Aperture Science High Energy Pellet

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{{Quote|While safety is one of many Enrichment Center goals, the Aperture Science High Energy Pellet, seen to the left of the chamber, can and has caused permanent disabilities such as vaporization.|GLaDOS|Portal}}

The '''Aperture Science High Energy Pellet''' is a testing element used in the Aperture Laboratories Chambers|Test Chambers of the Aperture Science computer-aided Aperture Laboratories Center|Enrichment Center.

==Overview==
FileTestchmb06.jpg|The first High Energy Pellet in Test Chamber 06.|thumb|200px|left

*An energy ball that kills Test Subjects in a single hit and thus must be avoided at all costs, it is used in Test Chambers to allow Test Subjects to proceed further, by opening doors, raising or lowering platforms, or activating Aperture Science Unstationary Scaffold|Unstationary Scaffolds. To do so, the ball is launched by its launcher and must reach its catcher. Most of the time Test Subjects have to direct it through a Portal (gateway)|portal so that it reaches the catcher. Once placed, the catcher closes, holding the ball inside, the ball launcher stops creating energy balls, and the linked object(s) opens and/or activates.

*High Energy Pellets tend to disintegrate after a few seconds, after which a new one is deployed.

*It also includes a green variant that never disintegrates. It is seen in Test Chamber 19.

*The High Energy Pellet is first introduced in Test Chamber 06 and is present in most of the following Test Chambers. In Test Chamber 17, Chell must use two corridors where Energy Pellets come and go. This is where the Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Companion Cube is introduced to protect her against the balls.

*It can also be used against Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Sentry Turrets. However it just pushes them and does not destroy them.

*The Pellet appears to recharge when going through portals, which will lengthen its life.

==Behind the scenes==

*Video game-wise, the High Energy Pellet is identical in all aspects to the Combine Energy Ball; it has the same appearance and the same sound effects, but it instantly kills the player. Whether they are related storyline-wise or whether the High Energy Pellet is made of the same Dark Energy used by the Combine is unknown. Of note is that unlike the Combine Ball with the Gravity Gun, it is not affected by the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device|ASHPD's zero-point energy field because the weapon is equipped with a weaker field. Using the console to obtain the Gravity Gun and picking it up will result in the energy ball having the same behavior as the Combine Energy Ball. It also possible to use Pulse Rifle's secondary fire to let the ball in the catcher without using portals.

==Trivia==

*Although the Pellet itself is not used in ''Portal 2'', the launcher makes three appearances, and the catcher appears too. In GLaDOS' Test Chamber 01, the launcher and catcher are seen being replaced with Thermal Discouragement Beam emitter and catcher respectively. In ruined Test Chamber 07, the launcher's workings can be seen, however, the launcher to be yellow cone-shaped device much larger than the actual launcher on the workings. In the ruins of Test Chamber 19, the Pellet Launcher can be seen but the receiver cannot.
*If the spawn code is used for this prop in ''Portal 2'', an untextured cube will appear.

==Gallery==


FileCombine Ball launcher.jpg|High Energy Pellet launcher. 
FileCombine Ball catcher.jpg|High Energy Pellet catcher. 
FileHigh Energy Pellet launchers and catchers.jpg|Different in-game screenshots of launchers and catchers, from Scott Klintworth's official website.
FileTestchmb07.jpg|In Test Chamber 07.
FileTestchmb08.jpg|In Test Chamber 08.
FileTestchmb11.jpg|Launcher next to the upgraded ASHPD in Test Chamber 11.
FileTestchmb13.jpg|In Test Chamber 13.
FileTestchmb15.jpg|In Test Chamber 15. 
FileTestchmb017.jpg|In Test Chamber 17.
FileTestchmb19.1.JPG|In Test Chamber 19.
FilePortal 2 PotatoFoolsDay ARG Ruined Aperture Laboratories Concept Art 6.jpg|Concept art of a destroyed High Energy Pellet launcher in a ruined Test Chamber 07.
FilePortal 2 beta ruined chamber 7.jpg|An active High Energy Pellet catcher in a ruined Test Chamber 07, with Wheatley waiting on the right.
FileAperture poster003a2.png|A High Energy Pellet about to hit a Test Subject on an Aperture Science propaganda poster, titled "Courage is Not the Absence of Fear".


==List of appearances==

*''Portal'' {{1st}}
*''Portal First Slice''
*''Portal Still Alive'' {{Nc}}
*Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG
*PotatoFoolsDay ARG|''PotatoFoolsDay'' ARG
*''Portal 2'' {{C|Launcher and catcher only}}
*''The Final Hours of Portal 2''

==References==
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