- "Antibody Protection Force active on."
- ― Combine Suppressor[src]
Suppressors are similar to Combine Chargers in that they are heavily armed and armored. However, they utilize different tactics. They carry a Heavy Machine Gun that has a very high fire rate and deals heavy damage. They wear a very large flak jacket with the Combine insignia on the left breast that is capable of effectively withstanding most forms of attack. Their name comes from their tactic of suppressing the player with their machine gun to keep them pinned down while other soldiers, such as Grunts, Ordinals and Chargers flank them. Even when their enemy is completely out of sight, Suppressors will still continue to fire near the target's last seen location. They are extremely dangerous and difficult to take down, and can be a serious threat to an unprepared or exposed player. Moreover, Suppressors are adept at dodging gunshots and hiding behind cover, so they can ambush the player unexpectedly, this trait being most notably demonstrated in Alyx's first encounter with the Suppressor.
Behind the scenes
In the first released screenshots of Alyx, the Suppressor's mask eyepieces were shown to be blue, much like most other Combine units. However, in a later released version of the same screenshot, their eyepieces were changed to orange which remained into the final game. This screenshot also shows the Suppressor using the Heavy Shotgun.
The unused Combine Soldier model includes placeholder texture variations for several different soldier classes, among these being a "Suppression" class in a green suit which is likely an early form of the Suppressor.
Unused Combine Soldier model with placeholder "Suppression" texture.
The first encountered Suppressor ambushes Alyx.
A Suppressor fires on Zombies.
The logo seen on the Suppressor's arms, later seen on Combine Soldiers