King Vulture

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"King Vulture"
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Code name
Food Pips

16 Food pip.png Hunter head.png

DLC icon.png16 Food pip.png Artificer head.png

DLC icon.png8 Food pip.png Gourmand head.png

DLC icon.png1 Food pip.png Spearmaster head.png


Hunter head.png: Outskirts, Industrial Complex, Garbage Wastes, Shoreline, The Exterior, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays

Downpour Regions

Hunter head.png: Pipeyard

Gourmand head.png: Outskirts, Industrial Complex, Shoreline, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays

Artificer head.pngSpearmaster head.png: Outskirts, Industrial Complex, Garbage Wastes, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Pipeyard, Waterfront Facility

Artificer head.png: Metropolis

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King Vultures are a variant of Vulture icon.png Vulture. They are far more aggressive and dangerous compared to their cousins, dominating both the land and skies. As one of the hard-mode enemies, they are only found natively as Hunter head.png Hunter, and may be lineaged as Survivor head.png Survivor.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Compared to their relatives, King Vultures have significantly larger bodies and wings, and uniquely possess two large, striped, curved harpoons mounted on the sides of their heads. The harpoons are connected to the base of their necks with ropes that reel them back in after being shot. Additionally, they have laser-sights emitting from their eyes, which can vary from pink to orange in color, and an upside-down triangle on the forehead of their masks. Unlike their standard counterpart, blue coloration does not occur (instead being replaced by purple coloration) and some King Vultures may exhibit multiple colors, such as peach with pink accents. Otherwise, their physical appearance is the same as Vultures.

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Tips[edit | edit source]

A gif showing a King Vulture aim and fire a harpoon towards the Slugcat, however, the slugcat steps out of the way before being hit.
Dodging a harpoon

Combat[edit | edit source]

King Vultures, compared to Vultures, are significantly less cowardly, and only attempt to retreat after taking a large amount of damage. It typically takes 13+ Spear icon.png Spear hits to kill them. The key thing to be aware of in combat is their harpoons - they kill instantly upon making contact, and taking the proper precautions to avoid them is crucial. In particular, King Vultures can choose to shoot harpoons at point blank range, which are near impossible to dodge, making it essential to bait out both harpoons before getting up close to deal damage. Beyond ensuring their harpoons are out of the action, King Vultures are susceptible to the exact same tactics recommended for Vultures.

Stealth[edit | edit source]

Like with Vultures, King Vultures are near impossible to utilize stealth against due to how they function mechanically. However, their laser-sights make it very easy to tell when they're entering rooms and what they're targeting, so it is possible to use the advance notice to retreat to a safer place well before they arrive.

Evasion[edit | edit source]

All evasive tactics for Vultures can be used against King Vultures as well. In particular, utilizing the terrain against King Vultures is especially important given how vital it is to ensure their harpoons miss their marks. Keep in mind, however, that they are capable of cancelling their wind-up if they lose line of sight. Always attempt to run in the opposite direction of harpoon being fired (left for the right harpoon, and vice versa).

Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]

King Vultures function in the exact same ways as normal Vultures, beyond their harpoons and ability to target and scare Green Lizard icon.png Green Lizards.

Vulture Mask icon.png King Vulture Masks scare all Lizards icon.png Lizards except Red Lizard icon.png Red and Black Lizard icon.png Black for 30 seconds.

Harpoons[edit | edit source]

Their defining characteristic, King Vultures are capable of shooting their head-mounted harpoons at prey. Harpoons are shot individually of each other, and require a short amount of time to wind up, during which the laser-sight corresponding to the harpoon being shot blinks white and makes a pinging noise three times before it's sent out. They stop winding up the shot if they lose direct line of sight of their target. Harpoons can kill most smaller creatures, and often incapacitates those that don't die to the initial shot. If it hits the terrain, it may get stuck for a while, restricting the King Vulture's movement. Once shot, harpoons have to be reeled back in before they can be used again. King Vultures often move into closer range and attempt to bite at prey whilst they're on cooldown.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Default relationship Rwtooltip.pngIgnores (0)
Wants to eatScavenger icon.png Scavenger (0.8)  •  Green Lizard icon.png Green Lizard (0.55)  •  Red Centipede icon.png Red Centipede (0.55)  •  Lizards icon.png Lizards (0.5)  •  Centipedes icon.png Centipedes (0.5)  •  Centiwing icon.png Centiwing (0.5)  •  Big Spider icon.png Big Spider (0.5)  •  Spitter Spider icon.png Spitter Spider (0.5)  •  Jetfish icon.png Jetfish (0.5)  •  Dropwig icon.png Dropwig (0.4)  •  Eggbug icon.png Eggbug (0.3)  •  Slugcat head.png Slugcat (0.3)  •  Adult Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Adult) (0.15)  •  Squidcada icon.png Squidcada (0.1)  •  Infant Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Infant) (0.05)  •  Hazer icon.png Hazer (0.01)  •  Vulture Grub icon.png Vulture Grub (0.01)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • King Vultures were added in the 1.5 update.
  • King Vultures may accidentally shoot other masked (King) Vultures if they happen to be in the way of their target. This does not cause aggression between Vultures.
  • Other than Green Lizards, King Vultures similarly ignore all of the creatures that Vultures do.
  • Vulture Grub icon.png Vulture Grubs are capable of summoning King Vultures.
    • King Vultures shoot Vulture Grubs with their harpoons.