NOSALIS (METRO 2033)
Talpa Nasuta Miraculosa
Metro: Last Light
Nosalises are fierce predators, extremely territorial, and can easily overwhelm fortified positions in large numbers. Nosalises differ from most other mutant types by the sheer number of variant subspecies that exist under the generalisation of “Nosalis”. Common between all types however, is a bipedal and humanoid shape with two arms and legs, arched spines, and large round heads that prominently display big noses, gaping jaws, and huge teeth. Their nests are seemingly everywhere in the metro, but the creatures are less frequently seen on the surface. Nosalises seem to be derived from moles, as indicated by their Latin name, as well as their prominent snout and large claws. Like most animal inhabitants of the Metro and surface, they have undergone extreme mutation due to prolonged radioactive exposure. Some Nosalis variants may instead be derived from Shrews or Desmans, both of which were native to Russia before the war.
- Common nosalises are Metro 2033’s most frequent enemies, easily distinguished by their pinkish skin tone and lanky arms. This variant’s relative weakness is offset by one factor; they’re always encountered in masses. Common Nosalises are not hardy creatures; and, depending on the difficulty, situation, and weapon, can easily be dealt with via a few good chest-shots or a well-aimed headshot.
- Dark nosalises are stronger than the common variant, these Nosalises are easy to distinguish from the rest because of their darker hair. They are more frequently found in the center of the metro. Massive hordes are found on the levels leading to D6.
- Green nosalises equivalent to 2033’s Dark Nosalis, the green Nosalis is a common variant of Last Light’s common nosalis. Though inflicting the same amount of damage, and moving at an identical rate to that of their standard cousins green nosalises reportedly have about one and a quarter times the health of their counterparts. In the Tower Pack DLC for Metro Last Light, Green Nosalises are quite notably different as they emit a seemingly radioactive-green fog. These variants of the Tower Pack have a definite health boost in comparison to the standards of the arena.
- Winged nosalises are faster than normal nosalises, and have the ability to jump much further. They also have the ability to unleash a powerful sonic attack which sends a wave of distortion that inflicts damage, causes dizziness, and can stun opponents for short periods of time. Their strengths, however, are offset by poor endurance; they take less ammo to bring down than even a common Nosalis.
- Albino Nosalis is a rare variant of the common Nosalis, this kind of Nosalis only appears in the level Dungeon and is most notable for being the kind that killed Boris on the way to D6. They are identified by their pale white fur tone, luminescent eyes, and a massive jaw span.
- Plated Nosalis is the most powerful – and rarest – of all nosalis strains. The strongest of the family, plated nosalises only appear in the vicinity of D6. They retain the agility of their weaker brethren while doing much more damage and have armor plating which makes them much harder to bring down. Making matters worse, they can see perfectly in total darkness. Fortunately their eyes adapted for the dark, are easily blinded; shining the flashlight directly on a plated Nosalis will cause it to back away unless Artyom is within it’s striking distance.