Glyphid Grunt Slasher
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|“||The Glyphid Slasher is a more aggressive mutation of the Grunt, equipped with monstrously oversized claws and jaws capable of ripping through most armor and stunning even the hardiest of dwarves. Far more aggressive even than the Grunt, the Slasher is a terrifying opponent that should never be underestimated.|
|— Miner's Manual Description|
The Glyphid Grunt Slasher is a hostile Creature and a variant of the normal Glyphid Grunt. While sharing a body shape, the Grunt Slasher is covered in sharp white growths, and possesses much longer forelimbs which have completely over-developed into razor sharp claws. Their mouths are also larger and lined with menacing teeth.
On top of moderate improvements to health and speed, they have extremely powerful melee attacks which deal high damage and can stun a Dwarf with their "Crippling Slash" attack, preventing sprinting and halving their movement speed for 1.5 seconds. It should be noted that despite being called "Crippling Slash," the slowdown effect will also occur from biting attacks.
Slashers deal 2.5x more damage than a standard Grunt. At this rate, a single attack breaks a player's shield absent of damage resistance, and between 4 and 5 attacks will down a player depending on their maximum health. However, Slashers share the armor and weaknesses of normal Grunts - their mouths are weakpoints. They also take increased damage from explosions.
Glyphid Grunt Slashers will usually spawn in by burrowing out of the ground. They prefer to attack in groups, usually accompanied by other Grunts and Glyphid Grunt Guards, as they are easily dispatched on their own.
They behave similarly to Glyphid Grunts, running straight at players to engage in melee combat. However, Slashers have better health and movement speed, this generally gives them better odds at closing the distance to a target. The Slasher's Crippling Slash attack and the slowdown it inflicts leaves a targeted Dwarf wide open to other enemies. Slashers can repeatedly use their Crippling Slash to keep stunning a Dwarf.
Health and Armor
|Direct Melee Attack|
|Damage Amount||Hazard Level|
|Max. Range||2.5 m|
|Status Effect||×0.5 Movement Speed for 1.5 s on hit|
Glacial Strata Variant
This regional variant of the Glyphid Grunt Slasher spawns exclusively in the Glacial Strata. It maintains the same body as a typical Slasher, but the majority of its body is a dark blue color while its abdomen is a lighter blue. The spikes on its forelegs and body have an icy appearance and their fangs are slightly purple in color.
These Slashers have the same statistics and behave identically to all other types of Slasher. However, they take 25% more Fire damage and resist 25% of all Ice damage.
Radioactive Exclusion Zone Variant
This regional variant of the Glyphid Grunt Slasher spawns exclusively in the Radioactive Exclusion Zone. It maintains the same body as a typical Slasher, but its body is a dark green color. Its foreleg claws and body spikes are a lighter green.
These Slashers have the same statistics and behave identically to all other types of Slasher. However, they resist 50% of all Radiation damage.
The Elite Glyphid Grunt Slasher is the elite version of the regular Glyphid Grunt Slasher. Like all Elite enemies, the Elite Glyphid Grunt Slasher looks almost identical to its regular counterparts; being only distinguished by its aura of distinct vertical red lines with the words 'elite' above their healthbar when scanned and looked at.
In addition to all the benefits that all Elite enemies receive, Elite Grunt Slashers have two additional enhancement:
- Their melee attacks have a bonus knockback, adding 3 m/sec horizontal impulse and 3 m/sec vertical impulse.
- Their melee attacks is now lethal enough to insta-down a player's energy shields in one hit, making them exceptionally dangerous.
- The Glyphid Grunt Slasher was added to the game in Update 23: Horrors of Hoxxes.
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