This is an archive of patch notes originally posted on 13 May 2024.

Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor

Update 02 - Hoxxes Fights Back

Posted by Stidsholt on

Hello Survivors,

Welcome to the second content update for Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor. This update features several new enemies, new/revamped boss encounters, tons of new overclocks, and much more! If you want to play the update spoiler-free, you should just go ahead and close these update notes and fire up the game. We hope you enjoy it!


New Boss Encounter: The Dreadnought Twins

There is now a chance that you will meet The Dreadnought Twins instead of the Dreadnought at the end of a dive. The twins consist of two smaller Glyphid Dreadnoughts: An Arbalest and a Lacerator. The Lacerator will charge you and deal damage in melee range. The Arbalest shoots deadly fireballs at you from range. In higher hazard levels these abilities become more and more intense. The twins have separate health bars and will heal each other if the difference in their remaining health becomes too large.

Reworked Dreadnought Encounter

In an effort to not make the old Dreadnought jealous of the newborn twins, we have given it some new abilities. You'll always be our special bug <3
The first new ability is the Trembling Stomp which shoots out a tight cone of spikes that trap you until you dig through them. The second is the Swarm Bladder attack: A ranged projectile attack where the Dreadnought spits out a cocoon that bursts open and spawns a pack of Glyphids. Much like the twins, these abilities scale with hazard levels.

New Elite: Q’ronar Shellback

In Update 01 we added the Q'ronar Youngling and a mini-elite version of it. Now we have the Elite Q'ronar Shellback ready, and it's toxic as hell!
Like its younger sibling, it can roll through rocks, but it has also evolved an Acid Spit attack that shoots a beam of acid towards you.
The Q'ronar Shellback elite can be found on Hazard 2 and up, but only in Crystalline Caverns, Magma Core, and Salt Pits.

New Enemy: Huuli Hoarder

Get ready to hear the characteristic jingling of the clown car! The Huuli Hoarder has made its way into the game, and you don't want to miss this one. The Loot Crate it drops when you exterminate it can contain gold, nitra, weapon upgrades, and even rare artifacts.
Finally an enemy that doesn't run towards you.

New Weapon Inspect screen

We have had a ton of requests for more information about damage calculations, so we have added a weapon inspection screen that can be accessed by pausing a run. On this screen, you can see how the weapon works, how the damage of the weapon is calculated, what the overclocks are doing, etc.

New Weapon Stats

We are introducing two new keywords in weapon descriptions: Pierce and Potency.

Pierce is now a stat on projectile weapons. Increasing the pierce stat will increase the amount of enemies that can be pierced by that weapon's projectiles.

Potency is a new stat that affects the amount of status effect stacks that is applied by a weapon (Fire, Electric, Cold, Acid). For example, if you want to increase your chance to freeze an enemy, you want to apply as many stacks of cold as possible, and increasing Potency is a great way to do that.

New Overclocks

We have added a bunch of new overclocks. Formatted here with the name and description of the overclock, and then a bullet point list of what weapons can receive the particular overclock.

Storm E-Mag

The last bullet in the clip fires in all directions.
  • DRAK-25 Plasma Carbine
  • "Thunderhead" Heavy Autocannon
  • "Stubby" Voltaic SMG

Knuckle Grip

Boomerang flies in an outward spiral before returning
  • Voltaic Stun Sweeper

Crisis Protocol

Drones rush to protect you when you take damage
  • Electrical Defense Drone
  • Cryo Defense Drone
  • Acid Viper Drone

Feedback Harness

Throws grenades when you take damage
  • Incendiary Grenade
  • High Explosive Grenade
  • Neurotoxin Grenade

The Favourite

You really like this one (different stat upgrades)
  • Cryo Grenade
  • "Hurricane" Guided Rocket System
  • Seismic Repulsor
  • LOK-1 Smart Rifle
  • Deepcore 40mm PGL
  • Plasma Burster

Omni Barrel

Fires in 8 directions
  • Zhukov
  • BRT7 Burst Fire Gun

Spliced Emitter

Increased beam length and duration
  • CRSPR Flamethrower
  • Cryo Cannon

Runic Warhead

Even bigger explosions
  • "Hurricane" Guided Rocket System

Potent Juice

Greatly increase potency at the cost of impact damage
  • Cryo Cannon
  • Neurotoxin Grenade

Impact Punch

Greatly increase impact damage at the cost of potency
  • "Stubby" Voltaic SMG

Unlimited Power

Splits into multiple beams
  • TH-0R Bug Taser

General Improvements

  • Worked with the transparency of the stats system, highlighting different stat modifier groups with different colors
  • Added a stage and hazard level widget, so it is now visible at all times during a run
  • Added more tooltips
  • TH-0R Bug Taser got a rework and is now a lot cooler
  • Plasma projectiles works with the piercing stat
  • Worked on a bunch of explosion and ground zone VFX to reduce screen clutter and improve visibility of other gameplay elements
  • Added a retry button to the end screen if the mission failed
  • Equipped Overclocks can now be viewed on pause and weapon inspect screens


  • We have fixed a long standing issue where enemies that were under the effect of knockback would take double damage from most sources.
  • Rebalanced weapons with knockback to account for the knockback fix
  • Fire, Electrical and Acid weapon tag upgrades now apply extra stacks
  • LOK-1 locks on way faster, has knockback and improved fire rate, damage and reload speed
  • LMG Gun Platform now has a clip size of 20 and an internal reload speed of 0.5 sec
  • Decreased the corrosion spread effect radius from 2 to 1
  • OC Drone Mining Damage: Increased mining damage from 10 to 15
  • OC Lead Wrapped Ammo: Reduces fire rate and reload speed by 20%
  • OC The Favourite: Now modifies both reload speed and fire rate
  • OC Cluster Grenade: Now also affects potency if the weapon applies status effects
  • OC Drone Mining Damage: Increased the amount of damage done from 10 to 15
  • Reduced the HP of regenerating vines in Hollow Bough significantly
  • Changed the way cold damage can freeze enemies. This results in a slight nerf for fast firing cold weapons, while retaining the awesome freezing power of high potency cold weapons
  • Rebalanced the number of Cryo status effects a weapons applies to make the new freeze status feel cool

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the player could re-enter the drop pod just after arriving
  • Fixed a bunch of weapons showing too few stats on the pause screen
  • Fixed an issue where Spitball Infector would shoot once when spawning even from outside the screen
  • Fixed an issue where loot bugs would absorb all projectiles
  • Fixed a rare issue where first-time players would not be able to choose a class mod, and had to manually delete their save to continue
  • Plasma Burster: Fixed Explosion VFX was not affected by explosion range upgrades (visuals only)
  • Experimental Plasma Charger: Fixed an issue where the projectile would not pierce through big swarms.
  • Armskore Coilgun: Fixed Beam angle calculation so when using multiple beams, is now properly centered around the target
  • Shredder Swarm Grenade: Fixed several performance issues with this weapon.
  • OC Conduit: Fixed several performance issues with this overclock. We now limit how often the lightning explosion VFX can appear when hitting friendly targets, but the damage logic still executes as often as before
  • OC Conduit: Fixed an issue that could actually cause a game freeze. FPS drops might still occur, but the game should recover. This was especially prevalent when used in combination with Shredder Swarm
  • OC Drone Mining Damage: Fixed an issue where it would not show up in the UI and could be equipped more than once
  • OC True TNT: Fixed an issue where grenades with mining damage would do very little mining damage
  • Audio: Fixed very loud Vine destruction sound when drop pod lands on a whole bunch of them
  • Audio: Fixed the wrong pickaxe sound playing when mining certain minerals