Bos

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Two genders of the same unknown subterranean Bos species, one in the foreground and one in the background.

Bos is a genus of fauna in No Man's Sky. This genus is generally referred to as spiders (the term the game code uses), crabs, mantises, or similar names related to arachnids or crustaceans.

This genus is very similar to Conokinis, the "beetle" genus. The two genera are so similar that the only 100%-confirmed difference is that Bos species can be found both above ground and in caves, while Conokinis species are only found above ground.

Bos is one of the more dangerous genera in No Man's Sky, due to their fast speed and quiet steps, carnivorous Bos can be very hard to defeat in combat without getting damaged.

It is possible that the Bos genus is essentially the hostile version of Conokinis, but that is only speculation. It is backed up by some evidence, such as cave spiders always being hostile. It also wouldn't be the only genus to be strictly predatory, a characteristic also displayed by Prionace.

Major Variants & Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Mantis-like Bos species, mouth agape.

Bos has two major variants: spider-like and mantis-like. While most characteristics are shared between species, individuals of the spider-like variant have their eyes or other primary sensory organs, like antennae, attached directly to the thorax (large middle section of the body). The mantis-like variant instead has a mantis or cobra-like neck and head rising out of its thorax, with the head at the top of the neck.

Shared characteristics include:

  • Four to eight legs, often hairs visible on legs.
  • Subterranean variants are always relatively small (generally around 1.5m or less).
  • Subterranean variants are always hostile.
  • Terrestrial/above-ground variants are indistinguishable from Conokinis beetles, as far as anyone currently knows.