Vykathi excavator

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Vykathi Excavator
Creature Levels:
    Overall 23
    Natural Attack 22
    Weapon Attack 0
    Defense 25
    Player Estimated -
Skill Cap 120 to 170
Skinnable No
Has Coins No
Has Gems No
Has Boxes No
Evil No
Corporeal Yes
Construct No
Casts Spells No
Attack Range Melee
Stealthy No
Special Attacks No
Special Defenses Yes
Body Type insect
Manipulatable Yes
Skill Required Unknown / Unknown
Teaching Cap Unknown


Vykathi are an infamous race of carnivorous insects. Their excavators are suited for burrowing and mining, spraying down a stone surface with a natural acid before tearing at it with their powerful front legs.

In Depth

Although vykathi excavators and builders have opposing utility functions, they are otherwise very similar with equivilant attributes and combat capabilities. As such, both are inferior combatants to the vykathi harvesters who swarm hive intruders. Attempts to hunt either without engaging multiple vykathi harvesters is unlikely. Thus, doing so without the ability to adequately defend against superior opponents (i.e. multiple vykathi harvesters) will be at great peril. Additionally, vykathi excavators and builders present no value, especially for the risk, as neither can be skinned nor carry any equipment or loot.

Both vykathi excavators and builders will occasionally depart the room directly from combat, ignoring their engagement state. They can and will go directly from melee to another room without first having to retreat.

Area Information

Vykathi excavators and builders are responsible for the ever changing maze that is The Hive. When a vykathi excavator transistions between two rooms via a wall (direction with no exit) it creates a new tunnel between them, thereby creating new corresponding exits in both rooms.
Departure Example:

LOOK: Obvious exits: north, south.
A vykathi excavator tunnels a path east through the rock.
LOOK: Obvious exits: north, east, south.

Arrival Example:

LOOK: Obvious exits: north, south.
The rock wall west suddenly gives way and a vykathi excavator comes crawling through the new passage.
LOOK: Obvious exits: north, south, west.

When a vykathi excavator enters (A vykathi excavator lumbers into view) or exits (A vykathi excavator lumbers <direction>) via a prexisiting tunnel (exit) nothing changes.
The vykathi builder is the opposite. Instead of creating tunnels (room exits), it seals them upon arrival through them.

Skill Caps

  • Weapons do not move past dabbling at 170 (1/34). (10/19/2020)
  • Does not teach Tactics at 258 (0/34). (10/19/2020)


  • With Defenses around 225 the vykathi excavator is a relatively easy opponent. It would train quite badly.
  • With Weapons at 170 (300+ Mastery) the vykathi excavator is a creature completely beneath your notice. It would train quite badly.

Special Attacks


Special Defenses

  • Vykathi are immune to physical stuns.
  • APPRAISE CAREFUL info: The excavator appears immune to slicing.

Slice damage tends to do nothing more than scuff the vykathi's carapace.




Body Parts

  • ARRANGE INFO: The excavator cannot be skinned, so you can't arrange it either.


  • Spawn: A vykathi excavator lumbers into view.
  • Entrance1: A vykathi excavator lumbers into view.
  • Entrance2: The rock wall <direction> suddenly gives way and a vykathi excavator comes crawling through the new passage.
  • Exit1: A vykathi excavator lumbers <direction>.
  • Exit2: A vykathi excavator tunnels a path <direction> through the rock.
  • Death1: A vykathi excavator twitches helplessly on the ground for a few moments before it lies still.
  • Decay: A vykathi excavator decays away.

Recall Knowledge

You recall everything noteworthy about a vykathi excavator... which is apparently nothing.
They are not known to cast any recognized spells.
They are not known to carry loot in locked boxes.

See Also

Vykathi Builder
Vykathi Harvester
Vykathi Reaper
Vykathi Soldier