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"Oh, you're a big one ain't ya?"
Sam to Ugh-Zan III.[src]

Ugh-Zan III, also known as The Vicious Warlock, is one of Mental's generals, ranking as Great Admiral in Mental's army. He is the third incarnation of the vicious Ugh-Zan, last of the warlock giants. He has served Mental for millions of years and was sent by Mental to supervise the final assault on Earth. He is the final boss of Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter, Serious Sam Classics: Revolution, and the fifth boss of I Hate Running Backwards.

Overview[edit | edit source]

As large as a mountain, armed well enough to confront an intergalactic cruiser, and endowed with unseen magical powers and the ability to regenerate, Ugh-Zan III is one of the most dangerous creatures in the universe. Appearance-wise, he is a very large creature, with four arms and large, hooved feet. He also has two curved horns protruding from his head, similar to that of a Khnum. His skin is a brownish or orange-red colour. Unlike his father, Ugh-Zan IV, he does not have cybernetic parts nor a bio-mechanical quadruped for his legs. He wears a spiked pauldron around his left shoulder along with a chest strap, and a piece of loincloth around his waist.

In I Hate Running Backwards, Ugh-Zan was combined with the remains of Hugo and transformed into a gigantic mech. In the plot, he has been sent to the future to stop Sam and his friends in fighting Mental and his forces. Ugh-Zan's mind was uploaded to the new mechanized body and he can also transfer it to the tank module that is stored inside his body as a last defense mode.

Behavior and abilities[edit | edit source]

Ugh-Zan III moves at approximately the same speed as the player does (10 speed in the database, just like Sam), has 4 arms which come with 4 weapons, can breathe fireballs or stomp the player, and can regenerate his health when it's low. He regenerates when he has about 5% health left (when the life bar turns red and is nearly empty). If hit by the SSS Centerprice's laser beam, he will become stunned, disabled, immobilized, and unable to heal for a short duration of time.

The fight[edit | edit source]

Ugh-Zan III appears.

The boss fight comes in 3 stages: running away from him, waiting for the pyramid door to open, and the last fight. In the first stage, you just run away from him, as he chases you through the arena to the Great Pyramid. While you're doing this, Major Bio-mechanoids, Minor Bio-mechanoids, Kleer Skeletons, and Sirian Werebulls will be chasing after you.

In the second stage, you will have to survive against him until the pyramid door opens, which will take some time. Ugh-Zan will take out his lava bomb launcher and laser gun when he reaches the pyramid's ramp.

In the third stage, he will jump inside the pyramid arena, pull out all his 4 weapons (lava bomb launcher, rocket launcher, laser gun, and electric gun). To kill him, you have to activate all four rings around the arena, get him in the middle and zap him with the spaceship's laser beam.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • For obvious reasons, the player should not get close to Ugh-Zan. His stomp is only survivable on Easy and Tourist difficulties, as the player can have up to 300 health and armor and Ugh-Zan's stomp will only deal 500 damage there.
  • His rockets and lava bombs/balls are destructible, so the player should try to shoot them if they can't dodge them.
  • Try to avoid the laser beams by sidestepping, and the lava bombs by changing direction, since they use the same targeting system as the Lava Golem's fireballs. The electricity gun has a wider spread in Serious Sam HD and Serious Sam VR than it does in the classic version of the game.
  • The SBC Cannon is definitely the most viable weapon to use against him, followed by the XL2 Lasergun, MK III Grenade Launcher and XPML21 Rocket Launcher. The XM214-A Minigun can be decent, but the player needs to make sure they have enough ammunition.
  • Take note that the first time the laser beam fires upon Ugh-Zan (from the SSS Centerprice) will have a slight delay, as the ship's gates have to open.

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

For tips on how to defeat this boss, visit the Ugh-Zan page on the I Hate Running Backwards wiki.

Player model[edit | edit source]

In Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter and the Serious Sam Fusion version of Serious Sam 3: BFE, Ugh-Zan III is a playable multiplayer character if one either pre-ordered SSHD: TSE or obtained the Serious Eight DLC. This version of Ugh-Zan III has been scaled down to be as large as Sam and does not have any of his larger counterpart's abilities. Being Ugh-Zan III is just a cosmetic change.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Early versions (from 1998–1999) of Ugh-Zan had him holding a minigun and a shield, though another model shows a fire rod in his left hand instead of a shield.
  • Ugh-Zan was supposed to have 3 heads: his current head, a goat head, and a skull head. These heads can be found as Ugh-Zan's icon in the Test 1 Editor.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter[edit | edit source]

Hey! That's Cheating SSVRTFE.jpg Hey! That's Cheating!
Trigger Ugh-Zan's regeneration on The Great Pyramid.

Serious Sam Fusion[edit | edit source]

Hey! That's cheating!.jpg Hey! That's cheating!
Trigger Ugh-Zan's regeneration on The Great Pyramid.

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

Terminator.jpg Terminator (10G) S
Kill Ugh-Zan
Double Tap.jpg Double Tap (10G) S
Kill the second form of Ugh-Zan
Survivor IHRB.jpg Survivor (50G) S
Kill Ugh-Zan without taking any damage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ugh-Zan III is mentioned by NETRICSA in Serious Sam 3: BFE (stating that Ugh-Zan IV is his biological father).
  • A miniature version of Ugh-Zan appears in the Tower of Babel in the Egypt secret.
  • In the PC version of Serious Sam 1, Ugh-Zan has no fingers, while in the Xbox version of Serious Sam 1 he does.
  • Two Ugh-Zans can be seen in the original trailer of Serious Sam 2 in the final level, however, in the PC version, they became replaced by battle with the Mental Institution. Yet, you can still hear their idle roars in the background if you have the music settings lowered.
  • Ugh-Zan's Xbox version made a cameo appearance in the anime Hayate No Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler). Albeit his model was heavily modified; he's missing his lower two arms, his shoulder armor and chest strap, and new horn models.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Retail[edit | edit source]

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

I Hate Running Backwards[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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