v0.31:Flesh ball

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Flesh ball

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Biome

  • Underground Caverns (wet)
  • Underground Depth: 3
Cannot be tamed
Size

Child body size
0 cm3
Adolescent body size
0 cm3
Adult body size
70,000 cm3

Butchering returns

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This article is about an older version of DF.
A large ball of skin found moving around the debris near underground ponds. It is there that it absorbs dead matter for food.

Is amphibious, though quite slow on the ground. Given its size (and the density of its flesh), the ball's diameter is about half a meter.

Flesh balls are featureless, but still easily killable. A novice swordswarf with a steel short sword will take about 10 seconds to kill a single flesh ball, and kills it by repeatedly tearing and slashing the Ball's body until it bleeds to death, and the dwarf remains completely unharmed.

Confronted with a blunt force attacker, a flesh ball laughs. In an arena test, a novice hammerdwarf with a silver war hammer, no other skills and no armor, attacked the Ball for about 20 minutes, at which point he was a Legendary Hammerdwarf, Wrestler, Fighter, and Striker. The flesh ball sustained bruises but was still alive and attacking the hammerdwarf in vain. After about 40 minutes of pelting, the hammerdwarf got a lucky hit and tore the skin of the ball, which caused it to bleed out and die.

A smart dwarf can cage one of these animals, and use it as a beanbag to train novice hammerdwarves extremely safely. Flesh balls are almost completely safe to train with, except for the occasional bruise the ball is able to inflict.

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