Walking Mushrooms are a type of monster in the manga Delicious in Dungeon. They are some of the weakest monsters in the dungeon and prefer the higher floors.[1]

Anatomy and Appearance[edit | edit source]

They have the appearance of very large mushrooms, with two feet that resemble upside-down mushrooms.[1] The ones encountered most often are approximately a quarter of the height of a tall-man.[2][3] However, at a certain point in dungeon growth,[4] they can become markedly huge, able to reach from floor to ceiling of a dungeon level. They are then able to extend filaments from their feet to anchor themselves to the dungeon[5] and release spores that on inhalation can incapacitate adventurers, putting them in a zombie-like state.[6] Another variant appears to be much larger versions of Changelings.[7]

Multiple species are classed under the name Walking Mushrooms, which vary significantly in size, shape, ability and flavor.[8] As they are easily affected by their environment, their general appearance is a good indicator of what the dungeon they are in is like.[4]

They have no visible sensory organ, so it is unknown how they are able to detect other organisms.

Behavior and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Walking Mushrooms can be seen chasing extremely weak adventurers on the highest floors[1], although it is unknown if they do so in hopes of eating inexperienced adventurers or for simply territorial reasons.

They can be easily done in by a bash to the head by a experienced adventurer.[1][3] Vertical cuts, rather than diagonal or horizontal slashes, are more efficient at dispatching them.[9]

Culinary Usage[edit | edit source]

Walking Mushrooms can be edible, but it can be difficult to differentiate between those species that are and those that are not, even for veteran cooks.[10] When preparing Walking Mushrooms, the outer three inches of the body and the rear should be thrown away. The feet are good to eat, though, and should be kept.[11]

Walking Mushrooms have been used in the following dishes:

Other[edit | edit source]

As a general rule, every dungeon contains Walking Mushrooms and Slimes.[4]

They are extremely popular among monster enthusiasts, with a field of study dedicated to examining their varied traits[8] and various associations that go to look for them.[4] One man even wrote a travelogue on his daily experiences of eating Walking Mushrooms, although the final entry indicated he met his demise in the process, turning into a fungus himself.[8] The amount of information known about Walking Mushrooms is surprisingly large, comparable to knowledge of dragons.[15]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The final entry of the travelogue that implies the man turned into a fungus himself is titled Matango.[8] This is likely a reference to the Japanese horror film Matango, in which people are unwittingly altered by mutagenic mushrooms.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 1, p. 15
  2. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 1, p. 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 54, p. 4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Miscellaneous Monster Tales -8-
  5. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 54, p. 6
  6. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 54, p. 7
  7. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 55, p. 25
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Miscellaneous Monster Tales -1-
  9. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 1, p. 20
  10. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 61, p. 19
  11. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 1, p. 23
  12. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 1, p. 29
  13. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 60, p. 29
  14. Delicious in Dungeon Manga: Chapter 63, p. 27
  15. Miscellaneous Monster Tales -4-

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