The wrist gauntlet, also known as the wrist bracer or wrist computer, is a piece of wrist-worn Yautja technology. It houses several technologically advanced features, including a Sat-Com and a powerful Self-Destruct Device, as well as controls for a Predator's Cloak and, in some cases, their Plasmacaster. Some wrist gauntlets also included Energy Flechettes or Power Punch Gloves. A wrist gauntlet is possibly the most prized piece of Predator technology and its loss was often met with severe punishment.
The Yautja wrist gauntlet is a small computer device worn, as its name implies, on the wrist, and features numerous controls for various items of Predator technology, as well as a digitized, apparently numerical display. The gauntlet is linked directly into a Predator's bio-helmet and governs many of its functions, including its alternate vision modes. It also operates the user's Cloak and, in some cases, control a Yautja's Plasmacaster as well. The gauntlet also acts as a power source for these tools, although it has only limited capacity and would become depleted with repeated use.However, despite the clearly advanced nature of the technology involved, wrist gauntlet can be recharged from any common power source, including junction boxes and standard human-manufactured battery units.
As the control unit for much of a Predator's advanced weaponry and technology, the wrist gauntlet is an incredibly important item for them. In fact, in some cases, a Predator's wrist gauntlet has been known to be surgically grafted onto the individual's arm and even fused with their nervous system, to the point where removal of the unit is typically fatal for its owner. Not all Yautja have gone to such extreme lengths, however — the Fugitive Predator had both of its gauntlets removed without suffering harm. The computer's importance has been noted by humans studying the creatures, and much effort had been put into the capture and study of the device.
- Main article: Self-Destruct Device
All Yautja wrist gauntlets contain a powerful Self-Destruct Device, designed to allow the individual to commit honorable suicide rather than be captured. More importantly, the device eradicated all traces of the Predator's existence and ensured that their advanced technology would not be captured.
- Main article: Sat-Com
The Sat-Com is a Predator's communication and tactical tool that includes holographic projection capabilities.
- Main article: Energy Flechette
Energy Flechettes are small Plasmacasters included on some wrist gauntlets. While lacking the power and versatility of the common Plasmacaster, Energy Flechettes could make effective weapons in the heat of battle.
Power Punch Glove
- Main article: Power Punch Glove
The Power Punch Glove was a melee weapon that essentially extended from the gauntlet to cover a Predator's hand, allowing them to perform strikes that would otherwise crush the Predator's fist.
- Main article: Kujhad
First seen on the wrist gauntlet of the new Yautja from The Predator, the Kujhad is a small device that can detach from the rest of the bracer and acts somewhat like a portable mini-computer.
The wrist gauntlet appears in all Predator and Alien vs. Predator games. The Self-Destruct Device can actually be used in Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt's multiplayer mode, provided the player has less than 10% health.
- Christopher Golden, Mark Morris. The Predator, p. 75 (2018), Titan Books.
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- Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005), Eurocom, Sierra Entertainment, Vivendi Universal Games [PlayStation 2, Xbox].
- Jim Thomas, John Thomas (writers), John McTiernan (director). Predator (1987), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- Aliens versus Predator 2 (2001), Monolith Productions, Sierra Entertainment, Fox Interactive [Microsoft Windows].