Flocking Floater

{{Enemy Infobox
|image=FileFlocking Floater model.jpg|250px
|name=Flocking Floater
|weapons=*Poisonous spines
*Projectiles shot with gas
|designer=Ted Backman''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''

The '''Flocking Floater''',''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' also known as the '''Flocking Bloater'''''Half-Life'' instruction manual or the '''Stingsail''',''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' (Half-Life_2_Raising_the_Bar proof), page 31 is an alien enemy cut from ''Half-Life''. It can be found in the game files.

Described as a "living balloon" with a faintly glowing head, it is held aloft by buoyant gases trapped in its head membrane. The wing on its rear portion is fully articulated like a bat wing, tipped with poisonous spines, and serves as a sail.''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''

It was to be seen at least on ''Half-Life.html">Xen''Half-Life'' instruction manual, though the map files present in the Development of Half-Life 2|''Half-Life 2'' leak suggest that fights between the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit|HECU soldiers and these creatures were to take place during the ''Half-Life_storyline A Rail'' chapter.

==Behavior and skills==
It has feathery antennae, much like a moth (its only sensory organ), "tasting" air to look for group mates or food. Passive when not attacked, it was to use an orifice to shoot projectile at the player with gas when attacked.''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''


The concept of a bulbous head was reused in the design of the Alien Controller.

In the file "bloater.cpp" in the Half-Life SDK|''Half-Life'' SDK can be found coding for melee attacks as well as sounds, using zombie sounds as placeholders.


FileXen view.jpg|The cabal for Xen, including "Floating Bloaters".
FileFlocking floater.jpg|Concept art.
FileFloater test-map.jpg|In an early test map.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life'' {{1st}} {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{Nc}}


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