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Tame is a designation given to animals and vermin. Tame animals can be taken as pets and will not attack dwarves, except if they tasted dwarf blood in the past; in that case they will stay dangerous even if they are tamed.

Taming a wild animal requires a kennel and a piece of food, and uses the animal trainer skill. Tame dogs can be further trained into hunting or war dogs.

Taming exotic animals requires having the Dungeon master noble settled.

Tame animals that are not already pets are treated as livestock, and you can ready them for slaughter (at the butcher's shop) on the z-status-animals screen. If a tame animal dies by any means other than slaughtering at a butcher's shop, it cannot be butchered; its meat and skin can not be salvaged. Once its corpse rots away, its bones and skull can be used to make objects.

Tame animals like to hang out in meeting areas and rooms.


These are the prices you pay when you trade for caged tame animals and the amounts dwarves have to spend to claim pets after the dwarven economy has started. An animal's value as a pet is independent of its material multiplier.

Pet value Pet name
10000 Dragon, Hydra
2500 Giant cave spider, Giant desert scorpion
1000 Nightwing, Unicorn, Werewolf, Whale
750 Cave crocodile, Giant bat, Giant toad, Polar bear
700 Saltwater crocodile
650 Alligator
500 Bonobo, Chimpanzee, Elephant, Giant rat, Gorilla, Grizzly bear
400 Hippo, Walrus
350 Naked mole dog, Giant mole
300 Black bear, Cow, Musk ox
250 Foul blendec, Large rat, Satyr, Strangler
200 Cheetah, Giant cheetah, Giant lion, Giant tiger, Horse, Lion, Mule, Tiger
100 Cougar, Elk, Fox squirrel, Giant jaguar, Giant leopard, Jaguar, Leopard, Warthog
50 Beak dog, Deer, Gazelle, Groundhog, Hoary marmot, Ice wolf, Mandrill, Rhesus macaque, Wolf
30 Bat, Blue jay, Cardinal, Dog, Grackle, Oriole, Red-winged blackbird
25 Fox, Raccoon
20 Cat, Moghopper
10 Chipmunk, Fairy, Gray squirrel, Lizard, Rat, Red squirrel, Toad, Turtle
5 Large roach
1 Cave spider, Fire snake, Gremlin, Purring maggot

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