An Infested heavy melee unit, the Ancient Disruptor stands out for the ability to drain away and even remove a Warframe's energy. Not only does the Ancient Disruptor possess an aura that allows its nearby allies to drain Warframe energy with each attack, their own melee attacks have a 10% chance of dealing Magnetic proc on players, immediately depleting the player's Warframe energy and temporarily reducing shields.
They are light blue and green in color, with bright red tentacles where one would presume a mouth is. Keep an eye out for the distinctive red glow.
- Casts an aura on itself and allies (they will be surrounded in purple) with three effects:
- Reduces damage received from Warframe powers and radial[clarify?] attacks.
- On hitting a Warframe, drains energy proportional to the damage dealt (this is separate from the Magnetic Status Effect).
- Reduces the crowd control effects of certain incoming abilities. Not all abilities are treated the same way. Multiple Ancient Disruptor auras can stack, producing a stronger reduction effect.
- It is recommended to take these Ancients out from afar. Anything that deals Corrosive or Blast damage will be effective, Slash to a lesser extent. Ancients take less damage from Cold, Toxin, and Radiation damage as Fossilized is their health type. Close range and melee combat is not recommended, but if you must, attempt to attack from the side or back.
- Like all Ancients, the Disruptor will knock down players with both their charging attack and by striking with their smaller arm. They will usually follow up with their disrupting attack. Remember that the longer arm is the only one that can disrupt you, and keep your distance.
- When afflicted, it is recommended to attempt to roll away or do a jump attack with your melee weapon (if it stuns or knocks down enemies) when in the presence of other Infestation, as the scrambling effects can cause confusion with consulting the HUD for current ammunition, Shields and Health.
- While Rhino's Iron Skin is active, you are immune to both the knockdown and the energy drain. The same applies for Trinity's Link.
- Blocking with a melee weapon can block its attacks and energy drains (but is unreliable as it sometimes fails).
- While using Shade, if an Ancient charges you and your cloak, it is advised to move away from where you last were as the Ancient will sometimes reach you and attack you regardless of the fact you have been hidden for moments before it attacked.
- An easy way to counter the Disruptor's charge attack and power drain is to jump kick straight at the ancient. This will knock down the Disruptor and evade their Magnetic proc.
- As of Update 11.0, it is now recommended to have the sentinel equipped with a Guardian mod, allowing the victim to shrug off the excessive shield damage dealt by the Ancient Disruptor.
- In Defense, Mobile Defense, and Survival missions, where many enemies are slain in a short period of time, players should be able to find enough energy orbs to refill what energy was lost. Be sure to not immediately start grabbing them though, as the orbs will be consumed, but as long as your screen is distorted, they will not provide any energy. Be especially careful when using Carrier with the Vacuum precept equipped, since it will still pick up energy orbs at a greater range, which will go to waste while disrupted as Magnetic damage disables all energy gained while the proc is active.
- After the change in model and appearance in Update 9.0, their lower legs are very hard to hit, as bullets will usually miss or go through the legs without dealing damage. Try to aim between the middle of the legs and their "waist" as most bullets will hit this area.
- They will occasionally deploy grappling hooks to reel in players into melee range, identical to that used by Grineer Scorpions. This attack can immobilize players long enough for the Disruptors to attack with their energy drain, making a successful hooking a risk of unavoidable disruption. Handspring will allow players to spring up mid-pull however, enough to make an escape.
- Prior to Update 9.0, the Ancients appear to be oversized Runners and Leapers. Ancient Disruptor in particular were bright red.
- Update 14.0 gave Ancients the ability to hook in players from afar, an ability identical to that of the Grineer Scorpion.
- Mind Controlled Disruptors will give allies a Magnetic aura but it is unknown if any effects benefit players. (possible Eximus resistance?)
- The same effect applies to Shadow Ancients.
- An Ancient under the effects of a Radiation proc will have their aura's temporarily disabled to its allies although the effect will still be negatively applied to players.
- When a Disruptor is around, it and other enemies in range can drop out of Bastille's effect.
- The Ancient Disruptor was renamed from Ancient Disrupter to Ancient Disruptor.
- As of Update 18.4.5, Ancient Disruptors can damage Warframe energy while in Invulnerability state, such as Valkyr's Hysteria.
- Stealth attacking them causes them to shrink, much like other larger enemies.
- Reviving yourself after getting killed by a Disruptor causes your screen to stay disrupted.
- Getting disrupted again will fix the screen when the effect expires.
- The heavy/right-arm attack of Ancient Disruptors used to drain shields and energy completely with every hit - this was reduced to a forced Magnetic proc that reduces shields and drains all energy as of Update 11.0.
- According to the Lotus, the Ancients are plant-like lifeforms.
- The Ancient Disruptor has a similar infected Orokin crown on their backs, similar to the Ancient Infested. Ancient Healers have this similarity as well.
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