Shadow imp

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shadow imp 5Shadow imp.png
HP 6-16
HD 2
XP 11
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 11
MR 10
Attack1 6 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rC++, rPois+,
rN+++, rTorm,
Vulnerabilities Holy, Holy wrath
Habitat Land
Intelligence Normal
Uses Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Little
Type shadow imp, shadow imp
Flags Evil
See invisible
A shadowy minor demon, with an affinity for the necromantic arts.

Useful Info

Shadow imps are one of the flimsier Tier-5 demons, but they can still cause significant trouble with their Necromancy spells. They are found in the Dungeon and the Abyss, and are occasionally summoned by a wide variety of enemies.


Spell set
Slot1 Pain (d8) Demonic flag
Slot2 Animate Dead Demonic flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you're not yet terribly powerful, avoid fighting them near the corpses of foes you've already beaten, or it may raise them. On the other hand, if you can handle the zombies, they are worth experience, unlike most other monster-created monsters.
  • Although it's easy to summon your own shadow imps with the Call Imp spell, these allies will never cast Animate Dead.


Prior to 0.12, summoned shadow imps would cast Animate Dead, allowing characters with no Necromancy skill to generate armies of the dead.