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 with great experience in dealing with Facehuggers.
- 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.