XENOMORPH PRAETORIAN (ALIEN)
Type: Endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species
The Praetorian is perhaps one of the most interesting strains within the Xenomorph biology. Its primary role within the Hive is to guard key locations of importance or interest, and if nothing else, to protect the Queen herself. It is also one of the largest and strongest of the xenomorph strains.
The Praetorian is “pure born” meaning it does not utilise genes from the host and is born to take this form regardless of its host body. One can also evolve from the basic caste drone in a molting process.
A warrior can molt into a Praetorian if exposed to Royal Jelly as an egg.
The physical features of the Praetorian are very pristine, with its appearance looking markedly similar to the Queen as it sports a massive crown-like head crest, large physical size, an extra-long tail and great strength.
It should be noted that a Preatorian is a xenomorph’s last cycle before the Queen stage; İn the 2010 Game “Alien vs Predator”, the main alien protagonist, Specimen or Number 6 molts/evolves into the Praetorian. It later molted again, this time becoming a queen, after the death of the Hive’s Queen, known as “The Matriarch”.
The behavior of the Praetorian is possibly one of the most graphic and intense of all the strains, excluding the Queen. Not only is it ‘programmed’ to automatically become hostile to any foreign intruder of the Hive, but also with the molting process, in which it emits pheromones that somehow enrage other strains. The Praetorian, along with all the other xenomorphs in the hive, can sense any victim’s pheromones through any wall or surface.
The Praetorian could be seen as smarter than most xenomorphic castes, although Praetorians are considered the guards of the queens and will molt when the pheromones of a queen are not present.
If cornered or in battle, Praetorians can shriek in extremely high pitches that call other xenomorphs to its aid. In Alien vs. Predator 3, Praetorians are used as minibosses and call other xenomorphs using this ability until they are killed.