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The Swamp Hive is an enemy that first made its appearance in Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope. It is later reintroduced into Serious Sam 4, where it appears as a boss in both games.


The Swamp Hive is a massive pink and green spider-like creature that has been genetically modified by Mental. The creature its genetic code is based on was a smaller (but still large for Earth standards) crustacean-like organism that lived in the rainforests of Valtos, where its long legs allowed it to reach sources of food high up in the canopy. Mental's modifications have not only rendered the Swamp Hive aggressive, but also hybridized them into hosts for other hostile species such as the Zubenhakrabian Spider.


In Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, the Swamp Hive is fought on the final level of the Valtos stage, Green Dream. In Serious Sam 4, the player battles it in the Colosseum in Morituri Te Salutant.

Behavior and skills[]

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[]

The Swamp Hive has two attacks, hitting the player with its legs and spawning small flying creatures called Beetles. The fight with it consists of two phases, and in each phase, it will move away and enemies will attack the player. After the final phase is finished, the Swamp Hive will continue attacking the player until it or the player is killed. When the Swamp Hive has been killed, it will fall into the water.

Serious Sam 4[]

During the fight, the Swamp Hive will lift one of its legs up in the air and shake it, releasing multiple Adult Zubenhakrabian Spiders and Zubenhakrabian Spider Nymphs and piles of green slime, which spawns the Adult Spiders. Once it's done that, it will then use one of its legs to smash it into the ground, releasing a shockwave that can cause a lot of damage to the player should it hit them.


Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[]

  • The Swamp Hive has a large amount of health. Strong weapons such as the A-24 Devastator and XPML21 Rocket Launcher are recommended to use against it.
  • If the player can’t use the aforementioned weapons, the XM214-A Minigun and XL2 Lasergun will also do the job.
  • The rocket launcher and minigun are a great combination to use against the Swamp Hive as well.
  • The Swamp Hive’s melee attack can be avoided by using the Shield.

Serious Sam 4[]

  • Despite the Swamp Hive's huge size, it is fairly easy boss compared to the other bosses in the game.
  • Make sure to have plenty of gadgets such as L.I.F.E.s, Rage Serums or Time Warps. Without them, this will make the fight much harder.
  • It helps to have the companion orb in this fight as well. It can deal with the Spiders whilst the player is focusing on the Swamp Hive.
  • The Swamp Hive's shockwave attack can be avoided by strafing sideways or jumping.
  • Strong or rapid-fire weapons like the Autoshotgun, M29 Infantry Assault Rifle, MK III Grenade Launcher or the rocket launcher work well against the Swamp Hive, especially with rage serum active.

Related achievements[]

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[]

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Remote Debugger
Defeat the giant Swamp Hive.




Serious Sam 4[]

List of appearances[]