|Fearful to Passive|
Slugpups are creatures added in the Downpour DLC. They are unlocked after completing the Gourmand food quest and travelling to Journey's End, where they begin spawning in shelters in Survivor, Hunter, and Gourmand's campaigns. They rely almost entirely on the player for their survival.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Slugpups are the juvenile versions of Slugcats, and are roughly half the size of an adult. Slugpups' bodies and eyes come in a variety of different colors, with green and yellow hues being the most common, and red and violet being the rarest.
Food[edit | edit source]
Slugpups need 2 food pips to hibernate, and 1 may be stored for the next cycle.
On the cycle a Slugpup is found, their food bar is not visible. Due to this, a common mistake is to not feed them during that cycle, resulting in the Slugpup starving and needing 3 pips of food the next cycle. A found Slugpup has an empty stomach, and 2 pips of food is enough for them to hibernate successfully.
Slugpups can eat anything that Survivor can eat, including all kinds of Centipedes.
Successfully hibernating with a Slugpup for grants passage progress towards The Mother. The amount depends on how many Slugpups are hibernated with.
Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]
Initially, Slugpups ignore the player until interacted with by means of grabbing or feeding. Upon being fed, Slugpups become friendly towards the player. Once sheltered with, a smaller food bar appears above the player's, indicating the Slugpup's hunger. Slugpups follow the player around unless distracted or given a stay command. Although Slugpups are capable of grabbing and eating food, such as Batflies on their own, the player may still need to feed them.
Slugpups can tug on the player and point, pick up and throw items like Spears and jump over terrain. Upon entering a room with a hostile creature, like Lizards, any Slugpups that are not being held scatter. When captured, their food bar starts blinking red, alerting the player so they can save them. When killed, their food bar fades to a dull grey. While they cannot defend themselves when grabbed, if the player happens to be captured, they may throw Spears and Rubbish in an attempt to rescue them.
Every cycle, Slugpups have a chance to spawn in the current region inside a random Shelter. The spawn chance differs per region; it is relatively high in regions such as Pipeyard and Shaded Citadel (50% and 40%, respectively), and lower in regions such as The Exterior and Shoreline (5% and 15%, respectively). However, when factoring in the number of shelters per region and general difficulty, Industrial Complex is a recommended region to search for Slugpups, as there is a moderate 25% chance and traversing from shelter to shelter is relatively easy.
Utility[edit | edit source]
Slugpups can hold extra Spears and other useful items for the player. Slugpups can also throw them to catch food and help the player escape when they are captured by a predator (e.g. a Lizard), and are sometimes able to free themselves when holding Rubbish. Slugpups deal the same amount of damage as Monk, and can be surprisingly adept at killing or distracting creatures. When held, Slugpups may take hits for the Slugcat from Scavenger Spears, Spitter Spider Dart Maggots, and Lizard bites. On Expedition, their attacks count towards the player's challenges and score.
A.I. Quirks[edit | edit source]
Slugpups have memory for food items, which works similarly to the 'Ignores' and 'Eats' behaviors other creatures utilize. when a pup is found, all of it's relationships with food are set to ignore and when the player gives a pup food, it changes it's relationship with it from Ignores to Eats. When left to walk around it will try to eat that food if it's available, pups spawned in arena mode seem to have their food memory all set to Eats, and will walk around eating everything in sight without the player's input. Slugpups can perform most of the same movement options that are available to the player, but aren't able to intentionally use them, like a backflip. Slides and rolls are impossible for Slugpups to perform, even if the player controls them through mods.
Playing & Player Interaction[edit | edit source]
Slugpups can be given certain commands.
- If the player jumps while crouched (down + jump), the Slugpup is told to stay in their current location.
- A singular jump without directional inputs tells a Slugpup to play with the player. In this "play with me" mode, Slugpups stay closer to the player and pick up items more often.
- A jump with the up direction held tells the Slugpup to stop playing with the player.
Idle Slugpups occasionally play with items and shuffle them around in their hands, as a form of fidgeting. They may also wiggle and jump around, and tug on the player's hand. Slugpups may also decide to nap while idle, laying down on the ground and closing their eyes.
Food Preferences[edit | edit source]
Slugpups have unique food preferences. If a Slugpup likes a type of food, it dances around in joy to a level according to how much it likes the food. However, if a Slugpup dislikes a type of food, it closes its eyes in disgust and shakes slightly. If a Slugpup has a strong enough preference in either direction, they can also be stunned for a short moment, followed by the appropriate reaction.
Slugpup food preferences are impacted by personality traits, which can be modeled in the following table:
|Type of Food||Trait that Likes this Food||Trait that Dislikes this Food|
Relationships[edit | edit source]
|Default relationship||Ignores (0.5)|
|Wants to eat||Eggbug (1) • Centipede (Infant) (0.6) • Batfly (0.5) • Noodlefly (Infant) (0.4) • Vulture Grub (0.4) • Hazer (0.4)|
|Afraid of||Leviathan (1) • Rot ( Brother Long Legs • Daddy Long Legs • Mother Long Legs • Hunter Long Legs) (1) • Inspector (1) • Vulture ( King Vulture) (1) • Miros Vulture (1) • Miros Bird (1) • Red Centipede (1) • Pole Plant (1) • Monster Kelp (1) • Stowaway (0.9) • Spitter Spider (0.8) • Lizards (0.6) • Big Spider (0.5) • Mother Spider (0.5) • Dropwig (0.5) • Centipedes (0.5) • Aquapede (0.5) • Centiwing (0.4) • Giant Jellyfish (0.2)|
|Considers as its pack||Slugpup (0.5)|
Personality[edit | edit source]
Slugpups have six personality traits that affect their behavior: sympathy, bravery, energy, nervousness, aggression, and dominance.
Out of these six, sympathy, bravery, and energy are hard-coded, and the other three traits are influenced by them.
Variants & Attributes[edit | edit source]
Like other creatures in Rain World, Slugpups are vastly varied in appearance and attributes. These attributes, such as metabolism, stealth, balance, etc. affect their physical appearance and performance. This can be seen in the form of a Slugpup's color, wideness, speed, and lung capacity.
Slugpups have a wide range of color with multiple variables. Pups may come in either a pale or dark range of colors, which is determined in the game files by a variable called
Dark. Eye color is based on their body color, with darker Slugpups having pale eyes, and lighter Slugpups having dark-colored eyes.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Slugpups are a reimagining of Cut Content: another version of Slugpups were shown in alpha trailers, which had a different code base and was removed prior to release.
- Slugpups can eat Mushrooms, which cause them shake sporadically for a short period of time and also alters the player's perception.
- Survivor's Slugtree ending changes depending on the number of Slugpups the player brings with them; however, Monk's Slugtree ending cutscene always shows 2 Slugpups with Survivor.
- Slugpups occasionally pick up corpses. There is a 1% chance of a Slugpup picking up the player's corpse.
- Slugpups can be fed to Lizards to tame them.
- Slugpups can be targeted for tutorials by an Overseer. This is most likely an error in the entity being targeted.
- While Slugpups are accessible to only three Slugcats, every region has a pupSpawnChance number in their properties file, with the exception of Submerged Superstructure
- There is a 30% pupSpawnChance in Waterfront Facility, 1% in Metropolis, 50% in Undergrowth, 10% in Silent Construct, and 100% in Rubicon.
- Artificer, Rivulet, Spearmaster, and Saint have unique pupSpawnChance numbers in their properties files, despite pups being unable to spawn in their campaigns.
- Artificer has a 25% pupSpawnChance in Garbage Wastes.
- Rivulet has a 30% pupSpawnChance in Shaded Citadel, 1% in The Exterior, and 5% in Subterranean.
- Spearmaster has a 25% pupSpawnChance in Garbage Wastes.
- Saint has a 2% pupSpawnChance in Outskirts, 15% in Industrial Complex, 25% in Garbage Wastes, 4% in Shoreline, 10% in Chimney Canopy, 12% in Farm Arrays, 5% in Subterranean, and 25% in Pipeyard.
- Slugpups cannot ascend as they are stopped by an invisible floor in the Void Sea. If carried, they still move left and right along the barrier with the player. Once let go they can swim to the surface of the Void Sea.
- Slugpups also cannot gain Karma by any means and are attacked by Guardians upon entering Depths. This can result in the player's death if they are carrying the Slugpups.
- Despite being able to encounter Slugpups, Outer Expanse is locked off to the Hunter. Because Slugpups cannot ascend, if the player wants to complete the game, the only option is to abandon them.
- Due to the Slugpups' low mass, they are significantly more vulnerable to threats like Coalescipedes and Worm Grass. Care should be taken in traversing through areas abundant with these creatures.
- If Gourmand slides into a pipe while carrying a Slugpup, it is knocked off and stunned.
- Slugpups are transported with the "parent" when using Passages to fast travel.
- Tamed Lizards can target Slugpups, and due to being friendly to the player, they are exempt from hostile stasis at the start of cycles. Care must be taken when keeping a Lizard around Slugpups, such as sleeping in a large shelter, and being prepared to immediately grab the Slugpups once the cycle starts, as Lizards cannot bite them when held by the player. Another way to prevent this is to keep lizard reputation high, as the Slugpup's lizard reputation is tied to player's Lizard reputation, a high enough Lizard rep will make them passive to pups and otherwise safe.
- If the player force enables Slugpups, there is a 100% pupSpawnChance in Rubicon as, according to one of the developer commentaries, "all Slugpups go to hell".