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

Nessos cNessos.png
HP 47-96
HD 9
XP 1325
Speed 15
AC 8
EV 7
Will 20
Attack1 16 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type centaur, centaur
Flags Archer
A centaur warrior, skilled at warfare and deceit. They slew a mighty hydra, and now its deadly blood drips, still-fuming, from their arrows.

Useful Info

Nessos the Markscentaur is a unique centaur warrior generated with a longbow of flame, poisoned arrows, and a barding.

Their shots are both poisoned and flaming, being the only being in the game capable of doing so. Even wielding the same longbow won't do the same for you.



Spell set I
Slot1 Blink Range Wizard flag
Slot2 Haste Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • With fire and poison resistance, Nessos is an annoying foe to pin down, but not terribly dangerous, especially once they run out of arrows. Without those resistances, however, this is an incredibly dangerous opponent, especially when hasted. Consider quaffing a potion of resistance here.
  • Going berserk is not recommended, as Nessos will just Blink away from you and fill you with arrows as your berserk runs out. Other buffs, such as a Haste of your own, still work fine.
  • Nessos's threat level shrinks dramatically if you force them into melee range. Hiding around a corner or, better yet, ducking into a kill hole will take away their entire movement advantage.
  • Nessos only has 9 HD and low willpower, so Mephitic Cloud and various Hexes work well. A wand of polymorph in particular will make them drop their deadly bow.
  • Having some form of Repel Missiles and/or Reflection can be very useful here.


Nessos is a reference to Nessus, an evil centaur that Heracles killed with a hydra-poisoned arrow after it attempted to rape his wife. It managed to kill Heracles in the process, however, by convincing his wife that Nessus' now-corrosive blood would make Heracles forever faithful to her if she would spread it on his clothing.


  • Nessos was male before version 0.24.