Ettins are monsters from Hexen. They are large, two-headed humanoids outfitted with armor and maces, but are essentially the lowest tier of monster and very straightforward to kill, even with 175 hit points. Ettins are also the most common enemy in the game, and the first encountered.
Although Ettins have more hit points than afrits, reivers, wendigos and dark bishops, they are overall weaker enemies as they move and attack slowly, cannot fly and lack a ranged attack. At melee range they will strike with their maces; however, these only cause a small amount of damage and are easily dodged by the player. The Ettin's reach is shorter than any of the player's melee weapons (Mace of Contrition, Timon's Axe, Spiked Gauntlets) so with practice one can dispatch them in hand-to-hand combat without taking hits. However, Ettins can be dangerous in groups, especially if you get surrounded.
If the game is set to skill 5 or loaded with the -fast parameter, both the movement and attack speed of ettins will be increased.
- Ettins are the most common monsters in monster spawning scripts, appearing every four minutes in all but two of the original game maps and in twelve out of twenty of the expansion. In these twelve maps, they are chosen 70% of the time in two, 60% in five, and 30% in the remaining five.
- There is also a mash version of this creature that may be spawned by scripts while fighting Korax.