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The Praetorian Facehugger is a special variant of the Facehugger that is capable of implanting an embryonic Praetorian. It is one of several means by which a Praetorian can come into existence. They are also essential in the creation of Ravagers and Carriers.
Physically, the Praetorian Facehugger is a larger and more durable variation of the typical Facehugger. They are armored, their chitin blood-red in color, as opposed to the typical beige skin-tones of their regular counterparts, and affect a more scorpion-like appearance. They are capable of travelling further distances from the Hive unaided and leaping farther than a normal Facehugger. Praetorian Facehuggers have been shown to be capable of subduing even particularly hardy Yautja victims, even those specially trained in killing Facehuggers, such as the Brawler or Spear Master.
- The Praetorian Facehugger is comparable in many regards to the Royal Facehugger.
- The Praetorian Facehugger is the only unit in Aliens versus Predator: Extinction that cannot be directly upgraded.
- If the binary parasitism evolution has been reached, Praetorian Facehuggers will plant a Praetorian Chestburster and a normal Chestburster when Facehugging Kurn, Kriltic or Oswoc. This is somewhat similar to what occurred in Alien3, when the Royal Facehugger implanted a Queen Chestburster and later a Drone Chestburster in a second host before perishing.