How To Use Floodgates in Dwarf Fortress

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Dwarf Fortress is an indie game where you use dwarves to construct large fortresses in a unique world with beautiful islands, oceans, rivers, and forests. The game allows you to create your colony and build a fortress to defend yourself from goblins, monsters, and undead hordes. Build farms and grow different crops to make the life of your dwarves better. And today, we want to talk about how to use floodgates in Dwarf Fortress.

Floodgates in Dwarf Fortress

To control water and magma you need a floodgate. You can build a floodgate using stone, wood, metal, or glass. To open and close a gate you need to use some mechanisms, such as levers or pressure plates. And to activate the floodgate just push the lever and the floodgate will open and destroy every liquid in the same tile. 

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The floodgate will still be closed when you initially install the lever. Send a dwarf to pull the lever once the blue pending notification has disappeared. After he pulls it, the floodgate symbol should fade after around 15 seconds. Also, you can use a door or raising bridge instead of a floodgate.

How To Use Floodgates in Dwarf Fortress

Floodgates are a very important thing for your colony. You can use it to do the following:

  • Control water and other liquids.
  • Watering your crops.
  • Flooding monsters, goblins, and undead.

All of these functions can help you to secure your fortress and give your colony food. 

A pressure plate or the lever that helps to disrupt flooding of your fort must be placed to employ floodgates. Create two pathways to every Floodgate as well. For the installation step, construct tunnels with doors in your water system. Close the doors later and never use those tunnels again.

That’s all you need to know about how to use floodgates in Dwarf Fortress. Thank you for reading the guide! Good luck! And while you are here, make sure to read our guide on how to remove walls and floors in Dwarf Fortress.

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