squishy wizard in a couple hits and deal serious damage to careless melee fighters.
  • Use its speed to your advantage, whether you're a caster or a melee brute. Iron golems are slow enough for anyone who isn't a devotee of Cheibriados to kite.
  • To actually take down an iron golem, expect to have to pound on it for an extended period of time with physical attacks or spells like Airstrike, Earth Magic, or non-elemental Conjurations. Try luring it somewhere relatively safe so you aren't rudely interrupted by something capable of keeping up with you.
    • Lee's Rapid Deconstruction works well on iron golems. It has the added bonus of creating shrapnel that damages anything adjacent to the golem.
    • Spells like Iron Shot and Lehudib's Crystal Spear will also cut through their defenses, and their EV is low enough for them to have a decent chance of hitting.

Variant Iron Golem

Flesh golem.png Cigotuvi's Fleshworks contains a flesh golem in the first chamber past the prison cells. It's somewhat less durable than a normal iron golem, but hits just as hard and can also cast Corrupting Pulse to inflict temporary mutations. The chamber also contains clouds of mutagenic fog, so try to stick to the edges.

An animated mound of misshapen flesh, sculpted over an iron skeleton.


  • In 0.31, iron golems now squeak.
  • Prior to 0.28, iron golems were much weaker (35 damage per hit, much less health).