The Praetorian facehugger was a larger and more durable version of the standard facehugger. They were more stockily built, boasting 45 hit points to the typical 15, and were blood red in color.
In the game, if a Queen was lost, a Praetorian facehugger was a player's only chance of creating a new one. They are purebred aliens, meaning any host infected would always bring forth a Praetorian and inherit none of the Host's DNA or take any of its characteristics.
- The Royal Facehugger and Praetorian Facehuggers are two different entities, one able to serve more purposes than the other.
- The Praetorian Facehugger is the only unit in the game that cannot be upgraded.