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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 attacks. They can be found in the Crypt, often as members of vampire mage bands, or summoned by other monsters with the Summon Undead spell.

Akin to sixfirhies, jiangshi occasionally skip turns. They have a 21/45 (~46.7%) chance to skip a turn, resulting in erratic bursts of movement. Accounting for this, they have an effective move speed of about 16 and action speed of about 9.5.

Tips & Tricks

  • While by no means harmless, jiangshi are simple melee threats. A character entering the Crypt shouldn't have too much trouble against them, unless you have low AC.


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.