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Kirke @Kirke.png
HP 73-149
HD 16
XP 2106
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 10
Will 100
Attack1 18 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type human, human
Flags See invisible
A master of transformation and treachery. Beware, or you may be the next swine to join her herd!

“Lo, thy comrades yonder in the house of Kirke are penned like swine in close-barred sties. And art thou come to release them? Nay, I tell thee, thou shalt not thyself return, but shalt remain there with the others.”
-Homer, Odysseia

Useful Info

Kirke, Weaver of Myths is an unusual unique sorceress who travels with a band of hogs, and would very much like you to join them! She casts several dangerous Hexes, including one unique spell which turns you into a pig, and calls various mythical beasts into existence to aid her in combat.



Spell set I
Slot1 Porkalator Wizard flag
Slot2 Slow Wizard flag
Slot3 Monstrous Menagerie Wizard flag
Slot4 Invisibility Emergency flag,
Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Kirke's most dangerous abilities all check willpower. Will+++ brings her Hexes to single-digit success rates.
  • Even if you got willpower, her summons are quite threatening. Lindwurms have fairly strong fire breaths, manticore barbs make it painful to flee on foot, and a sphinx's paralyse is even more devastating than Porkalator. These monsters become extra dangerous if you're a pig.
  • Make sure you have an escape plan lined up before fighting Kirke. Pig Form moves quickly, but a slowed player in Pig Form remains slower than normal. Fortunately, scrolls of teleportation work as normal.
    • If you've got one, drinking a potion of cancellation will instantly snap you out of Pig Form.
    • Entering Tree Form technically gives immunity to Pig Form. However, if she summons too many deadly threats, entering Tree Form may as well be a death sentence.
    • Should you get turned into a hog yourself, your best bet is usually to flee, as pigs are unable to use weapons, armour, or spells. Unarmed Combat specialists may be tempted to continue fighting, but your damage output will be severely reduced, so don't try it.
    • Wands and Invocations still function in Pig Form; if Kirke's almost dead and you've got a good way to do damage, you might still be able to take her out. Strongly consider reading a scroll of teleportation before making the attempt, just in case things go sour faster than you anticipated.
  • Her hogs can deal decent damage, but are a lesser threat than Kirke herself.
  • Having see invisible helps, as she can turn herself invisible.
  • Silence or waterlogging will shut down Kirke's spellcasting abilities entirely, at which point you can just take her out in melee. She's no threat there, though any allies she's already summoned will still be trouble.


Kirke is an alternate spelling of Circe, a beautiful Greek goddess of magic who used potions to turn her enemies into pigs.