List of constructs

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

Constructs are monsters which, although technically nonliving, are animated through magical means. Like all nonliving monsters, they are immune to poison, asphyxiation, and negative energy. Golems tend to have many elemental resistances, though many are vulnerable to Lee's Rapid Deconstruction and Shatter.

Although similar in some ways to statues, constructs are set apart by their ability to move.


Golems are big, hulking, mindless constructs that are generally rather slow but pack quite a punch. Some of the more powerful ones have high AC, and they all come with complete immunity to anything subject to willpower and varying levels of resistance to elemental magic.

  • 9 Blazeheart golem.png Blazeheart golem- A construct summoned into existence. It damages itself each time it attacks, and once killed, it will soon explode. If not adjacent to the player, it will power down and do nothing.
  • 9 Ushabti.png Ushabti- Servants built to assist mummies in their afterlives. They guard their masters' Tomb by spewing clouds of miasma.
  • 9 Saltling.png Saltling- Small, zippy golems made from the only material available in the Desolation of Salt. They're fragile, but there's a lot of them...
  • 9 Peacekeeper.png Peacekeeper- Swift, manticore-like enforcers that roam the Desolation of Salt and support their allies in hunting down intruders.
  • 9 Toenail golem.png Toenail golem- Bizarre creations that are rarely seen, even for golems. They're fairly easy to take down.
  • 8 Spellforged servitor (monster).png Spellforged servitor - Experienced mages may summon a construct that can cast their most destructive spell.
  • 9 Iron golem.png Iron golem- Made of solid iron, these golems are slow, but very strong and extremely durable.
  • 9 Crystal guardian.png Crystal guardian- Crystalline sentinels who pelt intruders with ricocheting bolts of fire and cold.
  • 9 Electric golem.png Electric golem- The most powerful golem, these roam the Realm of Zot and annihilate the unprepared with bolts of lightning and electrical attacks. They are also much faster than other golems, immune to Lee's Rapid Deconstruction, and blink constantly.

Variant Golems

8 Flesh golem.png Flesh golem - An earlier work of the master flesh-mage Cigotuvi that diligently guards his laboratory. Though made of flesh, it is as powerful as an iron golem.


“Their innumerable sculptures of demons and dragons assumed a lugubrious aspect. The restless light of the flame made them move to the eye. There were griffins which had the air of laughing, gargoyles which one fancied one heard yelping, salamanders which puffed at the fire, tarasques which sneezed in the smoke. And among the monsters thus roused from their sleep of stone by this flame, by this noise, there was one who walked about, and who was seen, from time to time, to pass across the glowing face of the pile, like a bat in front of a candle.”

-Victor Hugo, _The Hunchback of Notre-Dame_, 10, ch. IV. 1831.
trans. Isabel F. Hapgood

Gargoyles are similar to golems in construction, but possess an actual intelligence. This allows them to wield weapons and behave less mechanically, but also renders them susceptible to Hexes. Not only are they capable with Maces & Flails, but they can also hurl portions of themselves at opponents.

Other Constructs

Retired Constructs

  • 8 Wood golem.png Wood golem- The weakest variety of golem. Unlike its stronger brethren, it burned easily.
  • 8 Clay golem.png Clay golem- A basic golem. Big, but slow and easy to smash.
  • 8 Stone golem.png Stone golem- A significant step up from the clay golem in power and durability.
  • 8 Crystal golem.png Crystal golem- A durable golem made of solid crystal. Variants that can fire bolts of cold and fire appeared in certain vaults.
  • 9 Metal gargoyle.png Metal gargoyle- A slower, sturdier gargoyle, most often found roosting in the hellish fortress of Dispater.
  • 9 Guardian golem.png Guardian golem- A summoned golem that protects its allies, and explodes when killed.


  • In 0.31, guardian golems were replaced by blazeheart golems.
  • The Desolation of Salt and its resident golems were added in 0.19.
  • Ushabtiu were added in 0.16.
  • 0.14 removed clay and stone golems and added guardian golems and spellforged servitors. Crystal golems were replaced with crystal guardians, and metal gargoyles were replaced with war gargoyles.
  • Wood golems were removed in 0.12.