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Code name
Food Pips

Inedible Slugcat head.png

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


Slugcat head.png: Shoreline, Subterranean

Downpour Regions

Slugcat head.png: Subterranean

Monk head.pngSurvivor head.pngHunter head.png: Submerged Superstructure

Gourmand head.pngRivulet head.png: Shoreline, Submerged Superstructure

Saint head.png: Shoreline, Submerged Superstructure, Rubicon


Leviathans are hostile aquatic creatures found in large bodies of water in Shoreline Safari Icon.png Shoreline, Subterranean Safari Icon.png Subterranean and DLC icon.pngSubmerged Superstructure Safari Icon.png Submerged Superstructure. They are the largest predators in the game, serving as a fearsome threat to Slugcat head.png Slugcat and any other creatures that get too close to the water.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Leviathans seem to be biomechanical, having a primarily organic body and a hydraulic mouth at the front, consisting of metal rods that move the jaws, with large grooves that allow them to clamp down onto prey.
Their bodies consist of progressively thinner segments that end in a long tail, featuring large fins and smaller frills of varying lengths, with the former generally being the longest at the start of the body, while the latter tends to be the longest towards the middle of the body. A gradient runs across most of the body in a marbled pattern, ending near the tail. Their heads also feature patches of color from the same palette.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Evasion[edit | edit source]

Leviathans can outpace a swimming Slugcat, making outmaneuvering them near-impossible in open waters without aid or knowledge of swimming techniques. If possible, it is best to avoid large pools altogether, or wait until they have eaten enough food to become dormant for the rest of the cycle. If passing by one is necessary, the safest way to do so is by getting hold of a Jetfish icon.png Jetfish, as they are fast enough to swim past Leviathans safely.

Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]

Leviathans have extremely good, omnidirectional sight, somewhat limited by the surface of water but not by water itself, making them able to near-perfectly see the creatures around them. After noticing potential prey, a Leviathan moves towards it, extending its jaws out when close enough, and clamping down on it, consuming whatever is caught by its jaws. Leviathans only hunt in a room for a certain amount of time, effectively turning passive and leaving after that amount is reached.

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Eating the Slugcat
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Eating a Jetfish
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Eating a Vulture icon.png Vulture

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Default relationship Rwtooltip.pngEats (1)
IgnoresLeviathan icon.png Leviathan (0)  •  Overseer icon.png Overseer (0)

Variants & Attributes[edit | edit source]

The gradient found across a Leviathan's body can take on a variety of colors, from deep blue, through cyan, green, and even magenta or purple.
A unique albino variant of the Leviathan can be found in Subterranean, featuring a white body with red accents. A Leviathan spawned in manually near the end of Saint's campaign appears in a golden hue.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Leviathans can eat any creature that gets stuck in its mouth, no matter how large, because any body segment caught in its jaws destroys the whole creature.
    • This would even include other Leviathans, but there is a line of code preventing this from happening.
  • Leviathans are stated to be designed to invoke the fear of having a piece of seaweed touching your feet in the ocean.[1]
  • Although Leviathans can be killed, their resistance is far beyond what players are practically able to overcome in a single cycle, making them nearly immortal. A persistent player may be able to kill a Leviathan with an incredibly large stockpile of explosives (or with the help of modding), but doing so is not recommended, as it would take an entire cycle and only prevent the Leviathan from appearing until it naturally respawns a few cycles later.
    • Large quantities of shocks delivered by an Aquapede icon.png Aquapede underwater can kill the Leviathan.
  • The albino Leviathan in Subterranean may be in reference to the albinism documented in cave-dwelling fish, which develop it in an extreme lack of sunlight.
  • Leviathans, despite being very large, can be eaten by Monster Kelp icon.png Monster Kelp, though it is unlikely the two creatures would come close enough to each other outside of arena mode.
  • The metal plate asset on the front of the Leviathan is reused in-game on the upper bodies of Squidcada icon.png Squidcadas.
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  • Leviathans, especially the albino one, share physical traits with Void Worm icon.png Void Worms - a similarity which has been confirmed by the developers not to be a coincidence.[2]
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Developer Joar Jakobsson's devlog post: https://candlesign.github.io/Rain-World-Devlog/Pages/065#1284
  2. Developer James Primate during a stream by Viking Blonde: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g6vf-CLzHA&t=2557s