The Ceremonial Dagger is a Yautja weapon, used by warriors as a last-resort weapon or a weapon to take trophies from fallen enemies. The Ceremonial Dagger is associated with the Blooding Rite of Young Bloods. It's primary use is to remove the carapace of a Xenomorph but it could also be used as a close-contact weapon if need be. The blade itself is made of either the bones or the 'resin' of a Xenomorph, making it resistant to their acidic blood.

It is first seen in Alien vs. Predator when the Yautja, Celtic, attempts to finish off the Xenomorph DroneGrid before the Xenomorph can escape from his net. However, Grid bursts free and Headbites Celtic. It is seen again later when Scar carves up a dead Xenomorph apart to fashion weapons for Lex.


The Ceremonial Dagger attached to the right shins of all three Youngblood Predators in Alien vs Predator. It is treated to be immune against Xenomorph blood. It looks like the trophy which is obtained with this weapon has more value in the Predators' world than other ways of killing a prey, since Celtic let himself open to Grid's attack, just to finish him off in a ritual kill.


In Alien vs. Predator, Celtic was the first Predator to use the Ceremonial Dagger, but died before he could kill a Xenomorph with it. Scar also used a Ceremonial Dagger to make weapons for Lex. Later, in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, after Wolf gets the distress signal he gets his weapons and after he picks up his backpack a Ceremonial Dagger can be seen.


  • First appearing in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator, the ceremonial dagger would go on to be featured in a number of future releases strictly within the Alien vs. Predator franchise. It wasn't until August of 2022 that a ceremonial dagger would appear in Bitter Hunt, a short story from the anthology book Predator: Eyes of the Demon, making it the first publication outside of the AVP franchise to feature the unique weapon.
  • Following Marvel Comics' acquisition of the rights to Predator comic books, a ceremonial dagger appeared in the crossover comic book series Predator versus Wolverine leading some to speculate about whether or not Marvel was teasing an upcoming first entry in the AVP crossover franchise.



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Power Punch Glove · War Club
Short bladed mêlée weapons
Wristblades · Ceremonial Dagger · Predator Axe · Hand Scythe
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Scimitar · Maul · Sword · Elder Sword
Pole arms
Combistick · Glaive (Plasma Glaive) · Plasma Scythe
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Thrown weapons
Electroshock Bolas · Smart Disc (Poli Nanovibronic Disc) · Shuriken · Combistick
Projectile weapons
Speargun · Netgun · Electroshock Missile Battery · Yautja Bow
Directed energy weapons
Energy Flechette · Plasma Pistol · Burner · Plasmacaster (Blazer) · Killscreen Generator
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Thrown explosives
Fire bombs · Plasma Grenade · Remote Bomb
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