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General information
Alternate names

First aid satchel[1]


Healing item

Used by
Game information
"Here, take this Medkit."

The Medkit, also known as Health Kit, is a healing item featured in the Half-Life series, often found scattered around high-risk areas where immediate medical attention might be needed to prevent death. With the Battery, the other healing item, the Medkit is one of the most common items to be picked up in the games.



In Half-Life, the amount of health Medkits recover depends on the difficulty level set in the game's settings. In Easy and Medium modes, Medkits will recover 15 health points. In Hard mode, Medkits will heal 10 health points.

A small amount of Medkits available will force players to use Health Chargers more often to recover a high amount of lost health, especially in Hard mode.


Half-Life 2[edit]

In Half-Life 2, Medkits always give 25 health points, regardless of the difficulty setting, making them the main source of healing throughout the game, as they are much more common and widely dispersed than Health Chargers, which are often only found in Combine-controlled areas. Medkits are also found more prolifically in supply crates in more remote areas, making them more accessible when traveling between inhabited regions, such as through the Wasteland or the Outlands.

Similar to its counterpart in Half-Life, the Medkit has a predominantly white coloring and is labeled with a red medical cross. Its appearance is overall similar to other such medical devices, making it easily identifiable; it also features the Caduceus, a symbol commonly used as a symbol of medicine. Whereas in Half-Life the Medkits are apparently manufactured by Black Mesa, these are produced by the Combine.

A smaller variant of the Combine Medkit is the Health Vial, which restores 10 Health. Often dropped from Overwatch Soldiers upon their death, health vials can be convenient during battles when other supplies of health cannot be found.

Both the Medkit and health vial contain what appears to be raw flesh suspended in green liquid, looking like the liquid in scientists' syringes from Half-Life, presumably the material used for healing.



In Half-Life 2, picking up health vials doesn't show the HUD icon shown when picking up Medkits; only the pickup sound is heard.

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Main games[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port) manual