Weeping skull

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weeping skull zWeeping skull.png
HP 18-38
HD 5
XP 98
Speed 10
AC 7
EV 3
Will 20
Attack1 10 (touch: drain experience)

Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Undead
Size Tiny
Type weeping skull, weeping skull
Flags Evil
An undead skull kept aloft by unholy clouds of collective misery, which slowly drift out in its wake. It mourns without end for the living, the dead, and its own former life all alike.

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a thousand times, and now how abhorr’d in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it.”
-William Shakespeare, _The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark_, V, 1. 1603.

Useful Info

Weeping skulls can be found in ossuaries, Crypt, and the Abyss. They spew clouds of excruciating misery, harming the player for 10% of their health each turn without negative energy resistance. They also produce an aura of short-lived misery clouds a few tiles around them.


Spell set I
Slot1 Mourning Wail Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • If you lack negative energy resistance, do not fight these in corridors. You will quickly lose all of your health over the course of a few turns.
  • Torment resistance has no effect against clouds of excruciating misery.
  • If you stay still, the misery clouds created from Mourning Wail can never hit you, as it will not spawn clouds on tiles with vulnerable targets. The clouds that randomly spawn around the weeping skull can, however.
  • Lee's Rapid Deconstruction will likely destroy these in 1-2 casts.