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Thorns is one of the 23 available perks that currently exist in Deep Rock Galactic. It can be unlocked on the first row of perks and there are 4 tiers; each tier requiring 2 / 5 / 8 / 11 perk points respectively for a total of 26.

Perk Table

Icon Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Description
Thorns 6 damage 12 damage 18 damage 24 damage Any time an enemy hits you with a melee attack it will itself take 6 / 12 / 18 / 24 damage.

Perk Breakdown

  • The damage dealt is typeless, being unaffected by all vulnerabilities and resistances an enemy may have
  • The perk can only cause damage once every 0.75 seconds.
  • The damage dealt by Tier 4 of this perk will instantly kill the following enemies on all hazard levels and player counts:
  • Does not trigger at all for attacks made by the Cave Leech
  • The effect triggers upon taking melee damage. As a result, you cannot trigger it while invulnerable (such as after being revived)