List of holy monsters
Holy monsters are creatures that are blessed in some way by divine forces. They are quite rare outside of specific vaults, the Abyss, or holy-themed Pandemonium or Ziggurat floors - thankfully so, because they tend to be quite dangerous. Their innate holy damage, occasionally augmented by weapons of holy wrath, make them particularly deadly to undead or demonspawn characters. Most can fly and have halos, and all resist holy damage and often negative energy as well.
Holy Monster Types
D Pearl dragon- A holy dragon with brutal holy attacks, they can also breathe cleansing flames that create lingering clouds of holy fire, making them extremely dangerous to demons and the undead. Killing them may produce an otherwise difficult-to-find set of pearl dragon scales. Unlike other holy monsters, they have no halo.
A Angel- The most common holy monster, they can often be found in special vaults throughout the Dungeon guarding altars to good gods or entrances to Ziggurats. They are faster than most characters and often carry weapons of holy wrath. They have four-tile halos.
A Seraph- The most powerful angels and leaders of the angelic hosts, their already impressive strength is further augmented by the powerful long blades they wield. They can call down bursts of sacred fire, summon holy reinforcements, and protect their allies from harm. They have seven-tile halos.
Unique Holy Monsters
Unused and Retired Holy Monsters
p Spirit- Intended to be a weak, timid creature that would flee from you until enough time had passed for it to transform into a far more powerful holy monster. However, they were never actually included in Crawl. They would have had two-tile halos.
@ Paladin - Mortal worshipers of the Shining One, they came with armour, shield, and a weapon of holy wrath. They had two-tile halos.
H Shedu- Holy creatures that always came in pairs. Whenever one of them was injured or killed, the other would attempt to heal or even resurrect it unless their corpse was destroyed. They had three-tile halos.
b Phoenix- A mystical bird wreathed in flames. If a phoenix corpse was left untouched for too long, it would resurrect itself at full health in a burst of fire. They had three-tile halos.
- Paladins were removed in 0.13.
- Shedu, phoenixes, and silver stars were removed in 0.15, which greatly reworked the mechanics of holy monsters. Prior to that version, holy monsters could be neutral toward sufficiently pious worshipers of the good gods (i.e. The Shining One, Elyvilon, or Zin). Also, killing a holy monster would anger The Shining One, who might decide to smite the offender with Cleansing Flame.