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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
apis YApis.png
HP 79-160
HD 16
XP 1345
Speed 10
AC 9
EV 5
Will 100
Attack1 40 (gore: holy)

Resistances rHoly
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type apis, apis
Flags Warm-blooded
A placid, sacred bull of Elyvilon.

For a list of all holy monsters, see list of holy monsters.

Useful Info

An apis is a rare yak-type monster. They are mostly restricted to holy Pandemonium levels and Ziggurat floors, though they can also be found in a holy-themed Shoals:4 vault. They behave like all yaks, moving into melee range and hitting surprisingly hard with their holy horns (especially dangerous to undead or demonspawn characters).

Tips & Tricks

  • Think of them as death yaks but stronger, particularly if you're vulnerable to holy damage.


The apis was a sacred bull worshiped in ancient Egypt.


  • In 0.31, apis can now appear in a holy-themed Shoals:4 vault.
  • Prior to 0.15, Elyvilon could punish the player for killing an apis by inflicting irresistible but temporary weakness. Also, hostile apis could turn neutral if the player worshipped a good god and was sufficiently pious.
  • In 0.14, apis were supposed to appear in the Enchanted Forest.
  • Prior to 0.13, killing an apis did not trigger Elyvilon's wrath.