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The Lost Land


Massive coiling, worm-like body

"Massive burrowing worms that move as easily through the earth as Turok does through air. They will continually retreat into the ground, only to burst up and renew the attack at close range. These foul-smelling creatures will spit globs of toxic saliva, and can deliver alarmingly powerful physical attacks up close."
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter manual[1]

Subterraneans are giant worm-like creatures first featured in Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. They emerge from underground and will attack the player once they get close.


Subterraneans are giant sandworms. They have two large, pincer-tipped arms; two smaller, clawed arms; and two even smaller "arms" underneath. The only defining characteristic on what passes for their heads is a gaping mouth that opens in four directions. Their carapaces are a greenish-tan and brown.


The Subterraneans will only come to the surface to attack the player and will frequently dive back underground to flank the player from a different direction. They use their body weight to slash with their clawed arms. They can also attack from range by spitting acid; the player should be careful as the acid can still deal damage even when puddled on the ground. The best way to eradicate these creatures is to use the Minigun or Grenade Launcher.

With the Hardcore difficulty mode introduced in Night Dive Studios' HD remaster, the Subterraneans are much more agile; they can spam their acid spit and quickly burrow through the ground, digging their way out to flank the player with great ease. To exterminate these insects, the player must always be mindful of their surroundings and be constantly on the move. To evade their acid spit, the player should make sure to strafe but be wary, as other Subterraneans could attack up close. Slow-moving explosive weapons are no good, as the Subterraneans will evade them; use explosive shells, Tek arrows, and the Grenade Launcher.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Dickson, Bill (March 4, 1997). "Enemies". Turok: Dinosaur Hunter manual. United States: Acclaim Entertainment. p. 19.
Enemies of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Saurian Creatures Dimetrodon (Dimetrodon (Mech)) • Raptor (Raptor (Mech)) • Triceratops
Mammalian Creatures DeerMonkeyWild Boar
Humanoid Enemies Ancient WarriorAttack RobotCampaigner SergeantCampaigner SoldierCyborgCyborg SergeantDemonDemon LordHigh PriestPoacherPur-Lin
Miscellaneous Enemies Alien InfantryBirdGiant BeetleGiant DragonflyKiller PlantLeaperSludge BeastSubterraneanTurret
Bosses LonghunterMantisThunderCampaigner
Cut Content BrachiosaurusKiller FishMoschopsPteranodonSaber-Toothed Cat