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This article is about the Lava Larva. You may be looking for the Lava Lizard.

The Lava Larva is a mid-sized, parasitic fauna species.

Appearance

The Lava Larva has a dark violet body, which is slightly flattened on the top and underneath. It has a striped pattern on the back.

On the front, the Lava Larva has two short, bulbous antennae-like appendages pointing forward. It has a pair of useless eyes surrounded by an orange ring. A glowing, orange-colored pattern rims the creature's mouth and stretches all the way to the other end of its body.

Whilst moving, the Lava Larva emits black particles from its back, these dissipate after a short time.

Behaviour

The Lava Larva will swim around aimlessly, producing high-pitched chirping sounds. It will attach itself to the SeamothPrawn Suit and Cyclops, draining Energy and slowing the vehicle down.

It is noteworthy that the more Lava Larva there are attached, the more quickly the energy will drain. In order to get the Lava Larva off, the player must hit it with the Knife, freeze it with the Stasis Rifle or blast it off with the Propulsion Cannon or Repulsion Cannon. They can also be removed by: the Prawn Suit Propulsion Cannon if on a Prawn Suit, the Cyclops Shield Generator if on a Cyclops and can also be scared off with the Seamoth Perimeter Defense System. Lava Lizards will also eat the larvae off of your vehicle. If the vehicle's energy is turned off by removing all Power Cells, or the Power Cells are depleted, they will detach.

Influence on Vehicles

Number of Lava Larva Time attached Energy Lost
1 33s 1%
2 18s 1%
3 12.5s 1%
4 9s 1%
5 6.5s 1%
6 3s 1%
7+ 1s 1%
  • If the number of Lava Larva should exceed past six, vehicles will lose 1% of energy every second.

Data Bank Entry

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A grub-like species which appears to lack sense of sight and smell, but is able to sense and drain thermal and electrical energy in the environment.

  1. Underside Suction Cup:
    Capable of attaching to smooth surfaces and generating high pressure suction.
  2. Torso:
    Thick scales protect from extreme temperatures. Lacks traditional digestive system.
  • Attracted to energy sources of all kinds
  • Draws energy from its prey to survive



Assessment: Avoid when piloting powered vehicles

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Trivia

  • Despite being called a larva, the Lava Larva is not currently suggested to be the immature form of any known creature on Planet 4546B; presumably this name is based purely on outward appearance.