Grounded: How To Beat The Assistant Manager

Read our thorough guide about the Black Anthill Lab and the Assistant Manager mini-boss in Grounded.

Serving as an Assistant can be a tiresome job and can wear you out in an instant. Hence it is understandable that the Assistant Manager is cranky and unwelcoming when a little kid breaks into its lab by breaking the window. The mini-boss guards access to the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip. Among them is a certain robot who’s the Assistant Manager at the Black Anthill Lab In Grounded, and today we will focus on how you can beat it.

However, to reach the Assistant Manager, the journey is long and treacherous. Therefore, it is important that you have the Best Weapons and Best Armor equipped. On top of that, you also need a few more items that will make your trekking a lot easier. So without further, let us now get into the step-by-step guide on How To Find and Beat the Assistant Manager in Grounded. 

Key Takeaways

Prepare for the assistant manager fight in Grounded:

  1. Gather strong weapons, armor, gas mask, food, water, torches, and explosives.
  2. Locate Black Anthill Lab, around 750+cm from the first Field Station.
  3. Use a torch to navigate the lab tunnel.
  4. Break a boulder-covered entrance with explosives.
  5. Enter the lab’s battle room.
  6. Face the assistant manager in multiple phases:
    • Phase 1: A few minions spawn.
    • Phase 2: Many minions and new techniques.
    • Final Phase: Defeat the assistant manager and obtain the key card.

These steps will help you succeed in the fight and access the lab in Grounded.

About The Assistant Manager

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Assistant Manager (Image Credit: eXputer)

The Assistant Manager is a formidable mini-boss in Grounded, often encountered in the Black Anthill Lab. Resembling the ARC.R robot, it features enhanced modifications enabling lethal attacks, presenting a significant challenge to players.

It guards the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip and drops the Assistant Manager Keycard, granting access to all doors in the lab and the Stump Lab Outpost. Despite its size, it poses a tough challenge, progressing through three phases during battle before defeat.

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How To Defeat The Assistant Manager In Grounded?

Now that you’re well accustomed to the Assistant Manager, it is time to go through the step-by-step guide, which will cover everything, from the location to the battle strategy!


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Gas Mask (Image Credit: eXputer)
  1. Ensure you have good Armor, strong melee and ranged weapons, food, water, a torch, and plenty of explosives (Splatburst or Bratburst).
  2. Equip a Gas Mask to protect against the Hazardous Haze in the Black Anthill Lab.


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Map Location (Image Credit: eXputer)
  1. Navigate to the Black Anthill Lab, marked on the map, and follow the waypoint.
  2. Pass through the Hazardous Haze with the Gas Mask, defeating any creatures encountered.

Exploring The Black Anthill Lab

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Black Anthill Lab (Image Credit: eXputer)
  1. Combat Black Soldier Ants: Fight your way through the tunnels of the Black Anthill Lab, defeating Black Soldier Ants along the way.
  2. Follow Red Wire: Look for a red wire marking a split in the tunnels and take the left turn.
  3. Reach Lab Entrance: Climb rocks and use explosives to clear blockades, reaching the entrance of the lab.
  4. Use Biometric Scanner: Use the Biometric Scanner to open ‘A’ doors and progress further.
  5. Navigate Through Lab: Drop down through a hole and unlock ‘B’ doors while navigating through the lab.


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Assistant Manager during battle (Image Credit: eXputer)
  1. Face the Assistant Manager: Enter the main battle room, interact with the control panel, and confront the Assistant Manager.
  2. Combat Phases:
  3. First Phase: Use melee and ranged weapons to deplete the Assistant Manager’s health slots.
  4. Second Phase: Deal with minions and dodge lasers activated by the Assistant Manager.
  5. Third Phase: Beware of additional minions, pillars emitting electric damage, and lasers.
  6. Defeat the Assistant Manager: Overcome the Assistant Manager to complete the battle.


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Looting Assistant Manager (Image Credit: eXputer)
  1. Claim Rewards: Loot the Assistant Manager’s body to obtain the Assistant Manager Keycard and 1,000 Raw Science points.
  2. Explore Further: Use the keycard to unlock doors in the lab and discover valuable loot, including the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip.

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What Does The Black Anthill BURG.L Chip Unlock?

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Black Anthill Chip (Image Credit: eXputer)

Once you get your hands on the Black Anthill BURG.L chip after killing the Assistant Manager, you will unlock multiple upgrades. As we all know, getting the BURG.L chips helps advance the story. On top of that, it also unlocks recipes and upgrades in the Science Shop. 

Since we’ve covered the Assitant Manager along with the Black Anthill Lab, it is fitting to include all the upgrades that you’ll be able to access after getting the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip. 

So here are all the upgrades you can buy in the Science Shop with Raw Science Points after acquiring the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip:

  • Advanced Smithing: Mighty Glob (Rs 2500)
  • Advanced Smithing: Brittle Upgrades (Rs 1500)
  • Advanced Smithing: Glue Masher (Rs 500)
  • Lures (Rs 2500)
  • Cookbook: Sandbox (Rs 3500)
  • Sign Set: Glow (Rs 4000)
  • Waft Emitter (Rs 2500)

Wrap Up

With that, we reach the end of our guide, which covers everything about beating the Assistant Manager Mini-boss in Grounded. After reading through our passage, you will be able to locate and beat the Assistant Manager with ease. Not only that, but we also included the use and benefits of the Black Anthill BURG.L Chip. 

We hope you found our guide helpful and that you can easily go about and beat the robotic boss located in the South-West corner of the Grounded map. Make sure to stick around at eXputer to read more guides that will help your tiny character in Grounded!

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