Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Wiki
Latin name: Adcrocuta
Temperament: Predator
Habitat(s): Savanna
 • SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat
 • SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone

The Hyena is a wildlife item and a predator animal.


The Enemy Hyena.png Hyena is a dangerous predator that hunts in groups. They are first encountered in Region Woodland Icon.png Woodland biome and they extensively roam the Region Savanna Icon.png Savanna biome.


The Hyena is a medium small animal that can appear alone but more often than not in a pack. Don't let their size fool you! Care should be taken if you decide to engage in combat with one of these animals as you may be swarmed by a pack of them from all sides. The Hyena uses their quick speed and sharp teeth to quickly cause damage and can inflict Bleed minor ico.png Bleed major ico.png Bleeding. Being a medium small animal, it easier to Intimidate ico 128.png intimidate a single animal but a pack is harder. It is recommended to do so 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. Being a medium small animal, it takes less strikes to kill this animal.


The Enemy Hyena carcass.png Hyena Carcass provides SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat and SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone when it is Butcher ico 128.pngbutchered. The carcass can be butchered two 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 Hyena is relatively weaker alone but in packs it can be an overwhelming foe against the many animals it interacts with.

Can Kill[]

The Hyena can kill a number of animals. The Astute Dominator of the Hyena is the evolution feat that deals with the kills the hyena can perform.

Can Be Killed By[]

The Hyena can be killed by a number of animals.


  • Hyenas are known to make a very humanlike chuckling noise when attacking prey or when nervous. It is somewhat impossible to distinguish a hyena chuckle from a humans chuckle.
  • Hyenas actually would not likely be hunted by a machairodus at all because it's meat is not nutrient dense like herbivorous animals.
  • Though Hyenas are expert hunters, they are also scavengers. One reason why hyenas are so vital to their savanna habitat is their special way to get nutrients. Hyenas often crush the bones, hooves, horns and even teeth of their prey to get at bone marrow.
  • Though resembling dogs, hyenas not members of the dog family, nor are they cats. They are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae.
  • In the prehistoric times, striped and spotted hyenas used to attack and predate on early humans such as Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, and Homo Ergaster. Hyenas feed on primates, zebras, bovids, various antelopes, young hippos, lagomorphs, rhino/elephant calves, mongoose, fish, snakes, dead birds, just about any small to large animal that occurs in their habitat.
  • In the game, spotted hyenas have appeared in the Miocene, but spotted hyenas actually evolved in the Pliocene