Skeletal warrior

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skeletal warrior zSkeletal warrior.png
HP 54-77
HD 10
XP 771
Speed 10
AC 15
EV 10
MR 100
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rC+, rPois+++,
rN+++, rTorm,
rRot+++, rDrown,
Vulnerabilities Holy, Holy wrath
Habitat Land
Intelligence Normal
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type skeletal warrior, skeletal warrior
Flags Evil
The vicious and heavily armed skeleton of a humanoid creature, animated by unholy power.

“Speak! speak! thou fearful guest!
Who, with thy hollow breast
Still in rude armor drest,
Comest to daunt me!
Wrapt not in Eastern balms,
But with thy fleshless palms
Stretched, as if asking alms,
Why dost thou haunt me?”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Skeleton in Armor”. 1841.

Useful Info

Skeletal warriors are surprisingly dangerous undead monsters which travel in packs. Although they resemble small skeletons, they move at average speed, have significant durability, and come armed with powerful branded weapons. They are found in the mid-to-late-Dungeon, the Crypt, and the Abyss.

Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid letting them attack you more than one at a time. Hallways help, but keep an eye out for skeletons armed with polearms.
  • Dispel Undead will take them down in two or three castings.
  • Control Undead works well to turn them against each other, which will help thin out their numbers and likely give you a chance to escape if necessary.
  • Weapons of holy wrath are also effective, the bigger, the better.
  • If you don't have any way to reliably take on a pack of skeletal warriors, consider skipping them and coming back once you've leveled up more. Even a single skeletal warrior can kill a lightly armored character in a few hits, especially if they've got a big, nasty weapon.

Variant Skeletal Warrior

While exploring the Crypt, you may come across a skeletal archer. These ranged fighters are as durable as the warriors, but come in a pack and are armed with longbows.

Since when is having flesh a requirement to be a master archer? These skeletal fellows can turn you into a bloody hedgehog with ease. Meatlings like you are only good for a supply of sinew for bowstrings anyway.

"For a glory of all evil spirits rise for victory
Pain for pain, blood for blood
Pagan warriors moved quickly forward
Bows are ready to shoot out their searing

-Mastiphal, "For a Glory of All Evil Spirits"


Prior to 0.13, skeletal warriors possessed Animate Dead, a spell which they rarely had a chance to use, mostly being found in corpseless branches. Also prior to 0.13, ancient champions were vault-defined variants of skeletal warriors, as opposed to their own type of monster.