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An insect is represented by the character a. x ("xan or other mystical/fantastic insect") could also be argued to be insects. Otherwise, insects are:



Other insects



Hostile priests can cast Summon insects, particularly in Moloch's Sanctum and the Astral Plane. If all insects have been genocided, they will instead summon snakes.


It is not a good idea to genocide any species of insect, as they provide a valuable barrier between you and far tougher monsters in the Sanctum and Astral Plane. Some players make an exception for Soldier ants, as they pose a particular hazard in the early game.

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