|Height:||86.5 cm (2 ft 10.1 in) |
|Length:||137 cm (4 ft 6 in) |
|Created via:||Primary t-Virus infection [notes 1]|
The Lurker was chosen by Dr. James Marcus to represent the amphibian division of his virus research project as a whole, apparently the same method he used when experimenting with the earlier Progenitor Virus.
However the mutation showed no increase in intelligence and research on them was abandoned, since their most notable trait - indiscriminately attacking all moving objects - was of little interest to the advance of B.O.W.s. They were also very easily scared off, and a single bullet was all that was needed to drive them back into the water. Mutants of a similar appearance to the Lurker were spotted in the sewers during the Raccoon city incident.
Research on amphibian (and specifically frog)-based B.O.W.s would later be revived in the late-1990s in the form of the Hunter γ, with similarly disastrous results.
It was an amphibian that had grown to large proportions. Its eyes had devolved greatly from the mutation, but this was compensated with improved hearing senses and a strong body that was almost impervious to bullets, yet significantly weak to knifing attacks. They attacked with sharp piercing tongues that could actually impale a human target with little effort and could swallow a human body whole due to their well-developed digestive system.
- ↑ Excerpt from biohazard 0 KAITAISHINSHO, page 072:
"t-ウイルス研究の初期, 投与に最適な生物動を選別する段階で, 両生類のサンプルとして選ばれたカエルをベースとした試験的B.O.W.。人間を丸呑みできるだけの巨大な体格と捕食の強靭な舌を獲得している。また明度に左右される視覚は退化し, おそらくはその眼球の存在したスペースまでが中耳となって, 獲物の接近を察知する鋭敏な聴覚を発達させているようだ。ウイルスのもたらしたこのような変化は, 単に巨 大化するケースの多い節足類に比べて多少の有用性が認められるものの, いずれにせよ脳が原始的すぎるため制御は不可能で, 近づいたあらゆる物体を見境なく捕食対象とする致命的欠陥により実用化研究は見送られた。のちにヨーロッパ研究所が, 両生類をベースに人間の遺伝子を組み込んだハンターの亜種を誕生させることになるが, これも視力は完全に失われており, t-ウイルスと無尾両生類の組み合わせには特定の変異パターンか見受けられる。"