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There's been many left over and taken out features throughout the iterations of Deep Rock Galactic, this article is dedicated to documenting them. Keep in mind that the game is still in early access, meaning anything listed below could be part of a future update, take the spoiler warning with caution. Some table entries will have speculation, they are often based off observation and pure assumption.

The tables are going to be made out of three categories:
Unused - Features found within the game files or suggested to exist but aren't present in the public build of the game. Unreleased items also fall into this category.
Cut - Features that have been suggested to previously exist in the game but have been removed, there's a chance these'll return.
Old - Outdated information about existing features, such as older models or different item functionality.

Creatures and Flora[edit | edit source]

Various fauna, flora and biome feature related changes and additions.

Item Description Status
Unused
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Twitter Plant
Strange plant, from game files it's suggested to be squishable. Added Update ?
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SuckingPlant
Large plant with an oval shaped head. Suggested to be a plant which would suck in something.

Speculation: The 'head' would open up and suck in any nearby victims.

Added Update 20
Last Changed: Update 21
Hydra Creature has no model besides a spike yet, there's traces of some sort of melee, ranged and spike attacks. Added Update ?
Glyphid Vampire As evidenced by the name, it would most likely be able to heal itself by attacking. Files suggest this would be a boss. Added Update ?
Glyphid Charger As the name suggests, this creature may have charged into players. Added Update ?
Glyphid Acid Spitter Queen Game files suggest upon the queen's death it would release acid clouds similarly to a Praetorian.

Speculation: These were ultimately replaced by Glyphid Menaces.

Added Update ?
Glyphid Drone Some sort of a flying variation of a Glyphid.

Speculation: This concept was cut in favor of Macteras.

Added Update ?
Cut
Coral Tree[1] Tree formation made out of coral, similar to rock tree. N/A
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Pudo Shell
Dense Biozone ceiling plant leaking purple liquid which damages dwarves that come in contact. Removed Update ?
Alien Flora (Hive) Rare Biome Feature which was hinted to be a hive in the game files. Removed Update 7
Foggy Zones Some areas of the caves used to be foggy which would impact the player's vision. Removed Update 7
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Jelly Breeders
Would periodically spawn small cave jellies until killed. A creature with very similar abilities was added named Naedocyte Breeder, this creature would spit out roes out of which a number of jellies hatch. Removed Update 7
Green Jellies Would fire electricity at players from a distance. Removed Update 7
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Glyphid Veteran
Acted exactly the same as a Glyphid Grunt but would have 50% more health and tougher armor. Removed Update 23
Old
Old Glyphid Model The old Glyphid model were taken from Infinity Blade's Adversaries pack as a placeholder[2], the textures were edited to fit the game's aesthetics. Changed Update 5
Cave Vines Used to grab the players but would deal no damage. Changed Update ?
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Cave Jelly
Cave jellies were originally hostile and were removed on Update 7, later they returned and were made passive on Update 12. Then they were re-introduced as enemies with a new name in Update 21 and the creature's model was overhauled during Update 23. Finally, on Update 24 the passive creature with the old model was brought back to Dense Biozone. Removed Update 7
Added Update 12
Changed Update 21
Added Update 24

Creatures Gallery[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Various equipment related changes and additions.

Item Description Status
Unused
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ForceBarrier[3]
Strange wall blueprint is visible in the developer vlog #4, traces can be found in the game files.

Speculation: This would've been a new supply drop or an engineer building which could be used to block/distract enemies.

Added ?
RGDLauncher Files suggest that players could use this equipment for rocket jumping. Added Update 11
RopeGun Some sort of rope based equipment, files suggest one end could stick to something similarly to Grappling Gun and Zipline Gun.

Speculation: A tool the developers experimented with which allowed the user to fire a rope up a cliff, acting like a traditional grappling hook.

Added ?
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Stun Grenade
As the name implies, presumably would stun enemies it hits. Gear icon of this grenade is also present. Added Update 24
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Fear Grenade
As the name implies, presumably would scare enemies it hits. Gear icon of this grenade is also present. Added Update 24
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ShieldOvercharge Grenade
As the name implies, presumably would boost or restore shields of allies. Added Update 24
Cut
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Auto Turret
While its present on the Mine Head, it used to be a support drop which costed 60 Gold. Acted exactly like a closed alpha Sentry Gun, but was colored yellow. Removed Update 6
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Floodlight
While its present on the Mine Head, it used to be a support drop which costed 40 Gold. Was a giant permanent light source which could light up much more than a Flare Gun. Removed Update 6
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Bosco reloading
Would've had a limited ammo pool which could be refilled. A yellow counter appears on bosco's back indicating how many ammo refills are remaining, this counter can be increased via resupply pods. Removed Pre-Update 7
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SuperShotgun
Model appears to be a revolver with a long barrel but fires like a shotgun. This weapon was used in very early stages of Deep Rock Galactic[4] and traces of it stayed in the game files for a while longer. Removed ?
Old
Mineral Carry Capacity Before M.U.L.E. was added the dwarves had infinite carry capacity. Changed Update 2
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Flares
There were a limited number of flares which could be refilled from resupplies. Changed Update 4
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Red Flares
They used to light up in a smaller radius when compared to High-Intensity Flares. They were also eventually renamed from Red Flares to Medium-Intensity Flares. Changed Update ?
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Resupply Pod
Resupply Pods used to carry two medkits and two ammo racks which would refill 100% of either ammunition or health. Before the introduction of Nitra Resupply Pods used to cost 100 Gold. Changed Update 4
and Update 7
M.U.L.E. Used to instantly summon the Drop Pod when the primary objective quota was met. Changed Update 7
LMG Gun Platform The Engineer used to carry up to 4 sentry guns. But re-calling a deployed sentry gun was not an option, neither was refilling it. Changed Update 7
"Lead Storm" Powered Minigun Used to have an ammo clip, similarly to the Autocannon. Changed Update 11
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Terrain Scanner
The scanner itself went through a few iterations, each changing the MK number. Originally it was a top-down view of the surrounding area. Changed Update 15
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High Explosive Grenade
Scout used to be able to equip the grenade until Update 7. Later on it was changed so only Driller could use this grenade (previously it was usable by Driller, Engineer and Gunner), it was also renamed from Frag Grenade to HE Grenade. Changed Update 7
and Update 24

Equipment Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update 19 features brand new weapons as well as some visual changes to existing ones, included in the game files were early renders done during the update's development.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Various resource related changes and additions.

Item Description Status
Unused
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HoxIron
Unknown resource, only an icon can be found in the game's files.

Speculation: Possibly acted the same way as Compressed Gold

Added Update 7
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Flora Leaf
Unknown resource, only an alternative icon can be found in the game's files.

Speculation: Likely evolved overtime and became Apoca Bloom

Added Update 7
Cut
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Neromite
Crafting resource was present during Regular branch testing, was removed at some point for unknown reasons. Alternative icon still exists in the game files.

Speculation: This mineral was simply renamed to Magnite, since there's evidence that it appeared in Sandblasted Corridors.

Added Pre-Update 7
Bludiz Unknown resource, a small trace can be found in closed alpha's files.

Speculation: This was a very early version of Aquarq

Added ?
Quantrite
Quantrite
Cut crafting mineral which was accidentally revealed in Update 12. A developer suggested that it was never fully implemented, some small traces do exist outside of the icon. Added Update 7
Old
Gold Gold used to act as a primary objective and a currency for resupply pods. Changed Update 2
and Update 4
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Bittergem
Bittergem used to reward the dwarves with 300 credits, was colored pale yellow similarly to Compressed Gold. Changed Update 7
Jadiz Jadiz used to reward the dwarves with 150 credits. Changed Update 7
Alien Egg Could appear as a secondary objective, was removed after Egg Hunt rework. Changed Update 18

Resource Gallery[edit | edit source]

Misc[edit | edit source]

Everything else that doesn't fall within the sections above.

Item Description Status
Unused
Unused Perks There's a ton of unused perk icons, each of their names are a hint at what they could've been, including: Airbag (parachute icon), Barrel Kicker, Explosive Resistance, Extract Ore, Faster Heat Dissipation, Faster Weapon Stabilization, Fire Resistance, Gold Frenzy, Jump, Longer Flare Duration, More Total Ammo, Movement Speed, Poison Resistance, Radiation Resistance, Recoil, Reload Speed, Slowdown Resistance, Strong Flight Reflex and WarCry.

Speculation: Airbag - You will be able to float for a few seconds while falling, Extract Ore - More crafting materials mined, Gold Frenzy - More gold mined, Strong Flight Reflex - Better movement control while in air, WarCry - Under special conditions receive a damage boost.

Added Update 14
Abandoned Mine There's various models of strange machinery that are still unused, some of the models are used in the Space Rig and Salvage Operation. The planned Machine Events for Update 26 appear to be a form of the Abaondoned Structures idea. Added ?
Last Changed: Update 21
Refunds There's an entire folder dedicated to refunds, seems like vanity items and upgrades were planned to be refundable. Added ?
Hazard X - Trailer Random enemy spawns are disabled, any present enemies appear to have similar damage resistance of a Hazard 4 difficulty, enemy attack damage is severely reduced. Added ?
Cut
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Biome: Upper Arctic Mantle
Contains easy-to-break green crystals and every other biome feature which are randomly picked. Cave color is brown and gray.

Speculation: Eventually became Radioactive Exclusion Zone

Removed Update 7
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Biome: Site 11 - Deep Shale
Contains glowing blue crystals and easy-to-break purple crystals. Cave color is brown.

Speculation: Eventually became Crystalline Caverns

Removed Update 7
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Biome: Radioactive Wastes
Contains xenofungus, red exploding plants and a lot of vegetation. Cave color is green.

Speculation: Eventually became Fungus Bogs

Removed Update 7
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Armor Station
An Armor Station was originally teased in the Closed-Alpha's Space Rig, currently the Abyss Bar takes its place.

Speculation: The developers originally planned for the armor to be fully customizable[5], this might still be in the plans.

N/A
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Class: Generic Hero[6]
There used to be a fifth class used purely by the developers for testing purposes. This class would carry every single weapon and tool in their inventory. Icon was taken from the old artwork. N/A
Tourist Mode Intended to pose no threat and allow players to explore, enemies are severely weaker and payouts were disabled. In a newer version random enemy spawns are entirely disabled. Something similar is going to return in the form of "Exploration Mode". Removed Update 14
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Mutator: No Headlights
Milestone icon still exists. Presumably the headlights would be disabled throughout the mission. Removed ?
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Mutator: Volatile Flares
Milestone icon still exists. Throwing the flares would deplete shield. Removed Pre-Update 14
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Barrel Suit and Helmet
It was literally armor made out of barrels, they were class colored. This was only present in the Experimental Branch. Removed Pre-Update 15
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Egg Hunt
Was a linear mission type, these missions were exactly like Mining Expedition but Morkite was replaced with 10 Alien Eggs. Removed Update 18
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Search and Extract
Was a non-linear Mining Expedition mission type, was eventually merged with Egg Hunt. Removed Update 18
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Milestone: Rare Things
Finding Error Cubes and Bittergem used to count towards a milestone. Removed Update ?
Milestone: Kill Creatures Killing Dreadnoughts, Cave Leeches and Spitballers would count towards a milestone. Curiously the "Kill Cave Leeches" Milestone icon was updated with the latest model. Removed Update ?
Armor Color Variations Each armor had three color schemes: Standard would consist of class specific colors, White Knight would consist of silver or copper plating and Black Craig would consist of black and red coloring. Images are available in the gallery below. Removed Update 14
Hazard 5 - Lethal Originally players shared 50% of their health every time they revived an incapacitated teammate. This was only present in the Experimental Branch. Removed Pre-Update 21
Cut Overclocks There's many overclocks that were cut before public release, the reasons for their removal often were "due to technical issues". Removed Pre-Update 25
Old
Mission Control Quotes There's various mission control quotes which were either used in the past or never used. N/A
Missions Before missions were procedurally generated, there used to be a number of preset missions which were available at all times. Changed Update 7
Red Rock Blaster Used to be stronger than a Glyphid Slammer with no buffs. Changed Update 18
Retirement Used to reset the upgrades and class level. The assignment's last mission was a solo hazard 3 Mining Expedition. Was changed to Promotion which excluded upgrade resets and the solo mission. Changed Update 19

Misc Gallery[edit | edit source]

Old Beer Labels

From left to right: Standard, White Knight and Black Craig.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Cave Leech's internal name used to be "Barnacle", referencing an alien creature hanging from the ceiling which is from the Half-Life franchise.
  • The Breach Cutter's internal name is "Line Cutter", its name and design being a reference to two weapons from the Dead Space franchise: the Plasma Cutter and the Line Gun respectively.
  • Dense Biozone was called Lush Down Pour sometime between open-alpha testing and Update 7.
  • The internal name for Scout used to be Navigator.
  • The internal name for Point Extraction is still "Motherlode", which is original name of the very first iteration of this mission type.


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFg71PyTYqA Coral Tree was shown off in a copyright claimed video, this is a community commentary re-upload
  2. https://launcher-website-prod07.ol.epicgames.com/ue/marketplace/en-US/slug/infinity-blade-enemies Information provided by the Art Director Robert
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpuzMJ7jdN0 Visible in Dev Vlog #4 and available in the game's files
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIZiLPu6ysI&t=520s Official footage of one of the first Deep Rock Galactic builds
  5. http://www.ghostship.dk/blog/dwarf-armor-setup As evidenced by an old blog post
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsOANYM2u9I Generic Hero utilized in a biome demonstration video