v0.34:Magma crab

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Magma crab


Urist likes magma crabs for their chittering.

  • Underground Depth: 3-5

· Fire immune

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 1,000 cm3
Mid: 2,000 cm3
Max: 30,000 cm3

Adult at: Birth
Max age: 50-70
Cannot be butchered

(Value multiplier x2)

This article is about an older version of DF.
A small rock-eating creature that lives in molten rock. It scurries on little feet and swims through liquid rock with sharp wings. It uses magma to digest rock and spits out burning globs.

A magma crab is a small creature that has the unique ability to spit molten globs of basalt. It does so at a very fast rate when at range, but resorts to wrestling in close quarters. Said basalt acts as a sort of very blunt arrow, and missed rounds will tellingly litter the ground. Not only do they have infinite ammo, but they absolutely spam their basalt shooting attack, tending to get a few dwarf or animal kills if there is unblocked magma. Yes, they will even attack a random flier above a volcano.

Due to living only in magma and having few organs, magma crabs are quite resilient, but they can be killed relatively easily by dropping constructed floors on them or by using enough marksdwarves. Overall, magma crabs are quite annoying if your dwarves are exposed to the magma, but they can be rendered harmless if you wall off any magma access.


  • Magma crabs shoot solid basalt rather than liquid basalt, and that is enough to easily cripple or kill an unarmored dwarf.Bug:524
  • The fallen basalt is placed in food stockpiles due to being a glob.Bug:5569