DF2014:Vermin

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Vermin are small creatures such as rats, bats, and lizards which are difficult to see, and also the type of fish which are caught by fisherdwarves. They are below 2 kg (4 lb) in size, much smaller than cats. The presence of vermin can be noted if you are particularly observant, as they will occasionally blink into and out of view on the screen. The main distinctions between vermin and creatures are that vermin:

  1. Do not attack and cannot be engaged in combat or trigger traps, save those specifically made to trap them;
  2. Do not provide meat, bones and cannot be butchered;
  3. Do not breed, but "spawn", spontaneously appearing in their natural environment or biome;
  4. Are sometimes "hateable", meaning dwarves can have an anti-preference which gives them a negative thought when they see the hated vermin.

Vermin can be problematic as many types feed on stockpiles, thus making it more difficult to keep enough food and drink to survive. Some species can even cause food to rot faster when left outside of a barrel or large pot. Vermin can be hunted by cats and peregrine falcons to reduce this problem, though the remains will still need to be removed. Cats and falcons can be pastured at the relevant stockpiles to further reduce the problem.

Vermin can, however, be captured in animal traps, and can be trained as pets. A few captured vermin can be used to produce extracts using a glass vial and the animal dissector labor. Captured purring maggots can also be milked at a farmer's workshop.

Dwarves will eat vermin if no food source is available, resulting in an unhappy thought.

[edit] Reading the Table

Tile Name Playable Hostile Food Source Adult Body Size Pet Value (×) Biome Features

The above columns indicate, in order:

  • Symbol: The symbol assigned to the vermin, how you will see it without a graphic set.
  • Name: The name of the vermin as it shows up in-game.
  • Playable: Whether the vermin is playable in any of the game modes. As of now, no vermin are playable.
  • Hostile: Whether the vermin is hostile to the player. As of now, no vermin are hostile to dwarves.
  • Food Source: If "Yes" then the vermin can be turned into food when processed in a fishery.
  • Adult Body Size: The average size of the vermin when an adult. This can be anywhere from 1 for a fly to 2,000 for a fox squirrel. More or less equals the creature's weight in grams.
  • Pet Value: This is the value the vermin can be bought and sold for as a pet during trading.
  • Biome: Where the vermin can be found.
  • Features: Any special features the vermin possesses, these can include alignment and special properties.

[edit] Vermin

Tile Name Playable Hostile Food Source Adult Body Size Pet Value (×) Biome Features
· Acorn fly No N/A No 20 N/A Any pool Savage
α Anchovy No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate oceans
Anole No N/A No 90 10 Any tropical forest
Ant No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Axolotl No N/A No 200 10 Tropical saltwater, brackish and freshwater lakes
α Banded knifefish No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical freshwater lakes and rivers
Bark scorpion No N/A No 3 N/A Tropical grasslands, savannas, shrublands, coniferous forests and any desert Hateable
Bat No N/A No 100 10 Not freezing, subterranean chasms Hateable
ò Bat ray No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate and tropical oceans
Beetle No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
α Black bullhead No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical brackish and freshwater lakes
Blood gnat No N/A No 1 N/A Any pool Hateable, evil, rots food
Blue jay No N/A No 100 30 Temperate grasslands, savannas, shrublands, broadleaf and coniferous forests
~ Brook lamprey No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical saltwater, brackish and freshwater lakes, tropical oceans
α Brown bullhead No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish and freshwater lakes
Brown recluse spider No N/A No 1 N/A Temperate broadleaf forests Hateable, produces web
Bumblebee No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Bushtit No N/A No 5 30 Any temperate forest
Cap hopper No N/A No 200 10 Subterranean water
Cardinal No N/A No 50 30 Temperate grasslands, savannas, shrublands, broadleaf and coniferous forests
α Cave fish No N/A Yes 1000 N/A Subterranean water
¥ Cave lobster No N/A Yes 600 N/A Subterranean water
Cave spider No N/A No 50 N/A Subterranean water and chasm Hateable, produces web
Cave swallow No N/A No 100 30 Subterranean chasm
Chameleon No N/A No 150 10 Any tropical forest, tropical shrublands and savannas, any desert
α Char No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish and freshwater lakes
Chipmunk No N/A No 300 10 Any temperate forest
α Clown loach No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical brackish and freshwater lakes
α Clownfish No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical oceans
Cockatiel No N/A No 90 30 Any desert, temperate grasslands
* Creepy crawler No N/A No 1000 20 Underground chasm Evil, rots food
Crow No N/A No 500 10 Temperate forests, grasslands, savannas, shrublands and wetlands, taiga
Cuttlefish No N/A Yes 1000 10 Any ocean
Damselfly No N/A No 1 N/A Any pool
Demon rat No N/A No 300 20 Not freezing Evil
Dragonfly No N/A No 1 N/A Any pool
Fairy No N/A No 100 10 All except pools, rivers, and underground Good, fanciful
Fire snake No N/A No 1000 10 Subterranean lava Hateable
Firefly No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
α Flounder No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate oceans
Fluffy wambler No N/A No 2000 20 Any land Good
Fly No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing, any pool Hateable
Flying squirrel No N/A No 200 10 Any temperate forest
Fox squirrel No N/A No 2000 100 Any temperate forest Savage
α Glasseye No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical oceans
Grackle No N/A No 120 30 Temperate grasslands and savannas
Grasshopper No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Gray squirrel No N/A No 300 10 Any temperate forest
Green tree frog No N/A No 100 10 Temperate freshwater lakes, pools, swamps and marshes
α Guppy No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes and rivers
~ Hagfish No N/A Yes 200 N/A Arctic and temperate oceans
α Hake No N/A Yes 200 N/A Arctic and temperate oceans
Hamster No N/A No 150 10 Not freezing Hateable
Hedgehog No N/A No 800 10 Temperate shrublands and savannas
α Herring No N/A Yes 200 N/A Arctic and temperate oceans
Honey bee No N/A No 1 1 Not freezing Usable for beekeeping industry
Jumping spider No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing Hateable
~ Knuckle worm No N/A No 1000 100 Not freezing
Large roach No N/A No 1 5 Not freezing Hateable
~ Leech No N/A No 100 10 Any lake and pool Hateable
Leopard gecko No N/A No 50 10 Any desert
Lion tamarin No N/A No 620 10 Tropical moist broadleaf forests
Lizard No N/A No 200 10 Not freezing Hateable
Lorikeet No N/A No 200 30 Tropical moist broadleaf forests, mangrove swamps
Louse No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
α Lungfish No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes, rivers and pools
α Mackerel No N/A Yes 200 N/A Arctic and temperate oceans
Magpie No N/A No 200 30 Temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands
Mantis No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Masked lovebird No N/A No 90 30 Any tropical forest
Moghopper No N/A No 300 20 Any pool Savage, only usable creature for fish dissectors
Monarch butterfly No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Moon snail No N/A No 200 10 Temperate oceans Hateable
Mosquito No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing, any pool Hateable
Moth No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
m Mussel No N/A Yes 200 10 Any ocean, lake and river Hateable
Nautilus No N/A Yes 500 10 Any ocean
Olm No N/A No 200 10 Subterranean water
Oriole No N/A No 40 30 Temperate broadleaf forests
o Oyster No N/A Yes 200 10 Any ocean Hateable
Parakeet No N/A No 120 30 Tropical grasslands, savannas, shrublands and forests
Peach-faced lovebird No N/A No 60 30 Temperate grasslands, savannas, shrublands and broadleaf forests
α Perch No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate freshwater rivers and lakes
Phantom spider No N/A No 500 N/A Temperate and tropical forests Evil, produces web
Pixie No N/A No 1 10 All except pools, rivers, and underground Good, fanciful
Pond turtle No N/A Yes 500 10 Any pool
{ Purring maggot No N/A No 1000 10 Underground chasm Hateable, produces milk
α Rainbow trout No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate freshwater rivers and lakes
Rat No N/A No 300 10 Not freezing Hateable
Red squirrel No N/A No 300 10 Any temperate forest
Red-winged blackbird No N/A No 50 30 Temperate salwater and freshwater marshes
α Sailfin molly No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes, rivers and pools
α Salmon No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes, temperate oceans
Ω Sea nettle jellyfish No N/A Yes 200 10 Temperate oceans
α Seahorse No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate and tropical oceans
α Shad No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes, temperate and arctic oceans
Skink No N/A No 500 10 Any desert, temperate and tropical
~ Slug No N/A No 1 10 Not freezing Hateable
Snail No N/A No 1 10 Not freezing Hateable
α Sole No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate and arctic oceans
Sparrow No N/A No 30 30 Any grassland, savanna, shrubland, temperate and tropical forest, desert and wetland
α Spotted ratfish No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate oceans
Squid No N/A Yes 200 10 Any ocean
α Steelhead trout No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish, saltwater and freshwater lakes, temperate and arctic oceans
Termite No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
ò Thornback ray No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate and tropical oceans
Thrips No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Tick No N/A No 1 N/A Not freezing
Toad No N/A No 200 10 Any pool Hateable
Two-legged rhino lizard No N/A No 1000 20 Any land Savage
α White-spotted puffer No N/A Yes 200 N/A Tropical oceans
~ Worm No N/A No 100 10 Any temperate, any tropical, taiga Hateable
Wren No N/A No 40 30 Any grassland, savanna, shrubland, forest, desert and wetland
α Yellow bullhead No N/A Yes 200 N/A Temperate brackish and freshwater lakes
"Vermin" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: bomik
Elvish: nirica
Goblin: otod
Human: strilu
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