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The Pengwing is a small predatory fauna species and the adult form of the Pengling.


The Pengwing has a furry body, white on the chest, and light blue on the back with a yellow bands dividing them. Like many creatures on 4546B, it has two pairs of eyes, yellow in color with black pupils. Though unlike other creatures the eyes face different directions; the smaller pair is front-mounted, offering binocular vision and depth perception, whilst the larger pair is side-mounted, offering a much wider and rotational field of view.

About one third of the creature's height is made up by the huge beak atop its head. This beak opens horizontally rather than vertically, and rows of long black dental spines lie within. The beak is mostly black with a band of green and blue around halfway up. At the base of the beak on either side is a small, respiratory orifice.

There are two long flippers on either side of the body and two rectangular pads with leathery soles for their feet. Two serrated claws are seen on the foot pads, allowing the pengwing to grip the ice. The body ends with a thin black tail with a white band near the tip. The tail retracts when not swimming.


Pengwings spend about half their time above water and the other half underwater. When above water, they stay on ice floats or other land areas with a large group of other Penglings and Pengwings and waddle around, occasionally stopping to stretch their wings and back. Pengwings can be seen diving headfirst into the water, at which point they will swim around hunting for food. Pengwings can be observed attacking and killing smaller fish while swimming.

Pengwings are defensive and will only attack the player if they see them pick up or attack a Pengling, or attack another Pengwing.

The weather can affect the behavior of Pengwings. During Blizzards, Pengwings and Penglings will huddle together for warmth, with the Pengwings making a ring around the Penglings. During a Electrical Storm, Pengwings and Penglings will jump into the water. They will actively avoid the surface until it ends.

If Pengwings are hit by Snowballs, they will shake their bodies.

Pengwings will eat fish in the player's hand.

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Bird-like creature, hunts small fish below the water, huddles in packs on the ice above.

- Consumes small prey fish and regurgitates them for its young
- Retractable tail and claws allow for fast evasion of predators underwater, and maximum grip on the ice
- Sharp teeth concealed inside the beak can tear chunks out of aggressors and prey alike
- Huddles in packs on the surface for protection against the cold

Assessment: Less cuddly than they look

Source: Scan Pengwings


The Pengwing is inspired by real life penguins. It most closely resembles a King penguin but with more blue.


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Barrel roll
Catch fish
Land death
Water death
Dive deep 1
Dive deep 2
Dive deep 3
Dive shallow 1
Dive shallow 2
Dive shallow 3
Dive up to land
Short dive up to land
Blink 1
Blink 2
Blink 3
Land flinch 1
Land flinch 2
Land flinch 3
Water flinch 1
Water flinch 2
Water flinch 3
Walk on ice 1
Walk on ice 2
Walk on ice 3
Walk on ice 4
Walk on ice 5
Walk on ice 6
Walk on ice 7
Walk on ice 8
Slow walk 1
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Slow walk 3
Slow walk 4
Slow walk 5
Slow walk 6
Slow walk 7
Slow walk 8
Walk on snow 1
Walk on snow 2
Walk on snow 3
Walk on snow 4
Walk on snow 5
Walk on snow 6
Walk on snow 7
Walk on snow 8
Walk on snow 9
Walk on snow 10
Land hop 1
Land hop 2
Land hop 3
Land hop 4
Land hop 5
Land hop 6
Land hop 7
Land hop 8
Land hop 9
Land hop 10
Hop voice 1
Hop voice 2
Hop voice 3
Hop voice 4
Hop voice 5
Hop voice 6
Hop voice 7
Hop wing flap
Water idle 1A
Water idle 2A
Water idle 3A
Water idle 4A
Water idle 5A
Water idle 1B
Water idle 2B
Water idle 3B
Get up on land
Turn left on land
Turn right on land
Squeak 1
Squeak 2
Squeak 3
Squeak 4
Squeak 5
Squeak 6
Squeak 7
Squeak 8
Squeak 9
Squeak 10
Squeak 11
Squeak 12
Squeak 13
Squeak 14
Swim 1
Swim 2
Swim 3
Swim 4
Swim 5
Swim 6
Swim 7
Fast swim 1
Fast swim 2
Fast swim 3
Fast swim 4
Fast swim 5
Fast swim 6
Fast swim 7
Fast swim 8
Glide swim 1
Glide swim 2
Glide swim 3
Waddle voice 1
Waddle voice 2
Waddle voice 3
Waddle voice 4
Waddle voice 5
Waddle voice 6
Waddle voice 7



  • The name "Pengwing" comes from the actor Benedict Cumberbatch's mispronunciation of the word "Penguin."