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Having been captured by Yapyap's forces, Jiralhanae are often employed by the diminutive Unggoy for use as battle-mounts. The Jiralhanae are instructed to punch things while the Unggoy throw plasma grenades. Some Jiralhanae are offered upgraded plasma gloves to deal additional damage against enemy forces, though many brutes also strike back against more overly bossy Unggoy.
Jiralhanae Riders are exclusive to Yapyap the Destroyer and can be built at Raid Camps in place of Jiralhanae Jumpers. Grunt Riders perform well against structures, okay against infantry, poorly against vehicles, and cannot attack aircraft except the Grunt itself dealing little-to-no damage. In Blitz Grunt riders cost 50 energy. Grunt Riders typically outperform both Jump pack Brutes and Goliaths in engagements.
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