Polyphemus

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Polyphemus CPolyphemus.png
HP 100-203
HD 16
XP 2305
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 3
MR 60
Attack1 45 (hit: plain)
Attack2 30 (hit: plain)


Max Chunks 12
Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type giant, cyclops
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
Unique
Male
A cyclops shepherd, he is very protective of his charges, whom he watches with an undying fervor through his single massive eye. Nevertheless, he won't hesitate to use them as projectiles in a pinch; after all, the best defence is a good offence.

“...as soon as he had got through with all his work, he clutched up two more of my men, and began eating them for his morning’s meal. Presently, with the utmost ease, he rolled the stone away from the door and drove out his sheep, but he at once put it back again—as easily as though he were merely clapping the lid on to a quiver full of arrows.”
-Homer, _The Odyssey_, Book IX.
trans. Samuel Butler, 1900.

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


Contents

Useful Info

Polyphemus the Watchful Shepherd is a unique cyclops who has somehow managed to tame a pack of death yaks and catoblepae. He prefers to pelt you with large rocks and members of his herd before moving in to attack you in melee. He can often be found in the Shoals, but does not generate in every game unlike Ilsuiw.

Location

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Ally Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • The main danger comes from his herd. Polyphemus himself is significantly more dangerous than a normal cyclops (on par with an ettin or stone giant), but he can usually be kited safely.
  • The deep water of the Shoals can work to your advantage if you're capable of attacking at range. His herd may be trapped on one island as you blast them and their shepherd from another.
  • If you do have to deal with him and his herd up close, be careful not to let them surround you out in the open. Use stair dancing to limit the number of opponents able to attack you at once.
  • If you choose to flee Polyphemus and his herd, don't mash buttons. A catoblepas' petrification breath can prove extremely deadly here if it allows them to surround you or, even worse, turns you to stone as you're flying above deep water.

Trivia

Polyphemus is a reference to the shepherd cyclops who tried to kill Odysseus in the Odyssey.

History

In 0.17, Polyphemus gained the ability to throw members of his herd at you, but his damage was decreased a bit.

Prior to 0.12, Polyphemus only had death yaks in his herd and was significantly weaker.