In this article, we’ll explore the ways in which your trusty mastiff will help you shoot, stab, and kill your way through the hive.
The Underhive can be an oppressive environment for even the toughest souls. There you cannot trust your own mother. But the bond between the dog and the owner is another story. Your four-legged friend will follow you to the depths of hell and come back, and enjoy every moment. Summoning your mastiff is as easy as squeezing their favorite toy rat (you heard us). Aim the rat at the enemy you want to attack and he will feel 220 pounds of increased flesh and steel slam into him within seconds.
While an enemy is maimed by your mastiff, they will be far too busy trying not to die to attack you, allowing you to deliver death in other directions as you see fit. Additionally, as long as your dog is with you, you will gain some of their senses, creating red highlights around enemies within a certain radius of your friend. Summoning your mastiff works great both as a panic button and for strategically neutralizing and attacking selected enemies. As strong as your mastiff is, it will need to rest after attacking for a while, but can be recalled when the ability is ready again. All of this can be improved with increases.
Just like with your own body, your mastiff can be upgraded at the Ripper Doc in Martyr’s End, the central area of the game. A good boy deserves skull armor. With three major upgrade categories: Head, Body, and Paws, you’ll have a range of tech to help you keep your dog alive and kill him. Crank up the speed with Bionic Paws, then upgrade to a Bionic Nose for a Cyber Sniff, increasing enemy detection radius. Improve your Mastiffs’ dodge, health, armor penetration, and more, creating a true machine of destruction (while still being your best friend, of course). With each major improvement, your dog will visibly go from flesh to metal. What he can lose in kindness, he will gain tenfold in his ability to kill.
We hope you enjoyed this preview of the mastiff in Necromunda: Hired Gun. Together, sniff your target, eliminate them and collect the bounty. The Underhive can be dangerous, but blood is good for business.
Necromunda: Hired Gun is out now on PS5 and PS4. The retail version will be available on June 30. Pre-order now to get special bonuses.