|"They're crawling all over the walls!"|
70 (+3 per Biomass)
10 (17 / 23 / 30)
100 (110 / 120 / 130)
|Respawns In:||10 seconds|
|Air Speed:||11 (Leap)|
|Ground Speed:||7.0 (7.5 / 8.0 / 8.5)|
|Wall Speed:||7.25 (run), 8.0 to 11 (jump)|
|Abilities and Upgrades|
Alien Vision, Evolve Menu, Hive Sight, Sneak, Wall Walking (Wall Jumping), Bite, Parasite, Leap, Xenocide
Carapace, Regeneration, Aura, Phantom, Adrenaline, Celerity
Leap at biomass 4, Xenocide at biomass 9
|Buy From:||Evolve Menu|
|Gestation Time:||3 seconds|
The Skulk is the primary Kharaa lifeform, which all alien players will spawn as from Eggs. It is an agile canine-like quadruped, that possesses razor-sharp teeth on a multi-hinged jaw and spiked claws used to climb on any surfaces.
Although fragile, the Skulk excels at melee combat by moving on walls to ambush Marines and delivering powerful Bites. It can spit a Parasite over a long distance, infecting any Frontiersmen players and structures hit to track their positions anywhere (even through walls). Once the Alien Commander evolves new abilities for lifeforms, the Skulk can Leap into the air or even explode using Xenocide to wreak havoc amongst Marine squads.
The Skulk is the most common Kharaa sub-species encountered. Capable of blurring speed and leaps of near limitless height, the Skulk is a light, wiry creature around the size of a large canine. Lacking any significant projectile attacks, it specializes in ambushing its prey in melee range. The Skulk is a quadruped (moves on all fours) – each leg terminates in a long, sharp, bladed bone. Despite having dagger-like leg bones, the Skulk's powerful jaws are its most lethal weapon; if it cannot be stopped before reaching its target, its target has only a slim chance of survival.
Commanders were constantly reporting something "skulking" at the edges of sensor range, or through the shadows, and the name stuck.
As the lowest of the alien life forms the skulk is most expendable and takes on myriad roles from stealthy, fast harasser to suicidal hive defender. Living up to their namesake, Skulks are very effective when using stealth to ambush parties of marines, yet many situations call for more direct actions, i.e assaulting a marine position or defending the hive from invaders. In these times the primary defense and offense of the Skulk is the incredible speed at which they move.
Controlling a Skulk is far different from that of a conventional first person shooter, noticeably the Skulk has a very low profile and moves at what can be an unwieldy speed. A Skulk is also limited to primarily melee ranged attacks which do varying damage based on how well aimed they are. The basics of controlling a Skulk in a fight involve using vertical and high surfaces to your advantage while never moving in predictable patterns. It is always best to try and be stealthy as a Skulk, using vents and crawling on unexpected surfaces. Even if you are unseen however, the distinctive footstep sound of the Skulk can signal a group of alert marines immediately. In those situations holding shift eliminates all footstep noise at the cost of speed. When marines are alerted to your presence it is usually best to retreat or use your speed to move around and attack from an unexpected angle. Break line of sight whenever possible up until the time to commit to an assault.
When the time comes for a direct assault wait for a pack of Skulks or some form of backup to appear. It is never advisable to trickle in one at a time into a heavy marine position. Once the charge begins remember that moving head on towards an aware marine is rewarded with near instant evisceration. Jump often and utilize leap sparingly to reduce their ability to track you. It is also important to note that moving your aim as a Skulk swings your very long body around, so moving your aim constantly from side to side can also confuse enemies.
|Skulk Player Controls|
|Space||Jump||3||Xenocide||X||Voice Overs Menu|
All Kharaa lifeforms possess hypersensitive retinas that allow Alien Vision (or Dark Vision), which changes the lifeform's perspective in order to distinguish between organisms, structures, and the terrain.
|Toggle Alien Vision mode to highlight all units and structures in white, and the terrain in orange.
|Targets||Players, Units, Structures, Terrain|
The Evolve Menu allows Kharaa players to select different lifeforms and unlocked Traits to evolve using Personal Resources. It contains information about each lifeform, such as name, cost, Health, Armor, abilities, effects of each Trait, and more.
|Opens the Evolve Menu to purchase different Kharaa lifeforms and available Traits using Personal Resources.|
|Requires||Valid ground to spawn player Egg|
Hive Sight is an innate passive ability for all Kharaa lifeforms. All nearby visible players, units and structures will be highlighted in an orange glow at all times. Friendly players will also be visible through walls, allowing players to coordinate and position themselves against incoming Frontiersmen forces.
|Hive Sight highlights all players and structures in an orange glow. When nearby, Kharaa players can see each other through walls.
|Targets||Players, Units, Structures|
Being sneaky is what the Skulk is all about. The metallic clinging sounds created by the Skulk will alert attentive Marines of its presence. By moving slowly and silently, Skulks can close the distance to go for the kill when Marines have to rely on their eyes alone.
|The Skulk can crawl silently by halving its move speed. While sneaking, Skulk has increased grip on surfaces.|
|Speed||Base speed / 2|
|Targets||Ground, Walls, Props, Structures|
Using its sharp claws, the Skulk can crawl onto walls, props, and even structures with relative ease. Wall Walking allows Skulks to navigate any landscape and creates opportunities to ambush Frontiersmen forces. Crouching will disable Wall Walking and drop the Skulk to the ground.
Wall Jumping is the Skulk's unique movement mechanic. By brushing against a wall, prop, or structure, then jumping away from it, Skulk can accelerate itself. However, the move speed bonus is only temporary, and staying on the ground will negate its effect. The Skulk must jump as it touches the ground to preserve momentum and retain the speed bonus.
Bite is the Skulk's primary attack that deals high damage quickly to both players and structures alike. Because the Skulk sees through its mouth, each bite will rapidly close and open the mouth. A successful bite to a Marine will cause blood to appear inside the mouth.
|The Skulk's powerful Bite can rip through both flesh and metal with frightening speed.|
|Hotkey||1 (slot), Mouse1 (attack)|
|Fire Rate||0.45 seconds|
|Targets||Marines, Robots, Structures|
Parasite is the Skulk's only ranged attack that deals very little damage, but is perfectly accurate and tags valid enemy targets to reveal them through walls to all nearby Kharaa players. Using Parasite on Marines prior to engaging them provides a tactical advantage to your team. While its damage is negligible, spitting a Parasite onto a Marine without Armor 1/2/3 upgrades allows the Skulk to kill the Marine in two Bites instead of three.
|Infects an enemy target with small Parasites, allowing all Kharaa players to track the target's position through walls using Hive Sight.
|Hotkey||2 (slot), Mouse1 (attack)|
|Fire Rate||0.5 seconds|
|Targets||Marines, Robots, Structures|
Leap is the Skulk's secondary ability that allows it to jump quickly toward its current direction.
Xenocide is the Skulk's suicide ability that deals massive damage to every Frontiersmen unit and structure around itself. Although using Xenocide removes the Skulk from the field, an effective explosion will weaken the Frontiersmen, allowing other Kharaa lifeforms to turn the tide of battle.