|Urist likes cave floaters for their graceful drifting.|
|Cannot be tamed|
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- A floating pod with eye-stalks. It can spray poison and it gives off poison gas when punctured.
Cave floaters are small floating creatures full of noxious gas, rarely found in groups of 1-3 individuals in the deepest caverns. The good news is that inhaling the gas won't kill your dwarves, though it may knock them unconscious. The bad news is that it's nearly impossible to avoid contamination, since it's an inhaled projectile weapon. It isn't typically necessary to fight these creatures, but if you must, you'll want to shoot them from afar.
Cave floaters cannot attack normally, except for their default push attack - instead, they launch a stream of steaming cave floater gas juice at attackers. This juice, despite being described as hot, doesn't seem to cause burns or indeed do much of anything. If you manage to kill a cave floater without puncturing it, take care not to butcher the corpse, as it will detonate the gas right there in the butcher's shop. It's not generally worth it anyway, as the only thing produced will be a single cave floater skin (which will turn into more poisonous gas the instant you attempt to tan itBug:1448).
If a cave floater is exposed to temperatures below 10000 °U (0 °C), such as by luring it out onto a glacier, it will die as a result of condensation. (This is because cave floater gas, which constitutes the
[FUNCTIONAL] tissue material of its
[THOUGHT] body part, condenses at this temperature).
Some dwarves like cave floaters for their graceful drifting.
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