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

meliai yMeliai.png
HP 16-33
HD 7
XP 300
Speed 20
AC 2
EV 14
Will 20
Attack1 14 (hit: plain)
Attack2 12 (sting: poison)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type killer bee, meliai
Flags Flying
No skeleton
Web immune
A nymphal hybrid, with a winged torso of a human atop of the stinging abdomen of a bee. The meliai serve many roles: priestesses of nature, nurses to the divine, and warrior-champions for their hives.

Useful Info

Meliai are fey bee-priestesses that always come in threes. They can appear in the late Dungeon, Spider's Nest, or as part of a killer bee vault.


Spell set I
Slot1 Smiting (7-17) Priest flag
Slot2 Heal Other (2d3+3) Priest flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Think of them like killer bee versions of orc priests: Smiting, high speed, and a poisonous sting. Even though they might be frail, don't take meliai packs lightly!
    • A group of 3 meliai is equivalent to 6 orc priests, and closer to 8 orc priests in practice (as meliai cast Smiting ~40% more often than priests).
  • Meliai are fast, high EV, but frail threats. The following can be good ways to take them out:
  • Meliai are valid targets for a queen bee's Berserk Other. If that happens, watch out!


  • Meliai were introduced in 0.19.