Minotaur (monster)

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This page is about the monster. For the player species, see Minotaur.

minotaur HMinotaur (monster).png
HP 51-104
HD 14
XP 1236
Speed 10
AC 6
EV 9
Will 100
Attack1 35 (hit: plain)
Attack2 20 (gore: plain)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type minotaur, minotaur
Flags Fighter
A large muscular human with the head of a bull. It makes its home in secluded labyrinths.

Useful Info

Minotaurs are moderately powerful creatures which serve as the final challenge of every Gauntlet: they guard the exit -- and the pile of treasure left behind by the last few adventurers foolish enough to challenge them. They are armed and heavily armoured, carry a stack of deadly javelins, and can counter melee attacks with vicious headbutts, making them dangerous opponents at any range. They do appear sometimes outside of a Gauntlet in the Depths and the Vaults - or earlier, like in a rare vault in Shoals.

Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to examine them before the fight to know just how heavy a hitter they're going to be. A bare-handed minotaur is much less of a threat than one wielding an artefact executioner's axe.
  • Their javelins hit hard, which makes ranged combat a risky proposition for lightly armoured characters. Invisibility or a scarf of repulsion can help tilt the odds back in your favor. Alternatively, some maps may allow you to run and hide between shots until you've exhausted their ammo supply, then blast them with impunity.
    • Demonspawn and heavily mutated characters beware, as minotaurs frequently carry silver javelins. They will hurt. A lot.
  • You do not have to kill the minotaur. You can sneak or blink past, grab the loot, and run.
  • Don't hesitate to use up resources on this fight. Minotaurs have been the death of many a promising character, and it's a lot easier to replace that potion of might than it is to start over.


  • Prior to 0.23, the minotaur branch was the Labyrinth instead of the Gauntlet.
  • Prior to 0.22, minotaurs had no armour, no javelins, and significantly less MR, making them much less of a threat.
  • Prior to 0.14, minotaurs appearing naturally outside of labyrinths didn't come with equipment.