White lion

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White lion
Monster ID 66
Locations Whitey's Grove
Hit Points 21
Attack 36
Defense 31
No-Hit 46
Initiative 60
Meat 24-36
Phylum beast
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts head, leg, tail, torso
Drops
catgut, lion oil
Manuel Entry
refreshedit data
white lion You're fighting a white lion

This is a fierce white lion. It makes the children cry.

Hit Message(s):

He roars a mighty "Wim-Oh-Weh!" and pounces on you, sinking his fangs into your <throat>. Ooh! Ooh!

He assaults you with a thinly-veiled allegory for religious instruction. You feel a sharp pain in your <knee>. Oof! Eek!

He tries to muster up the nerve to attack you. Turns out that's pretty easy for him to do. Ow! Oof!

He roars a tortured roar, which to your ears sounds like "Ingonyama nengw' enamabaal," and chomps you in the <ear>. Ow! Oof!

Critical Hit Message:

He roars from the top of a nearby rock. Thunderclouds gather and form the shape of a giant lion head in the sky. Lightning streaks down from the clouds and fries you from head to toe. You fall over, your pride thoroughly rocked. Eek! Ugh!

Miss Message(s):

He roars a mighty "Wim-Oh-Weh!" and pounces, but goes to sleep before he can attack.

He tries to give you religious instruction disguised as fiction, but you're too smart for him.

He roars, "Ingonyama nengw' enamabaal" and pounces, but you step away and into the sun, blinking.

He starts to claw you, but worries about breaking a nail. Looks like he's just a dandy lion (without the vim and verve).

Fumble Message:

He roars like the king of the jungle. At that moment, though, a brown lion appears (with better distribution and merchandising deals), and soundly trounces the white lion. (FUMBLE!)


After Combat


Meat.gifYou gain 24-36 Meat (average: 30, stdev: 2.83)*
Batgut.gifYou acquire an item: catgut (15.0% chance)*
Vial.gifYou acquire an item: lion oil (25% chance)*
You gain 9 <substat>.

Occurs at Whitey's Grove.

Notes

  • Wearing the safarrri hat or equipping the Cat-Herding Prod will give you +10 damage against this creature and this creature alone.
  • According to Jick on one of the radio shows, lion oil will only drop if you've already gotten the bird rib from the whitesnake. Jick felt that it was likely new players would adventure here looking for the lion oil anyway, but not know where to go for the bird rib. By making the rib fall first, it ensures new players would find both in the course of finding the lion oil.
  • February 18th, 2008 trivial update: "The conditional that prevents the lion oil from dropping before the bird rib has been altered such that it now only applies during your very first run through the game."
  • August 12th, 2008 trivial update: "Lion oil, bird ribs, and wet stew are no longer quest items. Their drop rates have also been tweaked a little bit."
  • Prior to the June 9, 2014 revamp, the lion oil was a 35% drop rate after talking to Mr. Alarm, but before giving him the wet stunt nut stew. Otherwise, it was a 20% drop.

References

  • The description refers to the band White Lion and one of their more popular songs, "When the children Cry".
  • The attack and miss messages regarding religious allegory or instruction both refer to the lion Aslan from C. S. Lewis's series of children's fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, which are, of course, Christian allegory.
  • The "Wim-oh-Weh!" attack is a reference to the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", in which the repeated chorus of "uyimbube"—which means "he is a lion" in Zulu—is frequently misheard (and mis-sung) as "a Wim-o-Weh."
  • The "Ingonyama nengw' enamabaal" attack is a quotation from the song "Circle of Life" in The Lion King, which also includes the words "From the day we arrive on the planet / And blinking, step into the sun". The critical hit message contains further references to The Lion King, including the protagonist seeing the image of his father in a stormcloud, and the setting of Pride Rock.
  • The miss message about being a "dandy lion (without the vim and verve)" is from The Wizard Of Oz. Two verses in the Cowardly Lion's song "If I Only Had The Nerve" are "You can't believe in me, see / when you're born to be a sissy / without the vim and verve" and "I'm afraid there's no denyin' / I'm just a dandy lion / a fate I don't deserve".
  • The fumble message refers to the controversy surrounding similarities to the classic anime Jungle Emperor Leo (AKA Kimba the White Lion) and The Lion King.