Lightning bird

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Threat level 5
Lightning bird
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Basic statistics
Disposition Hostile
Armor Class A1
Pain Sensitivity 85%
Max Blood 11
Agility +3
Limb groups
HEAD Head - 6 HP
BODY Body - 40 HP
LIMB 2 wings - 11 HP
2 legs - 11 HP
EXTREMITY 2 talons - 9 HP
Secondary statistics
Skeleton type Has bones.png
Can use Weapons/LBE? No box.png
Can use Clothing and armor? No box.png

The lightning bird is a creature belonging to the Birds category.

Attacks and techniques

This creature has four attacks: Peck, Talon attack, Thundershock, and Stun peck.


Damage type Range MAPT IS LDV Pain (C1) Pain (C2) Pain (A1) Pain (A2) Pain (A3) Pain (A4) Pain (A5)
Piercing Melee 1 5 +1 35% 32% 28% 23% 18% 9% 2%

Talon attack

Damage type Range MAPT IS LDV Pain (C1) Pain (C2) Pain (A1) Pain (A2) Pain (A3) Pain (A4) Pain (A5)
Sharp Melee 2 3 +1 25% 23% 20% 16% 13% 6% 1%


Damage type Range MAPT IS LDV Pain (All ACs)
Spec-Elec Ranged 1 9 +0 21%

Stun peck

Damage type Range MAPT IS LDV Pain (C1) Pain (C2) Pain (A1) Pain (A2) Pain (A3) Pain (A4) Pain (A5)
Piercing Melee 1 5 +1 35% 32% 28% 23% 18% 9% 2%
  • On a successful hit, the target is stunned for 1 turn.

Other information

Creature traits:

  • Flight: This creature is capable of flying using its wings. As a free action, this creature may toggle Flight on or off once per turn. If Flight is on, this creature receives the following effects:
    • Primed pressure mines will not be set off by a flying creature on the same Side.
    • Primed directional mines will not be set off by a flying creature even if it enters the Protected Side from the Target Side.
    • Opponents attacking a flying creature suffer from a FT malus: FT+2 with melee attacks, FT+1 with ranged attacks.
    • Flying creatures cannot take cover.
    • Flying creatures suffer from certain maluses: Recoil +1 and FT+1.
    • If at least half of their wings is disabled, this creature is forced off Flight and can no longer toggle it back on until healed.


This article or section contains lore-related information.
Though not strictly necessary for playing the game, you are encouraged to read this section if you wish to have a better understanding of the game's universe.

Averaging at 4 feet tall, lightning birds are very light, weighing no more than 20 pounds. Making up for half of their height, they stand on tall, slender, jet-black legs with four-toed talons. Their plumage is mostly silver-blue, though the tip of their wing feathers is completely white. Their beaks are also white, as are their eyes. When using its Stun peck or Thundershock attacks, the lightning bird's beak and white feather tips radiate with light and crackle with electricity.

Lightning birds live and reproduce naturally in the Mazes, like most other creatures. Their eggs are pearly-white, and lightning bird chicks are completely black in color, save for white eyes and beaks. Dissective analysis revealed no particular organ or chemical element that would explain their ability to generate and use lightning, which has led specialists to suggest that these creatures are simply capable of a limited form of elemental spellcasting, which they use to great effect to ward off enemies and predators.

The lightning bird's Stun peck attack, which allows them to stun a creature using a combination of a peck attack and directed electrical energy, has led to nicknames such as "Taser bird" or "Stun chicken", usually in a derogatory manner. Ironically, if one were to use a Taser on a lightning bird, or any other weapon that can stun opponents using electricity, they are not immune to the effects, and it may in fact be a great way to dispatch them.

Lightning birds are utterly stubborn and fearless, and will fight rather than let other creatures turn it into another direction. There are many telltale signs to the passage of a lightning bird, such as scorch marks all over the ground or the walls, as well as burned remains of thundershocked critters. They are more than capable of zapping people to death, and they are absolutely not afraid of gunfire; so if you ever find yourself facing one, do not show fear or hesitation and either run away, or end it before it ends you!