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Poppers were a type of Juvie. Armed with Bolo Grenades, poppers were used by the Swarm as kamikaze units, similarly to the LocustTickers and COGTrackers.
To maximize their effectiveness, the Swarm would send single poppers with groups of regular juvies in order to make them less noticeable, allowing them to get as close to the enemy as possible before detonating.