Beast Master

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Beast Master is one of the 23 available perks that currently exist in Deep Rock Galactic. It can be unlocked on the sixth row of perks and there are 4 tiers; each tier requiring 3 / 5 / 7 / 9 perk points respectively for a total of 24.

Perk Table

Icon Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Description
Beast master Tamed Grunts deal 0 % more damage Tamed Grunts deal 100 % more damage Tamed Grunts deal 200 % more damage Tamed Grunts deal 300 % more damage Active: Charm a Glyphid Grunt to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Grunt at a time.

(5 minute cooldown)
Tamed Grunts deal 100 / 200 / 300 % more damage to their targets!
Hold [USE] while looking at a Glyphid Grunt that is within 2 m.

Perk Breakdown

  • It takes 0.75s to tame a Grunt.
  • Taming a Grunt fully heals them. However, it does not restore any broken armor.
  • It's possible to tame a Glyphid Grunt, Glyphid Grunt Slasher, or Glyphid Grunt Guard (but not their Ebonite, Elite, or Rockpox-Infested variants).
  • The tamed Grunt will always have the suffix (Steeve) [sic]. It will also be surrounded with a neon blue glow to help identify Steeve in the darkness and distinguish him from untamed Grunts.
  • Steeve takes 2% friendly fire damage and isn’t affected by Sticky Flames from the Driller's CRSPR Flamethrower. He is still vulnerable to weakspot damage bonuses and armor breaking from the Dwarves.
  • Steeve is affected by Mission Mutators, notably regenerating health with Regenerative Bugs, spawning a Parasite upon death with Parasites, and gaining bonus damage with Lethal Enemies.
  • Tamed Glyphids freeze half as fast and unfreeze twice as fast as untamed Glyphids.
  • There is no way to control the Grunt beyond the initial taming.
  • Steeve has no target prioritization capability, nor survival instincts, being ignorant to any potential danger.
  • In addition to the 5 minute cooldown applied when you tame a glyphid, there is an unmentioned 20 second cooldown when your current Tamed Glyphid dies before you can tame another one (even though the perk's cooldown icon does not indicate it).


  • Players can pet Steeve by using the [USE] ("E" by default) key.
  • Despite being friendly, using the Laser Pointer on Steeve will still prompt your dwarf to call for violence towards them