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Rakk
Rakk
General Information
Universe Borderlands
Aliases Sky Hunter
Species Type Coatl
Homeworld Pandora
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Locomotion Powered flight
Feeding Behavior Carnivorous, Detritivorous
Prey Humans, scavenged meat
Distinctive Features Tail claws
Lineage Information
Related Species Badass Rakk, Bloated Rakk, Chubby Rakk, Defender Rakk, Feeder Rakk, Kamikaze Rakk, Skrakk, Volcanic Rakk
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Personality Aggressive predators
Organization Flocks
Language(s) Screeching
Capital City Rakk Hive
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Pandora
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Deuterostomia
Superphylum Bilateria
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
Subclass Diapsida
Infraclass Sauria
Superorder Lepidosauria (Reptiles with overlapping scales)
Order Squamata (Lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians)
Suborder Ophidia (Squamates more closely related to snakes than to lizards)
Superfamily Coatloidea (Coatls) (Somarinoa, 2019)
Family Rakkidae (Rakks) (Somarinoa, 2019)
Genus Rakkus (True Rakks) (Somarinoa, 2019)
Other Information
Status Least concern
Creator Gearbox Software

Rakk are a species of coatl indigenous to the planet Pandora. A mad scientist named Dr. Zed successfully hybridized the Rakk with the Skaggs, thus creating the Skakks.

PhysiologyEdit

Rakk are medium-sized coatls, with flat, fleshy heads ending in a pointed snout. This snout is topped with a bony, armored plate along the head's dorsal region. They have a slit-like mouth along their ventral axis which is filled with hooked, rasping barbs. Like other coatls their only limbs have evolved into wings to keep them aloft, so Rakk have evolved a hooked talon at the end of their semi-flexible tail that allows them to cling to rocky surfaces. Similar to bats, they will rest upside-down.

They are resilient creatures, able to survive in slagged environments so long as they are slowly introduced to it, producing a variant called Slagged Rakk. Unlike their cousins, the Badass Rakk, they are unable to survive in other types of environments in such a way, though a subspecies known as Volcanic Rakk has arisen over time.

Social behaviorEdit

Rakk are naturally fragile creatures, and because of this they have developed a highly social structure that utilizes other subspecies in a tasked-based hierarchy that includes scouts, hive defenders, food processing, and it is believed to even include long-term storage in a manner similar to Honeypot Ants on Earth. Rakk communicate to one another through vocalizations that include a screech. This is often used to rally the flock against a particular threat or potential meal. When attacking, Rakk usually swoop in diving runs, using their wicked tail talon to lacerate their foe into submission. This also allows them to keep from slowing down, thus regaining altitude quickly for another run.

Rakk have developed a symbiotic relationship with an organism known as the Rakk Hive. The Rakk will crawl into the being's porous skin. This lets the Rakk Hive hibernate in relative peace while the Rakk themselves gain shelter and are protected from their own predators by the sheer size of their host.

AppearancesEdit

  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
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