Very similar to both the Hunter and the Ubermorph.
Stabbing and striking with its scythe-like blades.
- "Aw shit, this one's regenerating!"
"How are you going to kill it!?"
- —Ellie Langford and Isaac Clarke
Regenerators are special Necromorph that appears in Dead Space 3. They bear a significant resemblance to the Hunter and Ubermorph, and shares the same regenerating abilities. From various logs and game clues, it is implied that the Regenerators are the former members of the Deep Dig team on Tau Volantis.
In basic body shape, the Regenerators resemble the Hunter more closely than the Ubermorph. However, they maintain the same smooth skin as the Ubermorph's, although they have large gashes in their abdomens and appears to have Unitology markings upon their bodies, suggesting that they may have been former members of the Deep Dig team, which logs state that when they had no surface to scrawl marker symbols on, they would use their own flesh. The Witness RIG, which was confirmed to be the suit worn by the Deep Dig team, is covered with the exact same symbols as the Regenerators sport on their flesh, further backing up this hypothesis.
Dead Space 3Edit
The Regenerators were created sometime during the S.C.A.F. expedition to Tau Volantis, when the members of the Deep Dig team were digging into the surface of Tau Volantis. They were attacked and killed by Necromorphs. Their bodies were soon found, mutated into Regenerators and they were contained in small transfer boxes and deliviered to the CMS Terra Nova and some warehouses on Tau Volantis. But the Scenario Five order was initiated and the captured Regenerators were left to be undisturbed on Tau Volantis.
Two hundred years later, during Chapter 5: Expect Delays, Isaac Clarke and Sgt. John Carver cleared the cargo on the Terra Nova's tram tracks, accidentally letting loose the Regenerators on the ship. When they reach the Terra Nova's cargo hold, the first of these creatures freed itself from its tube, initiating a chase. Not long after the first encounter, a second Regenerator comes out of a vent and also gives chase to the duo. They reach the tram station and activate the tram's services, but until it arrives, they fend off the assault of the Regenerators and their allies. Even at the Aft station, the Regenerators still gave chase, especially after Ellie accidentally began the launching procedures and knew no way to undo the action. As the Crozier proceeds to launch out of the station, hordes of various Necromorphs and Regenerators appeared and attacked Isaac and Carver in their attempts to end the launch sequence. The duo finally go into the engine room, and find explosives jarred in the gears. They make use of the auto cannons set in place there and begin unjarring the gears. As they do so, the Regenerators, along with Slashers as backup, make their final attempt at killing them. The beasts meet their ends at the hands of the auto-cannons, however, and Isaac and Carver unjammed the gears, and were sucked out into the vacuum of space, directly under the tram's road.
On Tau Volantis, Isaac encounters the Regenerators in the Marker Containment areas underneath Tau Volantis. They appear to be locked in their boxes, but more appear from the ventilation ducts and attack Isaac and Carver. When Isaac reaches the small room containing the Suit Kiosk, Bench and an elevator, three Regenerators appear and chase Isaac and Carver in a gaunlet run until they both escape and return to the underbelly of Tau Volantis.
Due to their regenerative abilities, killing them with regular weapons is outright impossible. The best you can hope for is to temporarily slow them down by blasting off their legs or disarm them in the same fashion. The Line Gun, Shotgun, Hydraulic Bayonet, or any weapon utilizing one of those three attachments are most effective, especially when paired with a Stasis Coating attachment. Much like the Ubermorph and Hunter, the best thing to do is completely dismember the Necromorph before putting it into stasis. If you are out of stasis and/or low on ammunition, concentrate on the legs of the Regenerator, as this forces it to crawl towards Isaac, greatly slowing it down, albeit for a short period of time. If there are multiple Regenerators, then stay calm and use a powerful, area damage weapon to stay safe.
Weapons with Stasis Coating and rapid fire effects are very useful. Shotguns with Stasis Coatings are probably the best, dismembering, knocking back, and slowing down the Regenerators all at once.
The only real way to destroy Regenerators for good is by using stationary turrets, such as the auto-cannons in the room where Isaac and Carver must unjam the gears. Interestingly, the Regenerators can withstand the fire from the shuttle engines in the CMS Terra Nova, unlike the Hunter in Dead Space. It is possible that the older design of the shuttle accounts for the discrepancy.
- The Regenerators, being merely reused variants of the previously-encountered Hunter and Ubermorph, does not have a death animation of their own and would use the aforementioned Necromorphs' sequences instead. A Regenerator will rear its blades back, if Isaac or Carver is hit by this attack while low on health, the Regenerator will sink both of its blades through his torso, lift him up, then violently stab him two times. It then bisects him at the waist and cuts off his left arm, and lowers the victim. Isaac or Carver will struggle to hold up his right arm, almost as if pleading to it. The Regenerator then cuts his head off and finally slices him in half.
- If Isaac or Carver is slashed with the Regenerator's blade while he has moderately low health, whatever part of him is hit will be torn off as he dies.
- Unlike the Hunter but similar to the Ubermorph, there is no explaination as to what lead to the creation of the Regenerators as opposed to standard Necromorphs. However, in various hints and logs, it is stated that the Regenerators were once some of the S.C.A.F. deep dig team members, who ventured deep into the dark recesses of Tau Volantis and were directly exposed to the planet's Red Markers. Whether this has anything to do with the Regenerators' transformation however is unknown.
- The bodies of the Regenerators look sturdier and more muscular than the Hunter or the Ubermorph.
- Dead Space 3 is the first game to feature more than one regenerating Necromorph at once.
- The likely reason the developers have put multiple Regenerators into a single play area is that it compensates for the powerful weapons the player is able to craft. It may also have been a test for co-op players, but this is easily overcome, as one could focus on one Regenerator, while the other keeps its partner busy.
- What look like human thumbs can be made out on the creature's pincers.
- If players look carefully as they remove the cargo clearing the tram on the Terra Nova, they can see one of the Regenerators in a pod being lifted away by the crane clearing the cargo.
- Isaac later meets aforementioned Regenerator on the Cargo Deck.
- The Marker Containment optional mission in Chapter 17 takes you into the anti-gravity chambers and later on a storage with four caged Regenerators. As they shake and ruffle in their glass casing, they are unable to attack while Isaac and Carver are in the same room. Once the room is left, two Regenerators will pursue you until you leave the anti-gravity chambers. All four also appear on a small gauntlet-run to the elevator back to the surface.
- In the same optional mission, what appears to be a black and green regenerator is trapped in a tube, although it never attacks.
- When you come across the first one in the cargo room, it shows they are willing to rip off their own limbs to escape captivity.
- However said Regenerator may be glitched and the arms will not come off, giving the creature the opportunity to score hits on an unwary player.
- This is one of the moments Isaac hints his memories and knowledge of the past, as when the first Regenerator found broke out of containment it lost its arms, and just by the way it moves and sounds Isaac says, "Aw shit, this one's regenerating!!". Ellie then responds with, "How are you gonna kill it?" Isaac, from his experience with the Hunter and Ubermorph, just says, "I'm not!". And right after Isaac boards the tram to the Aft station he says while regaining his breath, "God I hate those things." remembering the Hunter and Ubermorph.
- There appears to be eight Regenerators in all, including those appearing on the gauntlet run.
- If players look carefully, they could see an eye in the center of the Regenerators' forehead and two more on the jawline. In total, like the Ubermorph, a variety of female Slashers and the Hive Mind, they have five eyes.
- Oddly, whenever the death scene plays out, it is cut short with the screen running red with blood just as the Regenerator cuts Isaac's or Carver's head off and the player can faintly see the creature proceeding to dismember his legs. It is unknown whether it is something on the game developer's part, and however many death scenes it has affected.
- The Regenerator is first encountered in Chapter 5 of Dead Space 3. Just like The Hunter, who appears in Chapter 5 of the first game.
- If a player steps inside the tram once it is opened, the Regenerator(s) will begin walking around idly, a behavior shown by Necromorphs unable to identify any hostile targets in the area. Should one step out and in the tram, the Regenerator(s) will face the player and sharpen their blades, but never engage.
- The regenerative qualities of the Regenerators makes them highly helpful in obtaining the "Then We Doubled It!" achevement/trophy. Simply cut their limbs off, then let then regenerate and repeat the process, though this takes a lot of time and usually results in tremendous ammo wastage.