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A mobile and aggressive stage of the Rockpox. Upon hatching, Plague Larva seek out a potential victim and infect them. This causes rapid and irreversible physiological changes, resulting in the Infected Glyphids we have been spotting in the caves. Luckily at the moment, the Larvae seem incapable of infecting Dwarves - nevertheless, contact should be avoided, as we still know so little about this new life form.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Rockpox Larva, also known as Plague Larva or officially as Lithophage CHX4, is a hostile creature found during any mission that has the Lithophage Warning. These tiny enemies resemble Carnivorous Larva in both form and function, slithering the ground, walls and ceiling before lunging at any Dwarves, dealing both damage and increasing the Rockpox status effect.

Plague Larva often come in swarms and is the most common form of Lithophage. They spawn from Lithophage cysts that explodes when damaged. The Lithophage Larva is the Lithophage's true form, infecting any and all creatures in Hoxxes.

Combat[]

The Rockpox Larvae is essentially the same as the more normal Carnivorous Larva. They are extremely weak to everything and require numbers and their small size to be a sufficient threat. Unlike the Carnivorous Larva, being attacked by a Rockpox Larvae would also increase the Rockpox effect, dealing damage over time. It is best to use weapons with high splash damage or could damage multiple enemies like the Gunner and Driller class.

Health and Armor[]

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 to Dwarfcount4 3 7 10 15 17 10 12 16 17 20

Attacks[]

Infest
Direct Attack
Damage Amount Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1 0 0.5 3 6 7.6 4 7 4 7.6 8
Dwarfcount2

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 3.4 4.6 6.66 8 0 3.4 4.6 6.66 8
Dwarfcount3

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 3.4 4.6 6.66 8 0 3.4 4.6 6.66 8
Dwarfcount4

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 5.4 5.8 8.66 10 0 5.4 5.8 8.66 10
Details
Damage Type Kinetic
 
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 0 2 12 24 30.4 16 28 16 30.4 32
Dwarfcount2

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 13.6 18.4 26.64 32 0 13.6 18.4 26.64 32
Dwarfcount3

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 13.6 18.4 26.64 32 0 13.6 18.4 26.64 32
Dwarfcount4

{{#ifeq: Rockpox | Cold | |

0 21.6 23.2 34.64 40 0 21.6 23.2 34.64 40
Details
Damage Type Kinetic
Dwarf for scale (1

Radius: 1 m
Maximum Damage Radius: 0.5 m
Minimum Area Damage: 25 %


Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • The animation, role and function is nearly identical to the Carnivorous Larva. If anything, it resembles a reskin of the Carnivorous Larva.
  • It can be assumed that the Rockpox Larva is the Lithophage's true form prior to infecting and taking over its host.
  • The way the Lithophage works by infecting other organisms through a primary infection form resembles the Flood from the Halo franchise.


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