Dreadwing the Penguin

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Tier 3 Boss

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Dreadwing the Penguin
Monster
Planet Lv : 1+
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Atk. type : Melee and Range
Flying : Yes
Rarity : Boss

Tier : 3
Boss image compared to player

Encountered during a mission of the same name, Dreadwing the Penguin is the second boss of Starbound, and the first to be added. He is a massive Grey UFO with red lights rotating around it, with a slightly large Penguin piloting it via two red levers. He was first revealed in public stream at Insomnia Gaming Festival[1].

Prior to Upbeat Koala, he was the Tier 1 Boss of Starbound, and was summoned through the Distress Beacon.

Summoned Using: Distress Beacon Icon.png Distress Beacon
Item Drops : Dreadwing's Wreckage Icon.png Dreadwing's Wreckage
Minions : Penguin, Penguin Tank, and Penguin Mini Ufo

Behavior

Dreadwing has a large arsenal of attacks that set it apart from all other bosses currently in game. Its first attack consists of shooting laser blasts directly downwards from the bottom of the ship. Second the UFO will beam down penguins. They can either be wielding an assault rifle, a rocket launcher, or be driving a small tank. These minions may seem weak but can take unprepared players by surprise. Last, Dreadwing will begin to closely hover over the player before slamming down on them entirely. This attack will destroy weaker blocks like Dirt and Wood, and damage cobblestone. It will then repeat its attacks. It's advised to summon Dreadwing a decent distance from your base. Or any other structure for that matter.

Upon reaching 33% health, Dreadwing will call upon 2-3 miniature versions of itself. These small adds will fire lasers at unsuspecting players, and tend to block attacks from hitting the main boss.

Dreadwing has its own unique death animation - unlike most other mobs in the game, which simply blink white and disappear, it will stop, release bits of its armor, tilt to the right, then explode, leaving only pixels and some wreckage of its ship.

Phase 1 (100% - 80% Health)
Entering Phase 1 Boss is spawned
Skills
Move/Fire Moves around while firing small projectiles at the player
Swoop Swoops down to the player


Phase 2 (80% - 33% Health)
Entering Phase 2 Two penguin tanks spawn, one on each side of the area
Skills
Move/Fire Moves around while firing small projectiles at the player
Swoop Swoops down to the player
Teleport UFO becomes invisible for a few seconds and reappears somewhere else
Slam Slams down on player doing lots of damage - should be avoided. Will stay on ground for a few seconds after allowing the player to melee attack.
Spawn Reinforcements Spawns penguins without tanks


Phase 3 (Less than 33% Health)
Entering Phase 3 Two penguin mini UFOs and two more penguin tanks spawn, one on each side of the area.
Skills
Move/Fire Moves around while firing small projectiles at the player
Teleport UFO becomes invisible for a few seconds and reappears somewhere else
Slam Slams down on player doing lots of damage - should be avoided. Will stay on ground for a few seconds after allowing the player to melee attack.
Spawn Reinforcements Spawns penguin mini UFOs
Pulse Cannon Flies across the area firing a pulse cannon

Strategy

It is recommended to have at least Titanium Armour and both ranged and meelee weapons to fight Dreadwing. A shield is optional, but recommended for one-handed weapons. Also, the Pulse Jump tech is Beyond useful for bounding over lone Penguin minions that the Boss beamed down. A long, flat arena doesn't hurt either, as is the Energy Dash tech, excellent for avoiding his Dive attack.

With all of these, place the Beacon at the far left of the arena. Pull out the Iron Hunting Bow, activate the Beacon, and run right while firing up at the boss. Jump over any minions that the boss beans down, and do not attack them unless they are being absolutely annoying. When the boss starts the crushing attack, reverse directions and jump right before it lands. Repeat until the UFO crashes for a swift victory.

Trivia

  • During versions prior to Upbeat Koala, Dreadwing seemed to be the most complete Boss implemented - unlike all other bosses, which use AIs borrowed from lesser mobs with different attacks or sounds, Dreadwing has its own attacks, AI, and animations. It was commonly considered the most fun boss to fight in the game by most players.
  • Dreadwing used to be fought during Tier 1. In Upbeat Giraffe, he recieved a buff and was moved to Tier 3.

References

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Sources

  1. http://playstarbound.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/sbchronicleseptember.html

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