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Singing Vortigaunt

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Singing Vortigaunt
Function(s) / Belongings
  • Charged electrical attack
  • Claws
Physical description


Eye color


Chronological and political information

Combine occupation


The Resistance

Game information
Voiced by

Marc Laidlaw



Voice sample(s)

The Singing Vortigaunt,[1][2] nicknamed by fans as the All-Knowing Vortigaunt or the Sore Throat Vortigaunt, is a hidden Vortigaunt found in the Canals in Half-Life 2.


The Singing Vortigaunt chanting.

Near the end of the chapter Water Hazard (map d1_canals_13), Gordon must destroy a Hunter-Chopper that has been following his trail, culminating in a battle in a dam reservoir. After this is completed, a large, sliding metal gate must be opened to proceed further. After going through the gate, on the left are two visible sewage pipes set in a concrete wall. The grate on the left pipe is partially open. Inside this tunnel, beyond a stretch of radioactive waste, is a large, underground cave housing a lone Vortigaunt.

Dubbed the "Singing Vortigaunt", he is shown roasting a Fast Headcrab over an open fire while chanting, eventually pausing to hack and wheeze for a moment. His lair contains several Health Vials, Supply Crates, and additional Fast Headcrab corpses. When interacting with the Singing Vortigaunt, he will speak many cryptic statements pertaining to the Black Mesa Incident, Xen, the G-Man, the Nihilanth, and Gordon's deep connection to the Vortigaunts, among other topics. This has led fans to refer to the character as "The All-Knowing" (or "Sore Throat") Vortigaunt. However, given enough prompting by the player, he speaks the same phrases spoken by the other Vortigaunts in Half-Life 2, such as the one met earlier in the chapter that installs the Gauss Cannon on the Airboat as well as the one found at Lighthouse Point in the basement with Odessa Cubbage.

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life 2
Hl2 find vortigauntcave.png Vorticough (13G)
Discover the hidden singing Vortigaunt cave in chapter Water Hazard.

Behind the scenes[edit]

The presence of the Singing Vortigaunt was meant to be one of the forms of levity incorporated into the game. His chant is actually a recording of Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell. This performance was said to be part of his Tuvan throat singing phase which he would practice at the company office in the elevator and in the parking garage.[1]


The Fast Headcrab makes an early appearance in the Singing Vortigaunt cave, though its first appearance is at Station 6: if one goes back to Arlene after leaving with the Airboat, it appears a Fast Headcrab killed her, but without turning her into a Fast Zombie.


List of appearances[edit]

Singing Vortigaunt
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