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marrowcuda FMarrowcuda.png
HP 15-32
HD 4
XP 73
Speed 13
AC 4
EV 11
Will 10
Attack1 8 (hit: swarm)

Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Undead
Size Small
Type skeleton, skeleton
Flags Flying
The flame-wreathed skeleton of a carnivorous fish, darting through air as easily as it once parted water. It burns with a hunger it could not satisfy in life and is singularly driven by in death.

While a single one may be only a nuisance, the swarm is never far behind, and every bite it lands will summon more and more of them until every scrap of flesh on its prey has been devoured.

Useful Info

Marrowcudas are flying undead fish that can summon copies of itself when biting enemies. Each marrowcuda can have up to 8 clones. If the original marrowcuda is destroyed, all of its clones will immediately disappear. They appear in the early Dungeon and ossuaries.

Tips & Tricks

  • Marrowcudas' attacks can only create clones if they do damage. Therefore, heavily armoured characters are less likely to get swarmed by clones.
  • Try to target the original marrowcuda if possible. Piercing or AOE attacks shine.


  • In 0.32, marrowcudas will be added to the game. They will have a new AF_SWARM attack flavour.