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sphinx HSphinx.png
HP 63-109
HD 16
XP 2263
Speed 11
AC 5
EV 5
MR 64
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)
Attack2 12 (hit: plain)
Attack3 12 (hit: plain)
Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence High
Uses Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Big
Type sphinx, sphinx
Flags Actual spells
See invisible
A large creature with a woman's head, a lion's body and the wings of a huge bird, able to cloud the minds of men and wield fell magics.

Useful Info

Sphinxes are hefty late-game beasts that pack a wide variety of debilitating Hexes in their spell lists. Because they can paralyze you, they're a much bigger threat when other enemies are around than when alone, but even then they have some decent melee attacks and the ability to smite. They can be found individually in the deeper portions of the Dungeon, and in a large, dangerous pack in the Tomb.


Spell set
Slot1 Confuse
Slot2 Paralyse
Slot3 Minor Healing (2d8)
Slot4 Smiting (7-17)
Slot5 Slow
Slot6 Minor Healing (2d8)

Tips & Tricks

  • An amulet of stasis will guard against their most powerful weapon, but there's no substitute for loading up on magic resistance. High MR will render them powerless against you.
  • Strong summons, as from Trog, the Shining One, or spells like Summon Horrible Things, can usually take out a sphinx without trouble. In the worst case, you may be incapacitated by a spell, but your allies can guard you until it wears off.
  • If you see a sphinx with several strong allies that you're not ready for, consider teleporting or using a Controlled Blink immediately. You may not get a second chance.


In 0.14 the player can summon friendly Sphinxes with the spell Monstrous Menagerie.