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Murray zMurray.png
HP 106-215
HD 14
XP 2406
Speed 10
AC 30
EV 10
Will Immune
Attack1 20 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (bite: plain)

Resistances rF++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Undead
Size Tiny
Type curse skull, curse skull
Flags Evil
See invisible
A demonic skull rolling along the ground.

“Look behind you! A three-headed monkey!”
-Guybrush Threepwood, _The Secret of Monkey Island_

Useful Info

Murray the Demonic Talking Skull is an unique curse skull, capable of both movement and physical attacks and requiring significantly more damage than normal to destroy. He can only be found in the Vestibule of Hell (25% chance per game), and is placed using the vault syntax for that map rather than using the unique placement system.

Murray is also found in Dungeon Sprint: The Violet Keep of Menkaure. He appears immediately before the player grabs the Orb of Zot, blocking the player's path out as unfriendly demons spawn nearby.



Spell set I
Slot1 Summon Undead Magical flag,
Noisy flag
Slot2 Black Mark Magical flag,
Noisy flag
Slot3 Symbol of Torment Magical flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

He's much tougher than a regular curse skull, but Dispel Undead and Lee's Rapid Deconstruction are still very effective. His movement and melee attacks may work to your advantage. In melee, he may bite you instead of summoning or tormenting; regular curse skulls never have that option. Still, be sure to have an escape plan, as he is about as difficult to kill as a royal mummy but cannot be silenced, and you'll be dealing with the other threats of the Vestibule at the same time.


Murray is a reference to a talking skull of the same name from the Monkey Island game series.