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sphinx HSphinx.png
HP 58-118
HD 16
XP 2257
Speed 12
AC 5
EV 5
Will 60
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)
Attack2 12 (hit: plain)
Attack3 12 (hit: plain)
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Giant
Type sphinx, sphinx
Flags 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 its foes 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 Depths and the Vaults, and in a large, dangerous pack on the first floor of the Tomb. They are also occasionally summoned by the unique sorceress Kirke.


Spell set I
Slot1 Confuse Wizard flag
Slot2 Paralyse Wizard flag
Slot3 Minor Healing (2d8+3) Wizard flag
Slot4 Smiting (7-17) Wizard flag
Slot5 Slow Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • High willpower (at least +++, preferably ++++) will render them almost incapable of disabling you.
  • Strong summoned allies can usually take out a sphinx without trouble. In the worst case, you may be incapacitated by a spell, but your allies will kill or distract it until the effect wears off.
  • If you see a sphinx with several strong allies that you're not ready for, consider teleporting or using a scroll of fog and running away immediately. You may not get a second chance.
  • You can summon your own friendly sphinxes with the spell Monstrous Menagerie.