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Code name
Neutral to Aggressive
Food Pips

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DLC icon.png3 Food pip.png Spearmaster head.png

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DLC icon.png1 Food pip.png Gourmand head.png


Saint head.png: Rubicon


Firebugs are arthropod-like creatures exclusive to the Downpour DLC, found only in Rubicon Safari Icon.png Rubicon. They carry Fire Egg icon.png Fire Eggs on their backs, protecting them from being taken by other creatures. They sport a very similar body shape, abilities and behavior to Eggbug icon.png Eggbugs. Their Eggs, eyes and Spears are the same color, which varies between pink, red and orange. Their body is usually dark with a gradient in one of the forementioned colors.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Firebugs posses numerous thin black legs attached to their main body. Two short antennae hang down from their fairly round head. They have red eyes. Their bodies are thin, and their top side is riddled with 'eggs' that are detachable and combustible when thrown or when falling and colliding from a high place.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Though they appear harmless, they explode when attacked, releasing the Fire Eggs on their backs and showing aligned Spears angled towards their back. They then begin pursuing the attacker with agile and sharp maneuvers, following the quickest route towards their target. Use Rubbish icon.png Rubbish to stun them for a short time, which offers the opportunity for attack. Using the Fire Eggs they drop is an easy and reliable way to take care of them, killing them in one hit. They almost always require two hits to kill, even if a regular Spear icon.png Spear is used.

An efficient way to kill them is to stick a Fire Egg to their body and hit it with Rubbish before the explosion triggers, causing their explosion protection to be disabled. This allows the player to hit them with Spears and extra Fire Eggs to take them down.

Like other arthropods, Firebugs can be killed with a Spore Puff icon.png Spore Puff. This is relatively quick and very convenient, as it does not activate their aggressive state or the corresponding explosion. However, there is limited use for this as Spore Puffs do not spawn in Challenges or in Rubicon Safari Icon.png Rubicon.

Evasion[edit | edit source]

Firebugs are difficult to evade over dry land once aggravated, but they cannot swim. By luring one into water or void fluid, or swimming down and away from it, they can be easily avoided, though they will still be aggravated. Slugcat head.png Slugcats can also jump to evade their attacks. Finding a RW Shelter icon.png Shelter and resting in it resets their behavior back to neutral.

Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]

When not aggravated, Firebugs skittishly roam the room, avoiding any confrontation with any creature that they perceive as a threat. They turn hostile when injured, and begin hunting the attacking creature down in retaliation. They can climb poles, walls, and ceilings, and can use Fire Spears from their bodies.

They are immune to explosions while the eggs are attached.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Default relationship Rwtooltip.pngIgnores (0)
Wants to eatSlugcat head.png Slugcat (0.5)  •  Slugpup icon.png Slugpup (0.5)
Afraid ofStowaway icon.png Stowaway (0.9)  •  Giant Jellyfish icon.png Giant Jellyfish (0.2)
AntagonizesEggbug icon.png Eggbug (0.5)  •  Firebug icon.png Firebug (0.5)

Utility[edit | edit source]

Firebugs drop Fire Egg icon.png Fire Eggs and Fire Spear icon.png Fire Spears. They can drop multiple of each. Fire Eggs can be eaten for 1 food pip Food pip.png, or thrown and detonated similar to a Grenade icon.png Grenade, but with a much more delayed explosion time. The explosion radius is large enough to fling and stun nearby objects or creatures. Fire Spears can be used by any Slugcat, even the Saint head.png Saint, dealing more damage than the standard Spear and leaving gas particles and a bright white flash when thrown.

Variants & attributes[edit | edit source]

Firebugs have a variation of the hue of their brood, with their eggs being tinted a radiant yellow, crimson, rose, or pure scarlet. This pigment correlates with their eyes and Fire Spear icon.png Fire Spears adored along their back. Firebugs can additionally vary in the length of their antennae.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The aggressive mode is easily missed in a normal run. The only place they spawn in is Rubicon Safari Icon.png Rubicon, the final area of the Saint's campaign, and they can be quickly disposed of at that point of the game.
  • Challenge 54 'Fire Pursuit' forces Saint to fight four of them without Karma powers, which shows how dangerous they are when enraged and how useful their spears and eggs actually are. It is likely that this is the first and only time their aggressive state is experienced in a given playthrough.
  • Because of their lack of grab animation, they can easily bypass pipe-juking invulnerability and catch the player as soon as they exit a pipe.
  • If Saint head.png Saint Ascends a Firebug they are holding, they may die or get knocked out of bounds by the explosion.