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Mutant 2.png


Will gib when health is


Attack Damage
  • (40-50) Pounce
  • (10-15) Claw
Found in

Comments: Run.

—Quake 2 Manual

In Quake II, the Mutant is a large, grey creature that only uses melee attacks. It can pounce and slash you.

It's notable for being one of only three known examples of native Stroggos fauna (the other being the Barracuda Shark, and the Gekk, found in The Reckoning) to have survived the global industrialization programs of the Strogg, which has heavily polluted so much of Stroggos.

Mutants only appear in the Prison and Mine hubs. Only a single one appears in Ground Zero hidden in a secret area.


The Mutant can move at fast speeds making an easily heard, unique sound. Once the Mutant has seen the player, it will run around until it has a clear path between it and him/her and jump at the player if he's/she's within range. This first pounce can deal between 40 to 50 damage and then it will begin its claw attack without delay dealing 10 to 15 damage in very quick succession. The damage from the pounce added to the damage from the claws can become immense if the Mutant isn't dealt with quickly. If the player is backed into a corner and hasn't got a decent weapon at the ready, the Mutant will easily tear him/her to shreds.


  • Alone, a Mutant isn't much of problem if you keep your distance from it. Keep circle-strafing it so that it's jumps will always miss, then attack it with the Chain Gun or Hyperblaster. Explosives are risky because the Mutant could be jumping in front of you when you fire an explosive, damaging you as well as it.
  • With other enemies, the Mutant can be a problem, depending on how much room you have to maneuver. If you're in a large room, strafe around the room to avoid the Mutant and other enemies. If you don't, try to find an area that offers you more room, because a Mutant will tear you up if you don't have any.


The Mutant being idle
The Mutant spotting an opponent
The Mutant being injured
The Mutant being killed

Death Message[]

  • Player was clawed by a Mutant


  • The Mutant attacks and acts very similarly to the Fiend from the first Quake, even the face is quite similar.
  • When idle the Mutant may sometimes scratch its right buttock with its right hand.