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

raiju hRaiju.png
HP 25-52
HD 7
XP 264
Speed 10
AC 4
EV 14
Will 20
Attack1 11 (bite: electricity)

Resistances rElec+++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type hound, raiju
Flags See invisible
A profoundly unnatural hound, crackling with electricity. Remarkably, it can transform into living lightning and bolt forth, harmlessly passing pack mates while painfully piercing prey.

Useful Info

Raiju are unnatural canines which attack their prey in swarms, biting them or transforming into bolts of living electricity at will. They can be found naturally in the Abyss. If you find one elsewhere, it's either a vault or a shapeshifter.


Spell set I
Slot1 Blinkbolt (2d14) Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • They might not hit very hard individually, but a full pack of raiju can pile tons of electricity damage on you very quickly. Don't hesitate to quaff a potion of resistance if you find yourself surrounded with no other source of rElec.
  • The terrain of the Abyss changes constantly, as do the positions of the bolting raiju, making movement decisions somewhat arbitrary. If possible, however, stand in such a way that the raiju won't be getting multizaps on you.


Raijū, or "lightning beast," is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology which serves Raijin, Shinto god of lightning. Capable of assuming the shape of a cat, fox, weasel, wolf, or ball of lightning, it is generally tame, but dashes about during storms wreaking havoc on anything it touches.


Raiju were added in 0.14.