Naedocyte Breeder

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Naedocyte Breeders serve as the motherships of the Naedocyte Collective, and provide a constant mental link between any nearby Naedocytes. They are known to travel great distances back and forth to check up on their myriad egg deposits, and display a level of solemn tenderness that's almost unheard of on Hoxxes. Still, their constant depositing of fresh egg clutches pose a direct threat to the operations of DRG, and any Naedocyte Breeder should be exterminated on sight. Plus - despite appearances, they are fairly delicious with a spritz of lemon.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Naedocyte Breeder is a hostile creature found on Hoxxes IV. It can spawn in any region of the planet. This enemy's spawn is tied to level generation, meaning that whatever Naedocyte Breeders appear in the level will be the only ones present.

The Naedocyte Breeder is one of the most alien-looking creatures in the whole game. It has an almost marine-like appearance with a large fleshy abdomen and several tendrils extending out from its "head". A visible pinkish colored appendage on its underside serves as a mouth. Its head is covered in many small bumps, with 2 yellow areas (presumably eyes) on either side. It also makes deep wailing noises similar to real-life whales - these sounds can help identify its presence.


The Breeder has no attacks of its own and generally tries to avoid combat by slowly hovering far away from the action. Its only ability is to dump Naedocyte Roe onto the ground every so often. To do this, it reveals a mouth-like organ on the underside of its head which drops the Roe onto the ground. The Roe will remain in its position for a few seconds before eventually bursting into Naedocyte Hatchlings, which will seek out and destroy any threats to the Breeder - namely, the dwarves.

Breeders are capable of producing an infinite amount of Roe and, if left to their own devices, the amount of Hatchlings they spawn can very quickly mount up, especially if multiple are present at once. Line of sight is not needed for the Breeder to start dumping Roe. The presence of Hatchlings can indicate a Breeder is somewhere nearby, even without sound cues.

The Breeder has the unique ability to conceal its weak spot. The mouth will be retracted while it is not dropping Roe and will not count as a weak point in this state. As a result, the mouth should always be targeted whenever it is visible. Also of note is its high vulnerability to freezing - if its minimum temperature is reached, it will freeze solid, fall to the ground and shatter, dying instantly.

Health and Armor


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 675 975 1200 1500 1800 1200 1275 1650 1800 1950
Dwarfcount2.png 825 1125 1350 1500 1800 1350 1425 1650 1800 1950
Dwarfcount3.png 1050 1350 1500 1800 2100 1500 1650 1950 2100 2250
Dwarfcount4.png 1275 1500 1650 1950 2250 1650 1800 2100 2250 2400

Sound Effects

Naedocyte Breeder Sound Effects
Sound Variation Audio
Idle 1
Lay Egg 1