Dwarf Fortress defenses: How to build a drawbridge, arm your dwarves and fight off attacks

So, you’ve mastered the basics in our Dwarf Fortress beginner’s guide (opens in new tab). You’ve gotten your dwarf fortress off the ground, a somewhat functional outpost among the wilds ready to make a go of it.

But there are dangers out there. Animals, thieves, and warlike enemies just waiting to take all you’ve earned. You’ll have to be ready to fight back—whether that’s by clever defense, stout walls, or a band of highly trained soldiers, you’ll need a good way to either take down or avoid your enemies.

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