Pole Plant

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"Pole Plant"
Details
Code name
PoleMimic
Aggressive
0.9
Food Pips

Inedible As any Slugcat

1 🌕 ✔️DLCAs Spearmaster

Points
2
Regions

As any Slugcat: Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays

As MonkAs Survivor: Outskirts

Downpour Regions

As any Slugcat: Chimney Canopy

As MonkAs Survivor: Outskirts, Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Pipeyard, Outer Expanse

As Hunter: Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Subterranean, Pipeyard

As Gourmand: Outskirts, Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Subterranean, Pipeyard, Outer Expanse

As ArtificerAs Spearmaster: Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Subterranean, Pipeyard, Waterfront Facility

As Rivulet: Industrial Complex, Drainage System, Garbage Wastes, The Exterior, Sky Islands, Farm Arrays, Pipeyard

As Spearmaster: Looks to the Moon (region)

As Saint: Undergrowth

Pole Plants are ambush predators that disguise themselves as poles in an attempt to lure creatures into grabbing them.

Appearance

Pole Plants are plantlike organisms consisting of a long, flexible stalk and numerous leaf-like appendages. The main stalk is black in coloration, while the largest, lowermost 'leaves' are bright red. Their 'leaves' flare outwards near the base of the stalk, decrease in length towards the center, and flare outwards and upwards towards the end.

While the Pole Plant is hidden, they wrap their 'leaves' around their stalk and stand straight out of the ground, closely resembling a pole. Pole Plants can be differentiated by poles by their slight reddish tinge and the absence of the 'rust spots' that are usually found on poles, making Pole Plants look unusually smooth compared to real poles.

Tips

An unfortunate Slugcat being eaten by a Pole Plant

Combat

If a Pole Plant is hit by a Rock, they enter an active state and writhe around. While active, they attempt to grab any nearby creatures. Activating a Pole Plant can be an effective way to get away from pursuing predators, such as Lizards, as most creatures are afraid of the Pole Plant. If Slugcat is grabbed, hitting the Pole Plant with a Rock or a Spear causes them to let go and allows Slugcat to escape.

Hitting a Pole Plant with a Spear causes them to writhe around in pain. In this panicked state, they cannot grab Slugcat, allowing them to retrieve their Spear before the Pole Plant retreats underground.

Evasion

It is possible to distinguish Pole Plants from regular poles, as Pole Plants are much smoother than poles and have a reddish tint. Another way to spot Pole Plants is to view the map; as the map only shows solid geometry, 'poles' which are not visible on the map are hidden Pole Plants instead. Additionally, the Yellow Overseer can indicate a Pole Plant's location by showing the flashing red and yellow 'predator' warning symbol. Threat music also plays if a Pole Plant is in the room.

Abilities & Behavior

Hiding

While awaiting prey, the Pole Plant conceals themself as a regular pole and stays mostly still. A leaf or two may sometimes pop out as a creature walks past the Pole Plant. They may occasionally pulse their leaves outwards, revealing telltale flashes of red. If a creature stands at the base of a dormant Pole Plant for too long, the Pole Plant may attempt to grab them and pull them into their den.

Grabbing

A Pole Plant hiding in plain sight

When a creature grabs onto a Pole Plant, the Pole Plant reveals their true form, latches onto the creature tightly with their appendages, and proceeds to pull the creature into their den. If the creature manages to escape, the Pole Plant attempts to follow their movement in an attempt to recapture them.

The pull of a Pole Plant is strong enough to grab even large creatures such as Vultures.

Relationships

Default relationship Wants to eat (1.0)
Ignores Overseers (0.0)  •  Red Leeches (0.0)  •  Sea Leeches (0.0)  •  Pole Plants (0.0)  •  Monster Kelp (0.0)
Afraid of Leviathans (1.0)  •  Miros Birds (0.8)  •  Brother Long Legs (0.6)  •  Daddy Long Legs (0.6)  •  Rain Deer (0.2)

Trivia

A Monster Kelp taking the place of a pole plant in Outskirts
  • If Slugcat grabs a Pole Plant as it dies, they are dragged into its den and become softlocked until the rain comes.
  • Pole Plants cannot be tranquilized by Spitter Spiders' Dart Maggots.
  • Pole Plants tend to face upwards but can also be found facing sideways (in Sky Islands) and downwards (in Farm Arrays).
  • Certain Pole Plants can lineage into Monster Kelp.
  • The insects released by Beehives do not attempt to attach to Pole Plants. In addition, Pole Plants do not block thrown beehives.
  • Even as they die, Pole Plants can sometimes grab on to creatures that are too close and pull them in.
  • Like Monster Kelp, Pole Plants can grab objects with the tip of their stem; however, due to their poorer mobility, observing this behavior almost always requires the active intervention of Slugcat. Unlike Monster Kelp, Pole Plants do not take objects to their den.
This image shows a Pole Plant grabbing Blue Fruit.
A Pole Plant which has grabbed onto a Blue Fruit