Devourer

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Devourer

Devourer

A massive monster with a gaping toothed maw and a stubby, snake-like body. The devourer can leap several times its body length to swallow a person whole. Powerful stomach acids rapidly digest the still-living victim. The remains are regurgitated soon after.

Base Stats

Type
Entity
Flammability
70%

Apparel

Armor - Sharp
50%
Armor - Blunt
30%
Armor - Heat
20%

Pawn Stats

Combat Power
?
Move Speed
3.5 c/s
Health Scale
7.2
Body Size
4
Mass - Baby
48 kg
Mass - Juvenile
120 kg
Mass - Adult
240 kg
Carrying Capacity
300 kg
Filth Rate
1
Life Expectancy
200 years
Trainable Intelligence
None
Comfortable Temp Range
-40 °C – 60 °C (-40 °F – 140 °F)

Production

Meat Yield
70 twisted meat
Leather Yield
20 dread leather

Melee Combat

Attack 1
Left fin
8 dmg (Blunt)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 2
Right fin
8 dmg (Blunt)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 3
Teeth
15 dmg (Blunt)
20% AP
2.5 second cooldown
Average DPS
2.89

Devourers are an entity added in the Anomaly DLC.

Occurrence[edit]

Devourers occasionally raid the colony as part of the Devourer attack event, and can also be part of the final raids of the anomaly ending.

Summary[edit]


Combat[edit]

Devourers are rather unconventional combatants, as they prefer not to attack normally. Instead, they will choose a target, lunge at it[Range?], and instantly swallow it whole. It is possible to avoid being swallowed by using a Jump pack, Longjump legs, or similar ability during the devourer's lunge attack. The devourer will then prioritize a different target upon landing[verify]. A devourer cannot swallow any pawn with a body size greater than 3.5. Once the devourer has consumed its target, it will not move so long as it is full, making it vulnerable to retaliation. The swallowed pawn will be digested over time at a rate related to their body size, receiving acid burns. The rate at which a creature is digested is linearly interpolated between three different points - 10 seconds to digest a pawn with a body size of 0.2, 30 seconds for a pawn with a body size of 1, and 60 seconds for a pawn with a body size of 3.5. The devourer is capable of swallowing and digesting mechanoids. If a devourer catches fire, is affected by Vertigo pulseContent added by the Royalty DLC, is downed, or is killed, it will immediately regurgitate whatever it is swallowing. The devourer's swallowing attack has a cooldown of one hour.

Devourers have a psychic sensitivity of 200% and a bleed rate factor of 50%. They are immune to infections.

Devourers are quite destructive, and will smash up player-owned buildings if they cannot find any pawns to attack.

Yield[edit]

The devourer yields 4 bioferrite and 800W per day. Minimum containment strength of 90 - it requires a holding platform. They have a base escape MTB of 60 days.

They can be studied for 2 Advanced dark study every 120,000 ticks (2 in-game days)

Analysis[edit]

Combat[edit]

When fighting devourers in close range, especially in great numbers, it is practically guaranteed that at least one of your fighters will get swallowed. However, apart from the damage from acid burns, there are no long-term drawbacks to a pawn being swallowed, assuming they are promptly liberated. In fact, full devourers are easier to deal with, as they will not attack or flee while digesting. For these reasons, there are two basic strategies for engaging devourers: Picking them off at range and staying safe, or getting close and taking their punishment.

If you plan on taking the devourers head-on, and there are a large number of devourers attacking, then it would be a good idea to try and split them off while also keeping your fighters close together. This way, fewer fighters end up being swallowed at any given time, and more fighters are available to retaliate against digesting devourers.

Devourers are generally slower than humans, who have a base movement speed of 4.6 tiles/second. This makes kiting viable, but still dangerous. Care must be taken to stay out of the devourer's lunging range, as they can close the distance instantly. If any fighter ends up being swallowed while several devourers are in combat, you will have to choose whether to leave them for dead or abandon the kiting maneuver and rescue them.

If you have a mechanitorContent added by the Biotech DLC in your colony, a valid strategy would be to inundate the devourers by sending in a wave of labor mechanoids and allowing them to be swallowed, then sending in your actual fighters. Scorchers can be highly effective in forcing devourers to regurgitate swallowed pawns or mechs. The high rate of fire of scorchers, as well as their low resource and bandwidth cost, make them cost-efficient counters to the devourer's most dangerous attack. Similarly, pawns armed with hellcat rifles or incinerators can be used on devourers that are actively digesting. TesseronsContent added by the Biotech DLC can also be effective at lighting devourers on fire, and have considerably longer range than scorchers. Additionally, the devourer is incapable of swallowing the larger mechs. For example, if you use a DiabolusContent added by the Biotech DLC or a War QueenContent added by the Biotech DLC to tank, you can force the devourer to stay in melee combat while other mechanoids or colonists shoot at it. Some medium sized mechs, such as the PikemanContent added by the Biotech DLC or ScytherContent added by the Biotech DLC, can be swallowed and go through a full digestion cycle without dying, allowing them to be swallowed a second time. If they do go through that cycle and survive, they still take significant damage and are likely to lose a body part.

Similarly, devourers can be countered with attack animals. Spammable animals like dogs are numerous and expendable enough to be used as a distraction, similar to labor mechanoids. Larger animals like elephants work even better; they're too big to be swallowed and are too sturdy for devourers to kill with their feeble melee attacks.

It is also recommended to have at least one colonist behind the main lines with a weapon capable of lighting fires, like an Incinerator or Molotov cocktails, to force devourers to regurgitate colonists if any are at risk of being digested before your fighters can down it. PlasmaswordsContent added by the Royalty DLC are an ideal choice for any melee pawns, and colonists with the Fire spew gene will be able to force multiple devourers to regurgitate at once.

Containment[edit]

Due to their very high health and body size, devourers are very likely to be downed via pain, rather than outright dying to a destroyed body part, and are less likely to bleed out before you can tend to them. This may make them significantly easier to capture than other entities. They also have the highest power yield of all entities and provide advanced research.

However, devourers also have one of the highest containment strength requirements of all entities, behind only the fearsome Metalhorror, and can be extremely dangerous in large numbers. Their bioferrite yield is also fairly middling, being only 1/day higher than the far less dangerous and easier to contain Noctol, which also provides advanced research.

Trivia[edit]

Similar to mech raids, devourers may spawn from ocean and river tiles even if a raid normally would not be able to spawn due to deep ocean water. This can be a nasty surprise for players who prioritized defenses against normal raids coming in from the map edge. [verify].

Gallery[edit]

Normal[edit]

Digesting[edit]

Dessicated[edit]

Version history[edit]

Triva[edit]

The Devourer is most likely inspired by Saccopharyngiforms, or more specifically the gulper eel. Just like the devourer, the gulper eel lunges at prey to swallow it whole. CATEGORIES GO HERE