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

Menkaure MMenkaure.png
HP 15-32
HD 3
XP 169
Speed 8
AC 3
EV 6
Will 20
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)

Resistances rC+
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type mummy, mummy
Flags Evil
See invisible
A fair and noble ruler of an ancient and mighty kingdom, mummified after an early death. His faithful priests subsequently infused him with great and powerful magic, seeking to grant him eternal life. Now he is forgotten and reduced to mouldering bandages and dry, brittle bones.

“Ye men of Egypt, ye have heard your king!
I go, and I return not. But the will
Of the great Gods is plain; and ye must bring
Ill deeds, ill passions, zealous to fulfil
Their pleasure, to their feet; and reap their praise,
The praise of Gods, rich boon! and length of days.”
-Matthew Arnold, _Mycerinus_

Useful Info

Menkaure, Prince of Dust is a unique mummy with limited access to dangerous Necromancy. He's just as vulnerable to fire as a regular mummy, but his powerful melee attacks, ability to haste himself, and tendency to torment half your health away in an instant makes him a significant threat.



Spell set I
Slot1 Pain (d14) Wizard flag
Slot2 Haste Wizard flag
Slot3 Symbol of Torment Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • While undead characters have nothing to fear from Menkaure's spells, the living can lose half their HP in a single turn if he casts Symbol of Torment. Use any life protection equipment you have if you expect a drawn-out battle with him.
    • Undead characters should still be wary about engaging him in melee; as slow and fragile as he is, a potential 25 damage per hit isn't something to sneeze at this early in the game.
  • His fire vulnerability and awful EV makes him fall quickly to a wand of flame or pretty much any Fire Magic. Dispel Undead or weapons of holy wrath also work well.
  • So long as you have a reliable means of killing him, meeting Menkaure can be a good time to use a potion of lignification, as being a tree gives you considerable AC and GDR as well as complete immunity to torment. Of course, you won't be able to flee from any other threats that may wander by.


Menkaure was an early Egyptian pharaoh. The grandson of Khufu, he also has a pyramid at Giza.


Prior to version 0.17, Menkaure had a death curse that would curse a single piece of equipment, much like a regular mummy.