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Version 0.25: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

hornet yHornet.png
HP 21-44
HD 6
XP 283
Speed 15
AC 6
EV 14
MR 30
Attack1 18 (sting: paralyse)

Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type hornet, hornet
Flags Flying
No skeleton
A buzzing hornet with a vicious stinger dripping with paralytic poison.

Useful Info

Hornets are a dangerous flying insect. Their poisonous stings can also slow and paralyze you. They are most common in the Vaults, the Swamp, and especially in the Spider's Nest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Poison resistance reduces the chance of getting slowed or paralyzed, but you need poison immunity to be completely safe.
  • Never fight them in an area that allows you to be surrounded. Paralysis is bad enough when you only have to worry about one hornet.
  • You can summon your own hornets by drawing the Foxfire card.
  • Their mediocre magic resistance makes other status effect-inflicting wands, as well as most Hexes, quite effective against them.


  • In 0.19, hornets replaced wasps and became more common. Also, they were slightly nerfed.
  • Prior to 0.16, this monster was known as red wasp.
  • Prior to 0.8, their paralysis effect could stack. They were near-certain death to anyone stung without the proper defenses.