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Echidna man


Urist likes echidna men for their egg-laying.


Echidna - Echidna man - Giant echidna

Alignment: Savage

· Learns · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 4 cm3
Mid: 20,000 cm3
Max: 40,000 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 60-80
Cannot be butchered
This article is about the current version of DF.
A spiny person with the head of an echidna.

Echidna men are generally peaceful and surprisingly resilient. Even crossbow bolts and whips seem to be unable to penetrate past their muscles, leading to long, drawn-out battles waiting for them to bleed out. This makes echidna men relatively useful for live training, or as bait in a devious trap.


If a curled-up or retracted creature dies, and is then reanimated by a necromancer, it retains the effects of being curled-up, but can move and attack as normal. As a result, for example an undead echidna is invulnerable to destructionBug:11463. It combines well with a separate bug that allows curled-up undead to attackBug:10519.

As a result, the undead echidna may at the same time be curled-up (making it unkillable) and move/attack. The same problem also affects the echidna man, giant echidna, giant hedgehog and hedgehog man.

Modding the game and removing [PREVENTS_PARENT_COLLAPSE] from the spine body part of the affected animals will allow them to be pulped and killed while curled up. While it makes normal echidnas weaker, this is not a major problem, as echidnas are not supposed to be really hard to kill. This workaround may restore otherwise unplayable games.

It was also reported that in adventure mode "I was able to finally kill the zombie by lighting fires underneath him/around him then waiting for a long time; eventually he 'died in the heat.'"Bug:10519.

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Echidna men practice a religion known as 'The Way.' They actively and enthusiastically seek out other worshippers of their deity, but seem unwilling to proselytize to those not familiar with their beliefs.

Echidna men generally find shows of strength to be more entertaining than comedy. Accounts of echidna men chuckling are few and far between.

May or may not guard giant emeralds.
Art by Koza101