Glyphid Bulk Detonator

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Glyphid Bulk Detonator
Glyphid Bulk Detonator
Creature Details
Species Glyphid
Biome All
Category Disruptive Enemy
Combat
Attack(s) Hellfire
Final Blow
Cluster Bombs
Dig
Base Health 4000
Resistance(s) Explosive: 50%
Weakness(es) None
Immunity Stun
Weakpoint Bulbs: ×3?

Glyphid Bulk Detonator Umodel Front.png

Glyphid Bulk Detonator Umodel Top.png

Glyphid Bulk Detonator Umodel Back.png

Weakpoint
Temperature
Hot Cold
Burn T°C Freeze T°C
60° Heat -490° Cold
Douse Fire T°C Unfreeze T°C
30° Heat -200° Cold
Cooling Rate Warming Rate
10°/s Heat 300°/s Cold

The current theory is that the Glyphid Detonator is what happens when an Exploder manages to somehow not explode during its volatile, and usually short, life. They grow to enormous size, their skin hardening to a thickly calloused crust capable of withstanding most standard calibers to an astonishing degree. A number of pulsing, tumorous growths will usually be found along their back, which works in our favor - focusing fire on these tumors results in tremendous trauma to the beasts. But even when served with such weak spots, they rank in the absolute top list of threats Hoxxes throws at our operation. Take them, quickly, and from a distance - get too close and they release devastating shockwaves of fire. And true to their name, managing to kill one will results in a blast ranging on the kiloton scale.
~ Miner's Manual Description

The Glyphid Bulk Detonator is a hostile Creature found on Hoxxes. It can be found in any region of the planet, though it is quite an uncommon sight to find one. It is implied through its design and its entry in the Miner's Manual that it is a Glyphid Exploder which has grown to tremendous size, and its explosive abilities have improved to boot. Its entire body is gnarled into a lumpy mess and its mouth is deformed, with many fangs jutting out in random directions. It also has three distinct yellow tumours bulging out of its abdomen. It is one of, if not the biggest creature in the entire game, even dwarfing the likes of the Glyphid Dreadnought.

The Bulk Detonator boasts extremely high offensive and defensive capability, and its presence in a firefight absolutely cannot be ignored. Wherever it moves, a halo of orange particles follows around it to indicate the radius of its Hellfire attack - this move consists of the Bulk Detonator stomping the ground with its forelegs, creating a fiery explosion which can deal substantial damage and can easily bring a Dwarf down to half of his health. On higher hazard levels, the attack can instantly kill a Dwarf in one blow, and the area-of-effect means it can potentially down an entire team in one strike. The Bulk can also use this Hellfire attack to dig through walls and terrain if it does not have a clear line of sight to any Dwarf or if it cannot fit through a tight enough chokepoint.

The Bulk also boasts an impressive 4000 base health, which scales rapidly with more players and higher difficulty. This allows it to resist an immense amount of gunfire whenever its weakpoints aren't being targeted. It is also completely immune to stuns and Fear Factor, and it can resist half of all explosive damage, rendering most grenades and satchel charges ineffective tools to bring a Bulk down. When a Bulk's HP is eventually fully drained, it will freeze in place for a moment before causing a gigantic explosion. The crater spans over 10m in diameter, and anything caught in the blast will be instantly killed. Furthermore, the Bulk launches several explosive orange globs when it dies which fly outwards and can injure or even kill whatever they land on, especially if it is a direct hit.

The Bulk is an incredibly dangerous enemy, but it has a major Achilles' heel in the form of speed - it is extremely slow, and can be outmaneuvered even without sprinting. It takes a very long time for the Bulk to close in on a target, and without any kind of projectile attacks it is completely at the mercy of ranged attacks. Its three tumours take 300% damage, though they will eventually break when focused for long enough. Furthermore while it resists explosive damage, it is not immune to any status effects, and those which can cause slowing such as Electrocution or Neurotoxin are particularly effective at slowing a Bulk's already pathetic movespeed to a crawl.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Health and Armor[edit | edit source]

Effective

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 1800 2600 3200 4000 4800 3200 3400 4400 4800 5200
Dwarfcount2.png 2200 3000 3600 4000 4800 3600 3800 4400 4800 5200
Dwarfcount3.png 2800 3600 4000 4800 5600 4000 4400 5200 5600 6000
Dwarfcount4.png 3400 4000 4400 5200 6000 4400 4800 5600 6000 6400

Breakable Weakpoints

The Glyphid Bulk Detonator possess 3 Bulbs, unlike regular weakpoints, they are breakable.
The Bulbs have a base health of 200 that scale with Hazard Level.

Effective

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 to Dwarfcount4.png 140 200 220 240 240 220 220 240 240 240

When it comes to dealing damage to break the weakpoints weakpoint damage don’t apply.
Any Area Damage can damage and potentially break them, which can be detrimental since they don’t benefit from weakpoint damage.
The CRSPR Flamethrower and the Cryo Cannon can’t damage breakable weakpoints.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Hellfire
AoE Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 40 56 96 160 224 96 120 184 224 240
Dwarfcount2.png 40 64 104 172 240 104 128 196 240 256
Dwarfcount3.png 40 72 112 184 256 112 136 208 256 272
Dwarfcount4.png 40 80 120 200 272 120 144 224 272 288
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 8 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 2.5 m
Minimum Area Damage: 10 %

Status Effect Set the dwarves on Fire unless they were frozen solid.
Final Blow
AoE Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 10000 14000 24000 40000 56000 24000 30000 46000 56000 60000
Dwarfcount2.png 10000 16000 26000 43000 60000 26000 32000 49000 60000 64000
Dwarfcount3.png 10000 18000 28000 46000 64000 28000 34000 52000 64000 68000
Dwarfcount4.png 10000 20000 30000 50000 68000 30000 36000 56000 68000 72000
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 8 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 4 m
Minimum Area Damage: 0.1 %

Carve Radius 15 m
Cluster Bombs
Projectile
Damage Amount Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 2.5 3.5 6 10 14 6 7.5 11.5 14 15
Dwarfcount2.png 2.5 4 6.5 10.75 15 6.5 8 12.25 15 16
Dwarfcount3.png 2.5 4.5 7 11.5 16 7 8.5 13 16 17
Dwarfcount4.png 2.5 5 7.5 12.5 17 7.5 9 14 17 18
Details
Damage Type
 
AoE Projectile
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 50 70 120 200 280 120 150 230 280 300
Dwarfcount2.png 50 80 130 215 300 130 160 245 300 320
Dwarfcount3.png 50 90 140 230 320 140 170 260 320 340
Dwarfcount4.png 50 100 150 250 340 150 180 280 340 360
Details
Damage Type Explosive
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Radius: 5 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 3 m
Minimum Area Damage: 20 %

Dig
Carving Attack
Area Damage Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1.png 12.5 17.5 30 50 70 30 37.5 57.5 70 75
Dwarfcount2.png 12.5 20 32.5 53.75 75 32.5 40 61.25 75 80
Dwarfcount3.png 12.5 22.5 35 57.5 80 35 42.5 65 80 85
Dwarfcount4.png 12.5 25 37.5 62.5 85 37.5 45 70 85 90
Details
Damage Type Melee
Dwarf for scale (1.5 m)

Attack Radius: 5 m

Max. Angle 180°
Carve Radius 3 m

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Bulk Detonators are more dangerous the smaller the space they are in, due to them being much more difficult to avoid. If you find one inside a narrow space, lure it to a more open place so you have more space to avoid its attacks.
    • This makes Bulks especially more difficult in Complexity 1 caves, as its few caverns are quite small, often not providing enough room to maneuver around a Bulk.
  • Be careful where you detonate a Bulk. For example, if it explodes close to the Drop Pod during a Salvage Operation, the Fuel Cells may land in the resulting crater, which makes completing the refueling far more difficult due to having the low ground. The same applies to the Uplink, so avoid detonating a Bulk on top of it.
  • Bulk craters in the Magma Core are hazardous, due to slag being able to damage dwarves that walk on it in that biome. You may want to use a zipline or platforms to bridge across it.
  • Keep as much distance as possible from a Bulk Detonator, especially when low health. Be ready to turn and run when it is critically injured, as you won't have much time to clear the blast radius if up close.
  • The Bulk Detonator is very resistant to Freezing, and will thaw out quickly. If it dies while frozen it will produce an explosion which deals no damage, doesn't fire orange globs and doesn't leave a crater but inflicts massive knockback - more than enough to catapult a Dwarf many metres.
  • High damage precision weapons such as the M1000 Classic, Deepcore 40mm PGL with the Hyper Propellant overclock, and Heavy Revolver are best suited for taking out Bulks, as they can deal extremely high damage to the weak spots which already take much more damage from regular shots. The Breach Cutter and Subata 120 are also reasonable choices for damaging a bulk at a safe distance.
  • As mentioned earlier, the Bulk is incredibly vulnerable to Electrocution. The IFG and the Voltaic SMG can slow a Bulk down to a crawl when used to electrocute it, which makes taking them out much easier as you will have more time to focus down the tumours.
  • A Bulk Detonator can instantly wipe out an armor plate on the Drilldozer during an Escort Duty mission. Take extreme caution and lure it away from the Drilldozer before killing it to ensure it won't destroy the Drilldozer when it explodes.
  • Bulk Detonators are extremely dangerous foes to face during a Salvage Operation, as the Dwarves are mostly forced to stay inside the uplink zones to progress the mission. When a Bulk is spotted while an uplink is active, it is imperative that it must be killed ASAP.
    • It may be necessary for a class with high mobility, such as Scout or Driller, to leave the uplink zone and grab the Bulk's aggro to lead it away from the uplink so the rest of the team can kill the bulk in relative safety and continue the uplink, since having the uplink progress go down to 0% will result in mission failure.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Glyphid Bulk Detanator was added in Update 23: Horrors of Hoxxes.
  • The Unknown Horror which appears in the Haunted Cave mutation shares the same stats as a normal Bulk Detonator (except health), including its weakness to status effects.