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This article contains information that is updated for the latest Experimental Version of Subnautica: Below Zero. Players using stable mode may find this information inaccurate.


The Chelicerate is an aggressive leviathan class fauna species of Subnautica: Below Zero.

Appearance

The top side of the body is red in color whilst the underside is beige. The head is large, accounting for around one third of the total body length including mandibles. The jaw section is formed by four long curved mandibles pointed forwards that mesh together towards the back to form an inescapable jaw. Between the mandibles is a small beak-like mouth lined with two rows of forwards-swept teeth. Low down on the head is a black eye with a white ring in the center and behind this a smaller, simpler eye lacking the white ring seen in the larger eye. Both pairs of eyes are ringed with purple.

The body section is divided into twelve plates, the first six plates featuring long spines growing from the top, providing the framework for a dorsal fin-like membrane stretching between them. The second plate has a pair of long and thin jointed pectoral fins, partially made up of a transparent membrane. The ventral side of the eighth and ninth plates features a transparent pelvic fin. The body ends with a small tail fluke.

A separate version of the Chelicerate exists in the Void. A Chelicerate found in this biome has a white body that turns grey towards the head and the tail, with pale orange and brown patches on its body. Its eyes are firey orange with yellow towards the pupil. The membrane between the spines on its back and fins is more transparent and is a light blue. The small tail is black as opposed to pink.


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Marguerit Maida's Prawn Suit has a Chelicerate mandible attached to it.


Behavior

Chelicerates normally patrols areas, commonly attacking creatures like Cryptosuchuses and Brute Sharks but also attacking smaller fish. On spotting potential prey, it will open its beak and charge, emitting a loud screech as it does so. If it successfully attacks Robin, it will deal 75 damage, but if her health is less than 77%, the bite will be an instant kill with a cinematic showing Robin getting caught in the creature's jaws.

Chelicerates will also attack the Seatruck and Prawn Suit, grasping these vehicles in their jaws and pushing them around for a short time dealing damage.

Databank Entry

Chelicerate
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Chelicerate Ency

An aggresive leviathan with an enormous beak, we have little further knowledge of this alien monstrosity at this time, and many on 4546B hope it stays that way.

Source: Scan Chelicerates

Design

The name "Chelicerate" name is taken from the taxonomic classification "Chelicerata", a subphylum of arthropods including horseshoe crabs, arachnids, sea spiders, and the extinct eurypterids (sea scorpions). The latter group appears to have inspired the design of this Leviathan, as both eurypterids and this creature share a body comprised of fourteen segments. Real cheliceratas were invertebrates, though it is not confirmed if the Below Zero Chelicerate shares this quality.

The elements that make up the body resemble those of a Eurypterid, whilst the body's shape is shark-like. The creature's four claw-like jaws are based on the chelicerae that give the taxonomic group its name, and appear to be based on the jaws of solfugae ("camel spiders").

Sounds

File Type
Sfx creature chelicerate bite 01
Bite 1
Sfx creature chelicerate bite 02
Bite 2
Sfx creature chelicerate bite 03
Bite 3
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack alarm 01
Prawn Suit attack alarm
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack enter 01
Prawn Suit attack start
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack exit 01
Prawn Suit attack end
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop layer metal 01
Prawn Suit attack metal loop
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop water os 01
Prawn Suit attack water loop 1
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop water os 02
Prawn Suit attack water loop 2
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop water os 03
Prawn Suit attack water loop 3
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop water os 04
Prawn Suit attack water loop 4
Sfx creature chelicerate exoattack loop water os 05
Prawn Suit attack water loop 5
Sfx creature chelicerate roar 01
Roar 1
Sfx creature chelicerate roar 02
Roar 2
Sfx creature chelicerate roar 03
Roar 3
Sfx creature chelicerate roar aggro 01
Aggro roar
Sfx creature chelicerate roar enter 01
Roar start
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack 01
Seatruck attack
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack alarm 01
Seatruck attack alarm
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack enter 01
Seatruck attack start
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack exit 01
Seatruck attack end
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack loop layer joystick 01
Seatruck attack joystick loop
Sfx creature chelicerate seatruckattack loop layer metal 01
Seatruck attack metal loop
Sfx creature chelicerate soloattack 01
Out-of-vehicle attack
Sfx creature chelicerate swim fast 01
Fast swim 1
Sfx creature chelicerate swim fast 02
Fast swim 2
Sfx creature chelicerate swim fast 03
Fast swim 3
Sfx creature chelicerate swim fast 04
Fast swim 4
Sfx creature chelicerate swim fast 05
Fast swim 5
Sfx creature chelicerate swim slow 01
Slow swim 1
Sfx creature chelicerate swim slow 02
Slow swim 2
Sfx creature chelicerate swim slow 03
Slow swim 3
Sfx creature chelicerate swim slow 04
Slow swim 4
Sfx creature chelicerate swim slow 05
Slow swim 5

Gallery

Trivia

  • In concept art the Chelicerate was originally envisioned as the size of a shark, but was later elevated to a Leviathan class creature.
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