In 'Dune : The Battle for Arrakis' for Sega Genesis, a sandworm seems to randomly come and eat units that stay too long on the sand. They also seem to have a health bar and can be targeted and shot at. However, I have never been able to shoot them till their health bar drops down to zero. They are too fast and always get away before that happens. However, next time I see a sandworm it always seems to have a full health bar. I am not even sure if it's always the same sandworm with a rejuvenated health bar or a different sandworm every time.

Is it possible to destroy the sandworm? I could only find speculations on Google, so I was wondering if someone has been able to do it.

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    @editor: I don't think that game was called Dune 2
    – user13267
    Sep 17, 2017 at 9:35
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    The OP is correct to say that the game was not called Dune 2 on the Sega Genesis, as it was simply named "Dune: The Battle for Arrakis". However, on non-Sega platforms, such as the Amiga or PC, the game was known as "Dune II: Battle for Arrakis" in Europe and "Dune II: Building of a Dynasty" elsewhere. On these non-Sega platforms, the original game Dune was an adventure game (not an RTS) so the sequel was given the name Dune II and so the tag dune2 is appropriate.
    – Bobulous
    Sep 17, 2017 at 14:37
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    Also, for what it's worth, I don't believe anyone ever did find a way to kill the sandworm (on the Amiga or the PC), but I can find no evidence to support an answer one way or the other.
    – Bobulous
    Sep 17, 2017 at 14:45
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    I finally dug up my old PC copy and it defintely reads "Dune II: Battle for Arrakis," despite my living in the US. So either some parts of the US got the European distribution, or wikipedia got something wrong.
    – Dallium
    Sep 18, 2017 at 6:21
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    tag synonym requested to prevent this confusion in the future :gaming.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12633/…
    – Dallium
    Sep 18, 2017 at 6:57

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The worm doesn't die, you can only bring it to 1/2 of its health and then it disappears. It's best to just leave them alone

source: https://www.gamefaqs.com/genesis/586152-dune-the-battle-for-arrakis/faqs/1519

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    It's been ages and my reference is the PC version, but I'm pretty sure it /was/ possible to kill it eventually as it doesn't regenerate between reappearances, and when it dies the final death it releases a spice field.
    – Shadur
    Sep 19, 2017 at 7:51
  • @Shadur Sega version was different in this case. I can't remember if the FAQ is right about the disappearing when at half HP thing, but worms were definitely returning at full HP. Nov 30, 2017 at 10:39

Best way is to position your units along the edge of rock - if the sandworm comes along they'll attack automatically. It does have a lot of health but will eventually be chased off while you concentrate on base building and raising your army.

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