One of the achievements is:

Heart Of Darkness -Become a chieftain of a zebra tribe. (How is this even possible?) - Have more then one zebra (sic)

I already have my first Zebra which I got when I built a ship. I only don't know how to get a second Zebra.

So how do I get the 2nd Zebra?

And do they add something more than just the achievement?

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    In the wiki it says: "zebras - only available as a resource in Iron Will mode. Acts as hunters.". – Mathias711 Oct 2 '14 at 12:48
  • UPDATE! The latest patch fixes zebra loss over resets (from change-log): Karma zebras now save over resets correctly. (redd.it/2j0qlo) – Dorus Oct 20 '14 at 21:38

I already have my first Zebra which I got when I built a ship.

This sounds to me very much like you do not have a zebra. You have instead discovered the zebra race for trading. In order to get an actual zebra joining your village, you will need to play in Iron Will mode (no huts/log houses/mansions built). You will know you've done it right when a Zebra shows up as an actual resource on the left section.

Zebras in Iron Will are a free way to get some small amount of Catpower, which is otherwise impossible without kittens. To make successive Iron Will runs a little easier, every time you reset, your maximum number of zebras will be set to your current zebra count, plus one.

  • When are you awarded a Zebra? I restarted my first game (no IW) and busy figuring things out now, but no zebra. – Mathias711 Oct 2 '14 at 16:31
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    Needs archery, same as normal hunters. Most IW stuff doesn't kick in right away, since every game is IW to start. – Billy Mailman Oct 2 '14 at 16:35

I've gone through the code and this is the only line that increases the number of zebras you have:

reset: function(){
  this.karmaZebras = this.resPool.get("zebras").value + 1;

This would seem to imply you get a single zebra each time you reset.

  • Ouch, only 1 way to find out I guess... – Damek Oct 2 '14 at 13:06
  • First save, and please post your results :) – Mathias711 Oct 2 '14 at 13:06
  • I'm afraid to try... – Damek Oct 2 '14 at 13:08
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    If you believe Billy Mailman's answer, it appears that this.karmaZebras is your maximum zebra count, and this.resPool.get("zebras").value is your current number of zebras (in the current game). – user62111 Oct 2 '14 at 16:47
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    Does this mean that resetting without a zebra when your max zebra is say, 5, reset the max back to 1? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that sound like... ouch. – Dorus Oct 2 '14 at 18:58

From my experience, you get a zebra soon after you get into Iron Will mode, which is achieved by getting the achievement (Iron Will) by building a mine without housing. Then the IW tab appears in Bonfire so you can shut out all the housing options without accidentally hitting one. I entered Iron Will on my 10th run and got 1 zebra... so yes, if there were potential zebras for resets they donèt count until you get your first one. Im almost done IW, curious to see if my zebra will leave when I start making kittens. If not I believe that if I reset and get into IW mode again, I should have more than one zebra and get the achievement.


From experience (i've been trying IW mode for the achievements it provides) You get your first zebra when you learn archery. Every time i've reseted since trying IW gave me 1 more to the max count of zebras but i waited to have the max count of zebras before reseting. I did this to ensure having more zebras for next run.

I'm not sure if it is related but : the first 4 times i had (in Time tab) : "Zebra hunters: 1" This time i went on the get the achievements, and i am between steamworks and magneto at this point (which mean achievements Iron will, uberkatzchen, one hundred years of solitude has been fulfilled. i have virgin soiled upturned too), i have 5 zebras with a max of 5 zebras but in the time tab it show "Zebra hunters: 14" I don't know how this number grows or if it will be add to my next maximum of zebras, though.

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