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This article is about an older version of DF.

If you are looking for the symbols that flash over a dwarf icon, see status icons.

Pressing z during Fortress Mode brings up the status screen.

This screen contains a large amount of useful information about your fortress and its residents.

Title Bar[edit]

The very top row of the screen shows the settlement name and class, followed by the year and season.

Menu Bar[edit]

Along the top of the status screen, are various choices for sub-menus. Each can be highlighted with 4 and 6, and then selected with Enter. The menu bar consists of the following options:

  • Animals - The Animal Status screen allows you to manipulate animals belonging to your dwarves.
  • Kitchen - The Kitchen Status screen allows you to set cooking (including cheesemaking) and brewing permissions for any ingredients currently in your fortress.
  • Stocks - The Stocks Status screen allows you examine the number of various items that your fortress and its residents possess. Only appears once the Bookkeeper noble arrives.
  • Prices - The Prices Status screen becomes available once you have an economy. It allows you to examine the fortress's item prices.
  • Justice - The Justice Status screen becomes available once the Sheriff arrives. It allows you to examine any offending dwarves as well as their crime and sentence.

Main Status Screen[edit]

This is the screen that appears by default when you press z.

It lists a bunch of useful information, and grows more useful as your dwarves gain skills.

  • The upper left hand corner lists the amount of wealth created by your fortress. This figure is slightly misleading; it is the total value of goods that currently exists in your fortress that you have created, and that you have not exported. Presumably, this is one of the ways that the game calculates how advanced your fortress is, for determining how likely you are to receive immigration, get besieged, or get better trade goods from caravans. Note that these figures will only show if you have a Bookkeeper.
  • Below that, the status screen lists trade information. These only appear if you have a Broker.
    • Imports represent the total value of foreign made goods in your fortress. Therefore this includes the value of things such as the clothes brought in by immigrants, the equipment dropped by dead goblin invaders, and so forth. However, foreign made goods that have been decorated, processed or consumed (such as food) do not count towards this total. Goods that are stolen (by rhesus macaques, for example) seem to count towards this total despite the fact that they are no longer on the map.
    • Exports represent the total value of goods made by your fortress that you have traded to other civilizations.
    • A hypothetical example:
      • You buy (rope reed cloth) worth 50. This increases imports by 50. You then make this into a rope reed bag worth 100. This reduces imports by 50 (since it is no longer considered by the game to be foreign made). Fortress wealth increases by 100. You then export this bag. Fortress wealth decreases by 100, and exports increase by 100.
  • Below that, you will see a list of your food stores. Note that the 'Other' class includes immediately edible items (prepared meals, cheese), potentially edible items (fat, tallow, flour), and inedible items (dye), and is therefore an unreliable indicator of a fortress' food stores.
  • The rest of the screen is taken up by your population display, indicating the number of dwarves in your fortress, and their occupations. Only the dwarves' most skilled occupation counts for this screen. It allows you to see at a glance who you have available, which gets increasingly useful the larger your population grows.
    • An important note is that the right hand side, displaying military Dwarves, only includes dwarves that are currently active in the military. When deactivated, these Dwarves are displayed in the left column, under their civilian job.

Animal Status Screen[edit]

This screen shows a list of all animals that are owned by the fortress or its residents, but does not include any wild animals in the region, nor animals belonging to invaders or caravans.

The animals are listed down the left hand column of the screen. Some useful information about this list:

  • The word "stray" indicates that the animal is not any Dwarf's pet.
  • Named animals are often a result of being named before joining your fortress, and usually means they are owned by an immigrant. Named animals may also have made a kill.

The right hand column, "Owner", lists the current status of each individual animal in your fortress. This status can take one of several forms:

  • Available - This animal is available for adoption as a pet.
  • Unavailable - This animal currently cannot be claimed as a pet.
  • Uninterested - Cats, being superior to all other creatures, cannot be assigned as pets. Instead, they will adopt an owner at their whim.
  • A Dwarf's Name - This animal belongs to the listed dwarf. Pets can provide happiness to their owners.
  • Ready for Slaughter - This animal will be slaughtered when a butcher becomes available.


  • Enter - Toggles its availability. This can only be done on "available" or "unavailable" creatures.
  • b - Marks an animal for slaughter. Note that you cannot mark animals for slaughter once they belong to a dwarf. Also, some animals may not be slaughterable.

Once the dwarven economy activates, a "Price" column will appear in the middle, indicating the current price of any pet which is either available or has been adopted by a dwarf. Also, the "Available" and "Unavailable" status values are changed to "For Sale" and "Not For Sale".

Kitchen Status Screen[edit]

This screen contains a list of all items currently within the fortress that can be used for either cooking or brewing. Cooking permission is also used/needed for making cheese from milk items. The items are listed down the left hand side of the screen. A bit right of center is a column listing the number of each ingredient currently possessed, even if you don't have a Bookkeeper.

The permissions column to the right is subdivided into two additional columns: one for cooking, and one for brewing. This is the most important part of this tab, as it shows you whether dwarves are currently allowed to use the given ingredient for the given task. Possible values are:

  • Cook / Brew - This item could be used for the task, but is currently disallowed.
  • Cook / Brew - This items is able to be used for the task, and dwarves have permission to do so.
  • ---- - This indicates that the given item cannot be used in this way. For example, Deer meat cannot be brewed.

Note that if a new food is obtained, the default is "cook". This includes recently butchered animals, new foodstuffs gained from trading, first crops from seeds, and plants gathered from the wild.


  • c - Toggles permission to cook the highlighted item.
  • b - Toggles permission to brew the highlighted item.

Stocks Status Screen[edit]

(Main article: Stocks)

The stocks screen shows you a list of all of the goods your Dwarves own. Its accuracy relies heavily upon the Bookkeeper.

The left side of the screen lists the categories of all the items in your fortress. To the right of this, are two columns, listing numbers. The number to the left is the number of items accessible to use, (in a stockpile or scattered on the floor) and beside that in red is the number of inaccessible items (equipped by traders, diplomats, or invaders).

To the right of these numbers are the goods themselves. By pressing Tab you can toggle between the detailed mode, which shows each item individually, along with relevant name/quality data, or the list mode, which shows items in stacks.

Prices Status Screen[edit]

This screen appears after the dwarven economy is activated. It lists the relative prices of (most) goods by category on the left. An item's price is equal to its base value multiplied by all of the relevant price multipliers. Most items will have several multipliers. For example, an exceptional granite mug has a base value of 50☼. If the price of goblets is 50%, rock is 60%, and granite is 120%, the price of this mug will be 50☼ * 0.50 * 0.60 * 1.20 = 18☼. Decorations are unaffected by these multipliers. This includes the cloth and dye used to make cloth items, as well as the ingredients in prepared food.

The Bookkeeper sets the prices of most items between 50% and 200% based on supply and demand: make more of an item, and the price will drop. Nobles will often increase the prices of goods for which they have a preference, and can increase prices beyond 200%.

Justice Status Screen[edit]

This option only appears once the sheriff has arrived to dispense justice.

In the upper right of this screen is "Cages & Chains", which shows the total number of combined metal cages and restraints designated for justice out of the number that has been deemed required for your population (at least 1 for every 10 dwarves, rounded down). The number will be blue if you have enough, or red if you don't have enough.

Along the left hand side is a list of known criminals. The right side lists all of the dwarf's crimes (including the victim of each crime), as well as any pending punishments (including the officer performing the punishment).