"Yeah it's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!"
Sam Stone[src]

The Gnaar is a common enemy that has appeared in every Serious Sam game except for Serious Sam Advance.


Gnaars are a race of bipedal omnivorous mammals originating from the planet Sirius. They are not intelligent creatures or organized, but were trained by Mental to attack opposing forces. They are omnivorous, and will devour any organic content they can get to, including garbage and decomposing corpses, which has resulted in their mouths smelling of an unpleasant odor. They have one large eye, which serves as a weak point that, if removed, will render the Gnaar incapacitated.

Gnaars have strong, muscular arms, which they use to deal slashes to the target. These claws are not very powerful, though, but are still strong enough to tear down brick walls. As floating Gnaars have no limbs, they attack using their mouths.


Gnaar in-game

The Gnaar in Serious Sam 3: BFE, with a slightly different appearance than its Serious Sam 1 counterparts.

The female Gnaar is larger and much more aggressive than its male counterpart and is recognized by its brown/grey coloring. Males, which are smaller and purple, are not as fast or powerful. Both genders feature a single large eye centered in the middle of their torso, just above the large gaping mouth that contains several rows of teeth.

Being omnivores, Gnaars will eat a range of items from garbage to rotting corpses, which leads them to develop a foul odor in their mouths. Their mouths are useless as a weapon, as they are unable to bite effectively. Instead, they rely on their oversized hands as a form of attack.


In Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Gnaars are rather common enemies, with males appearing more frequently in the early levels than females. In Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, males are more uncommon, and female Gnaars appear more frequently.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE, Gnaars are first seen in the first level of the game. After recovering from his fall, Sam encounters a Gnaar on the rooftop, and proceeds to rip its eye out. Throughout the level, more Gnaars appear, either as individuals or in small groups. Later on during the campaign, Gnaars appear more frequently, where they are usually accompanied by tougher enemies.

Attacks and statsEdit

A walking Gnaar's attack consists only of throwing punches at its target. This attack is slow, easy to avoid, and one of the weakest attacks in the game. A levitating Gnaar's attack consists only of biting, which is functionally identical to the walking Gnaar's punches.

In Serious Sam 1, Gnaars move around with their two legs just like humanoids. Some species of Gnaars have the ability to retract all their limbs and levitate. Also, a few Gnaars have the ability to be nearly-invisible. Nearly-invisible Gnaars are more common on Serious difficulty.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE, Gnaars are different than their classic counterparts, and move around on all fours in a similar manner to apes by using their large upper arms and hands as a second set of legs, giving them a very good speed, even if it appears clumsy.

In the Fusion version of Serious Sam HD, Gnaars have been given new running animations, as well as a slight change in appearance.

The Gnaar will flinch for a brief moment after taking sufficient damage, then continue pursuing the player afterwards.


Serious Sam 1Edit

  • While an individual Gnaar is relatively easy to dispatch, Gnaars often attack in groups.
  • The Gnaar can be easily dispatched with the Military Knife, P-LAH Chainsaw, and Double Barrel Coach Gun at close range. The male Gnaar can be killed with one shotgun blast from the 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun, but two shells are required for the female Gnaar.
  • Levitating Gnaars are more dangerous in the HD and Fusion versions as their attacks can damage the player if they are simply backing away.
  • Care should be taken with levitating Gnaars as they can appear from any direction and attack without warning. Their telltale grunts and growls are a sign of their presence.
  • With other enemies, Gnaars are a low-priority target. Their attacks do not do much damage and can be easily dodged.

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

  • The Gnaar can be killed with a Melee Grab when it is not throwing a punch. Sam will grab the Gnaar and rip out its eyeball. The eyeball can then be thrown as a weapon to inflict minor damage, or dropped on the ground. The melee grab requires a couple of seconds, making it impractical for groups.
  • To save ammunition, groups of Gnaars can be taken out with the Sirian Mutilator.
  • Against groups, the Sledgehammer is an ideal weapon, as it can kill multiple of them in one hit. Normally moving back and forth while swinging the Sledgehammer suffices and is faster than the Double Barrel Coach Gun.
  • With other enemies, Gnaars are rather low-priority targets as they don't do much damage and can be dodged fairly easily. The exception is if they block more dangerous enemies like Beheaded Kamikazes and Kleer Skeletons, in which case they can become medium or even high-priority targets.
  • Gnaars cannot hit a constantly retreating player.
  • The 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun or M29 Infantry Assault Rifle can dispatch several Gnaars with ease.

Serious Sam: Double DEdit

  • The Gnaar's swat attack can be avoided by simply either jumping over them or running away from them. They need to be right next to the player before they use their melee attack, and as long as the player is constantly moving, it will be unable to attack the player.
  • Gnaars are handy for being used as bases for the Jump Pad or for escaping or jumping over pits.
  • Pretty much any type of weapon and gunstack combination will work against the Gnaar because of its low health. The only weapon that can be risky are explosive weapons, as the Gnaar can get close enough that the explosion from an explosive weapon can harm the player when it kills the Gnaar.
  • The Insane-brand Chainsaw is not a good idea to use against Gnaars if the player wants to use them as platforms, as the Chainsaw will gib them.
  • Multiple Gnaars can be dealt with just like a single Gnaar can. The same weapons can also be used because of their low health.
  • Gnaars are a low-priority threat when paired with other enemies. It is harmless as long as the player is walking and/or jumping, which happens very often as the player needs to be constantly moving in order to dodge other enemy attacks. In addition, the Gnaar's health is low enough that it can be killed in the crossfire between the player and other enemies.

Related achievementsEdit

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

Ophthalmologist Ophthalmologist
Remove 10 Gnaar eyes.
Kung-fu fighter Kung-fu Fighter
Perform all finishing moves in the game.

Behind the scenesEdit

Gnaars were very different in the beta. They were supposed to have one "finger" just for stabbing smaller creatures in nature. They were also supposed to fire some kind of acid slime. They even had different eyes and teeth. There is an extremely rare texture from early 1998 in red color that might be a leftover from In The Flesh or an earlier version of the male Gnaar.




Serious Sam 1Edit

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

Serious Sam's Bogus DetourEdit

Serious Sam: Double DEdit

Serious Sam: The Random EncounterEdit

List of appearancesEdit