How to Defeat Terrormorphs in Starfield
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How to Kill Terrormorphs in Starfield Easily

True terror.

When you first bump into a Terrormorph early in your adventure, you’ll have some additional support to help you put it six feet under. That’s because your first encounter on Tau Ceti II is a more scripted set-piece as you power up turret systems to help you obliterate it with hot lead. Soon after, however, you’ll likely stumble upon one when you’re out in the wild — likely on planet Jemison — and they can be tough as ol’ space boots. So, if you’re wondering how to kill Terrormorphs in Starfield easily, here are the details to help give you the edge.

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How to Easily Defeat Terrormorphs

First things first: Terrormorphs are absolute bullet sponges that tank crazy amounts of damage. As a result, make sure you have your most powerful weapon equipped before taking these pesky adversaries on.

Furthermore, they can be very tricky to get a bead on as their movement can be quite unpredictable. Oftentimes, the nasty beasts can lunge from one side to the other with surprising speed and ferocity, which can prove annoying when you’re trying to line up a shot.

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To help you reign victorious over your four-legged alien opponent, here are some choice tips to give you the upper hand:

  • Terrormorphs possess quite a nasty acidic ranged attack that you should avoid by sidestepping left or right. You’ll be able to see the ball of acidic saliva fly through the air towards you, which will give you a short window to avoid it and step out of the way.
  • While Terrormorphs do have that aforementioned ranged spit attack, they are mostly effective at close range. As a result, use your Boostpack as much as possible to keep your distance.
  • They can also emit a loud, terrifying scream that can disorientate you and make your vision go blurry temporarily.
  • Mature Terrormorphs possess the ability to induce psychological and auditory hallucinations that can also disorientate you.
  • Occasionally, Terrormorphs will burrow into the ground and will disappear for a moment before ambushing you and jumping out right next to you and attacking. When you see them burrowing into the ground, be prepared for a surprise close-range attack.
  • Aim for their heads as this is their most vulnerable part of their body. If you get a headshot, there’s a good chance you’ll land yourself a critical attack. These greatly increase your damage output.
  • They’re very intelligent and have even been known to open doors on their own.
  • Terrormorphs sponge a lot of damage, so make sure you’re stocked up with ammo and med packs.
  • Their melee attacks deal large amounts of Physical damage, so be sure to equip your best armor that protects against Physical attacks.
  • If you have enough space, try and “kite” the Terrormorph by running backward and shooting at it at the same time. Just be careful when you’re doing this as you don’t want to get stuck in a corner with a Terrormorph. Seriously, that’s a recipe for disaster, as we soon found out on our playthrough. As result, we highly recommend to keep moving.
  • They’re vulnerable to Radiation, so if possible, try and equip a weapon that dishes out radioactive damage.
  • If possible, try and find a spot that is high up, above the ground. Boostpack your way to the top, and you may find yourself in a safe location to cheese the Terrormorph from afar.
  • Once the Terrormorph is close to death, it begins to stumble about as it tries to flee. Make sure to finish it off sharpish by using a melee weapon to help save yourself some ammo.
How to Kill a Terrormorph in Starfield
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What Do Terrormorphs Drop in Starfield?

When you’ve finally defeated a Terrormorph, it usually drops the following types of item as loot:

  • Membrane
  • Alien Genetic Material
  • Quark-Degenerate Tissues
  • Fiber
  • Hallucinogen
  • Adhesive
  • Nutrient
  • Structural Material
  • Sedative
  • Amino Acids
  • Toxin
  • Metabolic Agent
  • Analgesic
  • Sealant

As loot is procedurally generated in Starfield, what your Terrormorph drops may vary from player to player.

What do Terrormorphs drop in Starfield?
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Are There Different Types of Terrormorph?

Yes, there are several different types of Terrormorph in the game. Depending on their age and maturity, they may even appear slightly different aesthetically. For instance, we came across a Level 14 Terrormorph on Akila and a Level 10 Albino Terrormorph on Jemison.

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In our experience, the Albino Terrormorph was a whole lot easier to defeat than its dark-skinned brethren. This is likely because it didn’t burrow itself into the ground and try and ambush us as much. Plus, Albino variants may also be easier to defeat as they are usually a lower level enemy than their larger counterparts.

We’ve also come across a Level 30 Cloaked Terrormorph in Londinion, which was really difficult to see and shoot due to its camouflage. Thankfully, their name tag and HP indicator are surefire ways of identifying where a Cloaked Terrormorph is.

And that brings us to the end of our guide on how to kill Terrormorphs in Starfield easily. For more, here’s how to get a scan jammer and how to get free ships. Otherwise, why not take a peek at our relevant links down below before you go?

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