Dorn Beast
Location Plains
Monster type Unknown
Alignment Chaotic
Unique? No
Sees invisible? No
Sees in the dark? No
Magic resistance High
Picks up items? No
1.1.1 KPL Unknown

Dorn Beasts are a type of monster in ADOM. They are peculiar monsters that start to show up in the mid-game, and have a few traits that are unique to their species. They begin to appear in the wilderness at level 15.


When a Dorn Beast is on the same level as a PC, occasionally the message "You hear a distant "Hurumph!"." is shown. If the Dorn Beast is visible in the PC's line of sight, a "The Dorn Beast produces a thundering "Hurumph!"." is shown instead. A fortune advises a PC to run when they hear this warning.

Paralyzing stare

Dorn Beasts have a unique ability to paralyze PCs engaging them in melee with their gaze. The PC will be paralyzed before their attack lands, although they can avoid paralysis if they don't look into the Beast's eyes. This can be achieved if either

Paralyzing stare does not affect companions.


Dorn Beasts are the only monsters besides the Orb guardians to have each word of their title capitalized. Their abilities in ADOM are based on those of Dornbeasts in the adventure game Zork [1]

Special abilities[]

Common stats[]

Level: 1, DV: 13, PV: 13, Hits: 75, Attacks: 1, Damage: 15-30. Speed: 100.

Corpse effects[]

Unknown. It is possible that Dorn Beasts do not leave corpses.

Monster memory[]

The deadly dorn beast should be avoided at all costs -- it can paralyze its victim with a single glare from its powerful eyes. (Range: about three feet for young beastlings to about 20 feet for full-grown dorns.) Dorns usually live in crags and shadows near cliff bases. According to the last words of dying explorers, dorns are gray and purple and black and gray and white.