Animus were Necro Lieutenants found on Nocturna. They had the ability to resurrect dead enemies, even if they had been critically-vaporized, which made their resurrecting properties different from any other enemy.
Seeded on Nocturna, the genetically-modified animi survived primarily on a diet of each other. Ironically, they also possess ability to resurrect their recently-killed kin, and between resurrections, they flee while launching ghostly projectiles. Animi slaughter their victims from a distance with their spectray. Despite their cannibalism, animi possesses sufficient intelligence to use tools, and to employ and revise their attack strategies.
The ectoplasmic projectiles an Animus could launch at you dealt heavy damage if it hit you. They also were generally hard to hit because they would strafe between shots. Therefore, the best way to kill these enemies was to use a hero with homing attacks like Meditron or SRS-42. That way, the player could constantly dodge their attacks while their attacks were sure to hit the Animus itself.
Another hero that could be used against them was Seraph-XS. Once her passive ability activated, Seraph could walk up to an Animus undetected and unleash a powerful attack such as any of her variant abilities except for Omni-Shield (which did not deal damage, just prevented damage done to you). If that did not finish off the Animus right away, a few hits from her basic attack was sure to defeat the lieutenant before it could fire another attack.
Worst case scenario with this enemy was encountering multiple Animi working together, because if one was killed, the others would merely resurrect it. To combat this, the player should try to lure one away from its companions, kill it, and quickly move on to the others, giving them no time to revive their fallen comrade. Another, less efficient tactic was to try to kill all of them at once with an AOE attack.
- Animus were referred to in plural as "Animi" in their description. This was due to the Latin root of animus, with the ending -us being the male singular ending. The ending of -i denotes plural.
- "Animus" means soul in Latin, but coincidentally, it also sounds somewhat like Anubis (the Egyptian god of death).
- In the Spore Template Challenge, they were called "Clawed Spectres".
- Like the other Necro Lieutenants, it was based off one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In the case of the Animus, it is Pride.