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Russell's Lab
General information

N/A, refurbished after the Seven Hour War


Unknown, definitively during The Uprising


City 17


Combine occupation



Game information
  • a1_intro_world_2 (Half-Life: Alyx)
  • russells_lab (Steam VR Home environment)


Russell's Lab is a City 17 location seen in Half-Life: Alyx. It is a small laboratory hidden in an apartment that serves as a Resistance HQ and is maintained and mainly inhabited by Russell who used the laboratory to create the Gravity Gloves.


The main entrance to the lab is hidden behind a false wall which is opened from the outside by a hidden red button, similar to the vending machine entrance at Kleiner's Lab. The lab is stocked with a wide range of electrical equipment, including many computers and monitors. One of these monitors displays a cluttered desktop filled with the code files for the Gravity Gloves, showing some of the amount of work Russell put into creating them. A refrigerator inside the lab can be opened to reveal (among other things) a plastic-wrapped Headcrab carcass, with the words “DO NOT EAT” written in red marker on the wrapping. Alyx Vance acquires the Gravity Gloves from the lab before continuing into City 17. A whiteboard with the abbreviation “R.U.S.S.E.L.L.S” (Russell’s alternate name for the Gravity Gloves) can be found with the meaning of the abbreviation still a work in progress. A mannequin with its hands missing and the stumps badly burned can be found next to the two repurposed microwaves that store the Gravity Gloves, indicating a failed test of a previous version of the gloves. The lab contains an advanced holographic map display which Russell uses to help explain his plan to free Eli Vance from the Combine.

It is unknown what became of the lab after the events of Half-Life: Alyx before its assured destruction after the Citadel's meltdown during the uprising.

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life: Alyx
Achievement Little Slugger.jpg Little Slugger
Represent yourself with a specific prop on Russell's map.
Achievement Eye of the Geiger.jpg Eye of the Geiger
Measure Russell with the Geiger counter.


Russell's lab is available as a SteamVR Home environment.[1] The ability to host Half-Life: Alyx promotional environments was originally limited to the Valve Index virtual reality headset owners, with other users only being able to connect to existing sessions,[2] but later was opened to everyone.[3]


List of appearances[edit]


Preceded by
Alyx's Hideout
Half-Life: Alyx story arc journey Succeeded by
Quarantine Zone entrance