Shard shrike

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Version 0.18: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
shard shrike bShard shrike.png
HP 69-140
HD 21
XP 5288
Speed 30
AC 2
EV 18
MR 80
Attack1 21 (claw: cold)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type shard shrike, shard shrike
Flags See invisible
An incredibly fast-moving bird, known for impaling its prey on shards of ice before tearing them to pieces. They have acclimated to the desolate wastes of Cocytus, and its accursed chill now envelops them.

Useful Info

Shard shrikes are durable, extremely aggressive animals which can be found either individually or in packs. These birds swarm their prey, slashing and impaling them with cold damage attacks. They are thankfully rare, only occurring in the depths of Cocytus.


Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Icicle (3d30) Natural flag,
Breath flag

Tips & Tricks

  • As they're found in Cocytus, you'll likely have plenty of cold resistance by the time you encounter them. Don't let that fool you into thinking them harmless, however; they have absurdly high speed, and their constant Throw Icicle spells deal partially irresistible damage. A large group of shrikes can hit you with plenty of these in a fairly short amount of time. Repel/Deflect Missiles will certainly help keep you alive. However, invisibility won't fool them, silence won't stop their spells, and unlike most creatures in Cocytus, holy damage will barely make a dent in them.
  • They have surprisingly high HD, but only a moderate amount of magic resistance. Keep that in mind before trying to inflict them with status effects.


Shard shrikes were added in 0.16.