Winged gargoyles hit even harder than the basic gargoyle and are known to appear deceptively simple to deal with, but causing many deaths. They are relatively fast (at speed 15 compared to a native 12 for a player) and hit for between 9 and 48 points of damage if all attacks land. As a result, having boosted speed and a low AC are advisable to deal with them. Winged gargoyles are only encountered at relatively deep dungeon levels, so most players are able to deal with them when encountered.
Being made of stone, winged gargoyles resist stoning, so save your rubber chicken and cockatrice eggs for other opponents. They are not, however, negatively affected by wands of digging, nor are their corpses unsuitable to eat (although they convey no intrinsics).
If you can tame them, winged gargoyles make excellent pets, and are relatively common at deeper dungeon levels.
And so it came to pass that while Man ruled on Earth, the
gargoyles waited, lurking, hidden from the light. Reborn
every 600 years in Man's reckoning of time, the gargoyles
joined battle against Man to gain dominion over the Earth.
In each coming, the gargoyles were nearly destroyed by Men
who flourished in greater numbers. Now it has been so many
hundreds of years that it seems the ancient statues and
paintings of gargoyles are just products of Man's
imagination. In this year, with Man's thoughts turned toward
the many ills he has brought among himself, Man has forgotten
his most ancient adversary, the gargoyles.
_Gargoyles_, written by Stephen and Elinor Karpf ]