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Bloater
General information
Faction

Xen flora

Type

Biological proximity mine

Individual information
Weapon(s)
  • Explosion
Game information
Entity

xen_foliage_bloater

The Bloater is a dangerous, sac-like kind of Xen flora, which violently explodes when an organic being comes into close proximity, first featured in Half-Life: Alyx.

Overview[edit]

Bloater sacs are commonly found in the City 17 Quarantine Zone, where the Xenian infestation is most prominent. It is unknown if Bloaters are a form of Xen flora themselves, or are simply a type of defense mechanism for something else. When any organic being comes close to a Bloater, it will begin swelling until it violently ruptures, damaging anything near it. Bloaters will also detonate if shot or otherwise damaged. If the organic being leaves the general vicinity of a Bloater before it ruptures, it will shrink back to its normal size.

Some Zombies, namely ones controlled by Armored Headcrabs, have growths protruding from their limbs that are a form of the Bloater.[1] These glowing green growths are highly volatile and act as weak points as they explode upon being shot, instantly killing the Zombie.

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List of appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Half-Life: Alyx Game Definition File (hlvr.fgd), "Position of the xen bloater on this zombie, if any."