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Summary[edit | edit source]

Strategies[edit | edit source]

  • To kill Screechers, it is recommended to use a bow. Wait until it flies toward you with a boulder and shoot it. Make sure to shoot slightly ahead of it so you don't miss. Consider moving to a high spot so the Screecher will have to fly up to you, potentially making it easier to hit.
  • Screechers can also be killed with a spear when they land to pick up boulders. This method is not always viable because the Screecher tends to land far from the player, taking off before the player can reach it.

Avoiding Screecher attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Standing under any roof on your raft will shield you from the Screecher's rocks.
  • Hide in caves.
  • Keep moving; the Screecher will take longer to drop the rock, and when it does, it is likely to miss.
  • Wait for the Screecher to drop a boulder, and as it does, run out of the way.
  • The best attack method is to stand still and face the Screecher as it approaches. Aim about a foot in front of it's head and fire your arrow 1-2 seconds before the Screecher would drop it's rock (it should be fairly close to you). Immediately after firing, sprint forward in the direction the Screecher was coming from and it will always miss with it's rock.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Screecher's design is based on the bearded vulture, also known as the ossifrage or lammergeier.
  • The Screecher is also known as the Stonebird.
  • Screechers were originally going to be able to destroy parts of the raft when dropping boulders. It is unknown whether the removal of this feature was intentional.
  • In previous versions of Raft, the boulders that Screechers drop could still damage you through one floor of your raft, requiring two or more layers to stop them. However, in the current version, only one layer is needed.
  • The Screecher's method of attack was possibly derived from the death of Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright. According to legend, a bearded vulture mistook Aeschylus's head for a rock and dropped a tortoise onto his head, killing him. Bearded vultures drop tortoises onto rocks from great heights to crack their shells before feeding on them.