Monsters ("mobs") serve as the main enemy in the game. They only appear after a door is opened: either by spawning in a newly-opened room or in existing unpowered rooms. An important exception to the latter is they will never spawn in a room occupied by a player's hero - in effect, heroes 'power' the room they are in for the purposes of mob spawning. Typically several rooms will spawn monsters at once, which will then attempt to close in on the crystal via the shortest possible route. They will be automatically attacked by heroes and minor modules once they enter the same room and may in turn attack their own targets. Upon death, mobs have a chance of leaving behind dust that may be utilized by the player.
Most monsters have a speed of about 15; exceptions include the Necrophage Hunter (35), Hurna Assassin (24), and Silic Crystal (10).
All mobs have targeting priorities, with most having a list of multiple acceptable targets (e.g. Heroes > Minor Modules > Crystal). Note that nearly all monsters will attack the crystal (draining large amounts of Dust from you in the process) if given the chance, it must be defended at all costs!
Wave behavior and strategy
The difficulty and chance of a wave or group of waves can be influenced by the following:
- The floor of the Dungeon
- The number of rooms the player has explored
- The number of waves that have occurred
- If the exit has been found or not
- The chosen spaceship
Typically around 3-7 different mob types will spawn on a given floor. This can include regular and elite versions of the same monster. Mob types are floor-dependent, elites are incapable of appearing before floors 5-6, and regular mobs are almost never seen on higher floors. Most mob types appearing on the floor can typically be seen within the first few waves but this is not necessarily true - it can be very easy to get blindsided by a surprise Hurna Rider or Silic Bulldozer who shows up at door 15... an unfortunately common occurrence. Dungeon of the Endless operates heavily on RNG - though factors can be influenced by the player, the nature of the game one must always be on guard for surprises. This is important, because the form of one's defense should be a reaction to the types of mobs encountered on the floor - modules and heroes that are effective against one type of mob may be weak against another.
The number of rooms spawning monsters (waves) will be told to the player on the bottom-right of the HUD (e.g. "3 wave(s) incoming"). It typically takes a few seconds for all the waves to spawn, once the message appears on the HUD no new waves will spawn. Knowing this is a useful trick because it allows for the common technique of moving the exploring hero back to a dark room to block spawns without leaving said room before the waves finish appearing.
IMPORTANT: waves become considerably more difficult once the exit has been found, increasing in both frequency and volume of enemies (especially on the Sanitary Pod). They also seem to increase the likelihood of new mob types spawning. Attempting to find the exit early to escape or stalling to find it later and therefore gain more resources are both common goals of experienced players as a result, of course depending on the situation.
|Chimera Hydra||Anti-hero||Ranged||Attacks at range and reduces the speed of heroes in the same room. Elites can target Merchants and non-recruited heroes.|
|Chimera Kamikaze||Special||Kamikaze AoE||Targets the most populated room (within a certain range) and slowly detonates, damaging everything in the room and killing itself in the process. Deals extremely high damage to heroes and can destroy most minor modules in two hits.|
|Chimera Keeper||Anti-hero||AoE||Immobile; deals splash damage to everything in its room. Increases the Defense and Health Regen of other monsters in the dungeon and decreases the probability to loot Dust from monsters. Gains more power the longer it stays alive. The player is notified when one spawns via the HUD.|
|Chimera Zombie||Basic||Melee||Targets heroes.|
|Hurna Assassin||Special||Ranged||Attempts to attack your most fragile hero. It will ignore everything else, running past other heroes and room defenses. Once it finds your weakest character, it will quickly fire high damage ranged attacks attempting to assassinate them.|
|Hurna Warden||Anti-hero||Melee, AoE||Targets heroes. Attacks with a close range AoE that can damage multiple heroes at once.|
|Hurna Hunter||Anti-hero||Melee||Targets heroes. Elites can target Merchants and non-recruited heroes.|
|Hurna Rider||Special||Melee||Spawns alone, and targets a random unopened door to attack (this can be the room they spawn in!). They will ignore anything in their path and will attack only the door they target. Doors they destroy count as if a hero opened them, so not only are resources gathered, but new waves of monsters can spawn (including more riders). They will immediately target another random door and head to attack it.|
|Hurna Shaman||Special||AoE||Severely reduces the attack power of heroes in the room.|
|Necrophage Crystophile||Special||Melee||Only targets the crystal. Speed not reduced by heroes present in the same room.|
|Necrophage Hunter||Anti-hero||Melee||Extremely fast compared to other monsters. Attacks heroes. Elites can target Merchants and non-recruited heroes.|
|Necrophage Kamikaze||Special||AoE||Targets the most populated room (within a certain range) and quickly explodes, damaging everything in the room and killing itself in the process. Deals high damage to heroes and can destroy minor modules in 3-4 hits.|
|Necrophage Larva||Basic||Melee||Attacks heroes with large numbers.|
|Necrophage Necrodrone||Anti-module||Ranged, AoE||Speed not affected by heroes present in same room. Can target major modules and non-recruited heroes. Elites can target active artifacts and deal splash damage.|
|Silic Bulldozer||Anti-module||Melee, AoE||Only targets major modules, active artifacts, or the crystal. Deals splash damage in melee range.|
|Silic Crystal||Basic||Melee||Only targets the crystal. Moves slower than other mobs. Spawns in large groups.|
|Silic Supporter||Special||AoE||Adds defense and attack power to monsters in the room. Targets heroes and deals splash damage.|
|Silic Zoner||Anti-module||Ranged, AoE||Attacks heroes and minor modules. Deals splash damage to objects near its target.|
|Vultu Looter||Special||N/A||Does not move or attack anything, and despawns after several seconds. If killed before it despawns, will guaranteed drop 3-4 Dust. The player is notified on the HUD when one spawns.|
|Vultu Debuffer||Anti-hero||Melee||Severely reduces the movement speed and increases the attack cooldown of the hero it attacks.|
|Vultu Trash||Anti-module||Melee (minor modules)||Ignores heroes (even with aggro items or skills) and attempts to attach itself to a nearby minor module. Once attached, deals minor damage to the module and severely slows the attack rate. They are unable to affect the Neurostun or Tear Gas modules. Can also attack the crystal.|
List of mob statistics
This information is the base stats of the monsters. Values will be modified based on what level of the dungeon you are on, what ship type and what difficulty setting you use.
|Name||Dust loot probability||Max Health||Defense||Attack Power||Attack Range||Attack Cooldown|
|Chimera Hydra||50% reg, 80% elite||270, 380||15, 24||44, 80||6||1.1|
|Chimera Kamikaze||80% reg, 100% elite||350, 470||20, 27||up to 280,
up to 350
|Chimera Keeper||100% for both||450 to 1600||20/25 + 5 per 16s||65/85 + 20/25 per||140||1|
|Chimera Zombie||20% reg, 40% elite||110, 220||15, 17||25, 45||1.5||1.3, 1.2|
|Hurna Assassin [Archer]||80% reg, 100% elite||250, 350||10, 15||110, 185||15||3|
|Hurna Hunter [Axe & Shield]||80% reg, 100% elite||340, 500||20, 25||80, 115||2||1.4|
|Hurna Rider||100% reg, 100% elite||400, 600||26, 30||80, 120
(20 to self)
|Hurna Shaman||60% reg, 80% elite||250, 350||10, 15||4||4||3|
|Hurna Warden [Spiked Club]||40% reg, 50% elite||340, 500||20, 25||7+10, 10+14||2 + 70 splash||1.4|
|Necrophage Crystophile||60% reg, 80% elite||330, 440||16, 22||58, 83||1||1.4, 1.2|
|Necrophage Hunter||70% reg, 100% elite||310, 410||13, 20||61, 90||1||1.1|
|Necrophage Kamikaze||40% reg, 70% elite||250, 340||10, 13||up to 140,
up to 210
|Necrophage Larva||10% reg, 30% elite||80, 170||0||12, 26||1||1.1, 1|
|Necrophage Necrodrone||30% reg, 60% elite||170, 320||10, 15||30, 30 + 16 splash||6 + 70 splash||1.3|
|Silic Bulldozer||80% reg, 100% elite||380, 480||30, 45||68+10, 120+15||2 + 70/140 splash||1.7|
|Silic Crystal||20% for both||80, 160||0||8, 20||1||1.5, 1.3|
|Silic Supporter||40% reg, 70% elite||300, 410||22, 25||25, 40||3 + 70/90 splash||2.5|
|Silic Zoner||40% reg, 70% elite||300, 440||15, 20||20+6, 32+12||5 + 70 splash||1.5|