Clove of garlic

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% Clove of garlic.png
Name clove of garlic
Base price 7 zm
Nutrition 40
Turns to eat 1
Weight 1
Conduct vegan

A clove of garlic is a comestible with a few unusual uses. Garlic is vegan and an acceptable food for pets; you can use it to tame horses and feed herbivores.[1]

Priests start with cloves of garlic in their inventory, and it also occasionally generates randomly.

Undead and garlic

All undead dislike garlic, not only V vampires. Garlic has the following effects:

If you polymorph into an undead monster, then eating garlic will make you "feel incredibly sick" and cause you to vomit.[2]

If you wield a clove of garlic, and use it to attack undead, it will cause them to flee for 2d4 turns.[3] The same should happen if you throw garlic at them, but it must hit.

No undead except ghosts and shades will enter a square with a clove of garlic on it.[4] However, placing garlic on a stairway does not prevent covetous undead, such as master liches, arch-liches, or Vlad the Impaler, from warping to it.

Undead pets will not eat garlic. Currently there are no herbivorous or omnivorous undead who might have eaten garlic in any case.


According to Central European folklore, garlic can ward off vampires, werewolves and demons.

Encyclopedia entry

1 November - All day long we have travelled, and at a good
speed. The horses seem to know that they are being kindly
treated, for they go willingly their full stage at best
speed. We have now had so many changes and find the same
thing so constantly that we are encouraged to think that the
journey will be an easy one. Dr. Van Helsing is laconic, he
tells the farmers that he is hurrying to Bistritz, and pays
them well to make the exchange of horses. We get hot soup,
or coffee, or tea, and off we go. It is a lovely country.
Full of beauties of all imaginable kinds, and the people are
brave, and strong, and simple, and seem full of nice
qualities. They are very, very superstitious. In the first
house where we stopped, when the woman who served us saw the
scar on my forehead, she crossed herself and put out two
fingers towards me, to keep off the evil eye. I believe they
went to the trouble of putting an extra amount of garlic into
our food, and I can't abide garlic. Ever since then I have
taken care not to take off my hat or veil, and so have
escaped their suspicions.

[ Dracula, by Bram Stoker ]


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