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Wilson Portrait
Storm the castle!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
It's a castle!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
This one jumps the queen!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
A Rook? Or is it a Castle?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
ROOK AUTOMATON

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
A clockwork castle.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Hmm... does the rook move in a straight line? I forget.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
A castle for my home.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Chaaaarge!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Who made these things!?

Webber

Walani Portrait
Check, mate!

Walani

Warly Portrait
What a rude contraption.

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
She's full steam ahead!

Woodlegs

The Clockwork Rook is the third monster in the Chess Monster collection. Like the Clockwork Knight and Bishop, the Rook is a mechanical creature generally found around Maxwell's parts of the world (Chess terrain and the Wooden Thing). The Clockwork Rook is the combination of a rhino and a rook chess piece.

Brain Behavior Edit

The Rook will raise its front leg and slam on the ground several times before charging at and ramming the player. It will also destroy anything that stands in between it and the player, including other clockwork pieces. This is useful, as Clockwork Rooks will often kill other chess pieces in a couple of hits. Their attacks can be used to destroy structures as well, similar to Deerclops and Krampus. When the Rook hits a Tree, Boulder or Beehive, for example, it will quickly demolish it and leave the resources behind. This can be useful for helping to get Marble from Marble Trees without a Pickaxe.

It is advisable to kill all Damaged Rooks in the vicinity of an Ancient Pseudoscience Station. The rooks can destroy even a perfect-condition Station in a single charge, resulting in the loss of a very rare resource. This will also summon the lightning strikes from the Station's destruction.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Clockwork Rooks when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork

Hammer Torch Umbrella

Walking Cane Willow&#039;s Lighter

Axe Pickaxe

Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe

Boomerang

PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Tentacle Spike Battle Spear

Thulecite Club

Slurtle Slime

Tooth TrapDark Sword Fire StaffFire DartBlow Dart Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
Clockwork Rook Damaged Clockwork
71 23 18 12 10 9 8 6-11 5 or 7 6 5 3 2 1

Prototype TipsEdit

  • A simple way to deal with Clockwork Rooks without taking damage is to let one chase the character into a nearby forest and let it destroy some Trees. This will eventually spawn a Treeguard, who will attack the Rook and usually kill it due to its superior health and damage output. This method is also useful for chopping down large amounts of trees and farming Logs.

Placeholder Trivia Edit

  • The Clockwork Rook was implemented in the "Hungry For Your Hunger" update.
  • The mob's design draws inspiration from the castle (or rook) in chess, which also can only charge ahead in straight lines.
  • The Clockwork Rook was originally called Clockwork Castle.
  • The Clockwork Rook looks very similar to the Ancient Guardian, even possessing identical feet, possibly implying that it was made to imitate the guardian.
  • It is best to have a rook destroy all nearby monsters and marble trees before killing it.
  • If the player dies and respawns, any items on the ground from death can be destroyed by the Clockwork Rook's charge.
  • It is entirely possible Maxwell repaired the robots from the ruins and brought them to the surface. This may mean that all clockwork machines are made by the Ancient Civilization, and not Maxwell. Further proof to this is that the Clockwork Robots seem to instinctively obey whatever repairs/makes them, thus explaining why the machines are loyal to Maxwell.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged Bishop) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged Rook) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged Knight) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (EwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSpider Warrior (Venomous)Sea HoundStink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenKlausReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed DeerWoven Shadow Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (CrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(AntlionBernie Don&#039;t Starve Together icon) (Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)