"Oh aren't you adorable!"
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The Major Bio-mechanoid is a large, red bipedal cyborg armed with two rocket launchers. They are one of the deadliest enemies in the Serious Sam games. It is the fourth boss of I Hate Running Backwards and the first boss of Serious Sam: Tormental.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Major Bio-mechanoid is a biological mechanism that was grown in Mental's bio-tanks. Its genome is programmed to give it biologically grown mechanical parts. Separately manufactured rocket launchers make up the creature's primary armaments and have been implanted in custom-grown weapon slots in the Major's flanks, which connect the lasers to the central nervous system and the Major's power supply.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The appearance of this enemy varies throughout the games:

  • In all games it appears in, the Major Bio-mechanoid is a large red creature with an exposed 'brain' (the battery) occuping much of its head, three horns protruding from its back, and legs with mechanical bird-like feet.
  • In Serious Sam: Next Encounter, the Major looks similar to the Serious Sam 1 version, but its brain is larger and more pink in color.
  • In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the Major Bio-mechanoid's appearance has changed radically; they have larger teeth and a different face with visible blue eyes. They also make different sounds.
  • The Serious Sam 4 version of the Major resembles its Serious Sam 1 counterpart somewhat, but its legs are red instead of white. It also has a more realistic, higher defintion design.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

The Major Bio-mechanoid as it appears in Serious Sam 3: BFE.

In Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Majors first appear in Valley of the Kings, while in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Major Bio-mechanoids appear in Valley of the Jaguar, where they are accompanied by Minor Bio-mechanoids. Later on, they become more common, serving as support to lighweight troops, attempting to distract the player from being attacked by other enemies.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE and Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE, the first Major Bio-mechanoid is encountered in Broken Wings which shoots down Garret's AH-64 Apache that was meant to extract Sam out of Cairo. It serves as a boss, complete with a health bar. Subsequent Major Bio-mechanoids serve as heavyweight front-line troops and can be encountered every now and then. Usually there are only one to a few major Bio-mechanoids in combat at a time, supporting weaker front-line enemies. They appear more frequently in co-op mode.

In I Hate Running Backwards, the Major is the fourth boss in the game, and is fought at the end of Deep Space Mine.

In Serious Sam: Tormental, the Major Bio-mechanoid is the first boss encountered in the game. It appears in the Egypt stage and is responsible for destroying Sam's helicopter.

Behavior and skills[edit | edit source]

Like Minor Bio-mechanoids, Majors are not very intelligent, and are only limited to seek-and-destroy. Despite this, they do show high hostility towards their target, and will do whatever it takes to eliminate them, even in the line of fire. When the Major spots a target, they will fire two rockets from its rocket launchers. Their rockets can inflict a lot of damage, especially if they directly hit the player. On higher difficulties, this can result in instant death, even with a decent amount of health or armor. If the player gets too close to a Major, they will take a lot of damage due to the Major's size.

Major Bio-mechanoids are one of the dangerous enemies in the Serious Sam series. Their high health, speed, and the rockets they fire can make them very challenging to deal with. As Majors have a lot of health, it takes roughly five to six grenade or rockets to kill one, and they can sustain even more hits from bullet-firing weapons.

A Major Bio-mechanoid does not fire its rockets simultaneously, which can help it target a particularly mobile target. For example, if the player is strafing right and a rocket misses, then starts strafing left, the second missile will fire at the player even though they are going in the opposite direction. After firing two missiles, the Major will have a brief cool-down period, often get closer to the player, then start firing again.

Serious Sam: Double D[edit | edit source]

In Serious Sam: Double D and Serious Sam: Double D: XXL, Major Bio-mechanoids can be jumped and walked on without being hurt when the player touches it. In addition, jump pads will stick on dead ones, giving one more height to reach a platform.

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

In Serious Sam 3, Major Bio-mechanoids are even more dangerous than their Serious Sam 1 counterparts; they can strafe left or right and shoot simultaneously, and when it runs low on health due to consistent damage, it activates a "berserk" mode, which consists of a rapid volley of missiles. This, along with AI behavior which causes it to not always walk in a straight path towards the player like its classic counterpart, can make hitting it with a rocket launcher tricky at certain distances. They also do not shoot a rocket upon dying.

The boss has the unique ability to quickly sprint towards the player, and can still use its berserk mode when under heavy fire, which is extremely deadly if it happens to be sprinting around the same time. It also has roughly three times as much health as its normal counterpart.

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter[edit | edit source]

Unlike other games, Majors in Serious Sam: The Random Encounter fire a large amount of lasers instead of rockets, though they can deal a lot of damage to the player's characters, especially if multiple of them hit a character.

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

The Major Bio-mechanoid behaves the same as in other games, but its rockets are slower and home in on the player. It also holds its rocket launchers upwards instead of facing the same direction as the Major.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • A charged up SBC Cannon shot can kill a Major Bio-mechanoid in one hit. This is very useful if the player needs to pick off Majors quickly. Because charged up cannonballs can quickly travel across an area, this makes the cannon useful against Majors at any range. However, this depletes cannon ammunition rather quickly, and it is best to use the cannon against other enemies as well, such as Fiendian Reptiloid Demons, medium Lava Golems, Sirian Werebulls and large masses of Beheaded Kamikazes and Kleer Skeletons.
  • When not having a cannon, the MK III Grenade Launcher and XPML21 Rocket Launcher are good options to take them out. The XL2 Lasergun and XM214-A Minigun work well too, but it quickly depletes ammunition.
  • A Major Bio-mechanoid is a very deadly enemy if left unchecked; its rockets can inflict major damage, even with splash damage. It should be one of the first enemies targeted in a group of enemies, even if there are fast enemies like Kleer skeletons following you.
  • A Major's rockets can be destroyed with any weapon. Therefore, in situations when a Major spawns very close, it is recommended to switch to rapid-fire weapon and aim at its weapons.
  • Majors have a different way of firing rockets in Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam VR. Normally, they fired firstly from the left and then from the right. In HD, they fire first from the right, then from the left. This is useful to know when attempting to fire down its rockets. In Fusion, they alternate between firing right and left rocket first.
  • Jumping when Major Bio-mechanoids fire makes them fire rockets further away, thus reducing the chance of getting hit by splash damage of rockets hitting the ground.
  • Avoid standing near or in front of walls. Remember that a Major Bio-mechanoid's rockets will explode on impact and the splash damage can hit you from behind or the side.
  • Major Bio-mechanoids should be considered a medium-priority target when paired with other enemies. Its attacks may be powerful but they are relatively easy to dodge, at least in open areas. In smaller, less spacious places, Majors are high-priority enemies, and should be taken out first.

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Boss[edit | edit source]

  • The Major is very fast, so you should start sprinting away from it when its getting too close. Its rocket barrages are very difficult to effectively dodge if it is near you.
  • It has one major weakness; it can be harmed from the explosion damage from its own rockets. To take advantage of this, you should position yourself near the center structure in the arena so that the Major's rockets on one side will hit the the wall, doing a good amount of damage to it. Repeating this, along with a few shots from the 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun, will quickly kill it.
  • The hidden Double Barrel Coach Gun and lasergun from Into the Spider's Nest are effective against the Major if you managed to get either of them earlier. The coach gun does double the amount of damage that the pump-action shotgun does if all pellets connect, and the Major's large size makes it easy for most of the pellets to hit, while the lasergun does comparable damage to the minigun and makes quick work of the Major.

As normal enemies[edit | edit source]

  • When facing a Major, you should make sure there's a decent amount of distance between you and the Major. The Major's rocket bursts are difficult to escape unscathed when you are close to it. It will attempt to get close to you in order to give you less room to avoid its rockets, so if you see it walking, you should sprint away from it, then start firing again.
  • The Major can still be easily dispatched from a single charged shot of the cannon. It has a short charge time, allowing you to quickly kill it in one shot.
  • A single C-4 Demolition Charge is all that is required to kill one, provided it is stuck onto the Major Bio-mechanoid. Even if you are unable to toss a charge on it, a small pile of C-4 can kill the Major.
  • It is also possible to kill one using the Sirian Mutilator, but this may prove difficult, as the Major Bio-mechanoid will physically pull the Mutilator beam, bringing you much closer to a potential danger zone. The Mutilator also requires charging near to the point of overheating to kill one Major Bio-mechanoid, this leaves you very prone to being attacked.
  • The rocket launcher is effective against the Major, but you need to be somewhat close to the Major in order to effectively use it, as, like the Khnum, they can avoid rockets. If possible, use the AS-24 Devastator instead, as its projectiles are fast enough that the Major cannot dodge them.
  • Multiple Majors can be dispatched with either the cannon, minigun or Devastator. The cannon's charge-up period is fast enough that it can quickly fire the amount of cannonballs needed to clear out a group of majors, the minigun has a fast enough rate of fire to quickly defeat Majors, and the Devastator's projectiles are fast enough that it can wipe out a group of Majors with ease.
  • When faced with other enemies, the Major Bio-mechanoid is very dangerous because of the large amount of rockets it can fire in one burst. These rockets can do a good to significant amount of damage even if one or two hit, so the Major(s) should be killed before they can hit you with a rocket or two while you are pre-occupied with other enemies.
  • On higher difficulties, they should be a medium-priority target, especially when they are not closing in. While the rockets do a lot of damage, they are relatively slow, easy to dodge and can be shot down with rapid-fire weapons. A lot of more lightweight enemies have harder to dodge attacks.

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

  • Strafing left or right is enough to dodge the Major's rockets.
  • When fighting a Major, make sure not to have a wall close to your back. Rockets that strike the wall near your back can still do damage via the rocket's explosion.
  • The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle is extremely effective against the Major; one zoomed in shot will kill it.
  • If a RAPTOR is unavailable for whatever reason, a volley of four or so rockets from the XPML4000 Rocket Launcher will kill it. Remember that these rockets will take a while to get to the Major, especially if its far away.
  • The Sirian Power Gun is quite effective against Majors, especially if there are more than one attacking. Its high damage output is very useful for killing multiple Majors quickly if you can't or won't use the RAPTOR for whatever reason.
  • Major should be considered a high-priority target. Their rockets can be dangerous if they're left unchecked while dodging other enemies.

Serious Sam: Double D[edit | edit source]

  • The Major Bio-mechanoid's rockets can be dodged by jumping over them. As soon as the Major's rockets can be seen, jump. This gives you enough time for it to fly past while they're in the air. This works even if you don't see the rocket as soon as it appears.
  • The Major's rockets can be destroyed by shooting them with your guns. This can be handy if you are caught in a situation where they can't run towards the Major, or they are facing multiple Majors and need to neutralize the rockets of one of them while dodging the other's rockets.
  • Gunstacks featuring multiple powerful weapons, such as the LM32 Rocket Launcher and MadDog Grenade Launcher, are needed against the Major Bio-mechanoid. These are the only weapons that can deplete the Major Bio-mechanoid's health in a reasonable amount of time.
  • The 0-4377 Flamethrower works great for destroying it's rockets. Put one on a gunstack and hold down the fire key. While the other guns are firing, the Flamethrower will destroy any incoming rockets if you haven't jumped over it.
  • When paired with other enemies, the Major is a real threat. Its projectiles are quite powerful, which can be very dangerous if they manage to hit you while you are dodging other projectiles. Taking it out ASAP assures that you will not be hit by its rockets when they least expect it.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour[edit | edit source]

  • Avoid the Major’s rockets by strafing or dashing onto the opposite direction.
  • The cannon, rocket launcher, Devastator and Erasergun are effective against lone and multiple Majors.
  • The minigun and laser cannon are also effective against Majors. However, this drains ammo rather quickly.
  • The Auto Shotgun and The Shaft are also useful against close range Majors. The auto shotgun can drain the Major’s health quickly, while the shaft can deal a lot of damage to the Major, as it is metal-based.
  • When paired with other enemies, the Major is a high-priority target, as its rockets can deal a lot of damage if you aren't paying attention to it

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

  • As it is the first boss in the game, the Major Bio-mechanoid is not very difficult to destroy. Its rockets can be easily avoided by strafing, and the basic weapon can quickly deplete its health due to its high rate of fire. You can also damage the Major Bio-mechanoid with its rockets if they destroy the rockets while they are too close to it.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • An early model for the Major Bio-mechanoid can be seen in Test 1. It's lower-poly, had a completely different skin, and a rougher death animation. Also all earlier builds of Serious Sam had the same model as the one from Test 1.
  • Pre-Test 1 images and Serious Sam Origins show that the Alpha Major was blue.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Maintenance time.jpg Maintenance time (5G) B
Blow a Major Bio-mechanoid into pieces.

Serious Sam: Double D: XXL[edit | edit source]

Lumberjack Sam.jpg Lumberjack Sam
Kill a Red Biomechanoid with only chainsaws

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE[edit | edit source]

Maintenance Time.jpg Maintenance Time
Blow a Major Bio-mechanoid into pieces.

Serious Sam Fusion[edit | edit source]

Maintenance Time SSF2017.jpg Maintenance Time
Blow a Major Bio-mechanoid into pieces.

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

Bioslayer.jpg Bioslayer (20G) B
Kill Biomechanoid
Drone The Night Away.jpg Drone The Night Away (10G) S
Kill the Biomechanoid without being hit
Against All Odds.jpg Against All Odds (100G) G
Kill Biomechanoid while four curses are active.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Retail[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Double D[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour[edit | edit source]

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 4[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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