|This article is about the current version of DF.|
Pushing is an attack used by combatants too injured to use normal attacks, or by a creature who possesses no actual attacks.
Examples are spine-damaged dwarves who cannot otherwise attack, and giant grasshoppers who have no attacks. Pushing is always treated as a blunt attack, and, depending on the size of the creature, can be either harmless or very deadly. A push from a large creature can break bones or skulls easily because of all the weight behind the push. Giant sponges in particular are well-known 'push-killers', because of their great size.
Note that, despite the name, a push doesn't actually move the target creature unless they dodge out of the way, or are sent flying from it - it's treated like any other melee attack. Push attacks cannot be aimed.
Creatures who use push attacks
These creatures are incapable of attacking normally, and thus will use the push attack whenever they attack in combat.