Dung Beetle Dossier
Common Name: Dung Beetle
Species: Scarabidae Gigas
The Dung Beetle is a passive creature, meaning it will not attack you unless you are extremely close to it. They are one of the few creatures in the game that can be tamed nonviolently. Dung Beetles are most commonly found in caves. You can apply Bug Repellant to yourself to avoid them all together and avoid any chance of them attacking you. The Dung Beetle can also be picked up by both the Argentavis and the Quetzal. Killing a Dung Beetle will yield Raw Meat and Chitin.
The Dung Beetle can be tamed nonviolently by applying Bug Repellant to yourself. They are found in caves and most commonly by any water source inside these caves. I recommend trying to lure them outside of the cave or near the entrance as it is a much safer way to go about the taming process. Dung Beetles are currently the only creature in the game to be tamed by using Animal Feces. At level 50, it would take 16 Large Animal Feces with a total taming time of 40:00. It is extremely difficult to get the Dung Beetle to get outside of the cave once it is tamed as the Dung Beetle will get stuck on everything. This is another reason why it is recommended that you try and lure it outside of the cave before you actually tame it.
The Dung Beetle is the only creature in the game that can convert Feces into Fertilizer and Oil. This simple fact makes the Dung Beetle one of the most useful creatures in the game. This conversation can save a tribe hours of work trying to find oil or create their own Fertilizer. Simply place the Feces into the inventory of the Dung Beetle and set it to wander. The Dung Beetle will not collect any Feces on its own, so you must continuously place Feces into its inventory in order for it to produce Oil and Fertilizer.
Currently, it converts Large Animal Feces into 3 Fertilizer and 6 Oil, Medium Feces into 2 Fertilizer and 4 Oil, and Small Feces into 1 Fertilizer and 2 Oil. When housing the Dung Beetle, make sure to have fences that are at least 2 units high to prevent it from escaping. The Dung Beetle is extremely fragile and needs to remain under protection or else it will wander into the wilderness and die. I recommend leveling up the creature’s weight stat so you can place a lot more Feces in its inventory.
The Dung Beetle has slow movement speed while on land, but is a decently fast swimmer if needed. Be extremely careful when transporting the Dung Beetle back to your base because as stated previously, the Dung Beetle is extremely fragile. The time and patience needed to tame one of these definitely pays off in the long run as it saves the user a lot of time and resources. If the player owning the Beetle were to gather all of the oil on their own, it would take a lot longer than just giving the Beetle the Feces and letting it make it.
Overall, the Dung Beetle is definitely worth taming and adding to your arsenal. If you have the time and are willing to put in some effort, Dung Beetles are a necessity for any growing tribe as they provide the tribe with a lot of efficiency and can save the tribe countless man hours working to find oil and create fertilizer.
Wild: What magic created the Scarabidae gigas, I cannot say. What I can say is that this creature is a perfect symbiont for advanced human tribes.
Domesticated: Scarabidae makes me think humans have been on the island for a long time. Why else would a creature evolve to be such a perfect pet? Most tribes jealously protect their Scarabidae, whom are handily tamed with the skilled use of some well-handled feces. These wondrous little organic biofactories are truly a sustainable, green, eco-friendly source of resources for living off the land. Oil becomes gas, which is generator fuel. Fertilizer means crops, which is human fuel. The scarabidae can power all aspects of island life!
Known Information: Coprophagic, it eats mostly useless waste (feces). It metabolizes this waste into a more refined waste product, along with an oily byproduct. The oily byproduct is chemically the same as the oil found in the oceans around the island. Somehow, Scarabidae converts feces into oil. If that wasn’t reason enough to worship the Scarabidae, the refined waste product is almost identical to fertilizer from a compost bin.