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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Polyphemus CPolyphemus.png
HP 100-203
HD 16
XP 2305
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 3
Will 60
Attack1 45 (hit: plain)
Attack2 30 (hit: plain)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type giant, cyclops
Flags Speaks
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.

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 may be found in the Shoals.



Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Ally Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Unlike normal cyclopes, Polyphemus does not move slowly. 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, provided you don't get slowed by water.
  • The main danger comes from his herd. A catoblepas' petrification breath can prove extremely deadly here if it allows them to surround you.
  • A catoblepas' petrification breath can also affect Polyphemus. If you manage to get him hit while evading the cloud yourself you will be able to easily pick him off.
  • His herd cannot travel through the deep water of the Shoals. Watch out for thrown yaks!
  • 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.


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


  • 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.