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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.

For a list of all rodents, see list of rodents.

porcupine rPorcupine.png
HP 10-22
HD 4
XP 142
Speed 12
AC 2
EV 12
Will 20
Attack1 16 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Tiny
Type rat, porcupine
Flags Spiny
A vicious rodent with a coat of sharp quills and a painful bite.

HAMLET [Drawing his sword.]: How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead [Stabs through the arras.]
-William Shakespeare, _The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark_, III, 4. 1603.

Useful Info

Porcupines are small creatures mainly found in the Lair. They're somewhat tougher than quokkas, and they deal 5d4 physical damage any time you hit them in melee due to their spiny nature, but they are still one of the easiest opponents you'll encounter by the time they start generating.

Tips & Tricks

  • Any attempt at constricting a porcupine immediately fails. Guess why!
  • If you really don't want to take damage from their spines, use reaching attacks from polearms.


  • Porcupines were removed in 0.26.
  • Prior to 0.17, their bite attack dealt only 7 damage.