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NPC: Gremlin
Primary Location(s):
  • Variable. See gallery.

In A New Threat:

  • Camouflage

In Shadowplay:

  • Saw blade slash Attack normal icon.png
  • Saw blade throw Attack normal icon.png
  • Recon Cloak Warning Mark icon.png
  • Death Mark Death Mark icon.png
  • Weak to: Defense shadow icon.png
  • Resistant to: Defense elemental icon.png
  • Standard loot

Herex is an NPC.


Herex is a large gremlin with the demeanor of a Ghostmane Stalker. His grey undergarments and pale fur are covered in red fabric, with a single somewhat robotic green eye glaring out of a slit in the wraps. A tube of some kind protrudes from the fabric near his mouth, leading down and around under his left arm. His covered paws display markings similar to the Crimson Order symbol, even though Herex no longer serves as one of the Nine. He always carries a sword on his hip and two green saw blades orbit his body. When he makes major appearances and disappearances, visual effects similar to the Green Leafy Aura flutter around him.



He can hide his location using an ability similar to chromalisk camouflage when out of combat. This behavior is seen in 4-2 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: A New Threat, though he is not fought in this mission.
His cloaking ability and weapon usage is very similar to the techniques used by Stalkers. When in range, Herex will swipe at the player with a saw blade, stepping forward for the first swipe and whirling around for a second swing. When farther away, he will seem to charge up an attack, launching three saw blades that spread out in a cone. He will frequently cloak, but his proximity is betrayed by a Warning Mark icon.png warning mark. Be wary of receiving a Death Mark icon.png death mark. Avoid getting hit when marked, and strike Herex to break his cloak.
It is best to simply corner him then keep hitting, as his orbiting green saw blades do not injure the player. Even the basic attacks of a brandish type of sword will work, though this is slow. An elemental sword is something the player might have brought to deal with the rest of the monsters in the mission as well as Herex's various toxic constructs. A Blitz Needle will make short work of the numerous Undead in the preceding levels, and will work just fine against Herex.


This character is mentioned in Interface-icon-PvE.png Expansion Mission: Operation Crimson Hammer and Interface-icon-PvE.png Dangerous Mission: Compound 42. He was first seen with release 2014-05-21.

Herex, also known as "The Whispering Venom," was a member of the Crimson Order. He owns a gremlin bioweapon facility named "Compound 42," a place visited as part of a Danger Mission of the same name.

A Scenario Room in arcade Compound levels is associated with Herex. Inspecting a gremlin body reveals a message: The others must never know. Silence them. -H

In the 7-3 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: Spark and Roar: Hidden Hideout floor, a module can be found with information about Herex and his more recent relationship with the Crimson Order. Black squares floating around the area, along with Herex's green insignia on the floor, indicate that the Swarm and Herex are involved in something together.

Schemer Razwog and Herex seem to have some connection with each other, indicated by a module found in the 1-4 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: Crossing the Chasm. Other connections these two characters may have are unknown.

Seerus and Herex seem to have a poor relationship, based on dialogue witnessed in Operation Crimson Hammer.

After obtaining The Artifact in the 4-2 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: A New Threat, Herex takes it into the Firestorm Citadel, where players encounter and fight him in the 10-2 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: Shadowplay. Later, in the 10-2 Interface-icon-PvE.png Mission: Dreams and Nightmares, he is seen with a large Swarm-like entity at the entrance to the Core. Herex's true motives and whereabouts are currently unknown.



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