|“||We set out to create something that would freak people out. What are they? They're not zombies. They're not aliens. They're something that's disgusting.||„|
|~ Anders Svard|
Enemies in GTFO are mostly found in a dormant state, thus referred to as sleepers.
Although some of the enemies are not dormant, they are still colloquially referred to as "sleepers" by the characters.
They are sometimes called monsters and creeps by the prisoners.
They can be detected by using the Bio Tracker, or by the crackling sounds the humanoid sleepers occasionally make along with the glow that emits from their body.
Sleepers in their humanoid form are mutated humans of pale skin and mangled body parts found in every corner of the Complex in varying numbers. They emit distinctive sounds while dormant (these sounds being different depending on the variant), making it relatively easy to locate their whereabouts. Should they be approached by a player, they will begin to glow, indicating heightened awareness of their surroundings. After being initially disturbed, there is a second phase where the sleeper's body will begin to flash rapidly and spasm about, which will calm down after a few seconds once the disturbance has stopped. However further continuous disruption (let it be in the form of sound, light, or movement) in this second stage will cause them to awake and attack the source of the disturbance - the player. They will then let out a screeching call a few second after it, which in turn will alert any sleepers in the same room as it. It is possible to prevent a sleeper from alerting others by killing it or staggering it with a shove. While weak individually, a large group can easily overwhelm the team by sheer numbers. The sleepers have the power to breach doors. Sleepers have usually a lighter skin tone, however, occasionally, a darker-skinned can spawn, specifically in Hordes, which also can be found in the dormant state rarely.
On rare occasions, large-sized sleepers (Big Strikers, Big Shooters or other variants found deep within the complex) are encountered. It is possible to take out these big variants with four fully charged melee hits by Sledgehammers. Other combinations of melee weapons might require the players to land more than four hits. If you intend to stay in stealth while killing a big sleeper, the team must synchronize all hits or keep the enemies staggered by delaying hits and breaking body parts (the Bat and the Sledgehammer have a high amounts of stagger damage with fully charged hits and will stagger all non-boss enemies). Using c-foam is normally not necessary as the first hits should stagger the giants, preventing them from attacking and screeching. It should be noted that the removal of the head or the upper body does not guarantee a takedown.
The inside of the body of sleepers is filled with lots of yellow, oval-shaped objects, resembling eggs.
Actions that alert Sleepers
(Note: A c-foamed sleeper can't be alerted.)
These actions will trigger a sleeper's next disturbance stage. (Note: A Scout doesn't have any "disturbance stage" but it will extend its feelers instead.)
- Illumination from the Flashlights and Long Range Flashlights. In contrast, Glow Sticks do not alert sleepers.
- Movement (walking, uncrouching, landing). Crouching near sleepers is recommended as it makes by far the least noise and takes the longest to wake them.
- Hitting anything with a melee weapon from a fair distance (ground, physical lock, another sleeper...). Missing a melee swing in the air or shoving doesn't make any noise.
These actions will alert a sleeper instantly.
- Running. (Note: Soft alert for Scouts.)
- Hitting anything with a melee weapon from a very close distance.
- Gunfire of any kind or explosions (mines).
- Any physical contact made with them.
- The screech of another sleeper.
- A Scout's scream.
- Failing an electrical lock.
Dispatching Procedures & Understanding the aggro
Most sleepers can be neutralized silently by using a charged melee strike to the head. However, despite being silent, killing a sleeper can wake up the other sleepers under certain conditions.
- If others sleepers are clustered together with the sleeper being killed, they will all wake up. This is the proximity aggro.
- If another sleeper is glowing within 15 meters and has a line of sight on the sleeper being killed, it will wake up. This is the long range aggro.
The long range aggro can not happen if at least one enemy already woke (either by the proximity aggro or by the long range aggro), and have a grace period of few seconds after that. It means that unlike the proximity aggro, the long range aggro can only wake up a single sleeper. It also means having two sleepers clustered is the best setup to ensure no other enemy will be awoken while dispatching them.
Example with 2 clustered enemies that will wake up from the proximity aggro, and another sleeper unable to wake up from the long range aggro:
(Note: The knife's "low noise" feature reduces the chance for an enemy to wake up from the long range aggro.)
The sleepers have weak points that can be used by the players to GREATLY lower the waste of ammunition and time to kill them. Weak points must be used in order to one-shot most of the sleepers with the melee weapon or to kill big sleepers in fewer hits.
A general rule is the sleepers are more vulnerable to attacks made against their head and back. Some sleepers variants seem to be more vulnerable on the head than the back and vice versa.
Expand for Spoilers => Stronger enemies variants can be protected from damages for certain parts of their body, one example is the Charger variant, as their horns or spikes growing in their head protect them from fatal head damage, leaving only the back vulnerable.
The sleeper's occiput is usually the most vulnerable weakpoint of their body, as it takes both head and back vulnerabilities at the same time. Aiming for the occiput can allow the players to one-shot a Striker with the DMR, one-shot a Shooter with the Pistol, or one-shot a Scout with the Bat, Knife or Revolver.
CAUTION: Contrary to what the image suggests, the back is based on the player + enemy's orientation, NOT on where the enemy is hit. For example, if the player is standing in front of a bent enemy and hit it on its back, it will NOT count as a back hit.
- "Practically all monster sounds are actually made from sounds we recorded ourselves, contorting our throats and vocal cords to alter our voices in the weirdest possible ways. Then we’ve pitched and morphed those recordings to create new, terrifying sounds that are unmistakenly human – but hideously distorted."
-Simon Viklund 2019-11-11