River rat

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

river rat rRiver rat.png
HP 7-15
HD 2
XP 13
Speed 10
AC 5
EV 11
Will 10
Attack1 10 (bite: plain)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type rat, river rat
Flags Warm-blooded
A rodent with hair of a most peculiar green colour, and a powerful bite. It tends to form great swarms with its kin.

HAMLET [Drawing his sword.]: How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead [Stabs through the arras.]
-William Shakespeare, _The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark_, III, 4. 1603.

Useful Info

River rats are slightly tougher than regular rat but still pretty weak. They can be found in small numbers in the Sewer, and in large swarms throughout the Lair.

Tips & Tricks

They tend to come in packs, but since they have no resistances, standard crowd control tactics will work. Although individually harmless, a swarm of them surrounding a character with low defenses may find themselves getting nibbled to death faster than they can eradicate the pests. Try not to fight them in or around water, as they can swim through it normally and suffer no penalties while attacking in it.


  • Prior to 0.31, river rats didn't squeak.
  • Prior to 0.16, river rats were known as green rats.