Jackal is the Corpus boss of the Venus system. Although a more bulky and old model compared to more recent Corpus robotics, the Jackal possesses invulnerable shields, a giant shockwave ability to knock players down, and one of the most powerful Corpus weapons, the Plasma Grenade Cluster. Dissected models of the Jackal can be found in some Grineer tilesets, either showing that the Grineer have an interest in utilizing Corpus techno, or that they have simply purchased merchandise.The Jackal is fought on the mission Fossa, Venus. After defeating it and finishing the mission, the player will receive component blueprints, as well as a chance to get a or blueprint. A Terra variant may spawn in Orb Vallis during high alert state. This variant is considered a common enemy, not a boss, and will neither drop blueprints nor anger the Stalker.
The Jackal is a blue and white, quadruped mechanical proxy of the Corpus, modeled similarly to the real Jackal anatomy-wise. Its head is composed of an ocular piece attached to its chassis in a ball-socket joint manner, of which it has two yellow mechanical-eyes with two short antennae strewn forward abductively along with a long downward "jaw" attached, much like an osprey's ocular piece. It mounts a pair of heavy turrets hidden inside its ear shutters along with a pair of presumably ammunition boxes. It has four three-jointed mechanical legs connecting in a hinge-jointed manner with three-fingered mechanical fingers on its end, much of it composed of machinery ball-socket-jointed to the chassis.
The Jackal can stomp around with its massive legs and uses various gunfire and grenade weaponry.
- Turret: Two cheek-mounted turrets fire volley of machine gunfire.
- Rippling Shockwave: Stomps the ground with its massive legs, producing a shockwave that knocks Tenno off their feet and disables Warframe Abilities.
- Plasma Grenade Cluster: Deposits a volley of plasma grenades that shortly explode after sticking to the ground.
- Grid Wall: After one of its legs is shot, the Jackal floats into the air and deploys a large grid wall in an X shape, which sweeps around the room. They start off blue, but begin to do damage after turning red. In subsequent phases, the grid wall will pause to rotate in the opposite direction. The wall can be bullet jumped over, and the Tenno can wall jump and wall latch on the walls at the edge of the room to stay above it.
- Massive Shockwave: Following the Grid Wall, the Jackal drops down onto the ground, creating a large shockwave, but is left vulnerable to the Parazon.
- Electric Field: An environmental hazard created by the four pillars in the room of Phase 2 when destroyed by the Jackal's attacks, dealing high damage.
After activating the terminal to "Deploy Jackal", the platform in the middle will rise to reveal a rather small MOA, much to the Lotus's surprise who expected it to be bigger. Shortly after, the real Jackal drops in from the ceiling, crushing the MOA under its massive frame.
The Jackal's main body is protected by invulnerable shielding, but its four legs are vulnerable. Destroying one of the legs will force it to engage its Grid Wall and Massive Shockwave. Afterward, it will attempt to auto-repair its damaged leg. Approaching the Jackal in this downed state will prompt a Mercy stab with the Parazon, interrupting its auto-repair and preventing the damaged leg from being restored.
After being stabbed once, a cinematic shows the Jackal retreating to an adjacent, identical room, followed by the Tenno's Parazon lasso. The process simply needs to be repeated three more times on the Jackal's remaining legs.
- Phase 1: Destroy one leg, survive Grid Wall and Massive Shockwave, then stab with Parazon.
- Phase 2: Repeat above three more times until it is defeated.
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- The Jackal boss fight was completely reworked in Update 28.0 (2020-06-11). The Jackal's outer texture was changed from yellow to dark blue with white stripes. The model itself has not changed (though has been slightly upscaled) but received several new skeletal animations.
- The Jackal is the first Corpus boss (excluding Orb-Mothers in Orb Vallis), and the first non-quest boss that players will encounter.
- While players only fight it on Venus, the Jackal is perhaps the most ubiquitous boss in the game. Aside from the Jackal itself and its Vallis counterparts;
- The Jackal's design serves as the template for the Lynx and the Razorback, with the Lynx, in particular, appearing in one Grineer Data Vault layout;
- The Clan Dojo's Energy Lab has a partially-disassembled Jackal suspended from the ceiling; and
- The Jackal, either in one piece or in individual components, serves as an occasional decoration in various tilesets.
- The Test MOA that appears in the Jackal cinematic has been named "Popcorn" by the community and developers.
- Using Zenith's alternate fire indicates that the Jackal has two heads unlike most enemies.
References To Dark Sector
- The original Dark Sector demo showed the Lasrian troopers releasing a Jackal on Hayden Tenno.
- Unlike its Warframe counterpart, this model was shorter, chunkier, and is equipped with a more visual set of Gatling guns.
- It is also shown in the trailer (2004) of Dark Sector under a completely different design, yet still heavily resembling Jackal.
- Briefly, after Hotfix 20.0.4 (2017-03-27) and Hotfix 20.0.5 (2017-03-28), the Jackal would drop parts because of a bug that shared the drop table update to the Razorback.