Serpent of Hell (Gehenna)

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the Serpent of Hell DSerpent of Hell (Gehenna).png
HP 280
HD 20
XP 13337
Speed 14
AC 16
EV 12
MR 180
Attack1 35 (bite: fire: 20-39) per head
Max Chunks 0
Type of Meat None
Resistances damnation, rPois+,
rN+++, rTorm,
rRot, rDrown,
Vulnerabilities Holy, Holy wrath,
Dragon Slaying
Habitat Land
Intelligence High
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Demonic
Size Giant
Type dragon, the Serpent of Hell
Flags Destroys doors
See invisible
A huge red glowing three-headed dragon, burning with hellfire. It seems to be possessed by the very essence of Gehenna and its eternal fire.

Useful Info

The Serpent of Hell is a unique dragon whose elemental affinity varies based on which branch of Hell you encounter it in. When faced in Gehenna, the Serpent is capable of breathing great gouts of fire and hellfire, and is completely immune to both.


Spell set
Slot1 Serpent of Hell Breath (3d40) Natural flag
Slot2 Summon Dragon Demonic flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Preparations for Gehenna largely render you ready for handling this iteration of the Serpent of Hell; while you'll always be susceptible to its Hellfire attacks, two or three ranks of fire resistance render its Fire Breath much less devastating. If you don't have that degree of fire resistance already, however, expect to take massive damage.


In ancient versions of Crawl, the Serpent of Hell did not appear as a unique monster, but rather as a generic one that could be found in considerable numbers guarding the lowest level of Gehenna. While they may have had fewer hit points, the fact they could appear in considerable numbers made them more dangerous than the single monster ever is: facing multiple 20-HD hellfire-casting dragons at a time was often a quick death.