Lava worm

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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.

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

lava worm wLava worm.png
HP 22-45
HD 6
XP 103
Speed 10
AC 1
EV 10
Will 24
Attack1 15 (bite: fire: 6-11)

Resistances rF+++, rDrown
Vulnerabilities Cold
Habitat Lava
Intelligence Insect
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type lava worm, lava worm
Flags No skeleton
A vicious red worm which swims through molten rock.

“Type-species. — Magmatodrilus obscurus....From magma (Greek, =lava) + drilos (Greek, =worm), masculine, ‘lava-worm’ for the locality, springs in the lava beds of Shasta County, Calif., from which topotypes were taken.”
-_Proceedings of the United States National Museum_. 1968.

Useful Info

Lava worms are the fiery version of swamp worms. Unable to leave their lava, they are rarely a threat as you can simply walk away from them if you wish. Their extra fire damage can add up, and may destroy your scrolls. They can appear anywhere with lava except for the first few floors of the Dungeon.

Tips & Tricks

Lava worms can't leave their molten habitat and aren't worth much XP compared to other things you'll probably be seeing by the time you find them, so feel free to avoid them if you wish. If the dungeon layout forces you into melee range, they're not difficult to kill, especially if you have cold damage. Just drop your more valuable scrolls beforehand.


Lava worms were removed in 0.15.