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Dispater &Dispater.png
HP 295-596
HD 16
XP 9433
Speed 10
AC 40
EV 3
Will Immune
Attack1 50 (hit: plain)

Resistances damnation
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Large
Type hell lord, Dispater
Flags Fighter
See invisible
The lord of the Iron City of Dis.

“Hoc idem magis ostendit antiquius Iovis nomen: nam olim Diovis et Diespiter dictus, id est dies pater; a quo dei dicti qui inde, et dius et divum, unde sub divo, Dius Fidius. Itaque inde eius perforatum tectum, ut ea videatur divum, id est caelum. Quidam negant sub tecto per hunc deierare oportere. Aelius Dium Fidium dicebat Diovis filium, ut Graeci Dioskopon Castorem, et putabat hunc esse Sancum ab Sabina lingua et Herculem a Graeca. Idem hic Dis pater dicitur infimus, qui est coniunctus terrae, ubi omnia ut oriuntur ita aboriuntur; quorum quod finis ortuum, Orcus dictus.”
-Marcus Terentius Varro, _De Lingua Latina_, Liber V, circa 40 BC.

Useful Info

Dispater is a demon lord who wields the Staff of Dispater and is the guardian of the iron rune on the last floor of the Iron City of Dis. He specializes in hitting you with brutal Earth Magic, damnation, and waves of tier-1 demons. You can find him in his mansion at the end of Dis:7, usually accompanied by a mix of hell sentinels, ice fiends, brimstone fiends, and/or cacodemons.


Spell set I
Slot1 Summon Greater Demon Magical flag
Slot2 Lehudib's Crystal Spear (3d35) Magical flag
Slot3 Iron Shot (3d29) Magical flag
Slot4 Hurl Damnation (3d20) Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Explore the outside of his chamber first before approaching the innermost chamber. There will be plenty of reinforcements wandering around, and if you can take them out before the fight, he'll be much less brutal.
  • Dispater, like any demon lord, is someone you want to kill as quickly as possible, but his summoned allies can often deal brutal damage. Powerful area-of-effect abilities that let you attack both Dispater and his allies are helpful, as is Aura of Abjuration. However, his extremely high AC makes him very resilient.
  • Though not very useful in the rest of Dis, cold resistance is helpful here, as ice fiends deal terrifying amounts of damage without it.


Originally a chthonic god of riches, fertile agricultural land and underground mineral wealth, Dis Pater was later commonly equated with the Roman deities Pluto and Orcus, becoming an underworld deity. His form in Crawl was likely inspired by the villainous Dispater found in Dungeons and Dragons.