Steelbarb worm

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Version 0.30: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.

For a list of all worms, see list of worms.

steelbarb worm wSteelbarb worm.png
HP 45-92
HD 10
XP 598
Speed 12
AC 11
EV 7
Will 10
Attack1 29 (hit: barbs)

Resistances rF+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type worm, steelbarb worm
Flags No skeleton
Web immune
A large worm covered with hard, spiky metal plates. Despite the apparent heaviness of its outer armour, it is rather fast.

Useful Info

Steelbarb worms are swift-moving annelids found in the Spider's Nest. They can inflict the Barbs status effect on melee hit, which hurts you if you try to move.

Tips & Tricks

  • Barbs are less threatening when you consider that nearly every resident of the Spider's Nest is faster than you. You should be positioning well before you get hit in melee. It can still be annoying, especially if you're trying to escape at low HP.
  • Steelbarb worms are not vulnerable to poison, but they aren't resistant to it either. Most poison attacks will work well on a steelbarb worm.
    • Note that these worms are resistant to fire, so the combo of Poison Magic spells and Ignite Poison is not very effective against them.
  • Steelbarb worms have exceptionally poor willpower. Any sort of disabling Hex or wand will be highly effective against them.


  • Prior to 0.30, steelbarb worms had fast regeneration.
  • Steelbarb worms were added in 0.28.