|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.|
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.
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.