Shambling mangrove

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shambling mangrove fShambling mangrove.png
HP 60-122
HD 13
XP 673
Speed 8
AC 13
EV 3
Will 100
Attack1 41 (hit: plain)

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Plant
Size Giant
Type shambling mangrove, shambling mangrove
Flags Unbreathing
A large and gnarled mangrove, possessed of sapience and a cantankerous disposition. Its roots run deep through the water and soil of its marshy home and can make footing very difficult for those who provoke its ire. Despite their kind's sour countenance, marsh fauna are often found nesting within their branches; beware, for they may not take kindly to being disturbed.

Useful Info

Shambling mangroves are massive forest guardians: large and powerful, but slow. Along with their brutal melee attacks, they have a smite-targeted constriction ability. Shambling mangroves can be found in the Swamp.

Some shambling mangroves are generated with a few hornets inside them, which will be released automatically once the mangrove is reduced below 50% HP. These creatures count as normal monsters for experience purposes and are not replenished. These hornets consider the shambling mangrove their band leader; even if you kite them away, the insects will regroup back to the mangrove. If you worship Fedhas, the hornets will also be neutral towards you.


Spell set I
Slot1 Grasping Roots Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Grasping Roots will prevent you from moving or going upstairs until you break the constriction. In addition, it gives scrolls of blinking a chance to fail. This can make bad situations into lethal ones.
    • To avoid the effects of Grasping Roots, you can fly over deep water or lava. Just don't have your flight run out.
  • If you lack poison resistance, killing or disabling the hornets should be a major priority. Even if you have rPois, they still have a 1/18 chance to paralyse you on hit. With poison immunity, however, they are trivial.


  • Prior to 0.28, shambling mangroves (and all plants) had rN+++.
  • Prior to 0.23, shambling mangroves' Grasping Roots ability inflicted a special 'grasping roots' status (-EV, +0.3 move delay, prevents flight) instead of constriction.
  • Prior to the removal of wasps in 0.19, shambling mangroves could release wasps.
  • Prior to raven removal in 0.17, shambling mangroves could also release ravens.
  • Shambling mangroves were added in 0.14. During the shambling mangrove's development, it was originally known as a treant and was found in the Enchanted Forest, an experimental branch that never made it into a stable release.