The Locust is a 2-seater sportscar which appears in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969. It is based on the Lotus Seven.
The Locust is a smaller counterpart to the Scarab walker, possessing one rotating turret which hosts a single large cannon. It does not share the Scarab's spiked "feet", though it has been seen using its legs to climb over obstacles in a similar manner to its larger cousin. Its central turret looks similar to a Banshee's cockpit. It fires a straight purple-pink beam, which is a useful weapon against ground and air targets. The vehicle is about as large as a M808B Scorpion.
The Locust, like the Scarab, is a mining unit that has been refitted for combat. It has the longest effective range of any Covenant ground unit. The Locust is specifically designed to take down static targets, and is only able to fire when stationary. The Locust can be upgraded with the "Overdrive" attack as well as with the "Shield Amplifier" defensive ability. The former upgrade allows the Locust to divert energy from its shield generator to its main cannon, increasing its attack power; the latter upgrade makes the unit's shield regenerate faster.
As a long-range "building killer", Locusts are largely used to attack an enemy's defenses from a safe distance. This is a useful alternative to a direct confrontation, which would result in casualties for the attacker. A small group of Locusts can be used to assist a force of smaller warriors, like Jackals, making it far easier for the group to destroy enemy buildings. Larger groups of Locusts can be used in a surprise attack against an enemy, and in such cases, the Locusts can often level the targeted base in under thirty seconds. (The inherent vulnerability of the unit makes this a gamble.)
Against other targets, the Locust is fairly weak. Though able to do significant damage, the Locust is brittle, and falls quickly to concentrated fire. However, its beam can lure enemy units towards awaiting forces, allowing them to be quickly cut down.
Minimum Tech Level: 2
Population Count: 3
Locust engaging UNSC forces.
|Ground and Air Vehicles of the Covenant|
|Light Combat Units||Ghost • Spectre • Chopper|
|Armored Units||Prowler • Shadow • Wraith • Anti-Air Wraith • Honor Guard Wraith|
|Walkers||Locust • Scarab|
|Transport Aircraft||Spirit • Phantom|
|Combat Aircraft||Banshee • Vampire • Seraph|
Dr. August Hopper was an entomology professor from Metro College. During his tenure he submitted radical approaches to his science students on the genetic manipulation of insects. The faculty thought his ideas laughable and had him fired. He then took up a position with Ryan Chemicals where he would create new vastly superior pesticides. Believing that he was robbed of his due credit, he went insane and started researching ways to create super-bugs.
His first attack on humanity was releasing around one dozen locust eggs that were quickly hatched. With each bite of grain they grew bigger. Finally, hundreds of sizes bigger than their unmutated bretheren, the X-Men found them eating in a nearby grove. While trying to take one of them down for study, the National Guard flew in and dropped high-grade pesticides on the giant creatures. They mopped up the remaining locusts with flamethrowers.
Dr. Hopper, thrilled with the success of his first major experiment, retreated back to his laboratory at Ryan Chemicals to test the latest improvements on his formula. He managed to create a portable version of his Magno-Ray, the device used to create the special locust eggs.
A few miles south of the Ohio River, large locusts were again reported and the X-Men again flew to the scene where The Locust finally revealed himself to the group. The Locust tried to tackle the X-Men with his mechanical wings and Exo-Shell, an improved version of an insect's exo-skeleton. When Ice-Man subdued him and the X-Men were closing in, he used his special glowing micro-magnetic bug antennae to summon the insects to do his bidding while he flew away.
The X-Men tackled the bugs and followed The Locust to his mobile lab, where he was planning an attack on Ryan Chemicals. Professor Xavier, in old garb and dressed as a hermit, warned Dr. Hopper to use his talents for the good of mankind. The Locust refused and flew off yet again.
A short distance away, The Locust started to battle the X-Men. While they were fighting, Marvel Girl managed to twist his antennae together. No longer able to control the giant insects, he retreated to his lab and was attacked by two giant beatles mistaking him for prey. The lab teetered on the edge of a cliff before going over the side. At the last minute, Angel grabbed the doctor and flew him out of the falling mobile. The doctor, seeing the folly of his ways, tossed his portable magno-ray and stun weapon over the side and surrendered to the authorities.
He would later return as a one-time enemy of X-Factor.
His powers derive from the locust suit he has created.
|Release date||Unknown edit|
|Slayer level||Level 1|
|Immune to poison?||Unknown edit|
|Always drops||Locust meat|
|Examine text||Obnoxious, overgrown insect.|
Locusts could also refer to Locust Scabarites, known to live in the swamps east of the Agility Pyramid, and encountered during the Dealing with Scabaras quest. There are several types of Locust Scabarites:
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