Location Gremlin cave
Monster type Humanoid
Alignment Chaotic
Unique? No
Sees invisible? No
Sees in the dark? Yes
Magic resistance Low
Picks up items? Yes
1.1.1 KPL Unknown

Gremlins are a type of monster in ADOM. They can be randomly found in dungeons, and are also the only inhabitants of the Gremlin Cave, a small dungeon in the south-west of the Drakalor Chain.

Gremlins are unique in that when they come into contact with water, they replicate. Water sources include rivers, water traps, potions of water, and the entire Water Dragon Cave. Alternately, it is possible to get a fluff ball wet using any of the above means, as this will create a gremlin. Intentionally creating gremlins and getting them to multiply is often referred to as gremlin bombing. Gremlins offer little experience, so the only purpose of gremlin bombing is to rapidly train weapon marks. In version 1.2.0, gremlins do not offer any items when they are killed or pickpocketed, but in earlier versions gremlin bombing could be used to generate large quantities of loot.

Gremlins are also the only known creatures that can be injured by light, if the PC (or their deity) illuminates an area that a gremlin is in.

Special abilities[]

  • Replicated by water
  • Vulnerable to light
  • Occasionally shrugs off bolts and other resistible magic

Common stats[]

Level: 2, DV: 18, PV: 0, Hits: 18, Attacks: 2, Damage: 2-4. Speed: 100.
Level: 20, DV: 30, PV: 3, Hits: 132, Attacks: 3, Damage: 8-10. Speed: 100.
Level: 190, DV: 143, PV: 37, Hits: 1013, Attacks: 20, Damage: 64-66. Speed: 100.
Level: 314, DV: 226, PV: 62, Hits: 1537, Attacks: 33, Damage: 106-108. Speed: 100.

Corpse effects[]

Gremlins never leave corpses.

Monster memory[]

With a face like a goblin, but not as cute, and teeth like a piranha, this nasty little thing would be horrifying if it were, oh, ten times larger. But it barely comes up to a hurthling's waist -- if hurthlings ever had waists, of course. The gremlin stares with gleaming red eyes and jabbers in its own bizarre tongue. But, hey, how tough can one pesky gremlin be?