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"Okay, you're a big fella. Easy now."
JD Fenix addressing a Pouncer that had just leaped onto a car in front of him.

The Pouncer is a Swarm creature and is the juvenile form of the Snatcher[1]. Its main hunting trait is its tail quills, which is able to release at high speeds and direct at its enemy. These quills are able to regrow very quickly. It also uses its tail to help it push off a surface to allow it to leap great distances.

The Pouncer also possesses a natural ability to hack into DeeBees via its quills, as it was able to control First Minister Jinn's DeeBee during a meeting, turning it into a Reject after several quills became lodged in the mech's chassis.


Pouncers shoot quills from their tail in a shotgun-like manner in a horizontal spread. They jump on top of objects to get a better view of their targets, and to "pounce" on them. If you get pounced by them, you will have to fight it in a manner similar to a Chainsaw Duel. An ally can help free you from their grip.

Pouncers are moderately armored and are weak to attacks on their glowing stomach. They can also be chainsawed, provided that they have been knocked off of an ally, have attempted to pounce on an ally and that ally dodged, or the chainsaw is already revved and it pounces on you.


The Pouncer was first encountered by JD Fenix, Kait Diaz and Delmont Walker within the ruins of Fort Reval, during the Swarm crisis. It then proceeded to be a major threat during the following encounters within the Swarm nest beneath the ancient fortress city, the Tollen Dam nest, and the abandoned towns of Speyer and Tollen.



Hollow and Enemy Creatures
Locust Horde
Berserker (Matriarch) · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cyclops, Disciple, Flame Drone, Grappler, Gunner, Miner, Savage Drone, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Sniper, Spotter) · Grenadier (Flame Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Ravager) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus, Zealot) · Rager · Sire · Theron (Cleaver Theron, Palace Guard, Savage Theron, Theron Elite, Theron Sentinel)
Hollow Creatures
Bloodmount · Brumak · Corpser (Shibboleth) · Digger · Gas Barge · Heart Leech · Kraken · Kryll · Leviathan · Mangler · Nemacyst (Ink Grenade) · Nemacyte · Reaver (Assault Barque, Hydra) · Riftworm · Rockworm · Rock Shrew · Seeder · Serapede · Siegebeast · Tempest (Shrieker) · Ticker · Torture Barge · Wretch
Former · Lambent Berserker · Lambent Brumak · Lambent Bull · Lambent Dog · Lambent Drone (Lambent Drudge) · Lambent Grenadier · Lambent Gunker · Lambent Leviathan · Lambent Polyp · Lambent Stalk · Lambent Theron · Lambent Wretch
Canker · Carrier · DeeBees (Bastion, Reject, Stump) · Drone (Elite Drone, Grenadier, Elite Grenadier, Hunter, Elite Hunter, Imago, Sniper, Elite Sniper) · Flock (Leech) · Hive Beast · Juvie (Screamer, Popper) · Kraken · Locust (Drone · Matriarch · Sire) · Scion (Armored Scion, Heavy Scion, Scion Elite, Warden) · Snatcher (Pouncer) · Swarmak
DR-1 · Shepherd (Deadeye) · Tracker (Shock Tracker) · Watcher (Guardian, Sentinel)