Glyphid Bulk Detonator

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The current theory is that the Glyphid Detonator is what happens when an Exploder manages to somehow not explode during its volatile, and usually short, life. They grow to enormous size, their skin hardening to a thickly calloused crust capable of withstanding most standard calibers to an astonishing degree. A number of pulsing, tumorous growths will usually be found along their back, which works in our favor - focusing fire on these tumors results in tremendous trauma to the beasts. But even when served with such weak spots, they rank in the absolute top list of threats Hoxxes throws at our operation. Take them, quickly, and from a distance - get too close and they release devastating shockwaves of fire. And true to their name, managing to kill one will result in a blast ranging on the kiloton scale.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Glyphid Bulk Detonator is a hostile creature found on Hoxxes IV. It can be found in any region of the planet, though it is quite an uncommon sight to find one. It is implied through its design and its entry in the Miner's Manual that it is a Glyphid Exploder which has grown to a tremendous size, and its explosive abilities have improved to boot. Its entire body is gnarled into a lumpy mess and its mouth is deformed, with many fangs jutting out in random directions. It also has three distinct yellow tumors bulging out of its abdomen. It is one of, if not the biggest creature in the entire game, even dwarfing the likes of the Glyphid Dreadnought.

Combat

The Bulk Detonator possesses extremely high offensive and defensive capabilities. Wherever it moves, a perimeter of orange particles surround it to indicate the radius of its Hellfire attack - this move consists of the Bulk Detonator stomping the ground with its forelegs, creating a fiery explosion which can deal substantial damage to all creatures, dwarven or otherwise. On higher hazard levels, the attack can instantly kill a dwarf in one blow, and the area-of-effect means it can potentially down an entire team in one strike.

The Bulk Detonator's major Achilles' heel is its speed - it is extremely slow and can be outmaneuvered without sprinting. Though slow, it is immune to Stun and most sources of Fear, and will not be distracted by Pheromones or L.U.R.E.s. Its three tumors take 300% damage, though they will eventually break after having taken enough damage.

The Bulk Detonator has a tendency to chase one dwarf in particular. On Escort Duty missions, it will not focus on the Drilldozer. However, if a Bulk Detonator's Final Blow attack is triggered within the radius of the Drilldozer, the blast will instantly destroy one of its three segmented health modules. Therefore, if both the left and right health modules have previously been destroyed, a Final Blow attack is usually enough to finish off the Drilldozer, preemptively ending the mission.

Health and Armor

Effective

Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 1800 2600 3200 4000 4800 3200 3400 4400 4800 5200
Dwarfcount2.png 2200 3000 3600 4000 4800 3600 3800 4400 4800 5200
Dwarfcount3.png 2800 3600 4000 4800 5600 4000 4400 5200 5600 6000
Dwarfcount4.png 3400 4000 4400 5200 6000 4400 4800 5600 6000 6400

Breakable Weakpoints

The Glyphid Bulk Detonator possess 3 Bulbs, unlike regular weakpoints, they are breakable.
The Bulbs have a base health of 200 that scale with Hazard Level.

Effective

Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png to Dwarfcount4.png 140 200 220 240 240 220 220 240 240 240

When it comes to dealing damage to break the weakpoints weakpoint damage don’t apply.
Any Area Damage can damage and potentially break them, which can be detrimental since they don’t benefit from weakpoint damage.
The CRSPR Flamethrower and the Cryo Cannon can’t damage breakable weakpoints.


Attacks

  • Hellfire: The Bulk Detonator pounds the ground with its forelimbs, creating a massive shockwave that knocks back any nearby dwarves while also inflicting humongous damage and setting them on fire.
  • Dig: The Bulk Detonator can dig through walls and terrain like the Glyphid Dreadnought, Glyphid Oppressor, and Nemesis, if it does not have a clear line of sight to any dwarf or it cannot fit through a tight enough chokepoint. Its dig attack has a much shorter windup than its Hellfire attack but also deals substantially less damage and will not ignite dwarves.
  • Final Blow: When a Bulk Detonator's HP is fully drained, it will freeze in place for a moment before causing a gigantic explosion. The crater spans over 10m in diameter, and anything caught in the blast will be instantly killed. Furthermore, the Bulk Detonator launches several explosive orange globs when it dies which fly outwards and can injure or even kill whatever they land on, especially if it is a direct hit. If it dies while frozen, it will produce an explosion that deals no damage, doesn't fire orange globs and doesn't leave a crater but inflicts massive knockback. This also occurs if the Volatile Guts Mutator is active, although it will still have the explosion that normally occurs from said mutator.


Hellfire
AoE Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 40 56 96 160 224 96 120 184 224 240
Dwarfcount2.png 40 64 104 172 240 104 128 196 240 256
Dwarfcount3.png 40 72 112 184 256 112 136 208 256 272
Dwarfcount4.png 40 80 120 200 272 120 144 224 272 288
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 8 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 2.5 m
Minimum Area Damage: 10 %

Status Effect Set the dwarves on Fire unless they are frozen solid.
Final Blow
AoE Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 10000 14000 24000 40000 56000 24000 30000 46000 56000 60000
Dwarfcount2.png 10000 16000 26000 43000 60000 26000 32000 49000 60000 64000
Dwarfcount3.png 10000 18000 28000 46000 64000 28000 34000 52000 64000 68000
Dwarfcount4.png 10000 20000 30000 50000 68000 30000 36000 56000 68000 72000
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 8 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 4 m
Minimum Area Damage: 0.1 %

Carve Radius 8 m
Cluster Bombs
Projectile
Damage Amount Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 2.5 3.5 6 10 14 6 7.5 11.5 14 15
Dwarfcount2.png 2.5 4 6.5 10.75 15 6.5 8 12.25 15 16
Dwarfcount3.png 2.5 4.5 7 11.5 16 7 8.5 13 16 17
Dwarfcount4.png 2.5 5 7.5 12.5 17 7.5 9 14 17 18
Details
Damage Type
 
AoE Projectile
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 50 70 120 200 280 120 150 230 280 300
Dwarfcount2.png 50 80 130 215 300 130 160 245 300 320
Dwarfcount3.png 50 90 140 230 320 140 170 260 320 340
Dwarfcount4.png 50 100 150 250 340 150 180 280 340 360
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 5 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 3 m
Minimum Area Damage: 20 %

Dig
Carving Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 12.5 17.5 30 50 70 30 37.5 57.5 70 75
Dwarfcount2.png 12.5 20 32.5 53.75 75 32.5 40 61.25 75 80
Dwarfcount3.png 12.5 22.5 35 57.5 80 35 42.5 65 80 85
Dwarfcount4.png 12.5 25 37.5 62.5 85 37.5 45 70 85 90
Details
Damage Type Melee
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Attack Radius: 5 m

Max. Angle 180°
Carve Radius 3 m

Sound Effects

Glyphid Bulk Detonator Sound Effects
Sound Variation Audio
Idle 1

Unknown Horror Variant

The Unknown Horror is a special Mutator event creature spawned only in the Haunted Cave Mutator.

This ghostly, pale-blue Bulk Detonator stalks the players throughout the map; its vague and hard-to-see apparition can only be heard by its haunting sounds and footsteps.

Combat

The Unknown Horror is the only enemy that is completely immune to all attacks, making it more of a continuous stage hazard than an actual enemy.

It is possible to tell if the Unknown Horror is nearby through its ghostly sounds. Alternatively, it can be viewed in the Terrain Scanner as a glitched black spot. Because of its translucent nature, it might be difficult to spot the Unknown Horror in some situations.

Attacks

Its attacks are identical to those of a normal Bulk Detonator, albeit the Unknown Horror's attacks are slightly weaker, and it does not have a Final Blow. Any electric attack will slow down the Unknown Horror by a significant amount.

Elite Variant

The Elite Glyphid Bulk Detonator is the elite version of the regular Bulk Detonator. Like all Elite enemies, the Elite Glyphid Bulk Detonator looks almost identical to its regular counterparts; being only distinguished by its aura of distinct vertical red lines with the word "elite" above its healthbar when looked at.

Attacks

In addition to all the benefits that all Elite enemies receive (I.e. substantially increased health, attack damage and resistances), Elite Glyphid Bulk Detonators have one additional enhancement:

  • The "Final Blow" crater is increased from 16m to 17.5m
Effective

Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 2400 3600 3600 4400 5200 3600 3800 4600 5200 5400
Dwarfcount2.png 3000 4400 4400 4400 5200 4400 4600 4600 5200 5400
Dwarfcount3.png 3400 4400 5200 5200 6000 5200 5400 5400 6000 6200
Dwarfcount4.png 4400 5200 5200 6000 6600 5200 5400 6200 6600 6800

Glyphid Crassus Detonator Variant

See main page: Glyphid Crassus Detonator.

A rare variant of the Bulk Detonator which can spawn at the beginning of any mission. Its death explosion creates a large crater of Gold.


Trivia

  • The Glyphid Bulk Detonator was added in Update 23: Horrors of Hoxxes.
  • The Unknown Horror, which appears in the Haunted Cave Mutator, shares the same stats as a normal Bulk Detonator (except health), including its weakness to status effects.