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Various bizarrely-shaped machines that have taken different forms and functions to adapt to different goals.
Legend has it that they are war machines left behind by a nation that has already been destroyed. Compared to the more common Ruin Guards, their design has greater value in the study of biomimesis. The insect-like limbs are more agile than humanoid machines. The shield formed by its various components can resist any frontal attack.

Ruin Defenders are Elite Enemies that are part of the Ruin Sentinels enemy group and the Automatons family.

For specific locations, see the Official interactive Map.


The Ruin Defender resembles a crustacean-like Automaton.


Item Mora.png ≤200 Mora
Item Chaos Gear.png Lv.1+ Chaos Gear
Item Chaos Axis.png Lv.40+ Chaos Axis
Item Chaos Oculus.png Lv.60+ Chaos Oculus
Item Berserker.png3-4★ Set Berserker
Item Instructor.png3-4★ Set Instructor
Item The Exile.png3-4★ Set The Exile


Physical Pyro Hydro Electro Cryo Anemo Geo
50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%

The following table describes the level scaling. Note that values may change in Co-Op, some Quests, and certain Domains. The change usually involves multiplying some of the values by a constant scale factor.

1 308 76 505
5 695 127 525
10 1,215 203 550
15 2,189 321 575
20 3,575 502 600
25 5,004 686 625
30 6,657 820 650
35 8,936 987 675
40 11,953 1,225 700
45 16,057 1,525 725
50 22,023 1,889 750
55 28,576 2,239 775
60 37,208 2,661 800
65 48,917 3,142 825
70 61,539 3,673 850
75 77,003 4,188 875
80 99,274 4,726 900
85 126,832 5,140 925
90 155,821 5,709 950
95 190,800 6,549 975
100 232,932 7,387 1,000

Attacks and abilities

Names are unofficial

  • Pincer Stab: Raising itself on its hind legs, the Defender stabs with its two front legs, dealing 150% ATK as Physical DMG. Its core is protected during this attack.
  • Armoured Carapace Array: Projects a shield from its front legs that blocks all damage that comes from the front and cannot be broken by any means. Its core is protected during this move. The Ruin Machine can still move, however, this is limited only to rotation, and the Ruin Machine cannot be forced out of this state by any means.
    • Shield Bash: If attacked within melee range of the shield, sends a blast in front of itself that deals 150% ATK as AoE Physical DMG and launches the player back. The core is protected during this attack.
  • Leap: Leaping high in the air, the Defender then lands on its target, dealing 150% ATK as AoE Physical DMG around where it lands. During this whole attack its core is protected. Note that the AoE ring that shows where it will land has a very short duration, as it will land almost instantly upon performing this move, meaning as soon as you see the ring, dash away instantly.
  • Cannon Shot: The Defender charges up energy at its core before firing it, dealing 40% ATK as Physical DMG on hit. Its core is exposed during this attack.
  • Deactivated: After hitting its exposed core twice the Defender slumps down and becomes deactivated for a short time. During this time it will not attack.



The Ruin Defender is by far one of the more annoying Ruin Sentinels as its main ability is to block the player and knock them back. While the Armoured Carapace Array sounds tough, in actuality it only protects anything that comes from the front of it, meaning any attack that deals AoE damage or attacking from behind will still damage the Sentinel. The best way to deal with it while it has its shield up is to attack it from any other direction except the front.

In Spiral Abyss, these enemies have an enormous health pool. It is recommended to bring freeze comps when dealing with these enemies, as they will tend to frequently put up their shield, making it hard to deal consistent DPS with many other team comps.



Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Ruin Defender
Yíjī Fángwèi-zhě
Ruin Defender
Yíjī Fángwèi-zhě
Japanese 遺跡防衛者
Iseki Boueisha
Ruin Defender
Korean 유적 방어자
Yujeok Bang'eoja
Ruin Defender
Spanish Defensor de las RuinasDefender of the Ruins
French Protecteur des ruinesRuin Defender
Russian Руинный защитник
Ruinnyy zashchitnik
Thai Ruin Defender
Vietnamese Hộ Vệ Di TíchRuin Defender
German RuinenschützerRuin Defender
Indonesian Ruin Defender
Portuguese Defensor das RuínasDefender of the Ruins

Change History

Released in Version 2.0