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Version 0.30: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.

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

Xtahua DXtahua.png
HP 87-177
HD 20
XP 4829
Speed 10
AC 15
EV 7
Will 180
Attack1 35 (bite: plain)
Attack2 17 (claw: plain)
Attack3 20 (trample: trample)
Resistances rF++
Vulnerabilities Cold
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type dragon, fire dragon
Flags Destroys doors
See invisible
Gender neutral
An ancient and mighty dragon.

Useful Info

Xtahua the Ancient is a unique fire dragon, much more durable than normal and with upscaled physical and fire attacks. Unlike standard fire dragons, Xtahua can destroy any doors in their way, and their breath attack leaves a cloud of fire at the end of its range. If Xtahua drops fire dragon scales when they are killed, they will be inscribed and pre-enchanted.



Spell set I
Slot1 Searing Breath (3d40) Natural flag,
Breath flag,
Noisy flag
Slot2 Paralyse Vocal flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Xtahua can conceivably one-shot fragile, unprepared characters, and even beefier characters can't stand up to too much of their fire breath. Pile on the fire resistance and deal your damage quickly, as they're still a menace in melee range.
  • Xtahua's searing breath will leave a cloud of fire at the end of its path. Try not to get backed against a wall or into a corner unless you think you can handle fighting while standing in fire. Also, be aware that Xtahua can and will trample you backwards into the flames.
  • If at all possible, use freezing weapons or Ice Magic to take advantage of Xtahua's vulnerability, but avoid fire and poison.
  • Make sure you have enough willpower to avoid getting paralyzed; Will+++ is generally enough.
  • RMsl can come in handy here, if you have it to hand.


  • In 0.31, Xtahua will get stronger melee attacks (35 and 17 -> 44 and 20 damage), almost double HP, and more defenses (15 -> 18 AC).
  • Xtahua was female before version 0.24.
  • Prior to 0.16, Xtahua's breath attack did not leave a fire cloud, and she only opened doors instead of destroying them.