Killer Klown

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Killer Klown pKiller Klown.png
HP 99-200
HD 20
XP 5240
Speed 13
AC 10
EV 15
Will 160
Attack1 30 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Silver
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type human, Killer Klown
Flags See invisible
No poly
No gen derived
A comical figure full of life and laughter. It looks very happy to see you... but is there a slightly malicious cast to its features? Is that red face paint or something altogether less pleasant?

“All the world loves a clown.”
-Cole Porter, “Be a Clown”. 1948.

Useful Info

Killer Klowns are powerful humanoid monsters found only in the Realm of Zot. Armed with highly enchanted and branded clubs, they have decent HP, the speed of an adder, the sporadic blinking of a blink frog, and the ability to inflict various status effects by throwing pies:


Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Klown Pie (3d20) Natural flag
Slot2 Blink Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Despite them being one of the weaker Zot monsters "on average", do not take Killer Klowns lightly! Silence and -Potion prevent you from using most of your emergency escape options. And being a bad form means losing all of your equipment, almost a death sentence in Zot:5. Always try to fight them alone; you don't want to get turned to a pig next to an orb of fire.
    • Be especially careful around dread liches. Bat/Pig Form will meld all equipment except amulet, which eliminates most sources of willpower. That isn't great when dread liches have Paralyse. Being turned into a pig next to an OOF might be bad, being a paralysed bat next to an OOF is almost certain death.
  • Repulsion, shields, and/or high EV can help prevent you from getting hit by Throw Klown Pie.
  • They have excellent willpower, but lack any elemental resistances, so it's not too hard to pile up damage. Try to blast them at range before they can reach you. They are weak to silver, so silver javelins are very effective.


Killer Klowns were originally murderous extraterrestrial pranksters in the 1988 Academy Award® winning comedy horror sci-fi film, Killer Klowns from Outer Space.