Human (monster)

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human pHuman.png
HP 21-47
HD 6
XP 196
Speed 10
AC 3
EV 13
MR 20
Attack1 10 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Normal
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type human, human
Flags Speaks
Warm-blooded
An uppity sort of surface-dwelling, hairless ape. Dwarves think of them as fragile, elves think of them as clumsy, and monsters think of them as tasty.

“Do you know
Do I know
What’s this thing called ‘man’?
God only knows what a man is!
I only know his price.”
-Bertolt Brecht, “The Measures Taken”. 1930.


Useful Info

Humans are uncommon creatures in the dungeon and generally aren't very threatening. If you see one, it's either a shapeshifter, a sign of a nearby vault (e.g., "yak farm" or "sword in the stone"), or an outrider for one of a few uniques.

Also, several "other" monsters leave human corpses: Prince Ribbit, slaves, necromancers, wizards, vault guards, vault sentinels, ironbrand convokers, ironheart preservers, vault wardens, hell knights, paladins, and Killer Klowns. Such monsters will be reanimated into human zombies, skeletons, or simulacra; such derived undead can be found occasionally in areas such as the Ossuary or the Crypt, as well as in a few specific vaults.

Tips & Tricks

Although generally very easy if you meet them, humans can be dangerous if spawned with crossbows, branded weapons, or large shields, and they pack a surprisingly strong punch if they meet a low-level character.

Variant Humans

A variety of demonic vaults will contain sacrificial humans. These are generally found locked away in cages and are neutral to you. Killing them will allow you to reach an altar of Yredelemnul.

From the look of things, she was supposed to be sacrificed in some demon-summoning ritual.

Deformed human.png You can find deformed, febrile, or sickly humans in some of the sealed chambers in Cigotuvi's Fleshworks.

This poor creature looks hideously deformed.

Human monk.png The ghosts of human monks will occasionally coalesce as you travel in Wucad Mu's Monastery. As these count as summons, they can be quickly disposed of with Abjuration, and they will stop spawning once you destroy the statue of Wucad Mu in the heart of the monastery.

It seems a flimsy representation of a monk; nothing more than a half-formed memory.