Orc priest

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orc priest oOrc priest.png
HP 9-20
HD 3
XP 41
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 9
Will 20
Attack1 6 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type orc, orc
Flags Evil
A servant of Beogh, the ancient and cruel god of the orcs. Beogh rewards the prayers of devoted servants by striking down their enemies.

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

Useful Info

Orc priests introduce smiting into the game at levels where smiting is scary. So long as an orc priest is visible, it is capable of instantly dealing 7-17 damage to you in a single turn. Even worse, they usually appear along with a pack of orcs, orc wizards, and orc warriors, and can appear as early as Dungeon:2.

Hill orc characters will be given the opportunity to convert to Beogh whenever they encounter an orc priest. Once you see the "Beogh" status effect appear, press 'a' and then 'Y' to become a believer.


Spell set I
Slot1 Pain (d14) Priest flag
Slot2 Cantrip Priest flag
Slot3 Smiting (7-17) Priest flag
Slot4 Heal Other (2d1+3) Priest flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Orc priests can be neutralized by hiding from their line of sight (they will try to rush you if they can't smite you), making them confused/paralyzed, or trapping them in a throwing net.
  • Avoid fights where they get to cast against you for several turns while you have to chop a path through their allies.
  • Very early characters may wish to avoid them entirely, if they don't have an easy way of killing them quickly. If you see more than one priest at a time, start running.


Prior to 0.13, hill orc characters had to either begin the game as a priest or find an appropriate altar in the Orcish Mines to worship Beogh.