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Uca Major
Uca Crusher
Enemy Type Eldritch
Size Large
Actions per round Turnticker
Variation Uca
HP 59 82
HP (Stygian/Bloodmoon) 71 99
Dodge 8.75% 21.25%
Protection 50% 50%
Speed 1 2
Tray stealth Stealth No No
Poptext stun Stun 70% 90%
Poptext poison Blight 30% 50%
Poptext bleed Bleed 80% 100%
Poptext debuff Debuff 40% 60%
Poptext move Move 70% 90%

The Uca are a large enemy encountered in the Cove, in level 3 or higher adventures covered in a thick, heavy carapace capable of withstanding even the mightiest of blows. In addition to their nigh-impenetrable shell, they possess massive claws capable of sundering even the thickest of armor and inflicting gaping wounds upon flesh.

Behavior[ | ]

The Uca Major is Eldritch-type and the Large enemy of the Cove. While the Uca deals very little direct damage, unlike most other Large enemies, they make up for it with the sheer chaos they can cause. Their Tidal Slam ability possess a fairly decent critical chance and is capable of stunning and knocking your front row heroes to the back ranks, effectively disabling them for several turns. However, it is their other ability, Arterial Pinch, that you need to watch out for. While it does very little direct damage (around 1 to 3), it causes a catastrophic amount of bleeding: 8 Damage per round on Veteran levels and 10 on Champion! Even worse is that the effect can stack, causing a staggering 16 or 20 bleed damage per round! This, coupled with the fact that Arterial Pinch inflicts a debuff that reduces healing received, can quickly result in a hero being brought to Death's Door or even killed if left untreated. To make matters even worse, Ucas have a large HP pool and a very high protection stat, making them very difficult and time consuming to bring down.

The best strategy when facing Ucas is to try to keep them stunned (be warned that they do have a reasonably high Stun resistance) while stacking blight to bypass their armor and quickly whittle down their health. A Plague Doctor is an excellent choice for dealing with this enemy as she can cure the bleed with her Battlefield Medicine ability and can also use her attacks to inflict blight and/or stuns. It is also highly recommended to bring bandages as well. Another way to deal with Ucas is to use protection debuffs, such as Houndmaster's Target Whistle.

Abilities[ | ]

This enemy does not appear in Apprentice level dungeons.

Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Damage Effect
Arterial Pinch Melee 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. 88.75% 12% 1-2 Poptext bleed 120% Bleed 8
Poptext debuff 120% Debuff: -33% Heals Received
No Effect
Tidal Slam Melee 1, 2. 1, 2. 88.75% 12% 5-9 Poptext stun 120% Stun
Poptext move 120% Knockback 3
No Effect

Champion Level
Skill Name Range Rank Target Accuracy Crit
Damage Effect
Arterial Pinch Melee 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3. 102.5% 14% 1-3 Poptext bleed 140% Bleed 10
Poptext debuff 140% Debuff: -33% Heals Received
No Effect
Tidal Slam Melee 1, 2. 1, 2. 102.5% 14% 6-13 Poptext stun 140% Stun
Poptext move 140% Knockback 3
No Effect

Related Enemies[ | ]

Cove: The Pelagics


Cove: The Drowned


Trivia[ | ]

  • With one of its claw being larger than the other, the Uca Crusher resembles the characteristic of fiddler crabs, which are semi-terrestrial marine crabs that make up the genus Uca.
    • That being said, the Uca Crusher is a male crab.
  • Despite not appearing in Apprentice level dungeon, the game still contains the Uca's Apprentice level variant like all other monsters in the game. The Apprentice level variant for the Uca is refered to as Uca Major according to string files.

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