The Rockgrub is a very small, passive fauna species that mostly dwells in cavernous areas.


The Rockgrub is tiny in size, it's translucent body glows a bright bioluminescent green color. It lights up a small spherical area around itself. It has a slim, round, segmented body with two swimming fins on either side, and a larger flipper serving as the tail.

The Rockgrub has five appendages on each side of its body, and a circular maw containing many small teeth.


The Rockgrub's small size would allow it to consume small bits of coral or vegetation clinging to the cliff faces that surround its habitat, as well as corpses or debris that float past it. It is unclear in game if the species is subject to predation, however, the Rockgrubs can be seen evading larger organisms. A powerful tail gives Rockgrubs the ability to move quickly in linear directions, but are slow to react when turning because they lack dorsal fins and a horizontally flexible tail. Like other organisms in the mountain biomes, Rockgrubs have a chitinous plating around their bodies, forming a bioluminescent exoskeleton around their internal organs. This bioluminescence seems to light up the area around them, possibly aiding in finding food, but their lack of eyes indicates that it is a vestigial mutation not used by the current population.

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Rock Grub



  • Code in the shared assets refer to the Rockgrub as the Rock Puncher Larva. By contrast, an early Trello card refers to them as "RockPuncher Food" [1].
  • Rockgrubs are currently the smallest Fauna in Subnautica.


  1. Dated August 16, 2014.