Tengu (monster)

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

For the player species, see tengu.

tengu QTengu (monster).png
HP 14-30
HD 5
XP 117
Speed 10 (move: 90%)
AC 2
EV 11
Will 20
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)
Attack2 5 (peck: plain)
Attack3 5 (claw: plain)
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type tengu, tengu
Flags Flying
A humanoid figure with the head and talons of a bird. Its ferociously combative nature belies its fragile appearance.

“A Bird came down the Walk —
He did not know I saw —
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw”
-Emily Dickinson, “A Bird came down the Walk”. ca. 1865.

Useful Info

Tengu are unremarkable flying monsters. Like most monstrous version of the playable species, they are only as dangerous as the gear they wield. They do not generate naturally, only appearing if a shapeshifter happens to take one's appearance or if you happen to polymorph a creature and get lucky.

Tips & Tricks

Tengu are weak enough to only pose a threat to low-level casters they catch in melee.


Prior to 0.14, generic tengu used to occasionally show up alongside more dangerous tengu opponents.