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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.

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

Pikel KPikel.png
HP 25-52
HD 6
XP 637
Speed 10
AC 6
EV 12
Will 20
Attack1 9 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type kobold, kobold
Flags Speaks
A wise kobold would fear the forces of Hell, and certainly would not set up a highly lucrative transdimensional trade in damned souls. But Pikel is better known for his whip than his wisdom, mercilessly tormenting his piteous charges as he ferries them to their buyers.

Useful Info

Pikel, Merchant of Souls is a unique kobold who has a number of lemures under his command. He is dangerous on his own, wielding an enchanted whip of flaming (40% chance), freezing (40%), or electrocution (20% chance, and by far the most dangerous). With the help of his thralls, he is more than a match for most low-level characters. If you can manage to kill him, however, his slaves will be freed and will leave the Dungeon.


Tips & Tricks

  • If you intend to face him in melee, don't allow any of his lemures to reach you; he does enough damage on his own. Facing him in a hallway or luring him upstairs helps.
  • Confusion through Mephitic Cloud can easily disable both him and his thralls, often with lethal results.
  • Successfuly using a wand of charming on him will free his captured souls, despawning any lemures in the process. See the history for more details.


  • Prior to 0.28, Pikel was known as Pikel the Slaver.
  • Prior to 0.26, Pikel had human slaves instead of lemures. When Pikel died or was enslaved himself, the slaves would be freed and turn neutral.
  • Prior to 0.14, he could only spawn with a whip of flaming or electrocution.