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Sometimes, when chopping down trees, an Ent can be generated. (look at the picture below for reference)

Ent

These guys are pretty hard to kill, destroy you in a couple of hits and tirelessly follow you around the map.

My questions are:

  • What triggers an Ent generation? Are they spawned randomly or they just stay hidden until you cut down trees near them? If the latter is true, is there a way to recognize them?

  • How to deal with them? Do they eventually give up on following you or you just have to turn and face them? In this case what's the best setup? (I've been thinking Logsuit+Torch, but I've never been able to test it)

  • Do they drop something valuable when defeated or just the usual logs+pine cones?

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Maybe it's been modified since this question was asked, but yesterday I ran away from one and it gave up pretty quickly. –  Ian Dec 7 '12 at 14:22
    
An odd thing (bug?) that you can do is to set a tree on fire, then lure the Treeguard into it. The burning tree will ignite the Treeguard. At this point, you no longer have to light any trees or make a new torch; you only have to lure it into more trees and the guardian will spread the fire and keep it going. This seems like a bug (or maybe just poor behavior modeling) because the Tree guard has just burned down the whole forest. Some an. ಠ_ಠ –  Synetech Sep 29 '13 at 14:10
    
@Synetech I like to think about it more as an explicit choice. The Treeguard is only guided by the blind rage towards you and his only purpose in life is to destroy you. Forests can grow back from burned trees (not game-wise, I know, but burned trees drop pine cones), so the highest priority is to eliminate the biggest threat, and that means YOU. –  Kappei Sep 30 '13 at 9:29

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Whenever you cut down a tree there is a small chance (larger at night) that a nearby tree will turn into one of these, some call them an "Optimus Pine".

Also, burning trees down will increase the chance of waking it up.

There are several popular strategies to deal with them:

  • Lay a campfire and kite the monster over it to set it on fire.
  • There is a bug where if you use a tent to change your skin it will stop chasing you.
  • Get a pig man to attack it and it will stop chasing you.
  • Kite it to a swamp and have it kill tentacles for you until it dies.
  • Plant several pine cones between you and the Optimus Pine, it will eventually settle down and turn back into a tree.

I have only killed one once, and if I recall correctly it dropped logs and pine cones. It didn't drop anything special.

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Oh planting pine cones calm it? Never knew that. "kill it with fire!" always seemed like the #1 option to me. –  disinter Nov 26 '12 at 1:08
    
if you are still interested, they also drop meat! –  user37721 Dec 1 '12 at 4:34
    
@disinter It should be noted that it doesn't always work, so the good old fire is "the only way to be sure". –  Kappei Dec 1 '12 at 15:51

I just killed two. I woke them up in the morning and was surprised when two of them came at me (as I thought you were only in danger of them spawning during evening and night). I've never previously survived against even one of them, since they were most common way in which I have died.

What I did was get away from my base. I torched a tree to ignite it and kept on running through the woods, as the other trees caught on, which in turn reignited the Ents. They then, very quickly turned to ash and monster meat, along with the whole forest, but I didn't like it anyway.

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Fighting the Optimus Prime head on is another maybe risky option. But if you have the right timing you can kill one without taking any hits. Because the Pine attacks so slowly you can get 3 attacks in, move away to avoid his attack, go back in and attack 3 times, etc. Without too much difficulty. Having a spear to do this would help a lot since the Tree has a lot of health.

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The problem with this tactic is that if you get the timing even a little bit wrong you risk too much. Without a Logsuit it takes just two hits, at full health, to kill you, and even with one a single hit takes away a good chunk of your armor and health. I still prefer the "kill it with fire!" way. –  Kappei Dec 2 '12 at 19:14
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Isn't it Optimus Pine and not Prime ? –  BlueTrin May 20 '13 at 14:43

Dont kill it with fire with the new updates. If you do you will get your Monster Meat but no Living Logs. They will turn to ash. I learned this the hard/easy way. I was just playing one day and I needed some Logs for my Fire Pit. (Played at Willow) And i go and chopped a tree down and Boom. The Optimuse Pine came out and chased me around while I ignited it with Willows Lighter. After about 8-10 times of Igniting it, it died. I didn't know at the time that they were the only thing that dropped Living Logs and when it dropped Ashes i said "Well, that escalated quickly." and went on with my 10 Day life.

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Besides an obvious connection between the number of trees cut down and the likelyhood of an ent spawning I am not entirely sure what it is that causes them to awaken but there are a number of easy ways we have learned to deal with them in the past. Tree-guards are scary but after the initial phobia caused by your first encounter you do begin to realise they are not really up there in terms of major scariez. My advice: lead them into a swamp/pig village or set them on fire (easier but not as effective and you have to be careful of your berry or grass farms) but the easiest way is probably just to lead them away from your base then outrun them and they should forget about you and not bother you unless you attack them again or hack down trees directly under their noses.

P.S. In our version (dec 2013) they drop 6xLiving Wood and a monster meat so its often a good idea not to burn or ignore them.

P.P.S A base with a patroling Optimus Pine should not be abandoned

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