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

orc oOrc.png
HP 4-10
HD 1
XP 3
Speed 10
AC 1
EV 9
Will 0
Attack1 2 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type orc, orc
Flags Speaks
An ugly subterranean race, orcs combine the worst features of humans, pigs and several other unpleasant creatures. They tend to run in packs or mobs, and delight in outbursts of insane violence.

Useful Info

Orcs are simple-minded creatures. Alone, they aren't much stronger than a goblin or kobold. However, orcs usually appear in packs. Worse yet, these packs often contain more dangerous orcs, including orc priests and warriors. Orc packs are found throughout the Dungeon, the Orcish Mines, and certain baileys.

Variant Orcs

Deformed orc.pngYou can find deformed orcs, febrile orcs, and sickly orcs in some of the sealed chambers in Cigotuvi's Fleshworks.

This poor creature looks hideously deformed.

Tips & Tricks

  • Orcs are often a sign that orc priests, wizards, and/or warriors are around. Try to lure packs to a hallway, staircase, or other choke point.


  • In 0.27, the hidden weapon penalties for monsters were removed, so all monsters hit harder and faster with weapons. To compensate, orc's base damage was reduced from 5 to 2, though they always generate with a weapon.