Clay golem

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For a list of all golems, see list of constructs.

clay golem 8Clay golem.png
HP 57-78
HD 8
XP 185
Speed 8
AC 7
EV 5
MR Immune
Attack1 11 (hit: plain)
Attack2 11 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rF+++, rC+++,
rElec+++, rPois+++,
rN+++, rTorm,
rRot+++, rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Plant
Uses Open doors
Holiness Non-living
Size Large
Type golem, clay golem
Flags Artificial
See invisible
A huge clay statue that has been animated by occult means.

“Once upon a time a great Cabbalist lived in Prague called the Rabbi Löw. He made a human figure of clay, and left a small aperture in the lesser brain in which he laid a parchment with the unutterable name of God written on it. The clod immediately arose and was a man; he performed all the duties of a servant for his creator, he fetched water, and hewed wood. All through the Jews quarter he was known as the Golem of the great Rabbi Löw. Every Friday evening the Rabbi took the parchment out of his head, and he was clay until Sunday morning. Once the Rabbi forgot this duty, all were in the Synagogue, the Sabbath hymn was begun, when all the women and children in the assembly started and screamed out, ‘the Golem! the Golem is destroying everything!’ The Rabbi ordered the precentor to pause at the end of the prayer: it was yet possible to save all, but later nought would avail, the whole world would be destroyed. He hastened home, and saw the Golem already seizing the joists of his house to tear down the building: he sprang forward, took the parchment out, and dead clay again lay at his feet.”
-Berthold Auerbach, _Spinoza_. 1882

Useful Info

Clay golems are slow-moving, non-living monsters that are absolutely immune to all enchantment magic and most elemental magic. Fortunately, they don't hit too hard in melee, and non-elemental Conjurations still affect them just fine. They are uncommonly encountered in the Dungeon and may appear in Volcanoes.

Tips & Tricks

Extremely fragile characters should take advantage of their slow speed and kite them. Otherwise, they're not too threatening.

Variant Clay Golem

Flesh golem.png Cigotuvi's Fleshworks contains a flesh golem in the first chamber past the prison cells. It isn't any stronger than a regular clay golem, but the chamber does contain clouds of mutagenic fog, so try to stick to the edges.

An animated mound of misshapen flesh.


Clay golems will be removed in 0.14. The flesh golem will then be a variant of an iron golem.