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A close-approach war mechanoid that specializes in incendiary attacks. Its flame burst attack has little reach, but once it closes on a group of defenders it can ignite and disrupt them with blasts of searing flame.

Base Stats

Market Value
1200 Silver


Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat

Pawn Stats

Move Speed
4.5 c/s
Health Scale
Body Size
60 kg
Pack Capacity
35 kg
Carrying Capacity
75 kg
Filth Rate
Comfortable Temp Range
-100 °C – 250 °C (-148 °F – 482 °F)

Melee Combat

Attack 1
Front left leg
12 dmg (Blunt)
18% AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 2
Front right leg
12 dmg (Blunt)
18% AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 3
8.5 dmg (Blunt)
13% AP
2 second cooldown
Average DPS


Crafted At
Mech gestator
Required Research
Standard mechtech
Resources to make
Steel 80 + Plasteel 32 + Component 3 + Standard subcore 1

A scorcher is a mechanoid added by the Biotech DLC.


As mechanoids, every scorcher is immune to fire, Flame and Heat damage, toxic buildup, and temperature extremes, despite having Comfortable Temperatures defined. They do not need to eat, rest, and have no mood. They will be stunned by EMP attacks for a time proportional to the EMP damage inflicted and will "adapt" and rendered immune to further EMP strikes for 2,200 ticks (36.67 secs).

As an enemy

Scorchers will charge at the player, then try and mantain their maximum range. Due to the short-ranged nature of their weapon, this behavior is counterproductive - see #Combat for more detail.

Mechanoids can raid the player's base through events, and are found in most poison ships, psychic ships, and mech clustersContent added by the Royalty DLC. Scorchers are a fairly low level threat.

As an ally

Scorchers are medium mechanoids, and require Standard Mechtech to be researched.

They are created from a large mech gestator with Steel 80 Steel, Plasteel 32 Plasteel, Component 3 Component, Standard subcore 1 Standard subcore, taking up 1 bandwidth from a mechanitor. They take 1800 ticks to initally craft, and then it must gestate for 2 cycles (default 1.8 game days per cycle). Mechanoids can be fully repaired at the cost of power and nothing else. A dead scorcher can be resurected for 50 steel and 1 gestation cycle so long as the corpse is extant.

Mechs under player control require power: scorchers use 10% of their power per day while active. If set to dormant self-charging, they instead recharge for 1% power / day, without pollution. They recharge in a large mech recharger (400W), for 50% power/day, creating 5 wastepacks whenever the recharger's waste is filled up.


Scorchers are equipped with a mini-flameblaster. With a range of just 4.9 tiles, it is the shortest ranged weapon in the entire game. However, it has the unique property of being able to fire during melee combat. Enemies do not seem to take advantage of this fact.

As its name suggests, the mini-flame blaster lights pawns on fire, which will cause them to run around widly if there is no firefoam or water around. All mechanoids are completely immune to fire.


As an enemy

Due to the above behavior, enemy scorchers are not much of a threat. A scorcher in range of firing is also just a few tiles from melee range, and can be shot down as it tries to approach. But if it gets to shoot, fire is a very dangerous condition. It will send your pawns careening into the attacks of other mechanoids. A firefoam pop pack is useful.

As an ally

Scorchers have a very limited range, so are dedicated to melee combat, or to help other pawns out in melee combat. Scorchers can be very effective in hallways, either in melee or just behind a melee blocker. Fire will cause vulnerable enemies to stop attacking, which allows pawns in the front lines to survive for longer, giving more time to kill in general. Effective against infestations or drop pod raids.

Earlier on, scorchers are also decent out in the open - but a few scorchers won't be enough to suppress a large tribal raid. Even in hallways, it may eventually become better to get a centipede (perhaps a centipede burner!) over a scorcher.


Specify body type when known.

Body part Health
Head 18
Skull 18
Brain 7
Nose 7
Neck 18
Jaw 14
Eye [1]
(left, right)
(left, right)
Body 28
(left, right)
(left, right)
Liver[2] 14
Heart[2] 11
Spine[2] 18
Stomach[2] 14
(left, right, fore, hind)
(left, right, fore, hind)
  1. Located inside of Head.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Located inside of Body.

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