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A Piercing Triped

Thorn Tripeds are Bio Minions from Scaldron.

They are bizarre, botanical entities, covered in spines. Despite having no visible sensory organs, they will home in on any nearby heroes, and attack with a barrage of thorns.


Originally a source of food for many of Scaldron's predators, thorn tripeds flourished under Darkspore mutation. Their thoraces sprouted deadly spikes which serve as offensive armor. Any attempts to fight tripeds physically guarantees that attackers will suffer at least as much as their targets.


  • Onslaught Variant: Thorn Triped
  • Invasion Variant: Piercing Triped
  • Apocalypse Variant: Spiked Triped (Sometimes replaced by Piercing Triped)
Tripeds attack with an AOE of thorns. AOE resistance is useful here. They also have a Spiky Buff, which will cause recoil damage on any Hero who attacks with melee. The easiest way to deal with them is to pick them off from afar. Even if they do get into melee range, continue using energy-based attacks at point-blank in order to avoid the Spiky buff. Their thorn AOE has very short range (about half as far as Arakna's Necrotic Bolt), so using Andromeda can help quite a bit, by knocking them back.

Meditron Can use his Syndrome Shift to steal the Spiky Buff and then use a Charged Strike on one without the attack backfiring. Stealing the Spiky Buff from the Tripeds will prevent allies with Melee attacks from suffering Spiky's Damage.


  • Along with Menace Weeds, Swarming Herbipods, Botanical Tunnelers, and Protoplasms, Thorn Tripeds are the most plant-like of all Darkspore, even more so than some of the others. They have no visible mouth, and their bodies are planed out by radial symmetry (though the growth of thorns seems to be random).
  • They have Revenant's feet.
  • On, they are called Piercing Tripeds.
  • Their appearances don't change much between difficulties like Invasion, they only change color.
    • Piercing Tripeds sometimes appear in Apocalypse levels instead of Spiked Tripeds, their Apocalypse variant. Spiked Tripeds are blue, ehile Piercing Tripeds are bright green. This may or may not be a bug.