Hell beast

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hell beast 2Hell beast.png
HP 55-112
HD 7
XP 969
Speed 15
AC 5
EV 14
Will 20
Attack1 28 (bite: plain)
Attack2 20 (trample: trample)

Resistances rMiasma
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Demonic
Size Large
Type hell beast, hell beast
Flags Fighter
An abominable crossbreed of beast and man that makes horrible barking noises.

Useful Info

Hell beasts are bestial tier-2 demons with randomized attributes. While their attacks are always fairly powerful and can trample you back a square, their AC, EV, HD, and willpower are low, and they have few resistances. They can be encountered in the Abyss, Pandemonium, or the Hells (particularly when summoned by Geryon); they may also appear in one ending of The Lair.

Tips & Tricks

  • Evoking the horn of Geryon will summon 1-4 hell beasts at no cost (though you will not be able to do so again until you have gained a considerable amount of experience). Their friendliness and duration depend on your Evocations skill.
  • Unlike most demons, they lack poison resistance. Mephitic Cloud and the combo of Olgreb's Toxic Radiance and Ignite Poison affect them very well.
  • Be wary of their trampling ability if you expect to stair dance away. They may push you off the stairs and leave you extremely vulnerable, a common way to die in the Vestibule of Hell.


  • Prior to 0.17, hell beasts varied in speed, from "fast" to "faster".
  • Prior to 0.14, the Horn of Geryon only summoned a single hell beast, and it was always hostile.
  • Prior to 0.9, they were simply called "beasts."
  • Prior to 0.8, they could not trample.