Dreadwing the Penguin

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Tier 3 Boss

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Dreadwing the Penguin
Monster
Planet Level Unknown
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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.

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.

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

  • Prior to Upbeat Giraffe, he was the Tier 1 Boss of Starbound, and was summoned through the Distress Beacon.
  • As a Tier 1 boss, Dreadwing seemed to be the most complete Boss implemented at the time. Unlike all other bosses, which used AIs borrowed from lesser mobs with different attacks or sounds, Dreadwing had its own attacks, AI, and animations. It was commonly considered the most fun boss to fight in the game by most players.
  • Dreadwing was first revealed in public stream at Insomnia Gaming Festival[1].

Sources

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

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