All-Knowing Vortigaunt

{{Character Infobox
|name=All-Knowing Vortigaunt
|image=All-knowing vort hands.jpg
|homeworld= Xen
|weapons=*Charged electrical attack
|era=The Uprising
|affiliation=The Resistance
|voice=Louis Gossett Jr.
|designer=Marc Laidlaw
The '''All-Knowing Vortigaunt''' is an CategoryEaster eggs|Easter Egg featured in ''Half-Life 2''.

FileAll-knowing Vort singing.jpg|The All-Knowing Vortigaunt singing.|thumb|200px|left

Near the end of the chapter ''Water Hazard'' (in the map d1_canals_13), Gordon Freeman must destroy a Hunter-Chopper that has been following his trail. After this is completed, a large, sliding metal gate must be opened to proceed further. After going through the gate, on the left, there are two visible drainage tunnels set into the face of the rock. The grate on the left tunnel is shown to be peeled back. Inside this tunnel, beyond a stretch of radioactive waste is a large, underground cavern, home to a character referred to by fans as the "All-Knowing Vortigaunt". Due to his voice, some fans jokingly refer to him as the "Sore Throat Vortigaunt".
The Vortigaunt in question is shown roasting a Fast Headcrab over an open fire while chanting, eventually pausing to hack and wheeze for a moment. When triggering him with the "USE" key, the player may hear many Vortigaunt statements pertaining to the Black Mesa Incident, Xen, the G-Man, the Nihilanth, and Gordon's deep connection to the Vortigaunts, among other topics. However, given enough prompting by the player, he appears to say every possible Vortigaunt sentence, spoken by the other Vortigaunts in ''Half-Life 2''.


*''The Orange Box'' achievement "The Orange Box Achievements 2|Vorticough", worth 13 points, requires the discovery of the All-Knowing Vortigaunt.

*Some players think the Fast Headcrab makes its first appearance in the All-Knowing Vortigaunt cave. This is untrue, as it first appears at Station 6 if one goes back to Arlene after leaving with the Airboat, it appears a Fast Headcrab killed her, but without turning her into a Fast Zombie.

*If a Vortigaunt is spawned through the console command and the player press the USE key, the spawned Vortigaunt will say the quotes used by the All-Knowing Vortigaunt.


FileAll-knowing vortigaunt notice.jpg|The All-Knowing Vortigaunt after noticing Gordon.
FileAll_knowing_vortigaunt_2007.png|The All-Knowing Vortigaunt (2007 verion).
FileHl2 find vortigauntcave.png|"Vorticough" icon.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}

CategoryHalf-Life 2
CategoryEaster eggs

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