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TGMC is a project based on the CM-SS13 codebase.

Difficulty: Medium
Superior: The Queen and Shrike
Duties: Pick off lone marines, harass pushes, dance around marines.
Guides: This is the guide.

The Red Menace

In a far distance prison planet away from Terra, there existed a xenomorph that was called "the Dragon". The red blur that is the Runner putted fear into the hearts of unrobust prisoners. What was once feared now become revered once the marines figured out that it was a doglike xenomorph that needed a pet from the age old PB buckshot or flech shotgun.

Dancing with Finesse, or "THAT ROUNY IS DOING THE MATRIX!"

Dancing / WASD Dancing, in action. Notice the distinct lack of a mouse pointer.

The runner is a very fast caste that excels at hit and run tactics and close quarters combat (especially in one on ones), but suffers in terms of durability and recovery with its low health, armor and plasma regeneration. It has the tools to support a glass cannon-esque type of gameplay, and in the right hands, it can be one of the deadliest xenos in the hive, enough to instill fear and make marines retreat just from seeing their visage.

Before you start running around, take a very close look at your age, then at your armor values. You'll notice that you're quite literally tissue paper (there's a table with the armor values further down if you're lazy or if you don't know how to access this information).
With this in mind, take the liberty of sitting down until you become Mature -- then you can finally begin the process of human obliteration.

Note that, as a Runner, you're nowhere near useful in a FOB siege (or against barricades of any sort, for that matter). Your best bet is staying back and letting other castes take care of the FOB, and only apply pressure when you think you can get away with it or slashing unguarded barricades.

As a xenomorph, you'll realize you have two ways of attacking: by clicking the target, or by bumping into them with your movement (commonly referred to as bump attack). For all intents and purposes, dancing around a marine (or WASD dancing) refers to moving around them, while using bump attacks to cause damage on the move -- this is what makes a Runner deadly; you never stop moving, you never stop slashing, and marines will sometimes refrain from shooting in fear of attacking their fellow man, which translates to free damage.

But this is easier said than done. There'll be times where you'll get shot anyway while dancing, there'll be times where you'll lose most of your health just trying to get to a marine. Luckily, Runners have a set of abilities that allows them to ease the process. Let's take a look at them.

TL;DR: Use Evasion, run into enemy marine, dance and savage pounce, run away when Evasion runs out (use pounce as an escape tool if needed) and wait for the cooldown. Rinse and repeat.

Maturity Statistics and Evolution Paths

A Runner can evolve into a Hunter, a Bull, or a Wraith.

Maturity increases stats as follows.

  • Slash is the melee damage when the xenomorph is in harm intent and slashing marine. In the code, it's melee_damage.
  • Melee, bullet, laser, energy, bomb, bio, rad, fire, and acid are soft armor values, not hard armor, which means that they reduce damage by a percentage rather than a flat value.
Age Health Plasma Slash Intent Harm.png Melee Bullet Laser Energy Bomb Bio Rad Fire Acid
Young 175 100 17 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 5 0
Mature 200 150 17 10 10 10 10 0 3 3 10 3
Elder 225 200 21 15 15 15 15 0 5 5 15 5
Ancient 240 200 21 19 19 19 19 0 7 7 19 7


Ability Description Plasma Cost Cooldown
Toggle Bump Attacks
This ability allows you to toggle bump attacks on and off. If for some reason you want to avoid them, toggle this off. The red arrow means it's on; the green arrow means it's off. N/A N/A
This ability is used to rest and get up, with a short channel on getting up. When resting on weeds, health and plasma will regenerate faster, especially in the presence of healing pheromones in regards to health. You want to make sure you're in a safe spot when you're resting. If you see a marine headed to where you are, don't stick around to find out how it'll go; get up and find a better spot. N/A N/A
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Psychic Drain
This ability is executed on dead marines. Every dead marines psyhic drained will give 60 psychic points and 1/8 of a larva. 100 Easy
This ability lets you hide underneath other objects on the tile you are on (such as tables). Useful for sneaking around and surprise attacks. N/A N/A
A short burst of speed with versatile applications. When targeting a marine, this will let you pounce on them and knock them down for roughly 5 seconds, making them drop whatever they were holding and allowing you to get in some free damage. When targeting a tile, this will let you dash towards it rather quickly, which can be used as an escape tool in a pinch or just to maneuver. Note that Pounce does not work on resting targets.
Has a plasma cost of 10 by default. With savage on, landing a pounce on a marine increases the plasma drain to 95, but having that much plasma is not a requirement for its usage.
10 (95) 13 secs.
This toggle ability, when active, adds an action to your pounce. Note that, as of currently, your current intent decides what this action is. Help and Grab intent will do nothing, whereas Disarm and Harm intent will attack. Oddly enough, despite a savage pounce taking 95 of your plasma (in total), the requirement is actually 20 plasma. Savage has its own separate cooldown and plasma cost from pounce, so make sure it's ready to be used again before going for a savage pounce (or consider a normal pounce instead). 85 30 secs. approx.
Your bread and butter. Your main ability. The reason why Runners are so feared and hated.
On use, allows you to avoid most forms of projectiles for two seconds as long as you're in movement. This, in turn, allows you to safely walk into marines and even groups to dance around them unscathed. However, you cannot dodge point blank attacks or melee attacks, and if you're standing still Evasion will deactivate. If you manage to dodge 250 damage worth of projectiles, Evasion's cooldown will reset, allowing you to use it again.
20 30 secs.

Tips & Tricks

  • As a Runner, your armor and health are quite low (see the Maturity table above). If you drop below half health, consider retreating and recovering your resources. If your plasma is too low, consider normal pouncing instead of savage poucing, to conserve plasma.
  • Runners can vent crawl (alt+click on a vent or a scrubber). Useful for scouting and surprise attacks, or maybe even harassing the backlines.
  • As a hit and run tactic: you can use Evasion, run into the enemy, dip when Evasion's out and wait until it's off cooldown to come back and do the same. This is a very safe way of playing, albeit a tad bit less engaging.
  • If you're hit by a mine or a grenade, don't risk it and fall back to recover.
  • If a marine is resting and you want to attack them with Evasion, you can constantly move up and down while using your mouse to slash them. It's easier said than done, though!
  • Move in erratic and hard to predict ways to make it harder to be shot.
  • Always prepare multiple ways out of a closed space so you can run away no matter what happens.
  • You can safely get in three slashes right after a pounce.
  • Reinforced tables three-wide can hide you completely, but be careful of Tactical Scanners, signified by a subtle beeping from marines
  • It may be more beneficial to save your plasma for repeat pounces than using a ton of it for a Savage attack.
  • If a marine drops his weapon when you pounce him, try to push him away from it when he gets up. If he doesn't have a secondary and you keep him from his gun, your victory is assured.
  • Always be observant for who has a shotgun, one hit from buckshot can easily crit you.
  • Abuse the fact that marines have a cooldown between shots to get pounces off when they can't fire.
  • Never retreat in a straight line, this makes you easy to shoot off-screen.
  • You can pounce the moment you leave a pipe, allowing you to get the jump on people before they can react.
  • If a marine has many friends with him, don't be cocky and get out of sight after a slash or two.
  • You are far and away the fastest Xeno caste, use your speed for transporting hosts, scouting locations, and preparing the environment for later combat.
  • You are a T1 who can get in between your fellow Xenos and marines very fast and very well, it may be best to soak bullets to save a dying, more important, caste.
  • You have the fastest cooldown stun of all the Xenos, if a marine with a fast-firing gun is suppressing the hive, you can pounce him repeatedly to ease his pressure on your allies.

How to fight a Runner

  • Flamethrowers (or flame tiles in general) will limit the space in which they can maneuver, and maybe even cause them to walk into it if they're reckless enough. This will scare off some, though not all (which may get them killed), and make them retreat sooner. It also helps against Evasion.
  • Mines and grenades can stop a Runner dead on their tracks, and cause them to fall back.
  • Point blank shotguns, namely those with buckshot shells, are a Runner's worst nightmare. To put it into perspective, a T-35 Pump Shotgun with buckshot shells and a bayonet attachment will instantly crit even an Ancient Runner if you're lucky, or leave them heavily injured at worst.
  • Shooting the runner is not necessarily a wasted effort. Successful shots, especially in a group of marines, will quickly deplete their Evasion and cause them to fall back (or die if they get too reckless).

Job Positions

TGMC Command Captain, Field Commander, Staff Officer, Pilot Officer
Engineering and Supply Chief Ship Engineer, Requisitions Officer, Ship Technician
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Officer
Marines Squad Leader, Squad Smartgunner, Squad Engineer, Squad Corpsman, Squad Marine
Civilians Corporate Liaison, Researcher
Special Synthetic, AI
Xenomorphs Tier 0 Larva
Tier 1 Drone, Defender, Runner, Sentinel
Tier 2 Carrier, Hivelord, Warrior, Hunter, Wraith, Bull, Spitter
Tier 3 Praetorian, Crusher, Ravager, Boiler, Defiler
Tier 4 Queen, King, Shrike, Hivemind
Others Emergency Response Team, Survivor