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Cyclops, from Ultima VII manual
First appearance: Ultima I
Last appearance: Serpent Isle

Cyclopes are basically large humanoids with only a single eye. The earth shakes while they move around. Cyclopes are extremely aggressive, and once they have spotted someone they see as prey, they have no qualms about beating their victim to death with their clubs. Only experienced adventurers with good weapons should dare to challenge more than one cyclops at a time to a life-or-death battle.

Cyclopes are found in caves and dungeons, or near the mountains. They often travel in groups, and have been seen in the past with gazers and zorn. They are likely distantly related to other kinds of giants.

According to the cyclops Iskander in Ultima VII, two hundred years is not considered old for one of his race.



A race of belligerent, one-eyed giants, the Cyclops dwelt in Sosaria long before humans ever landed on these shores. Driven underground many years ago, the Cyclops long to return to the surface and drive humans into the sea. Beware, for they will attack any adventurers on sight.

- from The First Age of Darkness (Ultima I)

These evil giants can hurl half-ton boulders down from the heights. Even a grazing hit will do considerable damage to a member of thy party. The Serpent's Spine is said to be the best hunting for them.

- from The History of Britannia (Ultima IV)

This hulking, one-eyed titan fears no one. Possessed of remarkable strength, it wields a mighty oaken club when it isn't hurling large boulders at its foes. The earth trembles as this giant lumbers about its domain, or so say those who claim to have survived an encounter with a Cyclops.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

One of a race of incredibly strong one-eyed giants, when it is not hurling large boulders at its enemies, its favorite weapon is a large wooden club.

- from The Book of Fellowship (Ultima VII)

Cyclops are giant, man-like creatures recognized by their lone eye centered in the forehead. Fond of large bludgeoning weapons, such as clubs and boulders, cyclops make deadly combatants.

- from Beyond the Serpent Pillars (Ultima VII Part Two)

Notable examples[]

  • In Ultima VI, the Avatar meets a friendly cyclops couple living in the ruins of Stonegate, and a human boy Myles that they have adopted.


  • In Ultima VII, the Avatar meets Iskander, one of the few friendly cyclopes he ever met, in the Dungeon Deceit. Iskander explains to him the defense mechanism of the Guardian's generator in that dungeon.