I bought some animals from a caravan because I thought "oh cool, animals!" but I don't really know what I can do with them. I guess the dwarves would like a bit of jaguar meat, but that seems a waste. I tried using my kennel to train wardogs (acording to the wiki, this will actually train other animals too) and train hunting dogs (ditto), but it told me there were no animals available.

So I tried moving the caged animals from the stockpile to somewhere else and tried again. Still no luck.

The animals were tame, so I tried releasing them from their cages and trying again. Still no luck.

Have I just been unlucky in buying, like, six animals none of which I can train, or am I doing it wrong?

[P.S. If I wanted to put animals that are roaming around the fortress back in cages, is there a way to be selective, or should I just put traps near my food supply and hope the right ones wander in...]

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    Please split your PS into another question.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 12:21

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To train exotic animals you need a dungeon master. Once you have a Dungeon Master you can tame exotic animals. Once the animal is tame you can then train it as a beast of war.

In version .31 and upwards the dungeon master has been removed. He is no longer needed to train large animals in .34, in .31 he was. But there was a bug that prevented him from showing up.

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    Dungeon master, eh? In that case: Jaguar meat for everyone!
    – Seamus
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 12:44
  • If my links aren't quite right, please someone fix them. I can't access the wiki directly from work, so I'm guessing a bit.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 12:49
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    Note: The Dungeon Master is currently bugged in the latest (31.12) version of DF. Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 13:07
  • Even more than he normally is, the pant-less pervert.
    – C. Ross
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 13:25

You can still use them for zoos and pets, right?


I like to have a cage of rabig dogs right outside my gate so when the goblins decide to invade, they are greeted by 50 hungry dogs.

Release the hounds!

Seriously though you can easily hook up a mechanism to a cage so you can literally let them loose whenever.

  • Do you also...let the animal out of the cage? Free the beast within? Other generic quote?
    – erik
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 14:40
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    So there we have it: Urist let the dogs out!
    – yatima2975
    Commented Aug 30, 2010 at 14:43

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