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"Vulture Mask"
Code name
Locations (amount)
Chimney Canopy
Sky Islands
Farm Arrays
Garbage Wastes
Industrial Complex
Respawn time
None (respawning not determined by time)
Vulture Mask: 5
King Vulture Mask: 10

Vulture Masks are objects that protect Vultures' weak spots: their heads. They can be removed by dealing damage to a Vulture's face; once obtained, they can be worn to scare off Lizards. Unmasked Vultures are persistent and pursue whatever removed their mask across multiple cycles.

Slugcat wearing a Vulture Mask



A Vulture Mask is removed from a Vulture when they take more than 0.9 damage to their face. This means that    Monk is unable to knock it off with standard Spears, as their maximum damage is 0.9. It is still possible to obtain Vulture Masks as Monk by using Explosives or by relying on other creatures. Additionally,     Artificer's Maul ability always demasks a Vulture when its face is grabbed.


Vulture Masks can be worn to scare off   Lizards. If    Slugcat is wearing a Vulture Mask, most types of Lizards become fearful of them for a short period of time; this period lasts 17.5 seconds for regular Vulture Masks and 30 seconds for King Vulture Masks. During this period, they attempt to run away but may still bite Slugcat if they are too close.

  Black,   Green, and   Red Lizards are exceptions to this. Black Lizards are blind, and so ignore the Mask completely. Green Lizards are temporarily pacified rather than scared. King Vulture Masks frighten Lizards more than normal Masks[1], capable of scaring away even a Green Lizard. Red Lizards ignore both Vulture and King Vulture Masks and pursue Slugcat as normal.

When a new region is entered, the AI of creatures in the Gate room is re-initiated, meaning that the timer is reset and Lizards start being afraid of Masks again.

Slugcat wears the Vulture Mask when not otherwise occupied (e.g. climbing, crawling, or swimming). The Mask has no collision with projectiles while being held. It cannot be thrown, only dropped. As with other items, a Lizard's tongue is capable of ripping the Vulture Mask from Slugcat's hand.

  1. 0.6 for regular Masks, 0.8 for King


Vulture Masks are prized by   Scavengers, who typically trade most weapons and resources for them, though they are not as highly valued as   Pearls. King Vulture Masks are valued even more highly, as high as Pearls, and Scavengers trade any object for them.

  Downpour-Exclusive Content

This section contains content exclusive to the Downpour DLC. This content is not available in the base game.

Elite Scavenger Masks

Vulture Masks can be taken from   Elite Scavengers by hitting their heads. They are functionally identical to regular Vulture Masks. They wear 3 unique variants, known as the Horned Mask, Sad Mask, and Spiked Mask:

  Downpour-exclusive content ends here.


  • While eating an object, Slugcat lifts the Vulture Mask off their face. However, while swallowing an inedible object, Slugcat slips it under the Vulture Mask.
  • Vulture Masks cannot be swallowed.
  • Although    Caramel Lizards are larger than   Green Lizards, they are still hunted by Vultures and thus are affected by regular Vulture Masks.
  • Red Lizards are the only Lizards capable of taking down Vultures and King Vultures. It is possible that they de-mask them too, which can lead to easy pickings for Slugcat.
  • Maskless Vultures are attacked by other Vultures with Masks.
  • After being removed from a Vulture, Masks rapidly darken and saturate in color.