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Version 0.29: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

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

worm wWorm.png
HP 11-24
HD 4
XP 4
Speed 6
AC 1
EV 5
Will 10
Attack1 12 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type worm, worm
Flags Regenerates
No skeleton
A giant annelid, glistening with slime, with unusually large teeth.

“While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, ‘Man’,
And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Useful Info

Worms are early-game monsters that are durable and powerful. Though they are quite slow, their fast regeneration can make them difficult to kite unless you can deal enough damage quickly enough. They can be found as early as Dungeon:1 and are an excellent food source.

Tips & Tricks

  • Worms have high damage and HP for their level, so don't be afraid to take a few steps back and pelt them from afar if they're getting the better of you in melee.
  • Poisoning a worm, then backing up while the poison works its magic, is one of the safer ways to deal with them. You may have to poison it a few times to counter its regeneration.
  • Any non-naga character can easily kill a lone worm by kiting it with a spear, even with no training (though it may take a while).


  • Prior to 0.17, worms had slightly more max HP, but didn't have fast regeneration.