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Feral
Feral
A Feral from Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill: Homecoming
Other appearances
None
Health
Medium
Locations
Rose Heights Cemetery
Streets of Shepherd's Glen
Streets of Silent Hill
Weapons
None
Attack method(s)
Melee
It appears I am not the only one that doesn't like these dogs.
—Alex, upon seeing a Feral dead by a police car.

Ferals are dog-like creatures in Silent Hill: Homecoming. These creatures are very similar to previous enemies, namely the Groaners, Double Heads, and Sniffer Dogs, all of which are also canine enemies.

Alex Shepherd first encounters one in the Rose Heights Cemetery, after hearing it barking and growling in the distance.

Appearance

They appear as skinless, heavily muscled canines with fresh blood dripping from their bodies. As large dogs, they are indeed very powerful. The dogs' heads have no apparent eyes or ears.

Character

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A Feral circling Alex.
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Ferals are extremely agile and swift and attack by nipping at Alex's neck or lunging at him. If they strike him with a lunge, they will pin him to the ground and bite at him violently until he shakes them off by pressing the button allocated on the screen. Otherwise, they are very mobile and occasionally difficult to hit, especially in groups. They are commonly seen feeding on dead corpses and carrion of various sorts. They growl before attacking, roar during, yelp when hit, and let out a high-pitched whine when killed. They are most efficiently dispatched using a swift weapon, but also via dodging periodically to avoid their nips.

Symbolism

Ferals are highly representative of Alex's father, Adam Shepherd's, hunting hobbies, where he was seen to be skinning his kills. Adam also admits that he treated his dog with more respect than he did Alex, so they may represent Alex's anger over his mistreatment. They may also be a nod to Eddie Dombrowski, who famously shot a dog to death, as the achievement "Eddie's Legacy" is obtained after killing one when playing on an Xbox 360.

Trivia

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Skinned dog from Paint It Black.
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  • Originally, monsters in Homecoming such as the Feral would be able to morph, however the idea was dropped due to lack of resources.
  • Kenzie LaMar's original Feral model had a more zombie-like texture; however, the final version is more like a skinless dog.
  • Many different animations can be seen when killing the Feral in several different ways:
    • If the Feral is stunned and Alex is weilding the steel pipe/crowbar, he will stick the pipe in the Feral's head and kill it.
    • If Alex is wielding the knife/ceremonial dagger and the Feral is stunned, Alex will cut its head off.
    • If Alex uses the axe and the Feral is stunned, Alex will decapitate it.
    • If the player aims the laser pistol on the Feral and shoots it in its face, its head will shatter.
    • If the player shatters its head with the laser pistol, there is a chance it will still do its death animation- including the cry, even though it has no head.
  • If Alex fails to escape from the Feral's grasp, it will bite out his throat and kill him.
  • A skinned dog seen in Paint It Black shares an uncanny resemblance to the Feral, despite having been created 3 years prior. It may have been the inspiration for the Feral's creation and design. The only differences between Ferals and these creatures are that they have ears and eyes, unlike the Feral.
  • When coming back from the junk yard, Alex will encounter two Ferals. If Alex doesn't defeat them and gets them to follow him into the parking lot entrance of the cemetery, they will stop chasing him and either run back, walk around aimlessly and be completely oblivious to him, or freeze in place and be harmless to him no matter how close he gets. This only occurs if they have followed Alex into the entrance.

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Characters
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Alex Shepherd - Joshua Shepherd - Elle Holloway - James Wheeler - Margaret Holloway - Curtis Ackers
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Adam Shepherd - Carol Doyle - Lillian Shepherd - Nora Holloway - Sam Bartlett - Joey Bartlett - Martin Fitch - Scarlet Fitch - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Nash - Robbie the Rabbit
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Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Boiler Room - Central Silent Hill - Church of the Holy Way - Dargento Cemetery - Dr. Fitch's Office - Grand Hotel - Hell Descent - Lair - Overlook Penitentiary - Rose Heights Cemetery - Salvage Yard - Sewers of Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd House - Shepherd's Glen - Shepherd's Glen Town Hall - Shepherd's Glen Police Station - Silent Hill Docks - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Offices - Toluca Lake Water and Power - Toluca River - S&W Bank - Dog House
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