The Nihilanth 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 20’ tall.


Powers and Abilities

The Nihilanth is the creature that makes it possible for the Xen to invade Earth. He can open and controls the gateways and summon and banish creatures in and outside of Xen.

He can also fire a devastating energy blast of unknown composition.


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 Nihilanth is the creature that makes it possible for the Xen to invade Earth.


The Nihilanth looks lake a very large Xen Master. Its head can open at the top to reveal incredible dimensional energy. This is the big boss you must defeat to get final victory.


Intelligent, but very hostile.

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: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 08 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 08 Occupation: Master Race
Inf: 08 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 21 HP: 100

Dimension Travel: 06, Energy Blast: 09, Flight: 04, Growth: 05, Sealed Systems: 07, Telepathy: 07, Teleport: 09

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Dimension Travel can only be used for Summoning and Banishment.
  • Growth is Always On (Nihilanth OV/RV against Physical Attacks is 4/13 and they weight 6 APs) .
  • Teleport can only be used against others and can be used to “gate in” Xen masters, vortigaunts and (presumably) alien grunts it is in telepathoc contact with.

Iron Nerves, Leadership.

By Mark A. Ayen.

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

Source of Character: Half-Life PC Action Game.