I’ve heard many rumours of the T5 monster, being: Spider monster, Ant monster, and usually I’ve seen theories of it being a Gen 1 Basilisk Soldier.
Meanwhile this would make an interesting fight, I believe it wouldn’t be very balanced, here’s why:
I read in the lore, that Gen 1 Basilisk Soldiers were fought against with ChemTroopers, and Lazarus Men, as normal bullets bounced off of them (ChemTroopers because of fire over bullets, and Lazarus Men as they were capable of Revivifying the dead, also armour piercing rounds). Here’s where the balance issues would come in.
Starting off, ChemTroopers and Lazarus men, just those two alone were able to win large wars against them, so I feel it’s safe to assume this monster would have more issues than normal countering a Lazarus-Hyde combo. It would make sense from a gameplay standpoint to make it balance, but lore-wise, not so much.
Certain characters wouldn’t be able to do much, if anything at all. Some characters would become border-line useless if they went the lore-wise direction. Border-line useless bolded as these characters aren’t entirely useless however. They would include: Bucket, Maggie, Griffin, Abe, Markov, Hyde, Parnell and Torvald (maybe Slim, not entirely sure).
These characters would be border-line/half useless as they use weapons that use bullets.
Border-line Uselessness Reasonings:
Bucket - His main damage source stems from his Sentry Guns. These would be comepletely useless as they fire bullets, and well, bullets bounced off of the Gen 1 Basilisk Soldiers. However he can still use his UAV, and Guided Rocket Launcher to find, and damage the monster.
Maggie - Her ONLY damage source would be negated as it uses bullets, and bullets well, you know…However, not entirely useless, as she can restrict it’s mobility, track it and trap it, as goes for all trappers.
Griffin - Again, his main damage source negated due to reasons you know. Not entirely useless for the same reasonings as Maggie except he can still do damage as his Harpoon Gun is not a bullet.
Abe - ONLY damage source negated as it shoots bullets. Not entirely useless for the same reasons as Maggie and Griffin.
Markov - Tertiary damage source negated as it shoots bullets. Not entirely useless as his Primary and Secondary sources of damage do not use bullets.
Hyde - Again, Tertiary damage source negated due to bullet usage (repetitive, I know. Bare with me). Not entirely useless, as his Primary and Secondary damage sources do not use bullets.
Parnell - Primary source of damage negated due to bullet usage. Not entirely useless as his Secondary damage source does not use bullets.
Torvald - Primary source of damage negated due to bullet usage. Perhaps made usable by Shrapnel Grenade as it pierces armour to make weak spots (shootable spots in this situation). Not entirely useless as his Secondary damage source uses explosives over bullets.
Slim - Primary source of damage and healing negated (possibly as I do not know if he uses bullets of not). Not entirely useless as he can still shoot wildlife and heal more off of those. Also, his Healing Drone can heal hunters given they aren’t being actively attacked. His Spore Cloud can still be useful as it blocks the monsters smell mechanic.
These are just my two sense on the entire Gen 1 Basilisk Soldier Monster theory.
This is also why I believe they would not make it a monster, as it would not make sense lore-wise, or balance-wise.
Agree/Disagree? Did I miss anything/anyone? Let me know.