Elephant tusk

From RimWorld Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Elephant tusk

Elephant tusk

An elephant's tusk. It is very durable and valuable. While somewhat unwieldy as a melee weapon, it can still be deadly.

Base Stats

Deterioration Rate
Market Value
80 Silver.png
1.8 kg

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
18.2 dmg (Stab)
2.6 seconds cooldown
27% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
18.2 dmg (Scratch)
2.6 seconds cooldown
27% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
9 dmg (Blunt)
2 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
Melee Average AP

An elephant tusk is an item obtained from butchering an elephant. Tusks can be sold to exotic goods traders, or used as a melee weapon.


Butchering an adult elephant will yield two elephant tusks, unless the parts have been destroyed by damage.

They can also be purchased from traders.


Elephant tusks function identically to any other melee weapon, despite their unorthodox method of production. They do not have a quality value - all elephant tusks are statistically identical.


An elephant tusk is a good choice for a early melee weapons. It requires no crafting, and it has no Quality value and is thus not reliant on skilled pawns. While it has a modest DPS, its AP is fairly high for the early game. It thus an effective choice until Smithing is researched and other alternatives become available (or longer, if skilled crafters and/or materials are lacking). The primary difficulty comes in killing an elephant in the early game, but the hardy leather and large amount of meat make it a valuable feat if it can be accomplished.

After the early game, the practical value of the tusk goes down as more effective weapons become available, but it still acts as a free bonus to hunting or slaughtering elephants.

Taming vs hunting

Hunting elephants may be faster but can prove difficult or prohibitively dangerous, especially when herds turn manhunter. As elephants have a 0% manhunting chance on a failed taming attempt, taming them for slaughter has no risk beyond lost pawn time and a small amount of food, while also providing several additional advantages. Slaughtering a tamed elephant will still produce both tusks, along with significantly more meat and leather. Taming elephants requires an Animals skill of 5.

Only a full adult tame elephant will produce tusks when slaughtered. All wild elephants are considered full adults.

Version history

  • Beta 19 - market price was reduced from 450 silver to 80 silver.