While Split Beetles look cute, in large groups, they can be major annoyances. They shoot shadow balls at you, and clone themselves every so often. Each individual beetle can have only one clone at a time. Once the "real" (original) beetle is destroyed, its clone also dies off.
Split Beetles instantaneously generate duplicates of themselves which function in deadly unison. Adding to that threat is the Beetle's ability to approach while invisible, and then attack with destructive projectiles. The duplicate Beetle, however, lacks the resilience of the original, and any attack against the primary inflicts twice the injuries on its copy. Once the duplicate dies, the spawner will resume invisibility, only to attempt the same attack again.
Combating Split Beetles could be difficult, as it is hard to tell which one is the real one, but in a 2-man or more group, you can attack both of them at the same time, and the clone should die off quickly. While Elites are stronger, it is easier to identify the real one. Even though the Beetles are supposed to make clones of themselves, when an elite clones itself, it spawns with different attributes. If you are paying attention, or if you are lucky to get one with Ghostly or Reflective , then it should be easy to attack the real one. Also, the clones of an elite are called "Elite Duplicators" ,while the real one is called "Elite Split Beetle". If damaged before duplicating, the real Beetle will have less health than the clone.
- Split Beetle's cloning ability resembles that of Nashira.
- Despite their insectoid name, Split Beetles are quadrapedal, unlike real insects, who have 6 legs. Then again, they are aliens and mutated ones, so Earth criteria doesn't really count.
- Split Beetle's legs are Spore's exoskeletal legs.