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0002889Dwarf FortressCreaturespublic2010-07-29 11:432019-03-14 11:13
0002889: Hydras can be strangled to death by one person
A hydra will eventually die of suffocation if one of its throats is strangled, even if the rest are left alone.
The fastest way is to put a hydra and a bronze colossus in the arena, and take control of the colossus.
related to 0000449resolved Toady One Strangling/strangulation doesn't kill people who are already unconscious for other reasons 
Issue History
2010-07-29 11:43DuckyNew Issue
2010-08-01 11:25toybasherTag Attached: Intentional/Expected?
2010-08-01 11:26toybasherNote Added: 0011356
2010-08-02 08:20DuckyNote Added: 0011401
2010-08-02 08:26DuckyNote Edited: 0011401bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0011401#r4461
2010-08-04 14:51Khym ChanurIssue Monitored: Khym Chanur
2014-01-27 20:43FootkerchiefTag Attached: Fixed in 0.34.12?
2014-01-27 20:44FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0003426
2014-07-07 22:23FootkerchiefTag RenamedFixed in 0.34.12? => Fixed in 0.40.01?
2014-07-11 04:42TrifNote Added: 0025734
2014-07-11 04:44Knight OtuTag Detached: Fixed in 0.40.01?
2014-07-11 09:31FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0000449
2014-07-11 09:31FootkerchiefRelationship deletedrelated to 0003426
2016-05-22 14:17Max_TMNote Added: 0035270
2019-03-14 11:13TheCrazyHamsteRNote Added: 0039288

2010-08-01 11:26   
Could be intentional, as in with a hydra one head chopped off is instant death, same with one brain destroyed.

I can see strangling killing one of its "brains" thus killing the entire creature (one head lopped off kills it instantly, so,yea.)
2010-08-02 08:20   
(edited on: 2010-08-02 08:26)
Hydras dying from losing one head was supposed to have been fixed in 31.01. If they're still doing that, there's a problem.

I just tested, and they're not still doing that, so at least that part's fine. They will lose enough blood to make them Pale, which may or may not be intended behavior.

2014-07-11 04:42   
Still happens in 0.40.02. I tested it in the arena with a Bronze Colossus; the Hydra suffocated after strangling its throat on the third neck 371 times.
2016-05-22 14:17   
Figured I'd go ahead and point out that while they don't die from losing heads (I had just previously lopped the heads off of another with an axe) but my idea to use the second hydra in this lair for wrestling skillups was rather quickly cut short.

Never tried to strangle one, seemed like it would be absurd to even try, but autoattack > close combat mode for skillups killed it pretty quick in 43.02.

http://i.imgur.com/nWVsX3j.png [^]

They are modded but that is only improved material properties to give tougher bones/scales, so yeah, I was gonna report it but figured I'd check and see if it existed first.
2019-03-14 11:13   
It can be fixed manually by modding hydras to have no THROAT body part.