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The Cerebral Bore is a weapon first featured in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. It is a weapon of unknown origin that consists of a homing projectile capable of latching onto its victim's heads, killing them by drilling into their skulls and exploding when they reach the brain.

It has gained a reputation among fans, gamers, and reviewers alike, most of them considering it to be one of the most gruesome weapons in the history of gaming.


The Cerebral Bore of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is a strange grey, circular device. It fires bores that are stored within its rotating ammo mechanism. It appears to be made of a type of metal and has blue lights visible on its side. The bores are strange golden spheres with several small, hook-like protrusions, a drill head, and a deadly explosive charge.

The weapon is present once more in Turok: Rage Wars. Its appearance is quite similar to its Seeds of Evil incarnation. A major difference is that the weapon's victims' executions are shortened due to the fast-paced gameplay of Rage Wars.

The weapon returns in Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion. Its appearance is relatively unchanged from before, the major difference being that the weapon now has new lighting effects.


Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

The Cerebral Bore features a lock-on targeting system, much like the Scorpion Launcher. The weapon scans, detects, and locks onto the brain waves of nearby targets. Once locked on—indicated by its blinking crosshair—the bore can be fired. The weapon's tracking ability makes it very useful for detecting enemies who may not be visible. This can alert the player of an upcoming ambush.

The weapon releases its projectile, and if it successfully locks onto an enemy, it latches on the the victim's head. It immediately begins drilling through the victim's skull, forcibly expelling copious amounts of blood and tissue out of a suction channel. Once it reaches the brain, the bore explodes, decapitating its victim.

While the weapon is useful for executing enemies in spectacular and gory fashion due to being a one-hit kill, it is one of the slower and less reliable weapons.

To be fired, the weapon must be locked onto a target, which can prove to be difficult against mobile enemies, especially Raptors. It is recommended to use from a distance or for a sneak attack. Given its maximum range, though, even sneak attacks can prove to be difficult with this weapon, as the player cannot be too far from an enemy or it will not detect them.

This weapon WILL NOT work against the following groups of enemies:

Due to the fact that most Mantids are too fast for the Cerebral Bore to lock on, the player should use the Charge Dart Rifle to stun the enemy and then switch to the Cerebral Bore to make the kill.

Lastly, the Cerebral Bore is rendered useless against bosses due to the fact that it cannot lock onto such a large target.

Turok: Rage Wars

The Cerebral Bore returns again, and its functionality remains unchanged. The weapon now serves as a special weapon pickup. Since Rage Wars has multiplayer-based gameplay, the weapon can only carry up to one bore, most likely to reduce players from repetitively using the weapon for easy kills.

Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion

Due to the popularity of the weapon, and fan demand, the Cerebral Bore returned in this third entry of the Turok franchise. It also spawned two other variants used by Danielle and Joseph Fireseed respectively.

Its function remains unchanged from Seeds of Evil. The major difference is that its animation has been made less graphic. This was because Shadow of Oblivion had its blood and gore heavily toned down compared to Seeds of Evil thanks to the fact that Shadow of Oblivion was heavily rushed out the door by Acclaim.

Ammo Pickups

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

  • Weapon: Restores 10 bores.
  • Bores: Restores two bores.

Turok: Rage Wars

  • Pick Up: Restores one bore.

Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion

  • Weapon: Restores two bores.


The Cerebral Bore quickly garnered attention during the release of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, mainly for its graphic execution. Fans, gamers, and reviewers had positive reactions to this weapon, and it is still landing on weapon lists years later. It is often considered to be one of the most gruesome weapons in gaming history.

At the time of its release, the video gaming website GameSpot stated that "The Cerebral Bore is possibly the grossest weapon ever conceived."

In April 2012, the electronic entertainment website IGN ranked the weapon #3 on their Top 100 Video Game Weapons list.

The video gaming magazine Game Informer listed the weapon on their Most Violent Video Game Weapons.


  • This weapon was inspired by the Tall Man's weapons from Don Coscarelli's 1979 horror film Phantasm. The silver orb-like weapon functions the same way as the bores in the Turok series, the only difference being that the weapon did not explode like the Cerebral Bore.
  • When the crosshair has locked onto an enemy's head, the target will begin to run away and flail their arms in fear. This is one of three weapons in Seeds of Evil that are capable of doing this. The others are the Riding Gun and the Scorpion Launcher.
  • The Cerebral Bore paved the way for more gruesome weapons in later Turok titles, like the Chest Burster in Turok: Rage Wars.
  • A similar weapon, the Swarm Bore, would later appear in Turok: Evolution.
  • There is a British death metal band called Cerebral Bore.
  • Despite headshots being instant death, the Cerebral Bore will not always 1-shot kill an enemy nor a player. A player getting hit by the weapon will take 50 damage and a short stun.

List of appearances

Weapons of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Standard Weaponry BowCharge Dart RifleFlareMag 60PistolShotgunShredderTalonTek BowTranquilizer GunWar Blade
Energy Weapons Firestorm CannonPlasma Rifle
Ordnance and Heavy Weaponry FlamethrowerGrenade LauncherNukePFM LayerScorpion Launcher
Miscellaneous Weaponry Cerebral BoreHarpoon GunRazor WindRiding GunSunfire PodTorpedo Launcher
Weapons of Turok: Rage Wars
Bullet Weapons Assault RifleMag 60MinigunShotgun
Energy Weapons BoomerangChest BursterEmaciatorFlare GunFreeze GunInflatorPlasma RifleTek Crossbow
Explosive Weapons Grenade LauncherNapalm GelScorpion Launcher
Support Weapons Cerebral BorePFM PakIron ClawSentry TurretWarhammer
Weapons of Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
Danielle's Arsenal Cerebral BurstEnergy GrappleFirestorm CannonFireswarmMag 60RPGTek BowTomahawk
Joseph's Arsenal Cerebral PossessorBladeNapalm CannonNight Vision GogglesShredderSilenced PistolSniper RifleStorm Bow
Shared Weaponry BowCerebral BoreGrenade LauncherPistolPSGRazor WindShotgunVampire Gun
Cut Content Harpoon GunPlasma Rifle