- "Unknown vessel detected! Shit, it just appeared out of nowhere!"
- ―Unamed dropship pilot regarding an uncloaking Mother Ship (from Aliens vs. Predator)
Like other Yautja craft, they utilize Cloaking Devices which are sensor-invisible, making them virtually impossible to find. Pilots of other Yautja vessels, however, can use their vessel's standard beacons to locate a nearby Mother Ship. Here, warriors can battle for respect and acquire new weapons and devices. Most Mother Ships also have a trophy case in which its clan's trophies are put on display. Almost every Mother Ship holds a captive Xenomorph Queen, which the Yautja most likely release in an area for a Hunt.
They are fully equipped with scout ships and insertion pods, capable of lauching a hunter onto a planet's surface and sending smaller Scout Ships onto Hunts. They also come with powerful beam weapons, powerful enough to punch a hole from the orbit of a planet down to the deep crust. They also have two versions of Self-Destruct Devices, one that detonates in a massive thermonuclear explosion, and another that implodes the ship, removing all trace of its existence.
It is known that the Predators have some form of offensive weaponry on their ships, as seen when a Mother Ship destroyed the USS Marlow with some kind of rockets. They also have a very powerful and accurate plasma beam, which we see in use in Alien vs. Predator when a Mother Ship used one to cut through hundreds of meters of ice in seconds, all the way from orbit, to reach the Pyramid under Bouvet Island.
Mother Ships can also send pods containing Predators to the surface of a planet. The pods in Alien vs. Predator are like sleek black/silver capsules which have three “wings” on the end and some sort of thruster. These pods crashed into snow in Antarctica and the Predators made their way to the Pyramid. These pods are similar to the ship the Jungle Hunter used to land on Earth in Predator.
Mother Ships also were equipped with some kind of small escape ship. Once a Yautja is inside the escape ship it detaches from the Mother Ship and uses its two thrusters to propel itself through space. Similarly to the insertion pods, the escape ships had only room for one Yautja.
Mother Ships have holographic technology. Just like on the Predator’s Wrist Gauntlet, Mother Ships have some from of holographic equipment but this shows real-time images from within a location as well as 3D mapping. Although no one knows exactly how this is accomplished, it may utilize a small hovering robot or machine that uses local airborne water (or similar liquids) molecules to light up into a holographic picture. A similar tactic is planned by mankind to begin to build holographic computer monitors.
- In AVP: Evolution a Mother Ship (clearly depicted in the loading screen of Predator Mission 2 - Predator Ship and also possessing a trophy room heavily based on the one seen in Predator 2) is incorrectly referred to as a Scout Ship.
- In the flashback sequence when one Predator kills an Alien, a Predator ship flies over him and shines a light over him. It is presumed that they’re going to teleport him onto the ship; it’s implied off screen at least. It could possibly mean the Predator ships are equipped with some form of teleportation equipment. It’s also the same ship that’s seen at the end of the film. That said, if they did have teleportation why did they send the three Predators to Earth in pods, so maybe they don’t. Although a possible explanation for this is that the teleportation range is limited and that the Predators have to come in relatively close to be able to use it, or that it is only used during certain times dependent upon their culture and what may be considered "acceptable". It could also be possible that the teleportation only works one way and can't teleport their crewmen down onto the surface (therefore needing the pods), and can only teleport Predators back to the ship once they're already on the surface. A final solution is that it works more like a spotlight, for the mothership's crew to easily spot the hunters as well as to indicate to the hunters themselves that the mothership knows their location. The most likely it is simply a spotlight used to inspect the young Predators kill. When the Predator makes his first kill, he presents his trophy to his Clan to earn their approval. No different from a regular spotlight used as a viewing aid.
- Predator 2/novel/comic (First Appearance)
- Aliens vs. Predator: War
- Predator: Concrete Jungle (video game)
- Alien vs. Predator
- Aliens vs. Predator (video game)
- AVP: Evolution (incorrectly referred to as a Scout Ship)