The Crypt

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The Crypt is a huge repository for the ancient dead. The air is chill and fetid, the walls cold and damp. Bones are strewn liberally everywhere and every noise echoes worryingly, violating the overbearing silence of the grave.

This branch is unusually silent: sounds travel farther here.

The entrance to this branch can be found between levels 2 and 3 of the Vaults.

This branch is 3 levels deep.

This branch contains the entrance to the Tomb.

These stairs lead to an ancient crypt. Unfortunately, not everything that was buried there had the decency to stay dead.

Crypt entry.png The Crypt is a 3-floor branch, found between the Vaults:2 and 3. It is filled with all manner of undead opponents, and although it does not contain a rune of Zot, it does hold the mummy-guarded entrance to the Tomb, as well as a significant amount of treasure guarded by powerful undead foes on the final floor.


The Crypt is made up of claustrophobic, winding hallways and large open chambers, all of which are built of undiggable stone or metal walls.

The Crypt is also a very silent place, so noise carries farther than usual. Most residents are dead quiet, but even the noise made by your weapons will attract attention.


The third floor of the Crypt always has a treasure vault, which can be sized anywhere from a modest room to all of the map. These always contain some of the most powerful undead enemies in the game, but often hold living and golem opponents as well.

Some of the treasure vault loot will be Necromancy themed loot, such as draining, vampiric, or pain-branded weapons, rings of positive energy, the Necronomicon, staves of death, or one of several similarly themed unrands.


Crypt is almost entirely filled with undead creatures, so holy wrath and Dispel Undead are more useful here. Likewise, negative energy and torment are common, so bring rN+.

The following monsters deserve special attention:

Useful Traits


W Wraith.png Wraith W Flayed ghost.png Flayed ghost 3 Soul eater.png Soul eater 2 Reaper.png Reaper
W Freezing wraith.png Freezing wraith W Shadow wraith.png Shadow wraith W Phantasmal warrior.png Phantasmal warrior W Eidolon.png Eidolon
n Ghoul.png Ghoul D Bone dragon.png Bone dragon z Flying skull.png Flying skull z Curse skull.png Curse skull
p Necromancer.png Necromancer p Death knight.png Death knight e Deep elf death mage.png Deep elf death mage z Skeletal warrior.png Skeletal warrior
V Vampire mage.png Vampire mage V Vampire knight.png Vampire knight V Jiangshi.png Jiangshi z Revenant.png Revenant
L Lich.png Lich L Ancient lich.png Ancient lich L Dread lich.png Dread lich z Ancient champion.png Ancient champion

Placed by vaults

( Dancing weapon.png Dancing weapon 9 Iron golem.png Iron golem 9 Crystal guardian.png Crystal guardian z Curse toe.png Curse toe p Hell knight.png Hell knight A Profane servitor.png Profane servitor
M Mummy (monster).png Mummy M Guardian mummy.png Guardian mummy M Mummy priest.png Mummy priest M Royal mummy.png Royal mummy M Khufu.png Khufu H Sphinx.png Sphinx


S Aizul.png Aizul d Bai Suzhen.png Bai Suzhen L Boris.png Boris @ Donald.png Donald
@ Frederick.png Frederick g Grunn.png Grunn V Jory.png Jory L Josephina.png Josephina
M Khufu.png Khufu R Mara.png Mara @ Margery.png Margery A Mennas.png Mennas
o Saint Roka.png Saint Roka Q Sojobo.png Sojobo 9 Vv.png Vv D Xtahua.png Xtahua
a Zenata.png Zenata


Dungeon branches
Dungeon exit.png The DungeonTemple entry.png The TempleDepths entry.png The DepthsZot entry.png Realm of Zot
Lair entry.png The Lair ( Spider entry.png Spider's NestSnake entry.png Snake PitSwamp entry.png The SwampShoals entry.png The ShoalsSlime entry.png Slime Pits)
Orc entry.png Orcish Mines ( Elf entry.png Elven Halls) • Vaults entry.png The Vaults ( Crypt entry.png The CryptTomb entry.png The Tomb)
Abyss entry.png The AbyssPandemonium entry.png PandemoniumHell entry.png Hell ( Cocytus entry.png CocytusDis entry.pngDisGehenna entry.png GehennaTartarus entry.png Tartarus)
See also: Portal