For a list of all giants, see list of giants.
|Huge, lumbering, and particularly dull, this rusting monolith packs quite the punch. It is quite possibly the largest giant you have ever seen.|
Iron giants are strong, slow, durable humanoids that can deal massive damage with melee attacks, irresistible attack spells, and thrown allies. They are found most often in the Iron City of Dis and Ziggurats, but can occasionally generate in the Depths or Zot as well.
While it's certainly possible to take iron giants on in melee, their range with Iron Shot is a mere four tiles. If you don't want to chance going toe to toe with one, feel free to take advantage of their slow speed and kite them with longer ranged attacks. Just be sure to change strategy if another enemy enters the fray, as the giant's Throw Ally ability can do surprisingly high damage (1d88) if the RNG isn't on your side.
Tips & Tricks
- In certain respects, treat Iron giants like Guardian serpents (who know the Blink Allies Encircling spell): ie, always be aware of the monster(s) adjacent to the Iron giant, since at any point that monster may become adjacent to you. Keep in mind that even if the Iron giant is seemingly alone and at the very edge of your LOS, those tiles out of your LOS next to the giant may harbor a monster he can use as ammunition against you.
- Spawn summons to keep the giant's attention and be the focus of his thrown allies, while you attack it or are making an escape. Even if the giant is still aiming at you, your interposing friendly summons may take the hit instead.
- As with nearly all slow enemies, if all else fails, just walk away. However, since they have the potential to throw faster-moving allies or allies with range attacks (say, a Hell Sentinel or another Iron giant), a scroll of blinking or teleport might be the safest escape. A scroll of fog can buy you some time; the Iron giant cannot throw at what he cannot see.
- This would be a good time to have reflection.