|A gigantic humanoid with thick iron plates welded to its skin. Juggernauts sprint towards their targets, their immense fists dealing incredible damage, but have to rest between blows.|
For a list of all giants, see list of giants.
Juggernauts are fast-moving giants that have extremely powerful attacks, but must rest for approximately two turns after each swing.
Tips & Tricks
- A juggernaut can deal up to 120 damage in a single attack, which is enough to one-shot many characters. They also move very quickly (as fast as a centaur). If you can't kill a juggernaut quickly at range and can't handle one in melee, you should run as soon as you see one.
- If you must fight a juggernaut, try to fight it without any other monsters around to complicate things.
- Like with many other melee threats, spellcasters can use spells that can create space between you and monsters (Iskenderun's Mystic Blast, Blink, Passage of Golubria). Just make sure you have enough MP left over to burn through the sizable pool of hit points this beast has; potions of magic or a means of channeling will be helpful in that regard.
- Using strong summons is a very effective strategy, as the juggernaut will have to (very slowly) fight through your allies before it can reach you.
- Fleeing at normal walking speed is generally not recommended as juggernauts are fast enough to catch up to most characters and even one or two hits can be lethal. Any method to speed yourself up and/or slow the juggernaut down will help.
- A scroll of blinking is guaranteed to open a gap between you and the juggernaut, while a scroll of teleportation will usually let you get away completely (though you may need to back away while waiting for it to take effect).
- A potion of haste will let you run quickly enough to keep mostly ahead of the juggernaut for a time. Combine it with Swiftness or boots of running to outrun it.
- Curare darts are an excellent way to slow juggernauts down, whether to flee or fight.
- Juggernauts have enough HD and magic resistance to shrug off most Hexes, so don't expect to be able to use magic to slow them down appreciably without high skill or a scroll of vulnerability.
- Forcing them to move through Eringya's Noxious Bog will slow them enough to let you keep ahead of them and leave them extremely poisoned, but it takes poison a long time to kill a juggernaut and this tactic only works in corridors.
- If all else fails, it's still possible to get away by just sprinting for the nearest stairs and tanking the hits as you go, since each attack you survive will give you a couple turns' running start before the juggernaut starts chasing you again.
- Undead juggernauts are almost as bad as living ones; they only sacrifice a small portion of their overwhelming speed and damage and can potentially be more durable than their base form. Add standard undead resistances onto that and they become just that much more difficult to destroy, especially for characters specializing in cold, poison, or negative energy.
- Fortunately, undeath renders them significantly more susceptible to Hexes, making slowing, confusing, or petrifying one much easier.
- In most cases, you can whittle undead juggernauts down over a series of encounters if you don't have the fortitude to destroy them in a straight fight. Spectral versions, however, can regenerate, run at full speed, and should probably be avoided by anyone who can't handle a living juggernaut.
Juggernauts were added in 0.17.