Tomb rat

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Tomb ratchets are still conditional drops. Any idea what the new restriction is?

Tomb rat
Monster ID 467
Locations The Middle Chamber
Hit Points 175
Attack 161
Defense 148
No-Hit 171
Initiative 50
Meat 60-90
Phylum beast
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts head, leg, torso, tail
leathery rat skin, tomb ratchet, unidentified jerky
Manuel Entry
refreshedit data
tomb rat You're fighting a tomb rat

This is a tomb rat. Before the Days of Yore, the monarchs of Loathing were buried with huge stores of grain, because it was believed that grain was used as currency in the afterlife. It was also believed that the roads were paved with gold, and that there was a solid gold tollbooth at every intersection, so it was vitally important to carry plenty of grain if you expected to actually get anywhere in the afterlife. The government of the afterlife claimed they used the grain to fund road improvements, but that always seemed a little suspicious. I mean, the roads are made of solid gold. How can you possibly improve that?

Oh, right, the rat. Yeah, because of all of the grain, these tombs frequently filled up with rats. This is one of them.

Hit Message(s):

The rat gnaws on your <foot> with its horrible little teeth. Ow! Ouch! Oof! Oof! Ouch!

The rat claws at your <lower back> with its nasty little claws. Argh! Ugh! Ow! Argh! Ouch!

Critical Hit Message:

The rat pulls out a large spherical bomb, lights it, and throws it at you. Unfortunately, you catch it. KABOOOM! Ouch! Eek! Oof! Ugh! Ouch!

Miss Message(s):

The rat starts to attack you, but you do your James Cagney impression and it gets confused.

The rat starts to attack you, but is momentarily distracted by something shiny.

Fumble Message:

The rat pulls out a large spherical bomb and tries to light the fuse, but you blow out the match. (FUMBLE!)

After Combat

Meat.gifYou gain 60-90 Meat (average: 75, stdev: 6.52)*
Ratskin.gifYou acquire an item: leathery rat skin (30% chance)*
Ratchet.gifYou acquire an item: tomb ratchet (20% chance)*
Jerky.gifYou acquire an item: unidentified jerky (12% chance)*
You gain 40-41 <substat>.

Occurs at The Middle Chamber.



  • Before the revamp, the tomb ratchet would not drop until the carved wooden wheel was installed (during your first ascension only).


  • The attack message with the rat throwing a bomb refers to "Mouser" from Super Mario Bros. 2, a giant humanoid mouse who attacked by throwing bombs.
  • A James Cagney impression would undoubtedly end with you calling the monster a "dirty rat", a much-quoted line by James Cagney in the 1931 movie Blonde Crazy (though the original line was "that dirty double-crossing rat").