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African Buffalo
African Buffalo.png
Latin name: Syncerus caffer
Temperament: Irascible Threat
Habitat(s): Woodland, Savanna
 • SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat
 • SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone

The African Buffalo is a wildlife item and an irascible threat animal.


The Enemy Buffalo.png African Buffalo can be found in the Region Woodland Icon.png Woodland and Region Savanna Icon.png Savanna biomes.


The African Buffalo is a large animal that appears to be sedately grazing, sometimes alone but more often than not in a small group of buffalos. Don't let this fool you! Care should be taken if you decide to engage in combat with one of these animals. The Buffalo uses their size to cause blunt force trauma and can inflict Injury minor ico.png Injury major ico.png Injury. Being a large animal, it isn't as easy to Intimidate ico 128.png intimidate as other smaller animals but it is possible holding weapons or with a group of hominids.

If you do decide to attack, use the best weapons you can acquire. It is recommended to use SenseIcon SharpStick.pngSharpened Sticks first, MindIcon Stick.pngSticks next, and as a last resort rocks or hard tools. The more damage you can do from a distance, the better. It will take multiple strikes to take down this large animal.


The Enemy Buffalo carcass.png African Buffalo Carcass provides SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat and SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone when it is Butcher ico 128.pngbutchered. The carcass can be butchered three times. To butcher a carcass more than once, all the items dropped from the previous butchering must be picked up.

Interactions With Other Animals[]

When different animals get in close proximity to each other, they can attack and kill each other. Animals can fight each other on their own or you can cause them to move nearer to each other to initiate combat. Some of these methods are intimidation to scare them towards another animal, have them chase you and you run past another animal, or perform a dodge and the animal runs towards another animal.

When animals fight each other, a cut-scene will play showing one animal attacking and killing the other. There are a large number of Evolution Feats that deal specifically with trying to cause animals to fight and kill each other.

The African Buffalo is a formidable albeit sedate foe. The buffalo doesn't seek out combat but due to its size, it can hold its own against most animals it interacts with.

Can Kill[]

The African Buffalo doesn't go after other animals. It may fend off an attack from another animal and kill that animal but doesn't seek out combat.

Can Be Killed By[]

The African Buffalo can be killed by a number of animals.


  • The African Buffalo seems to be patterned after the Cape Buffalo rather than than the Water Buffalo which is similar but less aggressive.
  • In real life, a cape buffalo would not run away from a threat unless it was injured or intimidated. It would continue to charge until it or the threat was killed.
  • The African buffalo has a broad chest, large limbs and a large head. The adult buffalo's horns are its characteristic feature; they have fused bases, forming a continuous bone shield referred to as a "boss". The sparse covering of hair over the body typically ranges from brownish to black in color. Average lifespan of the African buffalo is about 20 years in the wild.
  • African buffalo may be active throughout the day and night. They are social and live in herds which consist of related females, and their offspring, in an almost linear dominance hierarchy. The basic herds are surrounded by subherds of subordinate males, high-ranking males and females, and old or invalid animals. The young males keep their distance from the dominant bull, which is recognizable by the thickness of his horns. During the dry season, males leave the herd and form, bachelor groups. Two types of bachelor herds occur: ones made of males aged 4 to 7 years and those of males 12 years or older.