The Precursor Legacy
During The Precursor Legacy, the Lurkers acted as a major antagonizing faction under the control of Gol Acheron and his sister, Maia Acheron. Throughout the course of the game they terrorized humans in villages all in a quest to find all Precursor artifacts and eco, as well as serve Gol and Maia in their quest to flood the world with dark eco.
Lurkers held fort in many major hub locations, including Sentinel Beach, Misty Island, and Forbidden Jungle in which they were deployed while antagonizing the Sandover area. They were later found in various locations surrounding Rock Village such as Precursor Basin, Lost Precursor City, and Boggy Swamp. Klaww, a giant and notable member of the Lurkers, assaulted Rock Village by stationing himself in the volcanic area of Mountain Pass while throwing flaming boulders at the village. A large lurker fort was found on Snowy Mountain on top of the Volcanic Crater in which many lurkers were stationed in and around a large stronghold surrounded by wooden stakes. Lastly, they would be found in Gol and Maia's Citadel towards the end of the game.
It is unknown what had happened to the majority of the Lurker species at the start of Jak II, but it is presumed that the Metal Heads first started swarming at dark eco locations. While the Lurkers and Metal Heads possibly have around the same numbers and diversity, the Metal Heads are far stronger due to severally overpowered enemies (long range attacks) and the use of dark eco. It can be assumed almost all the specific Lurkers were wiped out or brought to the brink thereof, with the exception of the incredibly common soldier lurkers which still live during the time of the second game. However as Lurkers are said to be in hiding (notably in the Dig Site before the Baron's invasion), a number of Lurkers could survive if they constructed defenses or managed to find safe locations away from predators. Lurkers are likely enemies of the Metal Heads as Brutter does tell Jak and Daxter that Metal Heads "hurt and bite his Lurker brothers."
During Jak II, Lurkers became slaves to the humans that they once terrorized. They were known to have had typical animalistic hygiene problems and are not as intelligent as humans. However, at least one Lurker by the name of Brutter managed to become nearly an upstanding citizen and later captain of the New Krimzon Guard. Brutter mentioned a Lurker city; however once you enter this location (known as the Dig Site) it was invaded with Metal Heads. Jak and Daxter defeat the Metal Heads, saving the Lurkers and their homes. Jak and Daxter also save a total of nine Lurker slaves and take them to a rendezvous point at Brutter's Trinket Stand. This suggests that the Lurkers might not have broken free of slavery on their own if not for the defeat of Baron Praxis.
The Lost Frontier
During The Lost Frontier, the only Lurker is the character Barter. He appears to be treated equally by the pirates, so it appears that they are not enslaved in the Brink. Barter owns a bar in Far Drop, in which Jak and Daxter can complete arena challenges for Precursor orbs and scrap metal as well as plane modifications.
Lurkers come in many different forms resembling different types of animals such as gorillas, insects, crabs, and fish. All lurkers contain the common distinguishing trait which are appendages of skin placed along their lower jawline known spurs, and have large, yellow eyes, suggesting a common evolutionary ancestor,[note 1] but are otherwise quite different. Some, considered to be more advanced, wear diaper-like clothes. Only two are actually seen wearing some kind of protective armor or clothing. Most have either red or blue (or a mix; purple) skin pigmentation, while some can also carry orange, green, yellow, or beige.
All lurkers have a metallic collar during the first game, possibly suggesting slavery or brainwashing under Gol and Maia, however this cannot be confirmed.
The Lurkers do not seem to have much of a society. During The Precursor Legacy they followed Gol and Maia's command without question and did not seem to follow any leaders or have some kind hierarchy among themselves.
During Jak II, they appeared to worship some kind of totem that appears to have a lurker and a fish on it, and mostly follow Brutter's, an intelligent Lurker, command.
Due to the large variety of lurkers, they inhabit nearly every known habitat in The Precursor Legacy. They appear in the sea, rivers, jungle, swamp, mountains and caves. In Jak II they are "living" in a cave (possibly hiding so they are not captured as slaves) in makeshift huts and houses.
Lurkers come in many shapes and sizes, and in many different species and tribes. Soldier lurkers are always present in lurker-controlled locations, but many species of either larger or smaller lurkers appear.
It appears as if most lurkers do not use equipment to fight, though there are some lurkers with clubs (bone armor lurkers) and others; the drill lurker will attack you with large drills. Some lurkers can shoot fire from their hands, spit gas balls, use electricity, and use spines on their back to attack you.
The lurkers are very able engineers and have designed a multitude of water, land, and air vehicles, though they shine at constructing balloons and other aircraft. Their vehicles are often made out of simple wood, cloth, and rope, though they will sometimes use metal on larger objects. The largest vehicles commonly carry massive spikes made out of bone for aesthetics. Common vehicles include the trapeze balloon and the transport balloon. The former was used in Jak II to move the Rift Rider, and is significant because it was the only vehicle to use electrical equipment.
Their largest air vehicle is a massive dirigible, which was stationed at Boggy Swamp to remove a piece of Precursor robot from the swamp. Another large vehicle, a Lurker ship was docked at Misty Island. Aside from these few they have also constructed a very small hand-driven helicopter and a battering ram.
Note: All (except at least six[note 2]) names used are unofficial names; the official names of most Lurker species were not given.
|Balloon lurker||Misty Island docking station||A medium-sized lurker operating mine balloons.|
|Lurker shark||Deep Waters all over the world.||A large orange/yellow shark.|
|Soldier lurker||Almost everywhere.||Large red/purple gorilla-like lurkers, incredibly common. A blue species wearing fur clothes live on Snowy Mountain.|
|Lurker crab||Sentinel Beach||A lurker with a shell, once you come close it will appear and attack you.|
|Sand worm||Sentinel Beach||These reside in sand pits at the beach, and have a blue/yellow color and will appear once you come close.|
|Lurker hound||Sentinel Beach||A small red lurker hound that charges at you.|
|Lurker snake||Forbidden Jungle||These brown snakes hide in the trees, when prey comes they drop to the ground and will try to bite and inject you with poison.|
|Lurker toad||Forbidden Jungle||Big green toads with huge yellow eyes and a back covered with spikes. They attack by jumping towards you.|
|Lurker piranha||Forbidden Jungle||Medium-sized fish, they have large teeth and a huge dorsal fin.|
|Lurker bug||Forbidden Temple||Little green bugs, they protect the dark eco plant. They have spikes on their back, which they can use to stab you with.|
|Bone armor lurker||Misty Island||Large powerful blue lurkers, they wear bone armor and equipment.|
|Quicksand lurker||Misty Island||Purple lurkers who live in the mud, they attack by spitting paralyzing gas balls.|
|Flying lurker||Precursor Basin||A purple flying lurker, incredibly quick.|
|Lurker blowdragon||Lost Precursor City||This slowly flying, purple, Lurker can inflate when endangered and produce spikes.|
|Lurker duo||Lost Precursor City||A large lurker plus another smaller soldier-like lurker on its neck.|
|Spinner lurker||Lost Precursor City||A lurker in a small cage, it rapidly spins like a twister of deadly blades.|
|Lurker rat||Boggy Swamp||Red rat-like lurkers, they spawn from the lurker rat nests.|
|Lurker frog||Boggy Swamp||Large purple frogs, unlike the lurker toads these attack by using their tongue and electricity.|
|Lurker bat||Boggy Swamp||Small flying bats, they live in swarms attacking anything in their path by swooping downward.|
|Helicopter lurker||Mountain pass||These purple lurkers use a primitive flying bike to scout ahead, they are incredibly fast.|
|Ice lurker||Snowy Mountain||These rare and strange lurkers are entirely frozen, they can spawn spikes at will and will appear once you get close.|
|Glacier troop||Snowy Mountain||These humanoid Lurkers operate the battering rams on Snowy Mountain. They carry a shield and shoot fire from their hands.|
|Lurker spider||Spider Caves||These will drop down from silk strings and spit dark eco balls. They can lay eggs for smaller baby spiders to aid in combat.|
|Gnawing lurker||Spider Caves||Centipede-like lurkers, they will eat the support beams and skitter randomly throughout their own support beam holes.|
|Drill lurker||Spider Cave||These lurkers use large drills to attack you.|
|Hopping lurker||Gol and Maia's Citadel||These lurkers will rapidly spawn from a machine and try to jump you with great numbers. A light blue version lives on Snowy Mountain.|
|Dark eco monster||Gol and Maia's Citadel||These lurkers are only seen in the last mission of The Precursor Legacy. They appear to be a more tougher and mutated version of the lurker soldiers as they are all the color of dark eco with spikes coming out of them.|
- ↑ Which is a trait also carried by Gol, who is a human.
- ↑ Lurker shark, soldier lurker, sand worm, bone armor lurker, glacier troop, gnawing lurker