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Can be trained for either hunting or for war
(Value multiplier ×5)
|This article is about an older version of DF.|
- A huge, hairless mammal, found grazing in grasslands in groups. It eats plants which it lifts up with its long trunk. When angered, it will attack with its long tusks.
Elephants are trainable into war/hunting elephants at the kennels by a dwarf with the animal trainer labor enabled.
Being the largest land animals besides megabeasts, they are sure to make a good choice to train and put in your military. Their sheer size means that they pack a huge blunt force, making them good against pretty much anything, including well-armored goblins. Known in past releases as a cold, emotionless and highly effective dwarf killing machine, with blood eternally dripping from their ivory tusks that besieged and became the terror of many a fortress. (Size numbers used to equal combat bonuses, to damage and damage resistance. Now it's just more and thicker tissues.)
Elven caravans may occasionally bring them pre-tamed (if they have settlements in the right locations), but if you embark in their native biome they can also be caught in cage traps and tamed by one of your dwarves without the assistance of a dungeon master, making them an even greater choice for a war animal.
Keeping tame elephants alive, however, is pretty much impossible, because of how grazing works - with [GRAZER:12], tame elephants literally cannot eat quickly enough to prevent themselves from starving. Bug:4113
If you plan on breeding wild elephants, note that elephant calves take 10 years to mature (though they reach full size in only 5 years). Pregnant elephants will sometimes give birth to triplets, and they have longer lives than most animals (50-70 years) as well. Even in death, elephants are wonderful creatures; once butchered, their products are worth five times as much as those of more boring animals (like cows), and their great size means that there will be a lot of products.
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