Bugblatter beast

The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal's picture in the Guide

The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a vicious wild animal from the planet of Traal, known for its never-ending hunger and its mind-boggling stupidity. The Guide calls the bugblatter the stupidest creature in the entire universe - so profoundly unintelligent that, if you can't see it, it assumes it can't see you. The Guide imparts further that, while Vogons 'wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal' ('without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters'), the best way to irritate a Vogon 'is to feed his grandmother' to one.

Some further facts about the beast: it can turn its eyes turn red, green, then a sort of mauvy pink;[1] it has a cranial spigot;[2] it asks its victims their names before killing them, and carves the names on a memorial outside its cave;[1] the Vogons keep a Bugblatter Beast inside a metal box in order to execute people convicted of crimes such as kidnapping the President. Trillian is almost fed to it.[3]

The Beast is described (by those who have seen it and lived) as having Lazero-Zap eyes, Swivel Shear teeth, several dozen tungsten-carbide Vast-Pain claws, skin like a motorway, and breath like a 747.

How To Deal with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of TraalEdit

The creature's aforementioned stupidity makes it relatively easy to deal with - if the Guide is to be believed. For, according to the Guide, draping a towel over your head will confuse the beast long enough for one to make a quick getaway. This is because (as mentioned above) the philosophy of The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast is that, if you can't see it, it can't see you.

>The survival strategy which is required to be followed in the original Hitchhiker computer game is this: Tell the Beast your name (which in this scenario is Arthur Dent), then go northwest to the outer lair and take a sharp stone. Cover your head with the towel to confuse the Beast into thinking it can't see you, them carve your name on the memorial. The Beast will see the name, think it's already eaten you, and fall asleep, leaving you free to get the Nutrimat/Computer Interface from the inner lair (once you've removed the towel from your head, of course)


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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to the radio scripts
  2. From chapter 3 of the book And Another Thing....
  3. From the 2005 film

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