Magnusson Device

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| name=Magnusson Device
| affiliation=Resistance
| manufacturer=Arne Magnusson
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| damage=Instant kill against Striders
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| operation=Launched by Gravity Gun, detonates when shot
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| usedby=Gordon Freeman
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{{Quote|We call it the Magnusson Device. Not my chosen label you understand, but it seemed to please the personnel.|Arne Magnusson|Half-Life 2 Episode Two|FileMag tutor magdevice.ogg}}

The '''Magnusson Device''', also known as the '''Strider Buster''', is a Resistance weapon developed by Arne Magnusson specifically to combat Striders.

FileStrider Buster introduced.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Magnusson introduces one of his devices in a display case.

Magnusson designed his self-titled device with the specific aim of neutralizing Striders, whose deadly armaments had confronted the Resistance with a near-insurmountable opponent.  In City 17, Striders slaughtered large numbers of Resistance fighters and Citizens, despite the Resistance's use of Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher (Half-Life 2)|RPGs, the most powerful weapon at their disposal.  Arne Magnusson|Doctor Magnusson struggled to develop a successful launching system for the rugby-ball shaped device, as the weapon needed to be attached to the towering Striders' body to be effective; however, this problem was immediately solved with the arrival of Gordon Freeman and his Gravity Gun to White Forest.

Due to the limited available resources during the Combine's rulership over the Earth, the device had to use simple and conventional materials and technology found in the wreckage of pre-Resonance Cascade society. Unsurprisingly, the most effective way of ensuring that the Buster can stay attached onto a Strider is by the two rings of nails welded onto the metal frame. If the Magnusson Device utilizes conduction to weaken Striders, the nails would still conduct energy regardless of which way it flows.

The Magnusson Device can be taken from small portable teleports found around White Forest, which are connected to deployment units within White Forest's missile base. The Buster arrives at a receiver unit suspended in midair, held within the magnetic field emitted by the teleport until it is removed manually.


The Magnusson Device is very effective at destroying Striders; however, the user must have precise aim with the Gravity Gun in order to attach it. 

During the large assault on White Forest, Striders are always accompanied by Hunters, who will fire upon a readied Magnusson Device as soon as possible. Therefore, it's advised to destroy all nearby Hunters before attempting to launch the Magnusson Device at a Strider. As a last resort, Busters can also be used to damage Hunters.

As soon as a Device is attached to a Strider, the Synth will immediately turn to attack the person who launched it. Any weapon can be used to hit the Buster, exploding it violently and completely shredding the Strider.

==Behind the scenes==
FileStriderBusterPlans.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The written instructions on how to use the Magnusson Device.

*As seen in the Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak source code, the Hopwire Grenade was originally to be the weapon of choice against Striders,Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak source code replaced in ''Episode Two'' by the Magnusson Device. This is confirmed in the ''Episode Two'' commentary, in which Valve's Joshua Weier states that the Magnusson Device "started life as a ''Half-Life 2'' weapon called the Hopwire".''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' commentary

*In ''Episode 2'''s closecaption_english.txt file, a cut line (ep_02.complaint02) shows that the personnel of White Forest call them "Magnussons" because "it doesn't take much to set em off".

*Originally, Gordon Freeman was to be able to throw a smaller Magnusson Device with his hands like a regular grenade, which entity was to be "weapon_magnade".

*A pumpkin was used as a placeholder model for the Magnusson Device in development.

*According to Richard Lord, the diagram explaining how to use the Magnusson Device against Striders went through several iterations, from highly stylized, to absurd, to something the team believed they could ship.


*A cut weapon, the Sticky Launcher, bears similarities.

*The Magnusson Device does not have its own gib models, and instead uses the Manhack's gibs.


FileMagnade arm model.jpg|Cut viewmodel.
FileRebel magnade teleport.jpg|Rebel working on a Magnusson Device teleport.
FileMagnade storage1.jpg|Magnusson Devices in their storage room. 
FileMagnade storage2.jpg|Ditto.
FileMagnade training1.jpg|Magnusson explaining to Gordon how the Magnusson Device works in its training area. 
FileMagnade training2.jpg|Uriah and Magnusson in the Magnusson Device training area. 
FileMagnade training view.jpg|The dead Strider in the Magnusson Device training area. 
FileEp2 outland 120017.jpg|Magnusson Device teleports near White Forest's north entrance. 
FileStrider Buster held.jpg|A Magnusson Device being held with the Gravity Gun.
FileStriderBusterKill.jpg|A Magnusson Device destroying a Strider.

==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' {{1st}}


CategoryHalf-Life 2 Episode Two
CategoryResistance weapons