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

butterfly bButterfly.png
HP 1-2
HD 1
XP 0
Speed 25
AC 0
EV 25
Will 10

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type butterfly, butterfly
Flags Flying
No experience gain
A large, brightly coloured butterfly with beautifully patterned wings, fluttering incongruously through the darkness of the cave.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Useful Info

Butterflies are harmless flying monsters that are fragile but difficult to hit. They most often appear when using the Summon Butterflies spell as friendly creatures, but "hostile" butterflies can be encountered throughout the Dungeon, as well as in the Lair. They offer no XP or corpse upon death.

Tips & Tricks

  • Polymorphing a butterfly can turn it into something worth XP, but so little that it's probably not worth the effort.
  • Killing a butterfly clears the line of sight, if you don't want them obstructing your ranged attacks in the area. Of course, if there's a hostile in the area, this is sometimes a reason to keep them around.
  • If you absolutely need one dead fast, Magic Dart or Poisonous Vapours will kill it without fail.


They used to leave corpses and even skeletons, which could be raised as undead. This created amusing zombies that were incredibly fast but lacked any means of attack.