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The Common Aludran Reptiloid, or just Aludran Reptiloid, is a variant of Aludran Reptiloid and by far the most common type encountered in the series. They are ranged enemies that fire homing projectiles at the target.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Common Aludran Reptiloid is a green, medium-sized, four-handed reptilian creature originating from the Aludran System, located in the constellation of Canis Major. Mental discovered this primitive race and they agreed to join his army in exchange for magical powers, which enables them to cast magical fireballs with homing capabilities.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Reptiloid remains roughly the same for each game they appear in, though it can still vary to some degree.

  • In Serious Sam 1, Serious Sam Advance and Serious Sam: Next Encounter, the Reptiloid is a light green color and has curved horns, red eyes, and pointed ears.
  • In Serious Sam HD, the Reptiloid uses a much different model, with less protruding horns, yellowish-green eyes and darker-green skin.
  • In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the Reptiloid uses a model similar to that of the HD version, but has a more yellow-green skin.
  • In Serious Sam 4, the Reptiloid has undergone a different design: it is much more green than the Serious Sam 3 version, almost matching the color of the HD one. It now has red eyes, greyish horns, and a long tail. The tail is not present in any previous appearances.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

Reptiloids play a similar role to Arachnoids; often spawning far away, such as on top of pillars, columns, roofs, and so on, in order to 'snipe' the player from a distance and to distract them.

In Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Reptiloids start out from the Valley of the Kings, where they are rather uncommon enemies, but in the following levels, more and more of them appear, until they become common. There are lots of Common Reptiloids in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter as well, from the first level to the final level. They are more mobile in The First Encounter, compared to The Second Encounter, where they are usually stationary.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE and Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE, the Aludran Reptiloid only appears in Jewel of the Nile, where they are encountered on top of buildings or ledges, though sometimes they are mobile like they are in The First Encounter.

In Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, the Reptiloid first appears in Court of Contemplation. Later on, they appear more common, often following the same spawning mechanics as they do in the previous games.

In Serious Sam 4, the first Reptiloid encountered appears in Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They then become more common, often in groups. They are encountered more on the ground than in their previous appearances.

Behavior and skills[edit | edit source]

The Reptiloid does not charge towards the player like most enemies, instead preferring to keep its distance and often remaining stationary. It has two attacks: conjuring a green energy ball that will home in on the player, and punching or stomping on the player at close range. The homing energy ball will try to hit the player, and if it misses, it will turn around and try again. This projectile can be shot down by firearms, but will not be destroyed upon impacting with a surface or wall, unlike the fireballs tossed by the Fiendian Reptiloid Demon. The projectiles only last for a certain period of time before exploding in mid-air.

If the player gets too close to a Common Aludran Reptiloid, it will deliver a powerful punch. In Serious Sam 3, the Reptiloid will stomp on the player with one of its feet.

In Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, the Reptiloid behaves the same as it did in the other games, but it rapidly fires a burst of projectiles rather than only one like the Highlander, making them dangerous. The Reptiloid is also stronger than other games, though the ability for dual wielding weapons still makes it easy to kill it with strong weapons.

In Serious Sam 4, the Reptiloid is a lot more mobile than before, and will try to close in on the player. If it has taken considerable damage, it will enter a 'berserk' state and charge towards the player, firing multiple fireballs at once.

Like other tough enemies in the game, the Reptiloid will become stunned briefly if it comes under rapid heavy fire. It will also take extra damage if it is shot in the head.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • The XM214-A Minigun and XL2 Lasergun are good weapons against a group of Reptiloids, as not only do these weapons kill them relatively quickly but also help to shoot down fireballs as well.
  • The XPML21 Rocket Launcher is also a good weapon for destroying Reptiloids from close-to-medium range. It's not very reliable for further distances, as the rocket may impact with the projectile instead. This has a smaller chance of happening at close range.
  • The MK III Grenade Launcher is a strong weapon to use against the Reptiloid; three or so grenades will kill it, though this depends on accuracy and the player's distance from the Reptiloid. As it requires precision to aim far with grenades, it is recommended to fire grenades at them from medium to close range.
  • The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle can dispatch a few Reptiloids easily, as three shots (two shots in the HD and VR versions) are enough to bring them down.
  • The SBC Cannon can be used as a last resort against this enemy, but it is not recommended.
  • With other enemies, Common Aludran Reptiloids should be high-priority targets, at least on higher difficulties, as its projectiles can become dangerous if left unchecked. This is especially the case if rapid-fire weapons have not been obtained yet.

Serious Sam Advance[edit | edit source]

  • The Aludran Reptiloid's projectiles can be avoided by strafing either left or right in one direction.
  • The Time Strike is very effective against Aludran Reptiloids, as it will always hit them, and it takes only two strikes from it to kill them.
  • The rocket launcher in this game is not very effective against the Aludran Reptiloid because rockets will explode if they hit a projectile fired by the Reptiloid. Since the Reptiloid has a fairly fast rate of fire, this means most of the rockets fired at a Reptiloid will just explode before they hit it.
  • Multiple Aludran Reptiloids should be dealt with by using rapid-fire weapons, such as the Thompson submachine gun or the minigun. These rapid-fire weapons are powerful enough to quickly kill each one if the player focuses on them one at a time. The minigun is better for dealing with Reptiloid groups than the Thompson because of its higher rate of fire, but the Thompson works just as well in a pinch.
  • When paired with other enemies, the Aludran Reptiloid is a high-priority threat. Its projectiles are powerful, and it is placed so that it can easily hit the player while the player is distracted by other enemies. The player should eliminate it as soon as they get a chance to target it.

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

  • The Reptiloid isn't as dangerous as it first looks. Its green orbs are easy to dodge, and aren't as damaging as its larger counterpart, the Highlander Aludran Reptiloid.
  • Zoomed-in sniper rifle shots are very effective against it, as one shot will kill a Common Reptiloid.
  • If the player has to fight a Reptiloid close up, the Double-Barrel Shotgun works very well. A point-blank shot is about as powerful as a rocket and lacks the rocket's splash damage. It takes about three shots to down a Reptiloid.
  • Long-range Reptiloids can be taken down with a barrage of rockets if the player lacks a sniper rifle. About four should be enough to kill it.

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

  • The RAPTOR is an excellent weapon to use against a Reptiloid, as it has a fairly high rate of fire and does a lot of damage against it per hit. Three or so shots should be enough to kill it.
  • Reptiloids are slow and even usually stationary when located in elevated places. Thus a rocket launcher is a viable alternative for killing them. Note that the Reptiloid's projectiles can destroy rockets so more than 3 may be needed.
  • The M29 Infantry Assault Rifle and lasergun also work well against the Reptiloid. They not only can do a good amount of damage to a Reptiloid quickly, they can also destroy the Reptiloid's projectiles right or soon after they're tossed by a Reptiloid.
  • The AS-24 Devastator is an ideal weapon against the Reptiloid as well. Its projectiles are fired fast enough to destroy the Reptiloid's projectiles and kill it before the fireballs reach the player.
  • A Reptiloid's projectiles can be dodged by simply strafing left or right.
  • If a Reptiloid projectile is dodged, it will often try and hit the player again. It's best to turn around and destroy it as soon as it's avoided, or else the player may be in for a nasty surprise a few seconds later.
  • When paired with other enemies, the Reptiloid should be one of the first enemies killed. It's easy to lose track of its projectiles in a heated firefight, which can lead to deadly consequences later on. It's best to eliminate a Reptiloid as soon as possible so that the player no longer needs to keep track of the green balls it's shooting while dealing with other maftters.
  • When a situation requires to use rapid-fire weapons, Reptiloids should be medium-priority targets as rapid fire weapons can shoot down projectiles with ease.

Serious Sam 4[edit | edit source]

  • The Reptiloid is more easier to kill in this installment thanks to the dual-wielding system.
  • Try to aim for its head if possible when using bullet-firing weapons; it will take more damage this way and make it easier to finish the Reptiloid off.
  • At close range, dual-wield coach guns are very effective against the Reptiloid.
  • Like in previous games, the sniper rifle is an excellent weapon against them, especially when they are shot in the head.
  • The Devastator, grenade launcher and rocket launcher can be used to dispatch Reptiloids from medium to far range.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 4[edit | edit source]

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Kill an Aludran Reptiloid using nothing but a pistol.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The projectile tossed by the Aludran Reptiloid in Serious Sam 3 shares the same model as the one in Serious Sam HD.
  • The Reptiloid is called 'Beast' in the Serious Editor files.

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Artwork[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

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Serious Sam 4[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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