Sadly you're never truly alone on the island, instead there are cannibalistic mutant tribes that will do their darndest to terrorize, hurt, and haunt you forever.
Sounds like fun doesn't it!
However these are not your basic game AI enemies that take just 2 hits to kill together with
super-uber predictable pathfinding mechanics. No these are creatures that dynamically adapt to their surroundings and their threats; You!
Normally during the daytime you will see them patrolling through the woods and around the shorelines. They live in caves and some in primitive camps and have a weird voodoo like culture with their own gods and values (hell you can even find them praying sometimes!).
Once you get spotted by one or more mutants there are multiple factors that will determine if they will react aggressively or not, these factors consist of:
- Time of the day
- Type of weather
- Size of the mutant group
- player showing "aggresive" behavior
- Is the player wearing armor?
- Is the player attacking other mutants?
Especially the last 3 can make a huge difference in most scenarios. But there isn't just advanced combat mechanics and besides their extremely high health and high damage there are other intresting things about the mutants.
For instance if a group attacks you and you manage to kill or severely injure one of them, they will try and drag them away from the battlefield and to safety. They also mourn their dead using effigies which they also use to try and communicate with you. Also if you see a mutant running after you have killed one of them he is going to go and get reinforcements!!!
be wary of this.
First of we will take a look at the 2 tribes that currently inhabit the island and how they interact with each other.1. Starving mutants
These mutants have been seperated from the main tribe for unkown reasons and are identified by their blood covered bodies. While they are much more aggressive compared to normal mutants they are much weaker and are quite easy to kill. While they can work side by side with "normal" mutants they are usually hostile towards each other.2. "Normal" mutants
These mutants are identified by their human bodies which are always either naked or naked with some kind of body paint. They react to situations less predictably then starving mutants and they are also harder to kill. From personal experience they are also found more commonly walking around in packs compared to the starving mutants.
So now lets look at the specific types of mutants and what it is that they do currently.1. The regular mutant
They look the most human of all the cannibals and are usually found in parties together with a leader class mutant.
They are easy to kill with traps and fire but they are still able to absorb a lot of melee damage and hand out some pretty hard punches.2. The arsonist mutant
This mutant is almost the same as the regular mutant, everything is exactly the same except for one very specific thing.
The arsonist mutant is currently the only type of mutant that uses any type of sophisticated weapon (other mutants have been seen with some type of skull mace) that deals additional damage.
He has a torch in his hand and will attack you with this torch if he/his group decides to engage in combat. When hit by this type of cannibal you will be on fire which can be extremely dangerous as well as make you unable to move normally.
If you see this type of mutant and do not have a weapon you should proceed very carefully.3. The pack leader mutant
While still looking human just like the regular mutant these type of mutants decorate themselves by wearing an effigie.
They are usually the leaders of patrols an raiding parties which in turn makes them important people inside the tribe. Killing them can be frightening for the other mutants causing them to flee.4. The tribe leader mutant
There is not a lot known about this specific mutant, he stands out from the other mutants because he is wearing many human arms in a circular pattern on his back.
Seeing as this is more frightening than the pack leaders type of effigie and the fact that he wears not one, but two skulls on his head makes you think that he would also be a higher ranked mutant than the pack leader.
Currently it is unconfirmed if this mutant deals any additional of damage or if he is harder to kill (I did not test this) but what we do know is that he is just like the pack leader capable of leading other mutant groups.5. The crazy cthulhu type thing
This is a heavily mutated cannibal that is extremely dangerous and, well lets face it, more frightening than a group of rabbits violently eating a zebra alive.....
That said they have multiple arm type things and a weird type of umbilical cord. They are able to effectively destroy defensive walls and in the current version they are only killable with bombs. After blowing it up there will be a bloody shower of guts and body parts, yay!6. The weird female spider thing
So this is probably the mutant with the highest wtf rating yet. Featuring what seems to be 2 or more female bodies merged together with some weird fleece covering it.
A nice thing aboud the female spider thing is that it is very rare above ground. Also if it's daytime and one spawns there is a chance of it being neutral towards you. It is killable with either melee or grenade type weapons (molotov/bomb) but tends to be more aggressive when on the edge of death.
One thing to note is that it can't see you if you are crouched which is nice.