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Swarm
Annelidswarm
Enemy Stats
First Encounter Hydroponics Deck
Hit Points 36
Damage Output 1
Speed Fast
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Swarms are released from Swarm Eggs, and serve as defenders of Annelid breeding grounds, though SOLDIER G65434-2 also tend to find them in plenty of other places on board both starships, ready to ambush him. Annelid Swarms cannot be harmed through physical or psionic attacks of any kind, but due to their extremely low life span, will die after about ten to fifteen seconds. Although considered a waste of resources, the Viral Proliferator and Annelid Launcher will both speed up the Swarm's death.

Overview

Annelid Swarms first begin showing up en masse around the Hydroponics Deck, and will be a common sight for the decks aboard the Von Braun as well as the rest of the game.

The Swarms are the male form of the first-stage Annelid life-cycle, and are extremely short lived. Although small, the flying organisms generated by these pods contain a complex DNA structure indicative of a much more advanced creature. Each small creature is bonded to the Swarm via a sub-psionic link. This link is impervious to normal psionic attacks or disturbances.

Annelid Swarm creatures seem to exist only as a living weapon, since their cells have a genetically programmed lifespan of no more than a few seconds. During these seconds, they are attracted to human tissue, as they frantically attempt to prolong their short lives with nourishment. The Eggs from which these emerge often contain organs that might be extracted for useful purposes, unless the Egg has been destroyed in combat.

Strategy

Simply run, or, alternately, ignore them, as they won't be able to cause serious harm except for in very large numbers. It is actually possible to kill them using the Anti-Annelid settings on the Viral Proliferator and Annelid Launcher, but spending the ammo really isn't worth it, as Worm Clusters are already rare enough to begin with.

Trivia

  • Swarms are an enemy that cannot actually be killed by any conventional ways by players.
    • However swarms can still take "damage" from explosions.
  • The presence of the swarm can be heard by simple buzzing (similar to that of flies)

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