Merfolk javelineer

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

merfolk javelineer mMerfolk javelineer.png
HP 48-98
HD 13
XP 1123
Speed 10 (swim: 60%)
AC 0
EV 12
Will 60
Attack1 12 (hit: plain)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type merfolk, merfolk
Flags Archer
Don't melee
A fearsome merfolk champion with a piercing gaze and a large bundle of javelins.

“Again at length my thought reviving came,
When I no longer found my self the same;
Then first this sea-green beard I felt to grow,
And these large honours on my spreading brow;
My long-descending locks the billows sweep,
And my broad shoulders cleave the yielding deep;
My fishy tail, my arms of azure hue,
And ev'ry part divinely chang'd, I view.”
-Ovid, _Metamorphoses_, XIII, 546-7. 8 A.D.
trans. Garth, Dryden, et al.

Useful Info

Merfolk javelineers are powerful merfolk who inhabit the Shoals. They hurl javelins with great force.

As an enemy with the archer flag, javelineers deal up to 17 extra damage with ranged weapons, including javelins.

Tips & Tricks

  • Javelineers carry small stacks of javelins, so characters looking for good throwing weapons should stop by the Shoals.
  • These monsters deal a lot of damage, so stay away if you have low EV. RMsl is excellent here, if you can get it. They're not quite as bad as deep elf master archers, but they tend to appear in greater numbers and with more friends.
  • Javelineers occasionally carry silver javelins; Transmuters, Demonspawn, and the heavily mutated should expect even heavier damage output than usual.
  • Unlike most ranged combatants, merfolk javelineers won't stop chucking javelins at you if you close into melee range. If you have a way to deal damage from a distance, do so to avoid having to charge through a rain of javelins.


  • In 0.28, merfolk javlineers were nerfed (base damage 17->12, EV 14->12, HP 78->73). Also, they now carry much fewer javelins.
  • Prior to 0.27, merfolk javelineers could be found in the Depths. In addition, monsters were limited by ammo - e.g you could eventually run them out of javelins. Also, all monsters had hidden weapon penalties (they attacked slower).
  • In 0.24, the buff to javelins indirectly buffed javelineers; shields, other than the small warlock's mirror, no longer block them.