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Some further facts about the beast: it can turn its eyes turn red, green, then a sort of mauvy pink; it has a cranial spigot; it asks its victims their names before killing them, and carves the names on a memorial outside its cave; 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.
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)
The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal appears in:
- The book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Fit the First of the radio series (mentioned only)
- Fit the Sixth of the radio series
- Episode 1 of the television series
- The 2005 film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The computer game The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- The book And Another Thing....