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Biological proximity mine
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. These glowing green growths are highly volatile and act as weak points as they explode upon being shot, instantly killing the Zombie.
Zombified Worker with a Bloater growth on its arm.
List of appearances
- Half-Life: Alyx Game Definition File (
hlvr.fgd), "Position of the xen bloater on this zombie, if any."