The Vestibule of Hell

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The hallway to the four hells is guarded by Geryon. The Vestibule of Hell

contains portals to Dis, Gehenna, Cocytus and Tartarus.

Portals to the Vestibule of Hell are found abundantly in the Depths.

Welcome to the Vestibule of Hell! Welcome to Hell! Please enjoy your stay.

Hell entry.png The Vestibule of Hell is the entrance to the four other branches of Hell. It is presided over by Geryon, the gatekeeper of Hell.

Useful Info

You'll find multiple portals to the Vestibule in the Depths. Its most noteworthy inhabitant is Geryon, a huge three-headed demon, but you'll also find flocks of demons and hell knights. These monsters guard the entrances to the four main branches of Hell:

Each of these four branches contains a rune of Zot. Furthermore, once the Vestibule has been cleared, it can serve as a stash location since few monsters respawn here:

  • 1 monster every 240 turns, for the first 500 turns.
  • 1 monster every min(x - 260, 20000) turns, where x is the amount of turns you've been on the vestibule, if you've been there for more than 500 turns.


The Vestibule is generally safe to clear by the time you've finished exploring the Dungeon and cleared the middle branches (Elven Halls, the Vaults). You'll need high AC and EV along with whatever fire and cold resistance you can muster. Geryon himself is not that difficult to kill; he is not immune to poison, and if you can deal damage through opponents (Bolt spells, smite-targeted attacks), he doesn't take that much abuse before going down. Geryon will never follow you upstairs, so you'll have to face him in the Vestibule, but you can certainly stairdance his allies up a few at a time for safe disposal. Be aware that stairdancing can be dangerous, as his summoned Hell beasts may trample you away from the stairs. If you have no means of outrunning them to a clear staircase up or controlled blinking back to the stairs, this may result in a quick death.

A second unique monster, Murray the curse skull, may appear in some games while exploring the Vestibule. He can rapidly reduce you to very low HP if you lack torment resistance, and summons hordes of undead to bury you with. Don't be afraid to use a scroll of blinking to get away from him the moment you see him, as he can be hard to run from for normal-speed characters.


Very Common




Very Rare

Sumoned by Geryon



Prior to 0.14, it was necessary to kill Geryon and sound his horn to open up the entrances to the four main branches of Hell, and all portals to the Vestibule were closed when you picked up the Orb.