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Urist likes rats for their intelligence.


Rat - Large rat - Giant rat


· Devours food · Hateable · Pet

Pet value 10
Active Seasons
Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.
A small, intelligent vermin with a long naked tail.
Admired for its friendliness.

Rats are a type of vermin found in any area that isn't freezing. They like to consume your fortress's food, bones, and shells, and may inspire unhappy thoughts in any dwarves that encounter them. They sometimes appear in large swarms, and are automatically hunted by cats.

Rats are distantly related to large rats, giant rats, and rodent men.

Although rats are a hateable vermin, in the preferences of some dwarves you can read that they like rats for their "friendliness", "playfulness", "curiosity", or "intelligence". They can be tamed as pets, but care should be taken to keep them away from dwarves that detest them.