Shocktrooper alien (Half-Life video game)



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 9’ tall and 4’ wide


Powers and Abilities

These huge insects form the core of the Race-X forces. They are fairly quick and agile with a rudimentary grasp of tactics.

They are usually armed with lightning-spewing shockrifles and can spit globules of explosive mucus.


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.

Shocktroopers (or Shock Troopers) are part of the Race-X forces that appeared during the later part of the Black Mesa incident.


Shocktroopers look like anthropomorphic grasshoppers with a single large yellow eye in the center of their foreheads.



The Shocktroopers use very basic tactics:

  • Shoot any humans they encounter.
  • If injured, retreat and regroup.

They will use their Bomb power as a mortar weapon against enemies that have retreated behind barriers. They can communicate with one another vocally, in their own unique language.

Shocktroopers are usually deployed in groups. Lone Shocktroopers will have a pair of Pit Drones under their command and will use them much the same way that humans will use trained canines.


“MAWmawmawiebaybay” (in a tinny electronic buzz)

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 04 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Soldier
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Alien Invader
Inf: 03 Aur: 01 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: NA
Init: 10 HP: 05

Bomb: 08, Growth: 02, Extra Limb (Arm, x2): 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Bomb can be fired indirectly (ricochet) (+1).
  • Bomb requires an Automatic Action to prepare for firing (-1).
  • Bomb is fired like a projectile (AV=DEX), only has a Blast Radius of 1 AP, and only detonates if it hits an organic object or if 1 AP has passed since it was fired (-2).
  • Growth is Always On and added into STR listed above (Total Physical OV/RV is 3/7) (-1).

Acrobatics (Dodging): 02, Animal Handling (Pit Drones Only): 04, Weaponry (Exotic): 05

SIA (Following Orders From Geneworm).

SHOCKROACH a.k.a. SHOCKRIFLE [BODY 02, Cling: 02, Lightning: 06, Telepathy: 0, Ammo: 10, Bonus: Ammo regenerates at a rate of 1 charge every two rounds, Limitations: Cling only allows the shockrifle to stay bonded to its host, Telepathy only allows the shockroach to receive its host’s “fire Lightning” and “release Cling” commands.
Shockroaches are the bioweapons carried by Shocktroopers. If a Shocktrooper is killed, the shockroach becomes an independent organism — see the “Race-X Bioweapons” section in the Half-Life Weapons write-up for details]

By Mark A. Ayen and Roy Cowan.

Source of Character: Half-Life: Opposing Force (PC Game).