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The Corruptor, or FAS-ACA3 Scarab is an ancient war machine manufactured by Faro Automated Solutions as part of the Peacekeeper line of automated defense systems. Like all corrupted Faro machines, the Corruptor is capable of hijacking other machines, self-replication and fueling itself with biomass.


The Corruptor loosely resembles a black scorpion. Its lower assembly consists of a small hub for four long legs. The sleek upper chassis contains an ominous glowing red sensor array, weapons, and a long, pointed tail. The sleek body of the Corruptor is black and decently armored.

Compared to the more organic GAIA machines like Watchers and Striders, Corruptors look alien and dangerous.


Designed in the mid-21st century by Faro Automated Solutions, Corruptors, then known as the Scarab, served as a fast attack unit with more emphasis on speed than overwhelming firepower like the Deathbringer. Hundreds, if not thousands, were produced and used in militaries all over the world as "peacekeepers." When a "glitch" caused the Faro Plague that threatened the entire world, they became hostile and began to self-replicate, attacking in hordes. Thanks to their exceptional electronic and cyberwarfare capabilities, Corruptors easily overwhelmed human armies by turning their own weapons against them.

Many Corruptors were destroyed during Operation Enduring Victory, but they produced faster than they could be destroyed and quickly overran human defenses. Finally, all the biomass on Earth was consumed and they fell dormant for centuries until humans reappeared and began to unearth them. The Eclipse cult put them to good use by using their Override ability to recruit machines for their army.

News reached the Nora about machines that were "corrupted," acting overly aggressive and committing coordinated attacks, contrary to their typical animal-like behavior. Soon after a War Party is sent after the Eclipse detachment that slaughtered the Proving contestants, a Corruptor attacks a Nora fort and breaches the gate with the aid of several Corrupted machines. Aloy managed to kill it, much to the awe of her fellow Nora.

In her campaign to bring down the Eclipse, many more Corruptors are encountered in greater numbers. Finally, the monstrosities are shut down when Aloy uses the Spire to broadcast a kill-code protocol, ending the Faro menace for good.


Corruptors are well-equipped machines of war, and were instrumental in mankind's fall in the 21st century thanks to their signature ability; they can override and control any automated unit and turn it against their enemy.

In addition to this, the Corruptor is armed with grenade and spike launchers that give it varied ranged options, as well as a long, barbed tail to impale enemies. Finally, the Corruptor can also use its agility to its advantage, whether running down an enemy or performing a long-distance jump to outmaneuver its opponents.


Image: Component: Information: Weakness: Strength:
Corrupter-Body Body Hard outer casing to protect synthetic muscle and operational systems. Fire Fire-Icon Corruption Corruption-Icon
Corrupter-GrenadeLauncher Grenade Launcher Destroying this component disables the Grenade Launcher attack. Tear Tear-Icon None
Corrupter-SpikeLauncher Spike Launcher Destroying these component disables the ranged spike launcher attack. Tear Tear-Icon None
Corrupter-HeatCore Heat Core This component is exposed when the machine overheats. Hitting it when exposed causes massive damage. All None


Machine Core - Medium
MetalShardsTransparent 50

Corruptor Lens
MetalShardsTransparent 38

Corruptor Heart
MetalShardsTransparent 75


Like all Faro machines, the Corruptor's original designation "Scarab" is a reference to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians revered the scarab (also known as dung beetles) and associated them with Khepera, a scarab-like god who pushed and rolled the sun across the sky like a scarab rolled balls of dung.


Acquisition Class Broadhead - Charger - Glinthawk - Grazer - Lancehorn - Rockbreaker - Scrapper - Snapmaw - Strider - Trampler
Combat Class Ravager - Sawtooth - Stalker - Stormbird - Thunderjaw
Recon Class Longleg - Watcher (Redeye Watcher) - Tallneck
Transport Class Behemoth - Fire Bellowback - Freeze Bellowback - Shell-Walker
Chariot Class Corrupted Machines - Corruptor - Deathbringer - Metal Devil

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