Zanuka Hunter, formerly dubbed as Harvester, is a gray-colored Zanuka proxy controlled by Alad V. During missions, it will attack one targeted Tenno until either the Tenno or Zanuka Hunter dies. It appears rarely, in a manner similar to the Stalker. Triggering a Zanuka Hunter attack requires a player to have a Death Mark, acquired by fighting against the Corpus across five Invasion missions.
Players who have acquired a death-mark will receive an inbox message from Alad V. The text of the message reads:
- "Thank you for volunteering for the Zanuka Project, you will make a fine addition to my collection."
If you receive another deathmark you will get this message:
- "Thank you for your continued interest in the Zanuka Project. A member of our staff will assist you shortly..."
The Zanuka Hunter only spawns in Corpus missions (supporting the Grineer during invasions against Corpus is considered a Corpus mission, and any mission where Corpus invades as a faction war). The Zanuka Hunter spawn chance rises +0.5 additively with each player in the party with a death-mark.
Another way to tell if you have a deathmark is by pausing your game then going to your profile and you will see a section that refers to deathmarks.
The Zanuka Hunter's spawning is announced by flickering lights, much like the Stalker's appearance. Also, your screen will become desaturated and your Warframe will flicker with light.
The Zanuka Hunter has most of its speech represented by Alad V. Here is the list of his phrases:
- "Tenno? Can you hear me? You've been a naughty little betrayer, haven't you? Did you really think your support for the Grineer would go unnoticed?
- "This is really for your own good, Tenno. Help me, help you... help me! (Laughs)"
- "That is just the sort of behavior I just can't let go uncorrected. Otherwise, you'll never learn.
- "Good job, Zanuka. This Tenno's bones will make you a fine sibling."
- "Zanuka? NO! What have you monsters done to my beautiful creature? I won't forget this!"
Zanuka Hunter's main weapon is a plasma gun, similar to a MOA's. Its fire rate is much higher than a MOA, however, and its projectiles travel very accurately and quickly. The Zanuka Hunter is also capable of deploying a Frost Bomb. Any Tenno caught in the blast radius will take damage and suffer an immediate and lasting Cold proc, making it significantly easier for the Hunter to hit them.
The Zanuka Hunter has a huge amount of shields and health. As of Update 18.5, it is immune to all hard crowd control abilities like Mag's Pull or Excalibur's Radial Blind. However, it can still be affected by abilities similar to Frost's Snow Globe and Nova's Molecular Prime.
Should a Tenno attempt to run during combat, the Zanuka Hunter will either teleport to them or teleport the Tenno back into the same area. Alternatively, the Zanuka Hunter will catch up with them as it is very agile and can traverse through obstacles as well as a Tenno, capable of parkour feats.
If the Zanuka Hunter manages to lower its target's health to a low enough point, it will pin the target down and capture it, abruptly ending the mission. The captured targets will then immediately be transferred to the Recovery mission.
- Main article: Recovery
When a player is defeated and captured by the Zanuka Hunter, they will be automatically transferred to a hidden mission which requires the player to locate and collect their confiscated weapons and escape from the Zanuka Project facility in the Corpus Gas City in Jupiter.
This mission has been implemented since Update 11.7.3. If the mission is failed, the player will have to replay the mission until it is successfully completed. See the main article for more details.
In the scenario where the quest does not automatically start, you can start it by going in your Arsenal and double clicking any captured weapon.
- As of Hotfix 11.5.5, the Zanuka Hunter has a chance to drop the components of the Detron.
- A poem left by the Hotfix notes states: "…Perhaps a Detron can be secured if a Harvester is Procured? But beware, if it’s the Detron you seek, the New Harvester is not for the weak! No one is safe." Detron Screenshot
- The Zanuka Hunter is also considered hostile by Corpus proxies and units, suggesting that Alad V, the Zanuka Hunter's summoner, is already a Corpus outcast.
- Like the Stalker and The Grustrag Three, the Zanuka Hunter use to have its own soundtrack.
- The Zanuka Hunter, prior to Update 13, has its own codex entry entitled "Harvester".
- The Zanuka Hunter's health bar labels it as Zanuka. Scanning it does not count towards Zanuka's codex scans however.
- The Zanuka Hunter is guaranteed to drop a Detron component, and has a doubled spawn chance.
- The blueprint has the form of a purple orb, while the components have the form of a module.
- During solo play, players are not immediately killed. Instead, they are downed much like in team play. It is possible to kill the Zanuka Hunter during this time with your secondary weapon, stopping it from capturing you.
- You will still bleed out as normal when the timer reaches 0.
- As of Update 14.0, the Zanuka Hunter appears to have an ability similar to Stalker's Dispel: the Hunter can cancel certain Warframe abilities, such as Undertow, and depending on the circumstance this will also teleport the player into close range with the Hunter.
- The Zanuka Hunter has a 1.5% of spawning for marked players on Corpus missions within the first four minutes. Each additional marked player in the squad increases the chances by 0.5%. Upon spawning, one marked player will have their mark removed, much like the Grustrag Three. Running additional invasion missions for the Grineer is also a good way to find the Zanuka Hunter as the chance is doubled after getting the mail for that invasion.
- To gain the mark, complete a set of invasion missions resulting in battle pay. You should get mail from Alad V thanking you for volunteering for the Zanuka project. You may still have the mark even if you do not get the mail.
- Despite being immune to crowd control moves (or, at least, some of them), the Zanuka Hunter is still vulnerable to knockdown, allowing a player wielding a melee weapon with a knockdown AoE slam effect of moderate size (e.g. the Obex) or playing Nekros and using Soul Punch to knock down the Zanuka Hunter, shoot it for a while, then knock it down again (with the only problem being reloading). This allows for easy-to-get Detron component or blueprint, with minimal damage dealt to the player (a real plus for players who: A. do not have very high quality weapons; B. are leveling a new weapon/Warframe; or C. are going solo on a mission).
- Trinity's Energy Vampire ability can stun lock the Hunter, making even a solo encounter trivial.
- Ivara's Sleep Arrows also work on the Hunter, Prowl, however, does not.
- When first introduced, it was Zanuka itself (with partner-dependent shields and Warframe abilities). Alad V's dialogue still refers to the Zanuka Hunter as such.
- Detron, the weapon dropped by the Zanuka Hunter.
- Alad V, the controller of the Zanuka Hunter.
- Zanuka, a Corpus proxy that the Zanuka Hunter is based on.
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