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Compared to the Classic Doom Mancubus, this one is more elephant seal-like or [[Wikipedia:Cthulhu|Cthulhu]]-like since the Making of Doom 3 book states the latter. Their strange head was explained by the game designers. The centre tentacle is a breathing tube, consisting of tiny holes along its sides (which are visible if viewed closely). Both side tentacles were actually supposed to be tusks, making them even more like elephants. Due to a graphical and model design glitch they were reduced to feeding tools, and are stated to be used like the mouth of an [[Wikipedia:Octopus|octopus]]. It is unknown whether they have a beak inside their mouth or not.
diferences between the Doom 3 Mancubus and the [[Doom II]] Mancubus is the skin color, the face, and the feet. In Doom II, the Mancubus had a mouth, leather-imitating colored skin, and elephant-like feet. In Doom 3, the Mancubus has a small "trunk" instead of a face, pale skin, and their feet look like fanned out pieces of flesh.
Mancubi are quite rare, and only appear in 2 levels in Doom 3. They first appear in a sort of "mini-boss" fight against 3 Mancubi in Recycling Sector 2, and several are also encountered throughout Hell. They also appear in ''[[Resurrection of Evil]]'', although again they are mostly confined to Hell.
The Doom 3 Mancubus has ''extremely'' high offensive capabilities, being able to fire a steady barrage of powerful fireballs from its cannons - it can fire one cannon each of a time, unlike the classic version, which can only fire three volleys from both cannons at once. It is also tougher than the classic version, taking 2 to 3 magazines of [[Machine Gun]] fire, a full magazine of Chaingun or Plasma Gun fire, or as many as six direct rocket hits to kill, making it the toughest (but also one of the slowest) non-boss creature in the game.
Furthermore, unlike the classic Mancubus, the Doom 3 version has a melee attack: both of its cannons can be used as hammers, which while attacking almost spontaneously, it is possible to use its long "recharge" time to actually kill the Mancubus with any melee weapon ([[Chainsaw (Doom 3)|chainsaw]] being the best bet). However, melee combat is not advisable as the Mancubus' crushing melee smash is one of the most powerful enemy melee attacks in the game, second only to the [[Cyberdemon (Doom 3)|Cyberdemon]]'s stomp.
Mancubi are real powerhouses, with extremely high health and a powerful ranged attack with a reasonably high rate of fire. Players are fully justified in using their most high-powered weaponry to bring one down. The weapons that are effective against the Mancubus are the [[Chaingun (Doom 3)|Chaingun]], the [[Rocket launcher (Doom 3)|Rocket launcher]], [[Plasma Gun]], and the [[BFG 9000 (Doom 3)|BFG]]. [[Grenade
|Grenades]] also work well due to the lumbering speed of these behemoths. Headshots are effective and quite easy to score on a Mancubus, since they are a slow moving and very large target. A Mancubus can be killed with about 4 rocket launcher headshots. If the [[Soul Cube]] or [[The Artifact|Artifact]] is available, by all means use it.