Water nymph

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For a list of merfolk monsters, see list of merfolk.

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HP 26-54
HD 10
XP 446
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 13
MR 100
Attack1 12 (touch: drown)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type water nymph, water nymph
Flags See invisible
A strikingly beautiful and capricious nature spirit, deeply bonded with the waters in which she lives. Wherever they flow, so may she, and ponds and rivers surge and leap at her whim. Beware, for many unwitting adventurers have found themselves drawn beneath her waters by a simple touch, only for it to become their final resting place.

“Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.”
-Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975.

Useful Info

Water nymphs are amphibious creatures which force their prey into water before drowning them. They can deal heavy smite-targeted asphyxiation damage with their magic to any creature standing in water, and have a passive one-tile aura of shallow water which follows them around (though it takes it some time to catch up). This water effect can cover stairs, rendering them inoperable. They are found in the Shoals.


Spell set I
Slot1 Waterstrike (3d17) Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Mephitic Cloud or Silence disables their magic nicely, though killing them at range solves the problem even more effectively. Flight or playing a large species will protect you from the risk of stumbling due to their water aura, but their Waterstrike spell can still affect you.
  • Water nymphs can only deal significant damage to you if you're in the water. However, their ability to spread water tiles means that once you're in the water, it can be hard to get out again.
  • Water nymphs can cover the stairs, making it impossible to escape. This significantly raises the risk of any encounter involving them.
  • Water nymphs do not have rSteam, and take a great deal of damage from steam. This makes wands of flame a fairly effective way of killing them.


Water nymphs were added in 0.14