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Giant penguin

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Giant penguin
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Urist likes giant penguins for their waddling gait.

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Penguin - Penguin man - Giant penguin

Alignment: Savage

· Exotic mount · Egglaying

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

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Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 6,842.4 cm3
Mid: 114,040 cm3
Max: 228,080 cm3
Food products
Eggs 2
Adult at: 1
Max age: 20-30
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 29
Fat 20
Brain 1
Gizzard 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Eyes 2
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 32
Skull 1
Skin Raw hide
Feather 1
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A huge monster, shaped like a penguin.

Giant penguins are enlarged counterparts of the common penguin, found in savage arctic oceans. They waddle through the landscape in groups of 5 to 10 individuals, each standing nearly four times the size of a dwarf, though despite their size, they are as benign as their smaller cousins, fleeing from dwarves unless cornered. Hunters and a half-competent military squad should be able to take on these creatures without much difficulty.

Giant penguins can be captured in cage traps and, unlike every other kind of penguin in the game, they can be trained into pets, possessing the standard high value of a giant creature. Because they provide a respectable amount of food and bones when butchered, the idea of breeding them for a meat industry is an attractive one, but they are very poor egg-layers - only laying 2 eggs at a time - and take two years to reach their adult size, meaning the player will require patience to get a functional giant penguin farm running smoothly. Granted, crazier things have been done before.

Some dwarves like giant penguins for their enormous size, their coloration, their waddling gait and their way of flying through the water.


  • In real life, a genus of extinct penguin named Palaeeudyptinae is sometimes known as the giant penguin. However, as the game's giant penguins are enlarged versions of Magellanic penguins, this is most likely a coincidence.