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The following is a list of cryptic quotes from the Nihilanth, communicated either by speaking or broadcast telepathically, arranged in chronological order.

Half-Life and Half-Life: Decay[edit]

Location: sound/nihilanth

Filename(s) Quote Notes
nil_thieves Thieves... you all are thieves... you all are... Heard in Decay by the Vortigaunts X-8973 and R-4913 at the beginning of the bonus mission Xen Attacks. This appears to be a reference to the Xen crystals as the two Vortigaunts are subsequently sent to Earth to recover a group of them from Black Mesa.
nil_comes Comes another... Said to Gordon Freeman in Half-Life when he first enters Xen.
nil_done Done... what have you done... Said when Gordon enters the chapter Interloper after defeating the Gonarch.
nil_die Die... you all die... you all die... Spoken during the second part of the chapter.
nil_alone Alone... not you alone... not you alone... Spoken twice, initially when Gordon first enters the Mines and again during the battle with the Nihilanth when Gordon is transported by the Nihilanth's teleport orb for the first time.
nil_thelast The last... I am the last... Said when Freeman enters the final section of Interloper near an eerie, coral-like altar with a red portal.
nil_freeman Freeman! The Nihilanth screams out Gordon's name at the very beginning of the game's final battle, indicating that it knows him by name.
nil_thetruth The truth... you can never know... the truth... Said when the player is teleported the second time.
nil_deceive Deceive you... will deceive you... Said when the player is teleported the third time. This is thought to be an allusion to the G-Man.
nil_now_die Now die... now die... now... Said when the player is teleported the fourth time.

Unused quotes[edit]

Location: sound/nihilanth

Filename(s) Quote Notes
nil_win Win... you cannot win... Intended to be said when Gordon first arrives at the Gonarch's Lair.
nil_last The last... you are the last... you are...
nil_man_notman You are man... he is not man... for you he waits... for you... Thought to be another allusion to the G-Man.
nil_slaves Their slaves... we are their slaves... we are... Originally referring to a seemingly unknown higher entity, Half-Life 2 would reveal the Combine as a larger force that subjugated even the Nihilanth.[1][2]


  1. PC Zone magazine, September 2005.
  2. Planet Half-Life Mailbag - 2006-07-10 on Planet Half-Life (archived)