Hell hound

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hell hound hHell hound.png
HP 16-38
HD 5
XP 147
Speed 15
AC 6
EV 13
MR 20
Attack1 13 (bite: plain)

Type of Meat Poisonous
Resistances rF+++, rPois+,
rN+++, rTorm,
Vulnerabilities Cold, Holy,
Holy wrath
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Demonic
Size Medium
Type hound, hell hound
Flags Blood scent
See invisible
A huge black dog, with glowing red eyes and smoke pouring from its fanged mouth.

“About her middle round
A cry of Hell-hounds never-ceasing barked
With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
Within unseen.”
-John Milton, _Paradise Lost_, Book II, l. 653-659. 1667.

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

Useful Info

Hell hounds are dangerous demonic canines, flaming beasts that arrive in packs and breathe fire (3d10). Fortunately they are almost unheard of outside of the Abyss, Pandemonium, and the Hells, and by the time you get there, they're nearly harmless. However, if you see them outside of those places and they're not part of the Lair:8 vault, that's almost always a sign that Azrael is near.


Spell set
Slot1 Fire Breath (3d10) Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

Fire resistance helps. As with many fire-themed monsters, hitting them with cold damage works particularly well.