Stranger Things season 3 premieres on July 4, hopefully bringing us a little more Babysitter Steve and a little less dead cat. TBH, in the last two seasons, there's been so many monsters and possessions, it's hard to keep up with what creature does what. Agree? Well, allow us to help you prepare for season three with this guide to every Hawkins monster in the Stranger Things universe.
The Mind Flayer
Aka the Shadow Monster, aka the giant spider-like thing that is somehow larger than the entire town. The Mind Flayer showed up in the second season, took over Will's body (kid can't catch a break) and proceeded to wreak further havoc all over Hawkins. We don't know exactly what it is, but we do know that it controls the monsters in the Upside Down and it absolutely hates heat (same).
The demogorgon are very large, very terrifying monsters that follow the evil orders of the Mind Flayer. They're pretty much mindless beasts who are capable of murder (RIP, Bob), have a shark-like sense of smell and literally have bulletproof bodies. NBD.
Dart (or "D'Artagnan," officially) was Dustin's temporary pet in season two...that is until he killed and ate Mrs. Henderson's cat. Dart found and joined the other demogorgon, but actually ended up saving Dustin’s life in an act of rare demo-dog kindness before dying himself when El shut the gate. Oh, and he loved Three Musketeers bars.
The Upside Down Vines
The Vines are basically the quicksand of the Upside Down. You prob remember them from a few different scenes, including one where they trap Hopper in the underground Hawkins tunnels before he's saved by Joyce and Bob (R.I.P., you angel). The vines also don’t like heat, which seems to be the common monster theme here.
The Hawkins Tunnels
The tunnel system is exactly what it sounds like: underground passageways that formed beneath Hawkins and became part of the Upside Down. The tunnels all meet at a point the guys called the "hub," which is also found to be a sort of gravesite for dead animals and demogorgon skin. Yum.
At the end of season two, Eleven closes the gate to the Upside Down, which allegedly destroyed the tunnels and all the other dimension monsters inside—even the bulletproof demogorgon. But the Mind Flayer is still seen overlooking the town. Which means either the Shadow Monster is the only thing left to worry about in season three, or we're about to meet an entire new group of Upside Down bad guys. Honestly, IDK which option is more terrifying.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.