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What is candy in Dwarf Fortress?

What is candy in Dwarf Fortress?

Dwarf Fortress is a long-running game, being able to captivate its audience for 20 years. The game has cultural significance in the industry as it is the inspiration behind many games, one of which is Minecraft. Owing to its history, fans of the game have created their own set of jargon and slang. One of the words that players keep bringing up is Candy. So what exactly is Candy in Dwarf Fortress?

Candy is the other name given to Adamantine in Dwarf Fortress. It is one of the strongest and most valuable materials in the game. It has amazing properties and every fortress owner strives to get their hands on this marvelous metal.

Candy aka Adamantine


Before we go into the details of Adamantine, let us go over some of the basic properties and uses for this material:

  • Ore
    • Raw adamantine
  • Properties
    • Material value 300
    • Fire-safe
    • Magma-safe
    • Melting point 25000 °U
    • Boiling point 50000 °U
    • Ignition point none
    • Solid density 200
    • Liquid density 2600
    • Specific heat 7500
  • Uses
    • Melee Weapons
    • Crossbows
    • Bolts
    • Picks
    • Armor
    • Anvils
    • Metal crafting
    • Clothing
    • Construction

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Mining and Processing Adamantine

Mining Candy in Dwarf Fortress

As opposed to other minable materials in the game, Admanatine is not refined into usable wafers or cloth just by mining Raw Adamantine. Strands of Adamantine are extracted first which can then be processed into wafers and/or cloth.

A Craftdwarf’s Workshop is required to extract Adamantine Strands from the Raw Adamantine you have mined. A designated Strand Extractor Dwarf is crucial to this process otherwise a normal laborer will take a lot of time to process. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that you invest Extraction Experience on just a few (one or two) dwarves so that their skill level is up to the task at hand.

Adamantine Strands

From the extraction, you will be presented with a special metallic form of thread called the Adamantine Strands. This thread can then be processed into:

  • Woven into Admantine Cloth at a Loom.
  • Smelted into Admantine Wafers at a Smelter.

For the many steps that go into extracting Adamantine, it would be wise for you to have multiple Craftsdwarves’ Workshops and stockpiles near the smelters and forges to process the material and store it.

Adamantine Strands are stored in cloth/thread stockpiles. As a result, this material can be utilized by medical dwarves to tend to the wounds of injured citizens. So, it is best advised that you process Strands as quickly as they come/get stored otherwise you’ll end up losing valuable material.

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Cloth and Wafers

Adamantine Cloth is used to make ultra-high-value clothing. Adamantine Wafers essentially work like any other metal bar in the game, which can be used to produce all manner of metal goods.

Below are some of the goods you can make from Admantine Wafers and the amount of material required by each:

  • Weapons, armor/clothing, and trap components require the item’s MATERIAL_SIZE in wafers/units of cloth
  • Most types of furniture (door, floodgate, throne, coffin, table, chest, bin, armor stand, weapon rack, cabinet, statue, anvil, barrel, pipe section, hatch cover, grate, quern, millstone, and slab) require 9 wafers.
  • Cages, minecarts, and wheelbarrows require 6 wafers.
  • Blocks, chains, and ballista arrowheads require 4 wafers.
  • Animal traps, buckets, mechanisms, and crutches require 3 wafers.
  • Backpacks and quivers require 2 units of cloth, and splints require 2 wafers.
  • All other items require 1 wafer.
  • Strange moods require 1 wafer, regardless of the end product.

Other Adamantine Properties

  • Adamantine has the lowest weight out of all the metals in the game, weighing as much as a Cork.
  • The material is perfect for edged weapons and should be avoided for crafting blunt weapons.
  • Armor made from Adamantine has amazing protection against slashing and piercing attacks. However, blunt and ranged weapons are its weakness due to their armor penetration.
  • Adamantine Statues are ten times more valuable than gold ones, but get ready to waste away 9 Wafers on this extravagance.
  • Adding Adamantine to Artifacts will boost their value considerably.
  • You can even utilize the Metal Duplication exploit to get your hands on more of this material. Although, this is considered cheating and some might not like this approach.

Adamantine or Candy is the object of desire for any Dwarf Fortress player. Not only do its material properties produce some of the most exquisite or valuable items but the weapons and armor made from it have the best combat prowess. Any Dwarf Fortress fan would wait in a long line to get a piece of this Candy.