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This is article about monster. Here you can read about playable race.

The gorgon is one of the monsters that roams the Desktop Dungeons. It is unlocked by clearing the game as a Thief, and has a gaze attack that can cause petrification. The boss version of the gorgon is Medusa, which is generally considered one of the easier bosses. Gorgons are also found in the Snake Pit side dungeon.


  • Health: 70%
  • Damage: 100%
  • Gaze attacks that kills players with less than 50% health
  • First strike


Gorgons are perhaps the most popular target for attacking early for bonus XP. The first strike will ensure that players with low health get killed outright against them, but their health is the lowest in the game, so even rudimentary tactics can take down gorgons early. However, if wounded, it's best to avoid gorgons. Following Binlor Ironshield will prevent their gaze attack from working at all, which only sweetens the deal.

Boss info

Medusa's gaze attack will kill players with anything less than full health, but like other gorgons, her health is pitifully low, so if you have some way of keeping your health maxed out or preventing her from killing you, you can usually win. All of the usual tactics of weakening a boss (APHEELSIK, BURNDAYRAZ, CYDSTEPP) see their effect magnified due to Medusa's low health. Getting Medusa as a boss is a stroke of luck that usually results in a win on that particular game.