LURKER (METRO 2033)
Metro: Last Light
Lurkers are small dog-like creatures that share similarities with watchmen. They are very fast and tend to jump up from holes in the ground and launch themselves at threats or food. They often show up in packs of one to three at a time, even if more are in the area. Lurkers are mostly scavengers that press in upon carcasses, and rarely hunt live prey. They have almost pink skin and no body hair whatsoever. They also possess a second pair of eyes, which are very small and are probably useless as they appear to be milky white (a sign of blindness).
Lurkers are suspected by many to be juvenile forms of watchers. There are notable visual similarities between the two, not simply physically, but behaviorally. This is evident in Defense when a Lurker can be seen performing a rare start-combat animation, the watcher’s trademark pose. However, the Lurker’s depiction in Metro: Last Light, is radically different from its model in the previous game and no longer resembles that of a Watcher.
Lurkers congregate in recently abandoned metro stations, feeding on the corpses of humans and mutants alike. They have “warrens”, burrows that allow the Lurkers to transit between holes as a means of flanking prey. The holes that they use are often (if not always) above lower rooms of the stations, indicating that their burrowing abilities aren’t very good and that they prefer to use large, empty spaces to save them the trouble of digging a new warren.