Dread lich

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dread lich LDread lich.png
HP 71-144
HD 27
XP 5119
Speed 10
AC 20
EV 10
Will Immune
Attack1 20 (touch: drain experience)

Resistances rF+
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type lich, lich
Flags Evil
See invisible
A lich who has made terrible pacts with demonic forces to augment its dark magic

Useful info

Dread liches are powerful undead summoners with a wide array of resistances.


Spell set I
Slot1 Summon Greater Demon Wizard flag
Slot2 Paralyse Wizard flag
Slot3 Haste Wizard flag
Slot4 Invisibility Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • As liches resist most elemental damage, combat casters should rely on pure Conjurations or Earth Magic. Necromancy specialists can deal brutal amounts of damage with Dispel Undead, though it requires getting to and staying in point-blank range. Nearly all Hexes are useless against their infinite willpower, so don't bother with them.
  • Melee fighters should lure them around corners or use scrolls of blinking to get into melee range as quickly as possible, lest you get swarmed by summoned demons or paralysed. Once there, casting Silence or reading a scroll of silence will disable the vast majority of their abilities. It may be worth swapping to a Holy wrath- or antimagic-branded weapon, if available.
  • Throwing nets are very useful against dread liches. Throwing a net at the edge of LOS guarantees that the lich won't be able to follow you for several turns, allowing a fairly safe escape. Nets distract monsters, granting any player multiple chances to attack for free; Short Blade users may take particular advantage of this strategy.
  • As always, remember that killing a summoner destroys all its summons. If you are confident you can finish off a dread lich before its summoned fiends can tear you to pieces, go for it. If you aren't confident of that, consider what safe escape routes you have available.


Dread liches were added in 0.27 as a summoning-focused version of the ancient lich.