So we all (well some of us) remember when the name Lurker came up and was explained to be a concept for a mob that was never really used for anything. Well, how about I propose the idea for a fully fleshed out version for this unfinished concept...
Now I am aware that the mobs currently are in need of a bit of tweaking in order to seem more unique, but screw it.
What is the "Lurker"?
So the Lurker would be as the name suggests, a creature that lurks and tries to be stealthy, rather than try to take you head on like all of the current enemies. So this "Lurker" creature would have low health, low defense, and medium damage; However, it would be capable of speeds that not even the Werewolf could compare to. Now as I said, this concept wouldn't try to take you head on, rather it would try and hide behind cover in order to avoid detection, and would strike when the player isn't paying attention. Now the Lurker wouldn't just wait till you look away, but would rather be scared off by eyesight, and would try to sprint back into hiding if the player looked too directly at it.
So where and when do they spawn?
Well Lurkers would be able to spawn at all times, unlike their other hostile counterparts, though they would only ever attack at night. Lurking the day and when there is an excess of light, these mobs would try and stay hidden in the distance, using their uncanny speed as a means of evasion in the event that you went in a pursuit of one. As for underground, lurkers would spawn in primarily naturally generated areas and away from lava, as they prefer to avoid light for obvious reasons, and would always be hostile due to the low light levels.
So how many of them spawn?
Well Lurkers prefer to live either alone or in very small groups and away from other mobs, as hordes could easily give away their position(s), so the more Lurkers that spawn in an area, the less amount of other creatures that would follow.
How do you detect them?
As already stated, Lurkers would only be around when there are a lack of other enemies, which to the trained player could be an easy giveaway. Now they make very subtle sounds, mostly just the rustling of leave and light footsteps, and this method would be good for any melee fighters who are hunting during the night when they will be on the offensive. Another means of detection would be to catch them spying on you, as if at a certain distance, they will peak out from behind their cover, giving you a sense of what direction they're in as seen from their glowing eyes.
What do they drop?
Killing a Lurker certainly is different from fighting off other enemies of the night, though they re far from the power of the Diablo, so they wouldn't drop anything extremely valuable. Still though, Lurkers would be the only source of Lurker Claws.
What are Lurker Claws good for?
Well this may be enough to be its own topic, but I feel it should be here simply due to the fact that it has to do with this idea for a mob. So anyways, Lurker Claws could be put together to make a Lurker Gauntlet. These gauntlets would be made from 3 Lurker Claws and a Leather Gauntlet. Now unlike other weapons, these gauntlets would take the place of said armor piece. Now they lock your gauntlets to leather defensively as long as they're equipped, but do have their own perks. These gauntlets would provide extra damage for your weaponless melee attack in exchange for their defensive nerf, and would let you deal more damage to enemies from behind.
So what are your thoughts into this more detailed version of the long forgotten idea? Have something to add? Want to leave a criticism? Feel free to say it below.