The Crypt

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A huge repository for the ancient dead. The air is chill and fetid, the walls cold and damp. Bones are strewn liberally everywhere and the whole place resounds with the keening of the tortured souls of the unquiet dead.

The Crypt is three levels deep and can be found between Vault:2 and Vault:3. It 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, its entrance found on Vaults:2 or 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 dig-proof stone or metal walls. Web traps are a common sight here, choking hallways but also allowing cautious players to ensnare pursuing opponents.

The Crypt is also a very silent place (one might even say "dead quiet"), so noises will carry farther than you're accustomed to. While the majority of the Crypt's inhabitants attack you in relative silence (flying skulls are one of the few forms of undead capable of alerting others of your presence), even the noise made by your weapons striking your foes will be attracting attention. See the page on noise for more details.

Useful Info

Players will find their venom-, draining-, vampiricism-, or pain-branded weapons all but useless here. Holy wrath weapons and Dispel Undead are much more useful for clearing out the almost entirely undead population here, and scrolls of holy word make excellent room-clearing nukes. Negative energy resistance will come in handy to negate enemy draining attacks and mitigate the impact of torment (an uncommon but significant threat). See invisible is also worth keeping on hand, as vampire knights can be surprisingly dangerous to players who fail to notice them until they reach melee range.

Beyond that, there are a handful of casters capable of hitting you with various elemental spells, and many of the opponents here hit fairly hard (ghouls, bone dragons, and ancient champions are particularly nasty in melee), so high AC/EV and a rank of fire and cold resistance will certainly help. Finally, don't be afraid to look up opponents you aren't familiar with, as many of the opponents here behave in very unusual ways, and a few of them (curse skulls, liches, ancient liches), curse toes, and the powerful unique Khufu) are extreme threats that deserve serious caution.

Useful Traits


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 Crypt 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.

Eye to Eye With the Devil: A small chamber which forces you to deal with multiple ancient liches, curse skulls, and other potent threats before reaching the loot.

Haunted Forest: A full-floor graveyard, filled with dead trees, gravestones, and mausoleums, each of which contains a variety of angry inhabitants.

Cryptofortress: A full-floor undead fortress, guarded by iron golems. Exploration will reveal powerful liches, mummies, and vampires guarding the various loot heaps.

Church of pain: A cross-shaped map with 4 different monster sets: skeletons, vampires, ghosts, and mummies.

Quadcrypt: A full-floor vault divided in four quadrants: burial hoard (NE), chapel of Kikubaaqudgha (NW), catacombs (SE), and crematory (SW).

Elkab: A triparte Egyptian temple. Like the church of pain, it has four sets of monsters: skeleton, ghost, vampire, and mummy.

The death's head: A full-floor skull-shaped vault.

Unholy cathedral: A very compact vault with altars to Yredelemnul and Kikubaaqudgha.


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

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