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The Brood Nexus is one of the great mysteries of Hoxxes. While we know for a fact that Glyphids hatch from eggs, these malodorous, organic protuberances nonetheless expel freshly birthed and ravenous Glyphid Swarmers. It's theorized that the Brood Nexus is a completely separate genus, somehow able to replicate the DNA of other species, and use their "designs" for its own protection. Either way, if you meet one, take it out with extreme prejudice.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Glyphid Brood Nexus is a stationary Creature found on Hoxxes. It is a member of the Glyphid family that typically spawns in large, open caves, spawning on cave generation. It can be found on every region of the planet.


The Brood Nexus is incapable of harming the dwarves directly. Instead, it will periodically release Glyphid Spawn— a smaller, weaker variant of the Glyphid Swarmer— once a dwarf enters within a certain radius of the Brood Nexus. It will continue to do so until destroyed. On death, the Brood Nexus explodes into a rain of multiple Glyphid Spawns. If frozen when destroyed, it will not release the group of Spawns.

While not dangerous on its own, the Glyphid Spawn that it creates can become bothersome and quickly chip away at a dwarve's health, especially during ambushes or swarms. However, due to how infrequently it releases Spawn and its death explosion, enemies which pose a more immediate threat can and should be prioritized over the Brood Nexus.

The Brood Nexus possess 3 eyes that, unlike regular weakpoints, are breakable. They have a fixed, non-scaling health of 300 and can only be damaged directly (i.e. not by Area Damage). Upon dealing 300 or more damage to an eye, it will explode, dealing 300 damage to the Nexus.

Health and Armor[]


Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1 450 900 1980 2340 2700 1980 2790 3240 3060 4140
Dwarfcount2 1386 2700 3420 3600 5760 2340 3510 3780 3960 5940
Dwarfcount3 1386 2700 3420 3600 5760 2340 3510 3780 3960 5940
Dwarfcount4 3330 3600 4140 4680 5220 4140 4680 5040 5040 6480


The Brood Nexus has no attack of its own, relying on its bulk and producing an endless swarm of Glyphid Spawns to defend itself.


  • Due to each enemy giving experience when killed, the Brood Nexus can be left alone to allow it to produce Glyphid Spawns, which can be killed for experience. However, enemies only give 1 experience when killed, so this method of grinding gives very little experience.