Specimen 8 is a floating deer-like figure wearing a long black cloak. Its antlers are long, somewhat symmetrical, short, sharp, and spider-like, lacking the beam-and-tine structure typical of most deer. Specimen 8 has two eyes with white pupils and black scleras and lacks a lower jaw. It also has abnormally sharp and jagged teeth jutting down from the top jaw.
The cloak is sleeveless and even when open reveals no limbs, as Specimen 8's body comprises a set of human rib bones underneath which lies a host of screaming faces disappearing into the darkness.
Specimen 8 is encountered for the first time after a sequence of forest and cabin-like rooms filled with violent deer. At the end of Room 558, the player reaches a room with two doors at both sides, and a dead end shrouded in darkness in front of them, from which Specimen 8 emerges and begins the chase.
During the chase, the player's vision will be covered with a static-type overlay. Attempting to attack Specimen 8 with the axe will have no effect on them.
Specimen 8 appears to be incorporeal, as it easily goes through walls and any known kinds of obstructions.
Specimen 8 will also say numerous demonic phrases while nearby the player (See "Audio" section below).
Specimen 8 deals approximately 30 damage per hit. If it attacks the player, the screen will flash different images, sometimes pictures of Specimen 8 itself.
When the player is killed by Specimen 8, the screen shows text that says:
"And I saw, from eyes that were not mine.
And I felt, with a fear I could not reason.
They watch us, they invade us.
And keep us happy, committing treason.
To a King we didn't deserve.
To a Son who waits weeping.
That I knew, from knowledge gained while sleeping."
In the endless mode, when killed by Specimen 8, the player will be forced to walk on the red dirt patch through a dead forest, and after a while, they will encounter Specimen 8 waiting for them, resulting in the death text like in Story Mode.
"Your Consenting Mind", Specimen 8's theme with static.
"Your Consenting Mind (Clean)", Specimen 8's theme without static.
"Why do you run, child?"
"Your submission is inevitable."
"Your flesh will sustain my children."
- Specimen 8's actual inspiration came from The Beast in the cartoon Over the Garden Wall.
- Specimen 8's design appears similar to Herne the Hunter, a ghost from English folklore who wears a robe and has antlers on his head.
- Specimen 8 closely resembles the mythical creature called the Wendigo, a mythical deer-like creature particularly associated with cannibalism.
- It also has a slight resemblance to the Church Grim (Kyrkogrim), a creature from Scandinavian folklore that was recently used in the point-and-click horror game Year Walk.
- Specimen 8 also appears very similar to Remor from Fran Brow
- The text that appears on Specimen 8's death screen may contain a reference to Bambi as it mentions committing treason on a King, and a weeping, perhaps mourning, son.
- The visual disruptions are similar to the effects of SCP-895.
- Its appearance looks similar to SCP-1471-A.
Specimen 8 now has a large, black ring swirling around it and appears to be absorbing black particles below them. This ring is also present in the forest area after dying. Also, the static effect is now different; masking the player's view slightly less.
- Specimen 8's ring can get covered by Specimen 2's slime puddles.
- This could be a type of texture glitch.
- The player is now able to roam freely in the forest area after getting killed, as well as use the axe.
- Specimen 8's head moves to look at the player wherever you are: looking left and right and even looking down at you the closer you are to them.
- Walking into Specimen 8 will result in their death message and game over.
EPILEPSY WARNING IN GALLERY. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.