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Desert Scythids look like dark brown scarab beetles with their distinctive shiny backs. They are the fastest type of scythid, easily able to overtake prey trying to retreat. In terms of attack behavior they are the most complex scythids. In addition to the leaping attack, they will rush their target with a narrow zig-zag and when in range, rear up and attempt a powerful slashing attack. Sometimes they will take to the air, frantically flapping their side appendages while extending their slashing spines, and will either try to fly behind their prey while they are distracted with other scythids, or they will just fly at their target's face and try for a critical slash attack.
- Main article: Scythid#General_Strategy
- In Playthrough 2 they are renamed Wasteland Scythid, and in Playthrough 2.5 they are renamed Dune Scythid.