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The Exotech Larva is the second boss of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter and Serious Sam: Tormental, and also the third boss of Serious Sam: Xbox and Serious Sam Classics: Revolution.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Exotech Larva is a large cybernetic insect that has been heavily modified and experimented on in an attempt to create an obeying bodyguard for Mental.

With the success of creating similar cyborgs, the Bio-mechanoids, he decided to go even further. He created the Larva by combining robotic parts with an even simpler organic creature - an insect larva. The Larva was heavily armed and put into a 'strength multiplicator' device to enhance its abilities and endurance. However, during this process, the Larva tried to assassinate Mental at least 17 times. After many hours of trying to teach the Larva the difference between a caterpillar and himself, Mental gave up and decided to place his hideous creation inside the Tower of Babel to guard the Time-Lock from within.

In Serious Sam: Tormental, the Exotech Larva has a much different design: instead of being an insect, it consists of three parts: a body, shield and turrets. It takes random shapes and the body and turrets protect the Larva while the shield reduces the damage the Larva takes. The turrets will fire a large swarm of projectiles at the player once the fight begins.

Attacks and stats[edit | edit source]

In The Second Encounter and it's HD and VR remakes, the Larva has two attacks; firing large, bouncy plasma balls, and spawning little creatures called Biopods from somewhere on its body. After taking enough damage, one of its arms will blow up and fall off the Larva, making it weaker. When around 2/3rds of its health are gone, the last arm will fly off.

After the second arm has been blown off, the boss will enter its final phase. The wires that used to connect the arms will start firing deadly lasers that will hit something as soon as they are fired. These lasers do much more damage than the orbs, requiring the player to hide behind something in order to avoid it.

In Serious Sam: Tormental, the Larva attacks by firing a large number of red bullets at the player from its turrets. These projectiles can be very difficult to avoid and deal a lot of damage.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • As soon as the player enter the Larva's room, they should skip the cutscene and shoot a charged-up SBC Cannon cannonball at every generator in the room. There is one on the center part of each side of the room. One charged-up cannon shot will destroy each generator in one shot, preventing the Larva from regenerating its health.
  • Whilst fighting the Exotech Larva, make sure to always be near a pillar. The Larva's orbs, and later, lasers, are very powerful, but they'll have no effect if they hit a pillar the player is hiding behind.
  • If it becomes difficult to hide behind a pillar because of how close the Larva is, switch to another pillar as soon as its done firing. Being further away makes it easier to hide from its attacks.
  • The Exotech Larva takes half the damage from cannon shots, so don't use it.
  • Rapid-fire weapons such as the XM214-A Minigun will work great against the Exotech Larva because it lets the player attack both the Larva and the biopods it spawns. While the damage may not be as high as something like the rocket launcher, it does make it much easier to kill the creatures the Exotech spawns while doing damage to the Larva itself.
  • The XPML21 Rocket Launcher works well against the Exotech Larva, but it makes it much more difficult to kill the creatures the Larva spawns at close range, as killing one as close range puts the player at risk from being harmed from their own rocket exploding near them.
  • When the last arm is being blown off, the player should immediately run to one of the pillars and make sure the Larva can't see them. The lasers the Larva fires are notably more damaging than its orbs are, and being out when it first starts firing will either take away a lot of health or outright kill the player.
  • During the final phase of the fight, the eerie sound it makes is a big hint that the Larva is about to fire its lasers. As soon as this sound is heard, run behind a pillar and stay there until the zapping sound from its lasers firing is gone. After that, attack it again until its lasers start to fire at the player.
  • There is a useful but cheap trick for fighting off the Exotech Larva. Between ball volleys, run up to the center of it with the P-LAH Chainsaw and start attacking it until the chainsaw starts slicing up the creatures it spawns. The player will be too close for the Larva to hit with its orbs and the creatures will be killed as soon as they appear, which makes it completely harmless. This is very useful in co-op, as it lets the other players attack the Larva without having to worry about things like hiding behind pillars. However, this tactic should be abandoned as soon as the last arm is blown off, as its lasers will be able to hit the player while they're chainsawing the Larva.

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

  • During the fight, destroy as much of the Larva's turrets and cubes as possible to expose its black core. Shooting at the core will deplete its health very quickly if the player is accurate enough.
  • Explosive weapons, such as the Bomber and Rocket, are very effective against this boss.
  • The projectiles fired from the Larva's turrets are very dangerous. These turrets will fire them in a 360 degree radius, so avoid them as much as possible.
  • This boss is much easier to defeat if the player is playing as Bomb; his remote detonate ability is extremely useful, as the Larva's cubes and turrets have a high chance to drop bombs, which can be detonated right next to the Larva and deal lots of damage to it.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam Classics: Revolution[edit | edit source]

Once Upon a Time in Babylon.jpg Once Upon a Time in Babylon
Kill the boss and complete the Persia episode.

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

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Defeat Exotech Larva in 30 seconds

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In The Second Encounter, Serious Sam: Xbox and Serious Sam Classics: Revolution versions, the Larva's gibs are shown after it explodes, though in the HD and VR versions, they are not shown.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

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List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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