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Giant desert scorpion


Urist likes giant desert scorpions for their tails.


- Giant desert scorpion

Alignment: Savage

Building destroyer: Level 1

· No Stun · No Pain · Syndrome

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 2,500

· Exotic pet · Non-Breeding

Not trainable 

Birth: 20,000 cm3
Mid: 100,000 cm3
Max: 200,000 cm3

Adult at: Birth
Max age: 20-30
Butchering returns

(Value multiplier x4)

Food items

Meat 21-22
Fat 21
Brain 1
Heart 1
Intestines 1

Raw materials

Skin Chitin
This article is about an older version of DF.
A gigantic arachnid with huge pincers and a poisonous barbed tail. It is found in the savage lands.
Admired for its poisonous tail.

The giant desert scorpion is a very high-value creature commonly found in all savage desert biomes. As opponents, they are equivalent to blind cave ogres in lethality, and may appear in groups of anything from one to three mayhem-minded individuals. Giant desert scorpions are predatory meandering killing machines. They will roam over long distances seeking prey, meaning they will eventually find your fortress and start stinging dwarves.

Giant desert scorpions are capable of injecting a neurotoxin which causes necrosis of the brain and nervous system, resulting in instant death once they completely rot. They cannot be stunned and feel no pain or fear. A wounded scorpion will never stop fighting until it is dead.

This means that despite its relatively moderate size, the giant desert scorpion is able to one-hit-kill all creatures with blood and a nervous system, that is, most creatures. Yes, a giant desert scorpion can and will kill a roc, hydra, dragon or elephant if it gets in melee and has the time to sting before getting killed.

However, giant desert scorpions only sting as a secondary attack, never stinging if one or more pincers are not latching upon the opponent.

Due to the incredible variety of creatures available in savage biomes, giant desert scorpions are quite rare.

They are also famous for their ability to wrest the weapons (or backpacks, or socks, or armor, or whatever item strikes their fancy) you or your dwarves wield out of your hands (thanks to the UPPERBODY_PINCERS possessed by scorpions) and proceed to brutally kill you with them. They have also been reported to shoot crossbows in the object testing arena.

The good news is that giant desert scorpions can be tamed. Stuffing a cage with thirty scorpions and releasing them all at once during an invasion is a joyous sight.

Like many exotic pets, giant desert scorpions do not breed. This can easily be remedied/modded in by adding "[CHILD:3][GENERAL_CHILD_NAME:giant desert scorpling:giant desert scorplings]" to the giant desert scorpion entry in the raws, found in the file creature_savage_tropical.txt. Also, if you want to be able to train them into giant desert war scorpions, you need to add "[TRAINABLE]" somewhere in their entry too.