v50 Steam/Premium information for editors
  • v50 information can now be added to pages in the main namespace. v0.47 information can still be found in the DF2014 namespace. See here for more details on the new versioning policy.
  • Use this page to report any issues related to the migration.
This notice may be cached—the current version can be found here.

Giant sloth

From Dwarf Fortress Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Giant sloth
Giant sloth sprite.png


Urist likes giant sloths for their slow movement.


Sloth - Sloth man - Giant sloth

Alignment: Savage

· Exotic mount

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

Template:Tame attrib proc/

Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 24,216 cm3
Mid: 121,080 cm3
Max: 242,160 cm3

Adult at: 2
Max age: 10-20
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 13
Fat 12
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 18
Skull 1
Teeth 2
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
Note that some content may still need to be updated.

A huge monster in the shape of a sloth.
Not to be confused with giant sloth bears

Giant sloths are oversized variants of the common sloth. Like the other sloth creatures, giant sloths are quite slow. Because of this, giant sloths are not particularly dangerous, especially when serving as mounts during a siege. In this situation they are actually detrimental to the rider, being slower than any goblin or elf would be even if they had both legs taken out from under them.

Giant sloths can be captured, tamed, and bred for meat or pets; though their only notable trait over other non-grazing giant creatures is that they are somewhat easier to keep track of. Some dwarves prefer giant sloths for their "slow movement".

In real life[edit]

An artist's depiction of a Megatherium, or giant sloth

Unlike many giant variations in-game, giant sloths are notable for actually having existed in the real world (though currently extinct). The closest species to a giant sloth was Megatherium (although other similar species included Eremotherium, Promegatherium, and Prepotherium [1]). It was roughly the size of a modern-day elephant, making it one of the largest land mammals of its time period. It lived in South American woodlands and grasslands. [2]

Interestingly, giant sloths in-game aren't as large as some other giant animals (in addition, they are only a measly 40.36 times larger than sloths). They do not produce nearly as much food as an elephant, despite their ancestors being nearly the same size.

A Megatherium skeleton in Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle[edit]

More pictures