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Antlion Guardians appear physically identical to Antlion Guards, but have a different coloration and are capable of bioluminescence.
Apparently, each Antlion hive has one Guardian that lurks near the larval clusters. The Guardian patrols the "Nectarium" (center of the nest), keeping watch for nest raiders. Guardians are extremely protective of Antlion Grubs, the extract of which is used by Vortigaunts to manipulate the Vortessence, and will ferociously attack intruders in order to protect them.
Should someone enter the "Nectarium" for larval extract, the Guardian will attack and may pursue the thieves for some distance (in Episode Two, a Guardian follows Gordon Freeman (whose Vortigaunt companion had taken the extract) outside and battles him).
It is notable that the Guardian is very similar to the Guard, both in name and appearance, but there are numerous differences: the Guardian often lives deeper within the nests, protecting and ruling over the Antlions and eggs within. Comparatively, the Guard will work closer to the surface, protecting nest entrances, and offering backup for workers. Also notable is the Guardian's natural bioluminescence, which is presumably caused by it living in deeper darkness. The Guard also has a very different coloration, consisting of more varied and contrasting colors.
Behavior and skills
Guardians have basically the same capabilities as an Antlion Guard, but with the added effect of a deadly neurotoxin somewhat like that of the Poison Headcrab. However, when fought on the surface in the chapter Freeman Pontifex, the Guardian doesn't have its neurotoxin effect.
When fighting the Guardian, be sure to keep a good distance away from it. Its headbutt attack is quite powerful, and can send the player flying quite a distance — or result in instant death if they should happen to be pinned against a wall. These attacks also have a poisonous side effect, which reduces the player's health, regardless of the current amount, to 12 .
When the Guardian chases the player through the hive tunnels, one should not attempt to fight it as it is invincible. The narrow tunnels do not offer much room to dodge around the Guard and avoid its charge, so it is advisable to take cover in the 'grub tunnels' instead. This has another added benefit as the grub tunnels lead to the next part of the chase, and it is impossible to succeed without using them.
Be aware that the Guardian is able to move much faster than the player, even while sprinting. If necessary, the player can try to use the Submachine Gun's grenade launcher to stun the creature for a few seconds if it is hit it in the midsection.
|Half-Life 2: Episode Two|
|Defeat both Antlion Guards outside the White Forest.|
Behind the scenes
- The Antlion Guardian is a recycled and completed version of the Antlion King, originally intended to appear in Half-Life 2.
- As seen in the first Episode Two teaser released with Episode One, the Antlion Guardian originally had a blue skin. This skin can be found as a leftover in the Episode One files, as it was already finished when Episode One released.
- The Antlion Guardian is essentially the same as the Antlion Guard, albeit with a different skin and a poison attack.
- The Orange Box Prima Guide states that Antlion Guardians are Antlion Guards that have been mutated. This is likely incorrect, since the game was not fully completed when the guide was written and the purpose of the Guard — protecting the Grubs — is natural.
- The Guardian's running speed has been decreased since the game release, giving players an easier chance to run away from it. However, because it has more hit points than a normal Antlion Guard and its attack is higher, it is technically the strongest Antlion out of the species.
- The Lone Vort claims that if the Guardian is killed, they emit a scream that affects the larvae in some unspecified way that renders them useless for extracting.
- Despite what the Vortigaunt claims, it is impossible to kill the Antlion Guardian before the battle with it.
List of appearances
- Half-Life 2 Prima Guide
|Castes||Antlion Grub · Antlion Guard · Antlion Guardian · Antlion Soldier · Antlion Worker|
|Other||Antlion Detector · Pheropods · Restrictor · Victory Mine|
|Castes (cut)||Antlion King|