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

jiangshi VJiangshi.png
HP 42-87
HD 10
XP 1073
Speed 18 (move: 60%)
AC 10
EV 10
Will 80
Attack1 27 (claw: vampiric)
Attack2 27 (claw: vampiric)

Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type jiangshi, vampire
Flags Fighter
A vampiric thrall bound into servitude by esoteric rituals. Though its rigid limbs give it an awkward gait, it moves with surprising speed, leaping upon its victims and leeching away their life essence with its vicious claws.

Useful Info

Jiangshi are blindingly fast undead monsters with two moderately powerful vampiric claw attacks. They behave like sixfirhys, skipping several turns between bouts of rapid action. Accounting for the turns they skip, they have an effective movement speed of a little under 16 and an action speed around 9.5. They can be found in the Crypt, often as members of vampire mage bands, or summoned by other monsters with the Summon Undead spell.

Tips & Tricks

  • While by no means harmless, jiangshi aren't capable of any particularly dangerous behavior; at most they tend to soak damage while other more exotic enemies assault you. Only worry about them if you've got very low AC or after defeating the more dangerous foes nearby.


Jiangshi (otherwise known as hopping vampires) are taken from Chinese mythology and function much like the western notion of zombies. Covered in mold and stiffened by rigor mortis, they cannot move their legs sufficiently to walk, and thus hop at their prey before draining them of their qi.