The Clockwork Monsters are a group of enemies that resemble chess pieces, whose purpose is to guard the Wooden Thing. Normal Clockworks drop Gears when killed, while the damaged ones in the Ruins have a chance to drop Nightmare Fuel and Thulecite Fragments in addition to gears. Gears can also be used on Broken Clockworks to gain mechanic allies.
Main article: Clockwork Knight
The Knight was the first chess piece added to the game, added in the update A Little Rain Must Fall. They were "strategically placed for maximum pain" around the Things, their purpose to guard the things and stop the player. In the newer versions though they only spawn around the Wooden Thing. Their sounds are made by a bagpipe.
Main article: Clockwork Bishop
The Bishop was the second chess piece to be added, first appearing in the Doorway to Adventure update. They can shoot lightning bolts from a distance that are fairly hard to dodge. They drop a Purple Gem when killed, unlike the other chess monsters who only drop Gears.
Main article: Clockwork Rook
The Rook was the next chess piece to be added. Rooks take the appearance of a rhino with a snout that looks like a Rook from chess. They charge at the player at an alarming speed and ram them. Their attacks can also deal damage to other creatures and Naturally Occurring Objects. They are able to attack at a close range.
Main article: Clockwork Knight#Damaged Knight
A Damaged Knight is a pale, battered knight covered in Nightmare Fuel. It has same base stats as Clockwork Knight and drops 1 Gear, plus a chance to also drop Nightmare Fuel and/or Thulecite Fragments. It occurs naturally in the Ruins, but also has a chance to spawn from Broken Clockworks when they are destroyed.
The player can spawn an allied Damaged Knight (or any other damaged chess piece) by using 3 Gears to repair a pile of Broken Clockworks.
Main article: Clockwork Bishop#Damaged Bishop
A Damaged Bishop was added in the "The Stuff Of Nightmares" Update. It is a battered version of the regular Bishop which occurs naturally in the Ruins, but also has a chance to spawn from Broken Clockworks when they are destroyed. They can also spawn allied if the player repair Broken Clockworks by using 3 Gears. It has same base stats as the standard bishop and drops 1 Purple Gem, with a chance of also dropping Nightmare Fuel and/or Thulecite Fragments.
Main article: Clockwork Rook#Damaged Rook
Damaged Rook is a pale, battered rook covered in Nightmare Fuel. It has same base stats as Clockwork Rook and drops 1 Gear, 60% to drop Nightmare Fuel and 50% to drop Thulecite Fragments. It occurs naturally in the Ruins, but also has a chance to spawn from Broken Clockworks when they are destroyed.
The player can spawn an allied Damaged Rook (or any other damaged chesspiece) by using 3 gears to repair a pile of Broken Clockworks. Even as allies, Damaged Rooks are very destructive and caution should be exercised when fighting enemies.
- Concept art reveals the existence of a fourth Pawn piece, which was never implemented.
- It is entirely possible Maxwell repaired the robots from the ruins and brought them to the surface. This may mean that all clockwork machines are made by the Ancient Civilization, and not Maxwell. Further proof to this is that the Clockwork Robots seem to instinctively obey whatever repairs/makes them, thus explaining why the machines are loyal to Maxwell.
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