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Widowmakers are a large strain of Chimera, and are the approximate equivalent of a main battle tank.

OverviewEdit

Widowmakers are spider-like creatures that make use of their barbed fore-talons to attack enemies though they have been observed to make use of explosive globules that they spew out in combat much like the Sapper. Human forces are known to suffer from a high rate of casualties when engaging these beasts. However, in addition to serving a heavy support role for the Chimera, the Widowmaker has been known to have a rallying effect on the other Chimeran strains. As such, the presence of a Widowmaker on the battlefield can turn the fortunes for the Chimera causing a defeat to become a victory. Attacks with high-explosives or vehicle-mounted weapons should focus on the creature's face or body.

Resistance: Fall of ManEdit

The Widowmaker first appears in the London outskirts level "Ice and Iron" after a VTOL brought a M-12 Sabertooth near Nathan Hale's position, and later in Thames, and Tower.

StrategyEdit

  • It has been recommended that high explosives or vehicle mounted weapons should be used when engaging these creatures. Typical target spots recommended are the creature's face or the body itself.
  • Near the end of the game, after the two Stalkers, a Widowmaker (two if it is on hard or superhuman) will expose itself. A good method is to run inside and to the second floor of the nearest house when you started the mission, use the Auger's shield barrier to deflect the projectiles it launchers, use the LAARK to get it down to low health, and then the XR-005 Hailstorm to finish it off.
    • On second playthroughs, the player can acquire the Splitter which is highly effective against the Widowmaker.
  • Cover is extremely important when engaging Widowmakers, as a head-on assault will likely end up in death, especially in higher difficulties. If the player is exposed in the open, the Widowmaker will spit explosive globules, that will remove a huge chunk of the player's health if it was full. Otherwise, the Widowmaker will stab the player with it's talon, if close enough, which will always result in an instant death.
  • If you run out of LAARK rockets, then tag it with the Bullseye, then get to cover and keep shooting. This method should keep you safe from the explosive globules it spits at you.
  • Another strategy is to stay behind cover to protect yourself from the Widowmaker's attacks, especially its's explosive globules, and then kill it with the Auger.

That same strategy can be applied in the level where, after the ride in a Stalker, you encounter yet another Widowmaker. Remember to keep moving when fighting a Widowmaker, because it attacks with its legs, and has a long range attack with it's globules, unlike the Sapper.

Resistance 3Edit

Widowmaker NY

A close up on a female Widowmaker in Times Square using the Deadeye's secondary fire.

Widowmakers makes a return to Resistance 3 and have been drastically altered from their original appearance; they appear more massive than in Fall of Man, and seem to have a general build change as well. Widowmakers has a more spider-like appearence than in Fall of man.  Furthermore, it is confirmed that Widowmakers are among the many feral Chimeran strains that are rejected from the Chimeran hierarchy, and are hostile against military Chimera. Interestingly, Widowmakers have gender identity; Females can be identified by their red spots on their necks, as mentioned by Charlie Tent. The strain's males unprecedentedly travel in packs as witnessed by Doctor Malikov and Joseph Capelli in Pennsylvania.

StrategyEdit

  • Similar to Brawlers, Widowmakers have weak points that can be identified on their red-colored sections on their body, which can be seen with an Auger and must be shot in order to kill this abomination.
  • The Wildfire is highly recommended as it can easily lock on to a Widowmaker's weak points. Bullseye tags can also tag Widowmakers' weak points.
  • The player has to avoid the Widowmaker's acid spits, because it takes away considerable amounts of health, especially in Superhuman mode.
  • Do not get too close to a Widowmaker because it can knock you back.
  • Keep a distance when attacking the first two pairs of weak points and use the Marksman, Deadeye or Carbine. When the final weak point is exposed, run underneath the Widowmaker and destroy the weak point with the Bullseye. The Widowmaker will be unable to attack you as long as you stay under it.

Enemy JournalEdit

The Widowmaker is the largest known feral Chimera. This wild spider-like predator

spits caustic acid at any targets it cannot stab with its razor-sharp tarsi. Usually found
alone, some have reported seeing clans of Widowmakers stampeding throughout the
wilderness.

Primary Weapon - Lethal, toxic acid spit.

Survival Tip: Keep moving, and attack its weak points from a distance.

Gallery Edit

Resistance: Fall of ManEdit

Resistance 3Edit

TriviaEdit

Resistance: Fall of ManEdit

  • "Widowmaker" refers to something, usually a weapon, which is very effective at killing; this comes from the idea that killing a fighting soldier will "make" a widow of his wife. The name is probably also a reference to the black widow spider, given the creature's spider-like appearance.
  • Widowmakers are thought by the British Military to be responsible for the deployment of Leaper Pods.[1]

Resistance 2 Edit

  • Mother Spinners share a similar sound

Resistance 3Edit

  • According to a side note written in the Widowmaker's enemy journal in Resistance 3, Widowmakers prey on Ravagers.
  • A Chimeran Dropship was deployed to stop the Widowmaker in St. Louis.
  • They are the first Chimera to have apparent gender differences.

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ Resistance: Fall of Man, Leaper Pod enemy intel

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