Tyrant leech

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

giant leech wGiant leech.png
HP 43-75
HD 12
XP 287
Speed 8 (swim: 60%)
AC 5
EV 15
Will 40
Attack1 35 (bite: vampiric)

Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown, rWater
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Insect
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type giant leech, giant leech
Flags Blood scent
No skeleton
An aggressive blood-sucking annelid that thrives in swamps and marshlands.

Useful Info

Giant leeches are slow, evil worms that have an unwholesome vampiric bite, healing themselves when they damage you. They are generally only found in the Swamp or guarding its entrance.

Tips & Tricks

  • The easiest strategy is to simply kite them at range, especially given the fact that in melee, they hit fairly hard and can heal themselves.
  • If you are unable to bleed, giant leeches can't heal themselves. Mummies, gargoyles, and below-satiated vampires are naturally unable to bleed, and the following Transmutations induce the same effect: Spider Form, Ice Form, Statue Form and Necromutation.
  • Remember that each level of life protection gives you a 33% chance of negating the healing effect of vampiric attacks. rN+++ makes it completely ineffective.


Prior to 0.11, giant leeches were much weaker.