This creature is from the original, 1998/99 HλLF-LIFE video game. For more context you can refer to those two articles :


  • Base Of Operations: Xen.
  • Size: About 8’ High and 8’ wide.


Powers and Abilities

Gonarch can fire a very powerful blob of acid. Additionally, its claws are formidable against close-up opponents.

Finally, it emits an endless stream of baby headcrabs that can be a real nuisance.

It is almost indestructible by conventional means.


The Black Mesa complex is a private high-tech research installation (with strong ties to the U.S. government) located somewhere in the American Southwest. An accident in the Anomalous Materials Lab caused a dimensional breach into the world known as Xen.

The Gonarch resides within the realm of Xen and does not cross into our reality. It is possible that there is only one Gonarch.


A massive alien consisting of four powerful legs and a huge egg sac.


Sits in its lair making baby headcrabs. It will attack anything that invades its lair, but will run away if it is taking too much punishment.

DC Universe History

This would be a moderate-level threat to the Earth, probably a good challenge for Young Justice or a similarly-powered team. It might be a good solo challenge for Batman.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 03 Str: 07 Bod: 05 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Mindless Predator
Inf: 02 Aur: 00 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 006 HP: 045

Acid: 10, Analytical Small/Tracking Scent: 04, Claws: 07, Damage Capacity: 10, Growth: 04, Sealed Systems: 05

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Damage Capacity increases Gonarch’s Body damage capacity to 15.
  • Growth is Always On (Gonarch OV/RV against Physical Attacks is 1/9 and they weight 4 APs).

Iron Nerves. Misc: Instead of Taking a Dice Action, Gonarch can Generate One Baby Head Crab.

SPR: No Hands, Misc: Nonsentient.

By Mark A. Ayen.

Helper(s): Half-Life Official Strategy Guide.

Source of Character: Half-Life PC Action Game.