Scorpions have four large yellow eyes on a tilted round face with sharp, malicious teeth. They appear to be four-legged like the majority of the aliens, with the exception of having yellow polyp-like growths on their back.
Although intimidating, Scorpions can be easily defeated, as their weak spot is the yellow polyps on their back. Shooting these growths will kill them in a matter of seconds. They have long tails that also have yellow polyps on them.
They are called "scorpions" because they attack with their tails, spraying out a acidic substance that can slow players and harm them. Scorpions also make a strange noise when they shoot. Players can easily know if one is near by because of the noise.
Scorpions will jump from surfaces to walls a few times before they attack. They will aim at a player and fire a Gas Cloud attack from their tails. The projectile will also leave a puddle of acid that damages all players who walk over it (other than Medics of upgrade level 3 or higher), and they last for a while before disappearing, so players must be careful of where they go around the map.
When the helicopter is needed to destroy a Barrier Hive, Scorpions will attack it. Players must kill the Scorpions to protect the helicopter, or else it will take too much damage and must evade for a brief amount of time; then the Scorpions will turn their attention to the players until the helicopter returns to continue firing on the Hive. It is best to kill the scorpions while their attention is towards the helicopter.
An interesting fact to note is that Scorpions' only weapon is their acid; even if right in front of the Scorpion, the only thing they can do is slowly shoot the player. This makes idle Scorpions extremely easy to kill if shooting at their yellow growths.
Scorpions aren't very valuable cryptids to use a Hypno Knife against, as to cause damage, alien cryptids must walk into the path of the acid, something that Cryptids don't usually do, and the fact that there's usually a different type of cryptid that is of even more help, such as a Rhino, a Hunter, or a Phantom. As well, on Point of Contact, a friendly Scorpion might actually shoot at the helicopter, which can deter progress.