War gargoyle

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

war gargoyle 9War gargoyle.png
HP 34-70
HD 13
XP 1452
Speed 14
AC 22
EV 4
Will 100
Attack1 30 (hit: plain)

Resistances rF+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Non-living
Size Medium
Type gargoyle, war gargoyle
Flags Fighter
See invisible
A rare type of gargoyle, constructed from a solid steel statue and imbued with vicious strength, speed, and weaponized breath.

“Their innumerable sculptures of demons and dragons assumed a lugubrious aspect. The restless light of the flame made them move to the eye. There were griffins which had the air of laughing, gargoyles which one fancied one heard yelping, salamanders which puffed at the fire, tarasques which sneezed in the smoke. And among the monsters thus roused from their sleep of stone by this flame, by this noise, there was one who walked about, and who was seen, from time to time, to pass across the glowing face of the pile, like a bat in front of a candle.”
-Victor Hugo, _The Hunchback of Notre-Dame_, 10, ch. IV. 1831.
trans. Isabel F. Hapgood

Useful Info

War gargoyles are significantly deadlier than any of their gargoyle brethren. With more health, AC, and resistances, they can handle abuse slightly better. More importantly, however, they are capable of blasting you at range with deadly shrapnel. War gargoyles are found in the Iron City of Dis, in the Vestibule of Hell, in The Depths and sometimes in The Vaults, often with peacekeepers.


Spell set I
Slot1 Metal Splinters (3d27) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag

Tips & Tricks

By the time you face war gargoyles, you'll likely have no difficulty getting through their defenses and taking them down, at least in comparison to the other threats you'll be facing. That being said, their breath attacks can deal surprising amounts of damage, especially if you let too many of them catch you in the open at once. Take cover when possible. If you have Lee's Rapid Deconstruction and keep them at distance, you will kill them quickly.


  • War gargoyles were added in 0.14.