Frequently, I make the mistake of getting too close to a Tall Bird nest, mostly by stumbling upon it in an unexplored area. I haven't been successful at defeating them, so I run.

It seems to me that Tall Birds chase you farther than any of the other mobs I've encountered.

I've been able to put some distance between us by zig-zagging which makes it stop to attack every time you change directions, and allowing you to run farther away.

Is there any other way to get them to stop chasing you? Anything you can drop? Or a biome they won't enter? Or, any other stratgey?

  • When they're chasing you, are you currently holding an egg which was stolen from their nest? :P
    – Niro
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 20:52
  • Not always! They're just a nasty breed of bloodthirsty bird!
    – David M
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 23:44
  • I only ask because I've only ever had them follow me a few steps unless I had the egg. Then they'd chase me indefinitely.
    – Niro
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 23:45
  • To be honest, I'm not certain. But, I seem to recall not having an egg the last time.
    – David M
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 23:46

1 Answer 1


Tallbirds are beautiful creatures, but a bit territorial. They'll follow for quite a bit when you've come too near, and they'll follow you for a very long time if you've stolen their egg.

Escaping Tallbirds is hard. Get as much distance as you can between yourself and their nest, eventually they'll give up. Killing them might be easier:

One at the time

  • One bird at the time, one hit at the time.
  • There is a little time between his charge (eyes turn red, starting to attack) and his actual attack (and the dealing damage). Use this time to step out of his damage radius.
  • Then, after he attacked the ground, rush back, hit him once, and run off again.
  • Repeat.

After about 12 hits with a spear (you can do the last 2 at the same time without time in between), he'll be dead and you'll have 2 meat (and free access to his never spoiling, hatchable egg).

Warning: when the bird turns around to retreat, don't blindly follow - he might hit without advanced warning. Keep a bit of distance until he decides to attack.

Don't burn the nests, the meat and eggs are too great to forego.

  • Since when are those NASTY creatures beautiful? Well, perhaps right after you kill them… Thanks for the answer! I'll try it at earliest convenience!
    – David M
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 13:05

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