Fire crab

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fire crab tFire crab.png
HP 36-67
HD 8
XP 807
Speed 11
AC 9
EV 6
MR 42
Attack1 15 (bite: fire: 8-15)
Attack2 15 (claw: fire: 8-15)

Type of Meat Contaminated+Poisoned
Resistances rF+++
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Insect
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type fire crab, fire crab
Flags Flees
No skeleton
Silence immune
These crabs are prized for their brilliantly jewelled shells. The rarity of these shells is only enhanced by the vicious, fiery nature of the animal, and their almost supernatural ability to expel massive quantities of flames.

“The planet brought forth scintillating jewelled scuttling crabs, which [they] ate, smashing their shells with iron mallets; tall aspiring trees with breathtaking slenderness and colour which [they] cut down and burned the crab meat with.”
-Douglas Adams, The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galax

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

Useful Info

Fire crabs are fairly durable crustaceans with fiery melee attacks and the ability to flood their surroundings with clouds of flame. Fortunately, they are only found in the deeper sections of the Dungeon.

Tips & Tricks

  • Fire resistance can help reduce their damage output, while conservation can protect your scrolls from destruction. Since they tend to hit you every turn with at least one fire attack, this is more important than normal.
  • It's much easier to run from their fire clouds in an open area than in a hallway; the confined space will stretch the flames out much longer than normal, leaving you with more rounds spent burning.