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Grinder 5Grinder.png
HP 25-52
HD 6
XP 276
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 11
Will 20
Attack1 11 (hit: pain)

Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Little
Type shadow imp, shadow imp
Flags No high tier wand
An inefficient shadow imp previously employed as a torturer in one of the lower circles of Hell. She has a tendency to complain and make inane statements.

Useful Info

Grinder is a dangerous unique shadow imp who tortures her victims, paralyzing them and then inflicting pain until the subject dies. She is notorious for killing characters long before they have the means of facing her.



Spell set I
Slot1 Pain (d14) Magical flag
Slot2 Paralyse Magical flag
Slot3 Blink Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Encountering an early Grinder can be extremely dangerous, as her paralysis is almost guaranteed to end the game for very low-level characters. Definitely consider ignoring her for the time being and coming back when you're a little better prepared. She's normal speed, so if you turn around and flee while she's at the edge of your line of sight, you'll probably be able to reach a staircase safely. Return to the floor through a different staircase and come back for her when you're more experienced.
  • If you decide you do want to kill her immediately, use whatever tools you have access to. Don't be afraid to drink those potions of heal wounds you just identified if you get badly injured. Any sources of willpower and negative energy resistance you can wear are strongly recommended.
  • Consider using a potion of lignification if you have one. Tree form is immune to Pain and has a high AC in case you get paralysed. Just be careful of other enemies in the area. A potion of attraction can bring her back into range of your tree fists.
  • Grinder is a bad target for a wand of polymorph. As demons can only turn into other demons, she is very likely to turn into something even more dangerous.