Combine Guard (Synth)

{{Youmayd|the cut Part-human, part-Synth unit|the cut Civil Protection unit|Combine Guard (human)}}
{{Enemy Infobox
| image=FileCombine guard.jpg|250px
| name=Combine Guard
| affiliation=Combine
| type=Part-human, part-Synth / Elite Heavy Assault Soldier
| health=
| weapons=Combine Guard Gun
| entity=npc_combineguardDevelopment of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak files
| designer=Ted Backman''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
The '''Combine Guard''',Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak files is a part-human, part-Synth enemy cut from ''Half-Life 2'', and the direct successor of the Combine Synth Elite Soldier, which the Overwatch Elite also stems from. It was to be presented at E3 2002.

FileCombine Guard terminal.jpg|The Combine Guard in "e3_terminal".|150px|left|thumb

The Combine Guard was to wield a large weapon, the Combine Guard Gun, that was to fire a powerful disintegration beam, recycled for the Strider, that the player would have been able to use after defeating it. It was also to use it to kick its opponent at close range, much like the retail Overwatch Soldiers. Another smaller weapon is featured on its left wrist.

The camera attachment being the real head of the soldier (according to its texture, named "head.vtf"), it is likely that the man inside the robotic suit was to be blind, his eyes seeming to have been somehow removed. It would have made it a disturbing sight for humans, who would tend to look at its human face and be unaware of the direction its real "head" is actually looking at. A breather is also in the human mouth, implying it is breathing the ambient air, filtered, and still uses some form of lungs.

As seen in the WC mappack map "e3_terminal", it was also to be able to burst through doors. At the "end" of the map, the player was to find themself behind a door. The Combine Guard would appear behind it, destroy the small window with the small weapon attached on its left wrist, look through it with its camera, then knock the door down with its fists, to finally kill the player with its gun, ending the game.

It seems that the Combine Guard was to be impervious to bullets, requiring the player to use physics objects or heavier weapons to break off its armor bit by bit. It can be killed if enough physics objects are thrown at it, but doing so will crash the game.

Apart from the map "e3_terminal", it only appears in "cguard1_fixed". Both are not storyline maps.WC mappack

==Behind the scenes==
In ''Half-Life 2'' can be found a console command "sk_combine_guard_spawn_health 1", a possible remain of a command related to the Combine Guard. Interestingly, the appearance of Dog's right foot is similar to those of the Combine Guard's.

Concept art from ''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' show a more conventional soldier named "Combine Guard (human)|Combine Guard" with a long trench coat inspired in part by the German SS uniforms of World War II. This unit was to be part of the Civil Protection and has nothing to do with this Synth Combine Guard.

These are concept art for several different versions of the Combine Synth Elite Soldier featured in ''Raising the Bar''. Most of them feature a big left arm where a weapon is included (as seen in the Combine Guard NPC) and a thinner right one.

FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier4.jpg|Variant of the Combine Synth Elite Soldier, featuring the similar green color and antenna, and legs very similar to that of the Hunter's.
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier1.jpg|This version is closer to the Combine Guard and the Overwatch Elite. The Hunter-like legs are also notable.
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier3.jpg|This version is also closer to the Combine Guard and the Overwatch Elite.
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier7.jpg|The feet here are similar to that of the Combine Super Soldier.
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier2.jpg|This version is nicknamed "Combine Elite 3" and its the closest to the Combine Guard, with on its shoulder the same logo found on the Gunship's and leak Overwatch Soldier backs.FileCombine soldier leak back logo.jpg
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier5.jpg|The feet here are similar to that of the Combine Super Soldier, here with a spear, and the similarities to the Combine Guard are again featured.
FileCombine Synth Elite Soldier6.jpg|Again, the feet here are similar to that of the Combine Super Soldier.
FileCombine Guard run.jpg|A running Combine Guard.
FileCguard searching terminal.jpg|The Combine Guard trying to find the player with its camera in "e3_terminal".
FileCguard door terminal.jpg|The Combine Guard breaking the door open in "e3_terminal".

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{1st}} {{Nc}} {{C|As "Combine Synth Elite Soldier"}}


CategoryCombine units
CategoryHalf-Life 2 (pre-release)
CategoryHalf-Life 2 Raising the Bar
CategoryCut enemies
CategoryTed Backman designs