Ruby golems were beautiful gemstone golems made from rubies.[1]


A typical ruby golem stood 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and could easily weigh over 3,000 pounds (1,400 kilograms). They resembled dark red glossy human statues. They were often crafted with intimidating appearances such as armor or the head of a monster. Their surface was smooth and slick.[1]


Ruby golems were formidable opponents in battle. The easiest way to combat them was to disrupt the circle of wizards that controlled them. Any disruption to the circle caused the ruby golem to wander aimlessly.[1]

They struck with each of their fists during combat which, when combined with their considerable strength, caused significant damage.[1]

Magical weapons were needed to strike ruby golems. They were resistant to many divine spell spheres and attacks from witches of Rashemen. They were completely immune to any heat or electric-based attacks.[1]

A rock to mud spell would immobilize a ruby golem for several minutes. The crystalbrittle spell allowed normal weapons to harm them and eliminated their immunity to heat and electricity. The shatter spell caused significant harm to a ruby golem. A ruby golem would be completely healed if a wizard used a mending spell on them.[1]


Ruby golems were used by the Red Wizards of Thay. A circle of at least a dozen wizards, led by a superior, was needed to control them.[1]


A ruby golem would collapse into a pile of rough cut rubies and powder when slain. The gems were quite valuable and the powder could be used by wizards for spell components.[1]



  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14  (1998). Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  2. James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 53–56. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Richard Baker and James Wyatt (2004-03-13). Monster Update (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-10.



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