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Urist likes elephants for their strength.




· Exotic mount

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500
Grazer: xxx

· Breeding

Trainable:  Hunting   War 

Birth: 500,000 cm3
Mid: 2,500,000 cm3
Max: 5,000,000 cm3

Adult at: 10
Max age: 50-70
Butchering returns

(Value multiplier x5)

Food items

Meat 36-219
Fat 13-58
Brain 4-6
Heart 2-3
Lungs 8-12
Intestines 14-19
Liver 4-6
Kidneys 4-6
Tripe 4-6
Sweetbread 2-3
Spleen 2-3

Raw materials

Bones 49-67
Skull 1
Ivory 3
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

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 the largest [NATURAL] land animals in the game (only the fanciful ogres and megabeasts/semi-megabeasts are larger). Elephants were famous in past versions of the game as cold, emotionless, and highly effective dwarf killing machines, blood eternally dripping from their ivory tusks, the bane of even the mightiest of fortresses, so on and so forth. Size used to be correlated with combat bonuses, both to damage and damage resistance, making them incredibly dangerous animals; today it just translates into more and thicker tissues. Nonetheless, their sheer size means that they pack a huge blunt force, able to rip apart even the most well-armored of goblins with ease.

In the wild, elephants appear in clusters of three to seven individuals, and their size notwithstanding can be caught by the same cage traps as any other creature. Additionally, elven caravans may occasionally bring tame elephants with them, if they have settlements in the right locations - the method by which a 1,000 pound donkey carries a 15,000 pound elephant in a cage, on top of whatever else it's carrying, is a deeply veiled elven secret. Tamed elephants can be trained for both war and hunting roles (no word yet on how elephant sneaking works, exactly), and are easily the most effective war animals that your fortress can train.

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 Death can be delayed if the elephant is a pet of an owner that likes feeding it, but seems to be inevitable regardless.

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.

Admired for its strength.