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Status icons are symbols that appear over a creature's head when it is under a particular effect, summarised below. When a creature has multiple status icons, they will appear in succession.


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ToggleAll status icons. (Click toggle for older ASCII icons)

With premium graphics, these icons appear above creatures. With classic graphics, they alternate with the tile.

  • (n/a) / Legendary: The dwarf has a skill that has reached Legendary level - take care of these fellows. Notable historical figures (including megabeasts) also flash, but at a different rate.
  • Fire sprite anim.gif / On Fire: The dwarf is on fire. In ASCII mode, the tile (as well as the creature's name in the premium version) flashes quickly between red and yellow. Other creatures on fire flash as well. Already-yellow dwarves or creatures such as a carpenter, spearmaster, etc. will flash to red. With graphics enabled, the fire sprite will appear on top of an ignited creature.
  • Status migrant icon.png / X Migrant: The dwarf has just arrived at your fortress and is still getting used to the place. They won't do any jobs while in this state, which doesn't last long.
  • Status nojob icon.png / ? No Job: The creature has no job and no destination.
  • Status nodest icon.png / ? No Destination: The creature has a job, but no destination. They get this when you shut a door on their faces. Also momentarily shows when they first get a job, or momentarily flashes after finishing a task.
  • (n/a) / -\/- (Tile stack anim.gif) Multiple Creatures: More than one creature is on the same tile. The game will switch between them using this animated line.
  • Status hungry icon.png / Hungry: The dwarf needs food badly, or a grazing animal needs to eat grass.
  • Status thirst icon.png / Thirsty: The dwarf needs water or alcohol.
  • Status drowsy icon.png / Drowsy: The dwarf wants sleep.
  • Status stressed icon.png / Stressed: The dwarf is feeling the effects of stress. Not a good sign for a fortress, as it can lead to emotional breakdowns (detailed on the Stress page) and eventual insanity if left to accumulate.
  • Status distracted icon.png / Distracted: The dwarf is distracted by unmet needs.
  • Status sleeping icon.png / Z Sleeping: This dwarf is not going to be productive, and the object it is sleeping on will have an effect on its mood. A dwarf is considered unconscious while sleeping and has all the effects thereof, but not the unconsciousness icon.
  • Status feymood icon.png / ! Fey Mood: The dwarf will find a workshop, get materials, and make an artifact. After this, the dwarf will have a skill increase to Legendary, along with attributes. If the required workshop and items are not available, the dwarf will eventually go insane, berserk, or melancholy.
  • Status possessed icon.png / ! Possessed: The same thing as a fey mood, but without the skill increase.
  • Status secretive icon.png / ! Secretive Mood: The same thing as a fey mood, though with more cryptic clues.
  • Status fellmood icon.png / ! Fell Mood: Similar to a fey mood, except the individual will murder a fellow dwarf and use the corpse to make the artifact.
  • Status macabre icon.png / ! Macabre Mood: Similar to a fell mood, though not requiring the death of a dwarf.
  • Status tantrum icon.png / ! Tantrum: The dwarf is throwing a tantrum, this can lead to injuries and damage to buildings. Don't ever ignore a dwarf in this state, however, and take measures to relieve stress for that dwarf.
  • Status oblivious icon.png / ! Oblivious: The dwarf is stumbling around obliviously. This is a less violent emotional breakdown, but it may be followed by permanent insanity if the stress continues.
  • Status depression icon.png / ! Depression: The dwarf has slipped into depression, and is completely unresponsive to the world. It's temporary, but it may be followed by permanent insanity if the stress continues.
  • Status madness icon.png / ! Madness: Dwarves (and merchants) may eventually go crazy and babble, leading to this icon. Madness may be the result of prolonged unhappiness, failure to complete an artifact, or, for merchants, failure to leave the fortress. Stark raving mad creatures move erratically around while randomly removing and dropping articles of clothing until they die of hunger or thirst. Madness is a form of insanity.
  • Status melancholy icon.png / ! Melancholy: Dwarves (and merchants) may eventually become unbearably depressed, leading to this icon. Melancholy may be the result of prolonged unhappiness, failure to complete an artifact, or, for merchants, failure to leave the fortress. Melancholy creatures sulk around slowly until they die of hunger or thirst or commit suicide in a lake or chasm. Melancholy is a form of insanity.
  • Status berserk icon.png / ! Berserk: Dwarves (and merchants) may eventually enter a homicidal rage, leading to this icon. Berserk rage may be the result of prolonged unhappiness, failure to complete an artifact, or, for merchants, failure to leave the fortress. Berserk creatures attack any creatures in sight until they die of hunger or thirst or are dealt with by the military. Berserk is an extremely dangerous form of insanity.
  • Status melancholy icon.png / ! Catatonic: Dwarves who cannot cope with stress may suffer a nervous breakdown and simply become unresponsive, staring off into space. Catatonia is a form of insanity.
  • Status enraged icon.png / ! Enraged: A creature may become enraged when faced with insurmountable odds, particularly after another creature nearby is killed, or in response to a non-critical strike to the head. An Enraged being strikes more powerfully, but can only perform wild attacks, charges, and wrestling maneuvers. The frequency rate of Enragement is dependent on Anger Propensity.
  • Status martial icon.png / ! Martial Trance: When a single dwarf is being attacked by more than one enemy, it will fall into this state and supposedly focus better. Toady One has said: You have to be a dwarf [to be able to get the martial trance]. It improves all kinds of combat rolls and modifiers (but no direct damage bonus -- 'enraged' does that). Dwarves in this state will seek fights with enemy or neutral creatures.
  • Status enraged icon.png / ! Terrified: Scared and probably running away from danger. Also very common with defenseless animals that witness something frightening.
  • Status wrestling icon.png / Wrestling: It is grabbing, or attempting to grab, another creature in a fight. Could also be holding on to a part of the opponent as well.
  • Status minorinjury icon.png / + Minor Injury: Any wound that leaves only one hand in working condition, including severings. Minor blood loss (Listed as "Faint" in wounds screen.) will also trigger this status flag.
  • Status majorinjury icon.png / + Major Injury: Loss of the use of a leg, both arms, or a fatal injury to a vital organ that hasn't killed the dwarf yet. Yellow or worse damage to any of the brain, throat, heart, guts, or both lungs are all mortal wounds. Yellow or worse damage to one lung is typically not fatal, but this status flag will remain on the dwarf permanently as he goes about his day. Major blood loss (Listed as "Pale" in wounds screen.) will also trigger this status flag. Commonly seen with undead creatures.
  • Status paralyzed icon.png / Paralyzed: The creature cannot move or breathe, and may suffocate while in this state. Caused by poison or severe brain damage.
  • Status stunned icon.png / XStunned: Dwarves can be stunned because of pain, or from being thrown during wrestling. Cave spider bites also cause periodic stunning. May also occur from a fall, usually from a dodge or a cave-in, or as a result of minor cave adaptation. Stunned creatures suffer major penalties to their skills.
  • Status nausea icon.png / X Nausea: Can be caused by cave adaptation, and will cause vomit, or during combat, when one spears another through the vital organs in the abdomen.
  • Status winded icon.png / X Winded: When a dwarf is out of breath, they are winded. This can be caused by being underwater, having a lung pierced or throat torn out.
  • Status unconscious icon.png / X Unconscious: A bad sign for a dwarf, since (other than sleeping) they usually become unconscious in a fight and will die shortly afterwards. Sometimes, pain or permanent spinal injuries will make a dwarf periodically fall unconscious. Regardless of the cause, any creature that falls unconscious on a trap will trigger it, with messy and/or humorous results.
  • Status fevered icon.png / X Fevered: This dwarf has a fever. Exact results of a fever are unknown, but may indicate other health problems. Feverish dwarves appear to have some of the mental attributes lowered. Fevers are commonly caused by syndromes.
  • Status yielded icon.png / X Yielding: The creature is attempting to surrender. Adventure mode only.
  • Status pretend icon.png / " Playing Make Believe: A dwarven child is playing without the need for a toy.
  • Status tellstory icon.png / " Telling a Story: Dwarves in taverns will tell stories to their fellows.
  • Status reciting icon.png / " Reciting Poetry: A poet is reciting poetry.
  • Status performing icon.png / Performing: Dwarves and visitors in taverns will sing, dance, and play instruments.
  • Status prone icon.png / Prone: The creature is lying on the ground. Several prone creatures can be in the same tile; therefore, in tight corridors, dwarves will be constantly lying down and standing so they can go through. Babies who have lost their mother are also in this state. Also happens in combat. As Prone creatures move and work significantly slower, make sure to remember to stand up if this happens in adventure mode.
  • Status projectile icon.png / Airborne: The creature has been thrown by a wrestling move, flung into the air by a raising drawbridge, fallen off a cliff, gone over a waterfall, or gotten smashed by a blunt weapon and is flying backwards from the force of the blow. It's impossible to view a creature in this state (though it is possible to look) – but you'd probably be better off covering your eyes, anyway. Creatures that are flying under their own power are displayed normally.
  • Status webbed icon.png / Webbed: The icon that shows when a creature walks into a giant cave spider's web. Other creatures, such as certain types of megabeasts, can also shoot webs.
  • Status climbing icon.png Climbing: The creature is holding on to a tile.

Adventure mode indicators[edit]

These icons appear at the bottom-right of a character in Adventure Mode. To reduce confusion, they tell the player what a character is doing or if someone is player-controlled.

  • Indicator you.png - You: The character currently controlled by the player.
  • Indicator brawl.png - Brawl: The character is brawling punches, kicks, scratches and some wrestling moves, but no weapons.
  • Indicator nonlethal.png - Non-lethal: Somewhat similar to brawling, but with more types of wrestling moves. Although there is no lethal intent, a combatant may still receive mortal wounds.
  • Indicator lethal.png - Lethal: The character intends to fight to the death, but someone surrendering may also end the fight.
  • Indicator ally.png - Ally: The character is an ally and/or companion during a fight.


With classic graphics, in addition to the above symbols, creatures hauling an object will alternate between their usual icon and the icon of the object they are carrying.

The following non-flashing icons are used if classic graphics are enabled:

  • Under Water: The creature is - you guessed it - under water. If a large fish is not in this state, it is air-drowning.
  • Last seen: Indicates a hidden tile that contained a creature when last visible. Adventure mode only.
  • Dead: This dwarf is gone, far away from the horrors of the puppy-cooking, noble-drowning fortress. 'e's an ex-dwarf! Legendary dwarves and foes will still alternate colors after death.


With premium graphics enabled, unlike with classic graphics, the following statuses do not have their own thought bubble icon: legendary, on fire, multiple creatures standing on the exact same tile, catatonic, prone, being thrown airborne, webbed, underwater, missing and dead. Many of these statuses are represented in different ways.

  • Fortress residents that have legendary skills do not flash; however, their name colors still do when viewing them in lists.
  • Creatures on fire will have an animated fire sprite overlapping their icon.
  • Multiple creatures do not give the tile a unique animation, instead, the game will simply alternate between the sprites of those standing in that spot.
  • Dead creatures instead have their own unique sprite where they lay horizontal and have less color to them.
  • There are no unique icons for being catatonic, prone, webbed, missing, nor being underwater.