Hawkster will attack enemies by pecking them as soon as they're knocked down. The attack does 1-damage each time, and he'll peck 1-4 times before the enemy stands up again.
Hawkster and Rammy work well together because of this.
This effect, while it's not the main ability, is the main reason why Hawkster is considered superior to all other pets in the game. Hawkster will float over to a dead enemy, and proceed to magically produce a piece of fruit out of nowhere (or maybe the enemies were too busy quaffing and it's just the fruit that hasn't made it to their stomach yet since the plumbing's backed up). Hawkster doesn't pick up turkey legs or hamburgers, but regardless of that he still will save you 50% of all your potion purchases if not more. In fact with hawkster, screw potions; normal mode and insane mode! You don't even need them anymore!
Note that Hawkster is glitchy with Imps because they're considered to be always lying on the ground, running or not, so he'll just follow it for eternity after you knock it down for the first time until it walks off-screen. Technically since this improves your chances of killing an Imp that ran away with your money bag, that means that Hawkster could potentially serve as a gold-supplement pet. (He's just crawling with overpoweredness. It's almost not even funny yet it is.) The best part of this is that Hawkster doesn't affect enemies' chances to drop food when they die, so getting two pieces of fruit from one enemy is common. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can get a piece of chicken and a piece of fruit.</p>
Note that if the enemy dies from something that doesn't knock it over such as dying on contact from your sword or something similar then Hawkster won't grab food.
If the enemy dies in these ways, then Hawkster will collect food:
Losing all HP after being knocked into the air
Being dropped from a juggle
Dying from fall damage
Dying from a geyser in Lava World
Dying from any magic attack besides XXXY (XXXYY isn't considered the same as XXXY since the enemy is knocked over by it)
Dying after being thrown
If the enemy dies in these ways, then Hawkster won't collect food:
Overkill from an XXXY combo
Overkill from any melee attack that doesn't sever the head or knock the enemy in the air
It's possible -- but only in semi-rare cases -- for Hawkster to collect two pieces of fruit from an enemy. The most common time for this to happen is to have a Thief die in mid air, have Hawkster grab some fruit, and then if the Thief rolls away, he'll either drop dead or jump, shoot an arrow, and die, allowing Hawkster to pick up a third piece of fruit. By exploiting this you can essentially get three pieces of fruit from the same enemy, or if you're lucky, one turkey leg and two pieces of fruit (which would restore a whopping 70% of your HP!) This works just as well on Fire Demons as it does Thieves because both enemies are notorious for rolling and jumping around a lot (On a side note they could do without spamming arrows and fireballs so much). Snakeys, Barbarians, Bears, Coneheads, and Cultists are also easy to do this with, but not nearly so much as Thieves and Fire Demons.
Hawkster and Piggy work well together because of this.
"Elemental/Critical Strike Chance" and "Easy XP"Hawkster critical/elementally strikes enemies based on your current weapon's chance to do so. (you can exploit XP using the Ice Sword with Hawkster on Stovefaces... hint hint, *wink wink*.Hawkster also pecks enemies, which is a great source of XP. He will peck an enemy 1-4 times, giving 5 XP maximum (including the hit that knocked down the enemy). At max potential, Hawkster can earn 5 XP every single hit, assuming he gets 4 pecks every time. While other pets such as Giraffey are more reliable for XP than Hawkster, since Hawkster may not reach enemies in time, due to the fact that it takes more hits to kill an enemy with Hawkster's pecks alone, combined with Hawkster's other strengths, Hawkster could be considered among the best pets to use when going for XP.
Hawkster is considered to be a better alternative for farming for new players, as he can be obtained somewhat early in the game (assuming you have the Horn) and has the ability to deal only 1 point of damage repeatedly, which is the lowest amount of damage possible, which means more attacks per enemy and thus more XP.
Hawkster is generally considered to be one of the most useful animal orbs for Insane Mode.
Hawkster is an S Rank pet (S+).
Hawkster makes an amazing alternative for health potions if you don't have any.
Hawkster will not pick up fruit depending on how an enemy dies.
Other players and Thief can steal the fruit Hawkster retrieves.
Hawkster is one of the two pets obtained from blowing the horn, the other being BipolarBear.
The food that Hawkster carries will never expire, so it is recommended to save the food until you really need it.