Antlion Soldier

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| name=Antlion Soldier
| affiliation=Antlions
| type=Insect Soldier Caste
| health=30''Half-Life 2 Prima Guide''
| weapons=*Claw gouge (5)
*Dive bomb (5)
| entity=npc_antlion
| designer=Dhabih Eng''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
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{{Quote|Oh...Antlions...now I know I'm not in heaven.|Alyx Vance|Half-Life 2 Episode Two|Fileal_canyon_heaven.ogg}}

The '''Antlion Soldier''', often simply called the '''Antlion''', is the most common Antlion subspecies to be found on Earth, and the first to be met by Gordon Freeman, during his trip along the Coast.

==Overview==

The Antlion Soldier is a four legged creature around three to five feet in height and six feet from head to tail. Antlions' legs are arranged oddly, with their back legs set at their front, and vice versa. Their hard shells are mostly green with stripes of tan, yellow, purple and red. They have no visible eyes, and have three mouthparts arranged in a triangle on their face. Hidden beneath the Antlions' shells are wings which allow it to fly several feet in the air, making a loud buzzing noise as they take to the air. They are also quite powerful burrowers, able to tunnel through solid rock and even concrete.

Antlion Soldiers are charged with gathering food for their nests, using their keen sense of touch to track their prey. Once they pinpoint a potential meal, they swarm the target relentlessly, biting and headbutting their prey until dead, after which they return to their nests with their kill to feed their hungry Antlion Grub|brood.

==Behavior and skills==
FileHopper antlions mine.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Antlions about to be killed by Hoppers.
Antlions are vicious pack predators. Their favored method of accosting prey is to bury themselves in soft sand, sense for vibrations around them, then emerge and ambush the intruder. They usually form swarms so large that even a well-armed opponent will be quickly overwhelmed. Although they are blind they are extremely sensitive to vibration, which allows them to follow their enemies wherever they go once detected. This sensitivity can be turned against them; Thumpers, machines which pound the ground rhythmically, overload their senses causing them discomfort and preventing them from advancing on prey near them. 

Antlions attack with their sharp claws and teeth. Those fleeing on foot or seeking higher ground will find no sanctuary from them; they will fly at opponents above or a distance away from them. They will fearlessly attack and pursue their target regardless of hazards they are faced with, and will continue charging even as fellow Antlions die in front of them. This includes charging into moving vehicles and into water, despite the fact they cannot swim. Antlions are both fiercely territorial and invasive. They will sweep into neighboring territory if it is not properly protected.

===Pheromones===
FileBugbait view separate.jpg|thumb|200px|right|An Antlion Pheropod as seen in ''Half-Life 2''.

Common Antlions seem to defer overall leadership to Antlion Guards, who direct them through the use of pheromones. Harvesting Pheropods (through an unhygienic extraction method practiced by Vortigaunts) from the body of an Antlion Guard will allow a user to control the common Antlions. Users can command Antlions to follow by squeezing the pod. The user can also make Antlions move to a certain spot by throwing one of the pods to that spot. These pods do not work on Antlion Guardians.

Antlions make excellent shock troops. Once a pod is thrown, they will charge at an incredible speed and take out whoever is in the immediate vicinity of where the pod landed. The Antlions can kill Combine Soldiers in one hit, and seem to be able to take more damage than those not directed through the use of a pheromone pod. Any fallen Soldier is quickly replaced by a healthy and ready to battle Antlion.

==Tactics==
Antlions are always encountered in numbers of three or more. Often once one has been killed, another will emerge from sand or a burrow. It is advised to keep distance from these creatures, as their melee attacks are quite powerful, and will cause the player to flinch, making their weapon aim awry.

Antlions are commonly encountered along with Zombies, and, if left alone, will fight each other.

Antlions can be knocked over with the Gravity Gun, temporary immobilizing them, and exposing their more vulnerable undersides. The player can take advantage of this by switching to a secondary weapon, most preferably the shotgun, to finish them off. It is possible to kill an Antlion by punting them repeatedly with the Gravity Gun, though it takes many hits and is not a practical form of attack. Antlions will drown if lured into water by the player.

If the player has Pheropods, and the way is blocked by Combine Sentry Gun|Sentry Guns or Combine Soldiers, Antlions can be used as a distraction. They also make very good area testers. Pheropods can be thrown ahead if an area seems to be dangerous. Since Antlions run straight through Combine Laser Tripmine|laser tripmines, they can help clear the explosives.

Antlion burrows can be blocked with large objects such as cars.

==Related Achievements==
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!colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2|Half-Life 2''
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|rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 beat donttouchsand.png
!style="text-alignleft"|Keep Off the Sand! (20G)
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|''Cross the Antlion beach in the chapter Half-Life 2 storyline 8 Sandtraps|Sandtraps without touching the sand.''
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|rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 kill enemies withantlions.png
!style="text-alignleft"|Bug Hunt (10G)
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|''Use the Antlions to kill 50 enemies.''
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!colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2 Episode One|Half-Life 2 Episode One''
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|rowspan=2 width=64px|FileCar Crusher.jpg
!style="text-alignleft"|Car Crusher (5G)
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|''Use the cars to squash 15 Antlions in Episode One.''
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!colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2 Episode Two|Half-Life 2 Episode Two''
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|rowspan=2 width=64px|FileEp2 beat antlioninvasion.png
!style="text-alignleft"|Into the Breach (5G)
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|''Help Griggs and Sheckley hold off the Antlion invasion inside the mine shaft.''
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==Behind the scenes==
*The name "Antlion Soldier" is not given in any official source; it was merely chosen on the wiki to easily differentiate the common Antlion to the others, based on the similarities with the names given to the different real world WikipediaAnt|ant classes and their related purposes.

*The original Antlion skin was orange and had butterfly-like spots on its wings.

*As suggested in press releases, stepping on Grubs in ''Episode Two'' was to make the Antlions spawn. Valve removed the feature believing it would make the game too hard and that the Antlion Grub's health nugget mechanic would be rarely beneficial.

==Gallery==
===Pre-release===

FileAntlion con.jpg|Concept art.
FileAntlion side.jpg|Movement study.
FileAntlion side red.jpg|Ditto.
FileAntlion through wall.jpg|Antlion going through a collapsed Nova Prospekt wall. 
FileAntlion leak model.jpg|The original cut yellow skin.
FileAntlions Depot.jpg|Early screenshot of Antlions near the early Depot.
FileEarly NP soldiers antlions.jpg|Overwatch Soldiers battling Antlions in cell block B4 in the early Nova Prospekt.
FileGunship bays.jpg|Antlion swarming the Gunship Bays at the foot of the early Depot.


===Retail===

FileAntlion standard skin 1.jpg|Skin 1.
FileAntlion standard skin 2.jpg|Skin 2.
FileAntlion standard skin 3.jpg|Skin 3.
FileAntlion standard skin 4.jpg|Skin 4.
FileAntlion jump.jpg|Jumping animation.
FileAntlion goo buggy.jpg|Antlion goo on the Scout Car, the result of running over many along the Coast.
FileLaundry room.jpg|Nova Prospekt Prison Guards fighting Antlions in the laundry room of block C1 in Nova Prospekt.
FileBinocs nlo pushing antlion.jpg|Rebel pushing an Antlion off the cliff, as seen through the Combine Binoculars from across the bay.


==List of appearances==
*https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIkyA_f56qs ''Half-Life 2'' at E3 2003 Bugbait {{1st}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2''
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

==References==
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