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Beast Master is one of the 23 available perks that currently exist in Deep Rock Galactic. It can be unlocked on the sixth row of perks and there are 5 tiers; each tier requiring 3 / 5 / 7 / 9 / 12 perk points respectively for a total of 36.

Perk Table[]

Icon Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Description
Beast master Tamed Glyphids deal 0 % more damage Tamed Glyphids deal 100 % more damage Tamed Glyphids deal 200 % more damage All Glyphid types except Dreadnaughts can be tamed Active: Charm a Glyphid to become your loyal companion. You can only have one tamed Glyphid at a time.

(5 minute cooldown)
Tamed Glyphids deal 100 / 200 / 300 % more damage to their targets!
Hold [USE] while looking at a tameable Glyphid that is within 2 m.

Perk Breakdown[]

  • It takes 0.75s to tame a Grunt.
  • Taming a Glyphid fully heals them. However, it does not restore any broken armor.
  • It is possible to tame a Glyphid Grunt, a Glyphid Grounder, a Glyphid Grunt Slasher, or a Glyphid Grunt Guard (but not their Ebonite or Elite variants).
  • The tamed Glyphid will always have the suffix (Steeve) [sic]. It will also be surrounded with a neon blue glow to help identify it in the darkness and distinguish it from untamed Glyphids.
  • The tamed Glyphid will accompany its dwarf throughout the entirety of the mission. It will engage any hostile creatures where possible, even being able to climb walls to attack distant enemies such as the Glyphid Acid Spitter. Its obvious weakness is that it cannot attack flying enemies such as Macteras unless they are within its reach.
  • Tamed Glyphids will dig out and carry heavy objects when pinged.
  • Tamed Glyphids attack faster than untamed Grunts.
  • Tamed Glyphids take 2% friendly fire damage and aren't affected by Sticky Flames from the Driller's CRSPR Flamethrower. They are still vulnerable to weakspot damage bonuses and armor breaking from the dwarves.
  • Tamed Glyphids are affected by Mission Mutators, notably regenerating health with Regenerative Bugs, spawning a Carnivorous Larva upon death with Parasites (which remains hostile to players), and gaining bonus damage with Lethal Enemies.
  • Tamed Glyphids freeze half as fast and unfreeze twice as fast as untamed Glyphids.
  • The Glyphid has no target prioritization capability nor any survival instincts, being ignorant to any potential danger.
  • In addition to the 5-minute cooldown applied when you tame a Glyphid, there is an unmentioned 20 second cooldown when your current tamed Glyphid dies before you can tame another one (even though the perk's cooldown icon does not indicate it). Keep this in mind when your current tame dies before you attempt to tame another.


  • Players can pet Steeve by using the [USE] ("E" by default) key.
  • Despite being friendly, using the Laser Pointer on Steeve will still prompt your dwarf to call for violence towards him.
  • A commonly requested feature by many Redditors is the ability to customise Steeve with various cosmetics. Ghost Ship Games developer Mark has gone on record during a Dev Stream as saying "We have no plans to further appease your childish obsession with The Reddit Spider".