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A Predalien (or PredAlien) is a Xenomorph spawned from a Yautja. Owing to the DNA Reflex, the Predalien usually has many Yautja features not otherwise found on Xenomorphs, such as dreadlocks and mandibles around the mouth. They are lethal combatants, often shown to possess strength far in excess of human-spawned Xenomorphs owing to the greater physical prowess of their hosts, a trait the Predalien subsequently inherits and expands upon. They are apparently rare and are regarded by the Yautja as abominations and an insult to their species.
The Predalien is notable for being the only Xenomorph caste created in the expanded universe to have subsequently crossed over into the official film franchise, first appearing on-screen (in Chestburster form) at the end of Alien vs. Predator. The adult creature was then seen in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Predaliens had previously featured extensively in the video games and comic books of the Alien vs. Predator franchise.
While the Predalien's physical form has varied quite widely throughout its many appearances, the most widely accepted appearance (and the one that has since been used in the movies) is that of a bulkier, heavier-built Xenomorph Warrior or Drone incorporating several traits taken from its Yautja host, most notably dreadlock-like appendages on the head, which tends to be less elongated than on typical Xenomorphs, and similar mandibles around the mouth.
Predaliens are taller than both Predators and human-spawned Xenomorphs, standing around 10', and possess greater physical strength than both aforementioned species. They have a paler skin color than most other Xenomorphs, and have been known to produce similar vocalizations to the Predators. The creatures are incredibly strong and fast in battle, combining the lightning-fast strikes typical of Aliens with the brute force of the Yautja, making them deadly opponents to even Elite Predators. Physically, they are incredibly robust, even able to survive being submerged in magma for a short time. Their hide is tough enough to shrug off a uncharged blast from a Plasmacaster at point-blank range without displaying any visible damage, a characteristic it does not lose even when struck with a fully charged shot.
Intelligence and trophy claimingEdit
Predaliens have variously been displayed as being an integral part of the Xenomorph's societal hierarchy, or acting as lone creatures totally independent of any Hive. The Earth Predalien, a juvenile Queen, was shown to be actively building a Hive and establishing an army of Drones or Warriors to protect it once it matured to the Egg-laying stage. Conversely, the Abomination on BG-386 did not interact with the Hive on the planet in any way whatsoever, instead hunting humans independently with no apparent higher goals or motive.
Much like the Yautja, Predaliens have been known to mutilate their victims and claim trophies from them, usually the skull. However, it is unlikely this is done in pursuit of perceived honor, as with the Predators. More likely it is an after-effect of genetic memory or instinct inherited from the host, a theory backed up by the fact that Predaliens have not been shown to display or otherwise respect any trophies they claim; in other words, while a Predalien feels a basic urge to perform these ritualistic mutilations on its prey, it has no higher knowledge of why it is doing so.
Reproduction methodEditIt is unknown if all Predaliens can do this, but the Predalien on Earth in 2004 attached its mandibles to its victim's mouth and started to impregnate the victim with multiple Bellybursters by depositing Xenomorph embryos down the victim's throat through the inner jaw; unlike the Facehuggers, which only impregnate the victim with one embryo. The Bellybursters would then later burst out of the victim's stomach. The Directors consider Chet, the Predalien, to be a young Queen and it uses this method to quickly establish a hive before it becomes immobile with an egg sac.
It is possible that Predaliens are a variation of Praetorians. In the absence of a Queen, biological triggers that typically happen in the Praetorian went off inside the Earth Predalien shortly after the Queen is killed by Scar and Lex Woods. It is never made clear if this would be the case with other Predaliens. One possible reason other Predaliens are never shown to molt, then, is because the Queens of their respective hives are still alive meaning there is no reason to do so. Again, when a Queen exists, Praetorians 'de-trigger' their ability to turn into a new one. The same could be said for the Predalien.
Not all Predalien molting is to replace a lost queen. Some predaliens shown molt simply to improve their physical durability after a fight. After sustaining enough damage, a Predalien will shed its exoskeleton like a snake in favor of a stronger, newer exoskeleton. Each new exoskeleton gains a row of long, spine-like dorsal tubes, again similar to the Praetorian. There doesn't appear to be a limit on how many times a Predalien can do this, giving them the potential to be the most durable caste in the hive.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Predalien was first depicted in a painting by Dave Dorman, commissioned as a piece of concept artwork for Peter Briggs' unproduced Alien vs. Predator script, titled The Hunt: Alien vs. Predator. The creature subsequently featured in the comic Aliens vs. Predator: Duel, a sequel to the original Aliens vs. Predator comic miniseries and the short story Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time. It follows a squad of United States Colonial Marines that come to the planet Ryushi to investigate a distress signal.
- The look of the Predalien has varied greatly between appearances. While in reality this can be ascribed to artistic license, in-universe it has never been explained.
- The name Predalien is a portmanteau of "Predator-Alien".
- In the 1999 video game Aliens versus Predator, the Predalien is red in color and looks more like an Alien than a Predator. It has two characteristic Predator mandibles.
- Predaliens take more after their host than human-spawned Xenomorphs. This is possibly because the Predators' genes are more potent.
- In the Abomination's first scene in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator, it is seen "de-spining" a human corpse in the same manner as the Predators. This behavior is also seen in deleted scenes from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Stills of Predators skinned by the Predalien are included in Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.'s book, AVPR: Inside the Monster Shop. This behavior is thought to be inherited genetically. Furthermore, in the final fight in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the Predalien appears to wait while Wolf removes his Bio-Mask, as Predators are known to do. This, however, caused a lot of debate among fans.
- Predaliens are often mistakenly referred to as hybrids, which is not accurate. As with the Runner, they are merely a result of the Xenomorph's natural ability to adopt the characteristics of their host.
- Predaliens in some media have been shown to have the non-acidic, fluorescent-green blood of Yautja, although this depiction is far from universal and others posses the dull yellow acidic blood typical of more common Xenomorphs.
- The Predalien was added as a playable character to AVP: Evolution via an update.
- In Mortal Kombat X, if the Alien uses the "Alien Baby" Brutality finishing move on the Predator, a Predalien Chestburster will emerge from the Predator's body.
- Aliens vs. Predator: Duel
- Aliens versus Predator (1999 video game)
- Aliens versus Predator 2
- Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt
- Aliens versus Predator: Extinction
- Alien vs. Predator
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
- Aliens vs. Predator (2010 video game)
- AVP: Evolution
- Mortal Kombat X
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Aliens vs. Predator (2010), Rebellion, SEGA [Microsoft Windows].
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shane Salerno (writer), The Brothers Strause (directors). Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ AvP-R: Preparing for War: Development and Production featurette, from the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Region 1 Extreme Unrated Set DVD
- ↑ http://collider.com/entertainment/interviews/article.asp/aid/6361/tcid/1/pg/3
- ↑ AVP:E Bestiary: Praetorian
- ↑ AVP:E Bestiary: Praetorian