A houndeye in Half-Life



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 dog-sized.


Powers and Abilities

Houndeyes are pack animals, and travel in groups of 3 to 10.

In DC Heroes RPG terms, they instinctively make use of the Team Attack maneuver. They will encircle an opponent (or small group) and use their Area-Effect Sonic Beam attack. They can effectively Multi-Attack and Team Attack simultaneously because of the Area Effect Advantage.


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.

Houndeyes came in shortly after the Headcrabs and roam the halls in packs.


Picture a dog with its head chopped off and a sonic membrane grafted in its place. Now, imagine that it has only one centrally-located back leg and reptilian skin. Got it ? That’s a houndeye.


They’re pack animals. They may run if enough of the pack is destroyed or if they’re hurt ; however, they’ll come back a few seconds later and attack again.

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: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 01 Wil: 01 Min: 01 Occupation: Mindless Predator
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 01 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 008 HP: 010

Sealed Systems: 05, Shrinking: 03, Sonar: 03, Sonic Beam: 04, Sonic Immunity: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Shrinking is Always On and reduces Strength and Weight (Houndeye OV against Physical Attacks is 7).
  • Sonic Beam is No Range, but has Area Effect centered on the Houndeye.

Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes.

SPR: No Hands, Misc: Nonsentient.

By Mark A. Ayen.

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

Source of Character: Half-Life PC Action Game.