Antlion Guardian

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*Headbutt (10)
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{{Quote|Ah, the ancient guardian! Retrieving the extract may not be unchallenging.|Victory Mine Vortigaunt|Vortigaunt|Half-Life 2 Episode Two}}

The '''Antlion Guardian'''  (referred to as '''"Ancient Guardian"''' by the Vortigaunts) is a variant of the Antlion Guard encountered in ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''.

==Overview==

Antlion Guardians appear physically identical to Antlion Guards, but have a different coloration and are capable of bioluminescence.   

Apparently, each Antlion hive has one Guardian that lurks near the larval clusters. The Guardian patrols the "Nectarium" (center of the nest), keeping watch for nest raiders. Guardians are extremely protective of Antlion Grubs, the extract of which is used by Vortigaunts to manipulate the Vortigaunt and the "Vortessence"|Vortessence, and will ferociously attack intruders in order to protect them.

Should someone enter the "Nectarium" for larval extract, the Guardian will attack and may pursue the thieves for some distance (in ''Episode Two'', a Guardian follows Gordon Freeman (whose Vortigaunt companion had taken the extract) outside and battles him).

It is notable that the Guardian is very similar to the Guard, both in name and appearance, but there are numerous differences the Guardian often lives deeper within the nests, protecting and ruling over the Antlions and eggs within. Comparatively, the Guard will work closer to the surface, protecting nest entrances, and offering backup for workers. Also notable is the Guardian's natural bioluminescence, which is presumably caused by it living in deeper darkness. The Guard also has a very different coloration, consisting of more varied and contrasting colors.

==Behavior and skills==

Guardians have basically the same capabilities as an Antlion Guard, but with the added effect of a deadly neurotoxin somewhat like that of the Poison Headcrab. However, when fought on the surface in the chapter ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two storyline Pontifex|Freeman Pontifex'', the Guardian doesn't have its neurotoxin effect. This may be due to sunlight affecting it.

==Tactics==

When fighting the Guardian, be sure to keep a good distance away from it. Its headbutt attack is quite powerful, and can send the player flying quite a distance — or result in instant death if they should happen to be pinned against a wall. These attacks also have a poisonous side effect, which reduces the player's health, regardless of the current amount, to 12 .

When the Guardian chases the player through the hive tunnels, one should not attempt to fight it as it is invincible. The narrow tunnels do not offer much room to dodge around the Guard and avoid its charge, so it is advisable to take cover in the 'grub tunnels' instead. This has another added benefit as the grub tunnels lead to the next part of the chase, and it is impossible to succeed without using them.

Be aware that the Guardian is able to move much faster than the player, even while sprinting. If necessary, the player can try to use the MP7's grenade launcher to stun the creature for a few seconds if it is hit it in the midsection.

==Behind the scenes==
FileAntlion Guardian trailer.jpg|250px|thumb|right|The original Antlion Guardian with blue skin.

*The Antlion Guardian is a recycled and completed version of the Antlion King, originally intended to appear in ''Half-Life 2''.

*As seen in the first ''Episode Two'' teaser released with ''Episode One'', the Antlion Guardian originally had a blue skin.http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_pSnKUXt0&hd=1 Half-Life 2 Episode Two Teaser 1 on Combine OverWiki's YouTube channel This skin can be found as a leftover in the ''Episode One'' files, as it was already finished when ''Episode One'' released.

==Trivia==
*The Antlion Guardian is essentially the same as the Antlion Guard, albeit with a different skin and a poison attack.

*''The Orange Box'' Prima Guide states that Antlion Guardians are Antlion Guards that have been mutated. This is likely incorrect, since the game was not fully completed when the guide was written and the purpose of the Guard protecting the Antlion Grub|Grubs is natural.

*The Guardian's running speed has been decreased since the game release, giving players an easier chance to run away from it. However, because it has more hit points than a normal Antlion Guard and its attack is higher, it is technically the strongest Antlion out of the species.

*The Victory Mine Vortigaunt claims that if the Guardian is killed, they emit an odor that affects the Antlion Grub|larvae in some unspecified way that renders them useless for extracting.

*The Antlion Guardian is mostly immune to damage in the tunnel sequence. A shot will stun it temporarily, but even with infinite ammunition, it is impossible to kill the Guardian in the tunnel with most guns. The only way to kill it in the tunnel is to acquire the supercharged Zero_Point_Energy_Field_Manipulator Gun with the console, which will result in an instant kill if used on the Guardian. However, contrary to the Victory Mine Vortigaunt's claims, there is no programming in place to "render the extract useless," allowing players to continue the game as normal if the Guardian is killed.

*The Antlion Guardian cannot be spawned trough the console command since it share same code in-game; only a normal guard can be spawned. It also not possible to spawn one in Garry's Mod by default unless addon is used.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' {{1st}} {{Gf}}
*Source Particle Benchmark {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

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