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The following is a list of technology used by the Yautja. The Yautja are a highly advanced technological species, evident through their capacity for interstellar travel and their vast array of weaponry and equipment. As shown in flashback sequences in Alien vs Predator, some of the listed weapons and craft have been in use for millennia. Yautja are extremely protective of their technology, and will go to great lengths in order to prevent Humans from obtaining it, even to the point of self-destruction.

Equipment

Tools

Bio-helmet

The bio-helmet is one of the main tools used by the Yautja and is directly linked to a Predator's wrist gauntlet, which controls many of the helmet's functions. As well as performing the basic function of protecting a Predator's head, the bio-helmet also grants the wearer access to multiple vision modes including adjustable binocular vision, facilitates vocal mimicry, and includes breathing apparatus, diagnostics, audio/visual recording systems[1] and often also incorporates a red targeting laser used in conjunction with a Plasmacaster.

  • Vision Modes: The Predator's bio-helmet contains systems to enhance its thermal vision and provide additional vision modes in other electromagnetic spectra, ranging from night vision to ultraviolet and even vibration scanning as well as featuring adjustable binocular vision.
  • Language Translator: The Language Translator is a program installed in some Predators' bio-helmets that allows a Hunter to understand other species' communication(s)/language(s).
  • Vocal Mimicry: Vocal mimicry requires a bio-helmet to be utilized, and should not be confused with a Yautja's natural ability to copy human speech.

Wrist gauntlet

The wrist gauntlet includes the Predator's Sat-Com and sometimes an Energy Flechette or Power Punch Glove. Also incorporates hologram and touch-pad technology to control a Predator's bio-helmet, Cloaking Device, Self-Destruct Device, and even remotely pilot Predator vessels.

  • Cloak: Light-bending adaptive camouflage allowing Predators a form of invisibility, or at least translucence, rendering them incredibly difficult to spot. The invisibility effect has been known to be shorted out through contact with water or if the arm gauntlet is damaged, and it is susceptible to the effects of an electro-magnetic pulse, at least temporarily. The effects of the device have also been known to fail as a result of direct assaults on the Predator's body, be it with ranged weaponry or physical attacks. This device is rendered useless during Xenomorph Hunts owing to the Xenomorph's ability to "see" through its cloaking effects.
  • Charge Emitter: It emits a surge of ultrahigh electric frequencies from the Predator's wrist gauntlet, which would disable electrical devices.
  • Gauntlet Cuffs: Gauntlet Cuffs are a Yautja technology used to bind two individuals together by way of the wrist gauntlets.
  • Sat-Com: The Sat-Com[citation needed] is a Yautja holographic map projector which shows a complete 3D scan of an area and is part of a Yautja's wrist gauntlet.
  • Self-Destruct Device: The Self-Destruct Device is a powerful Yautja explosive device built into a Predator's wrist gauntlet.

Medical/bioanalysis

Trophies/ceremonial

  • Flaying Tool: The Flaying Tool is 'Y' shaped, its prongs spaced slightly apart. It is meant to be grabbed at the bottom and emits a laser from between the two prongs hot enough to simply and easily peel skin off of a yet-flayed trophy.
  • Ceremonial Dagger: Used by warriors as a last-resort weapon or a weapon to take trophies from fallen enemies.

Utilitarian

  • Predator Axe: The Predator Axe was an axe-like blade that the Super Predators had in their camp. Since it wasn't used during their hunt its true purpose remains unclear.
  • Mallet: As seen in this image, Yautja make use of mallets for presumably utility purposes.
  • Pickaxe: As seen in this image, Yautja make use of pickaxes for presumably utility purposes.

Mobility

  • Grappling Hook: During their Hunts, Yautja make use of the grappling hook to access areas that can only be passed by Xenomorphs, or to get to airducts. Its role is similar to the USCM's Jet pack in this regard.

Tracking/navigation

  • Falcon: The Falcon was a bird-like spying device used by the Super Predator Clan on the Game Preserve Planet.
  • Tag: The tag is a small circular tracking device that is used on prey which the Predator wishes to continuously bait rather than kill outright.
  • Beacon: Beacons are Yautja technology that helps a Hunter navigate in a large and confusing hunting ground.

Power source

  • Energy Sift: The Energy Sift is a piece of Yautja technology used to recharge the user's gear.

Armor

Yautja armor can be as varied as the physical appearance of Yautja themselves and appears to be based largely on personal preference of the individual.[2] Design changes can include tribal ornamentation on the forehead, different arrangements of armor plates and different colors/metals used for the individual armor pieces. As for actual clothing, Yautja seem to have little but a loincloth to keep them decent. Otherwise, they are content to walk around next-to-nude and have no problem actually being nude.

Perhaps the most recognizable aspect of a Predator's armor is its bio-helmet, the outward design of which can range from simple and utilitarian[3] to elaborate and decorative.[4] Another common piece of Yautja clothing is a heated wire mesh undersuit with temperature control elements to help the Predator adapt to the harshest of cold environments.[5] Other items, such as the metallic armor plates and bandoleers for weapons, including grenades, are applied over the top of this mesh. Wrist gauntlets provide a number of weapons, including retractable Wristblades and self-destruct explosives, as well as computerized control for many of the Predator's systems.

There seems to be two types of armor: Hunting Armor, which is of course made to aid in the hunt, and Military Armor, which is designed with war in mind.[6]

Types

  • Bio-helmet: In Predators, it seems to show that Predator bio-helmet are capable of withstanding incredible damage. It can even withstand bullets as shown when Ricky tries to kill Wolf by shooting him in the face.
  • Body Armor: Body armor is usually composed of a partial or full breastplate, pauldrons, gauntlets, extremity armor and is xenomorph blood proof for Blooded Yautja and those of higher ranks. The body armor also includes thermal netting.
  • Vanguard Armor: A type of heavy armor worn by Yautja Vanguards.
  • Phoenix Armor: The Phoenix Armor is worn by well respected Spear Masters and like the Vy'drach (phoenix-like creature) itself, this armor is uniquely resilient to fire, energy, and radiation.
  • Tactical Supremacy Armor : Worn by military Yautja such as the Hydra and Blazer, this widely feared protective suit provides its wearer with substantial defenses against kinetic, fire, and acid damage. Its exceptional hardness also deflects outright any projectiles not specifically designed to penetrate armor. Consequently, enemies must make a concentrated effort to defeat any Predators possessing this defensive system.

Weapons

Mêlée weapons

Blunt instruments

  • Power Punch Glove: It is used to give a Yautja a boost in punching strength, allowing a user to perform a punch powerful enough to make a hole in solid concrete.

Short bladed

  • Wristblades: Razor-sharp serrated retractable blades built into the wrist gauntlet, typically in pairs, used for mêlée combat and the ritualistic mutilation of prey.
  • Ceremonial Dagger: Used by warriors as a last-resort weapon or a weapon to take trophies from fallen enemies.
  • Predator Axe: The Predator Axe was an axe-like blade that the Super Predators had in their camp. Since it wasn't used during their hunt its true purpose remains unclear.

Long bladed

  • Scimitar: Essentially an enlarged singular Wristblade worn on the forearm.
  • Maul: A heavy bladed weapon with a perpendicular handle, an arrangement similar to a police officer's nightstick.
  • Sword: Though rarely mentioned as an in-hunt-use weapon, a sword can be fashioned as a replacement or equivalent to a hunter's wristblades.

Pole arms

  • Combistick: A retractable spear that can be used either in hand-to-hand combat or as a thrown weapon.
  • Glaive: Similar to the Combistick, this combat staff is fitted with a sizeable blade at each end, designed to slice through prey.
  • Plasma Glaive: Plasma Glaives are double terminated weapons that seethe with white hot plasma that burns through enemy armor.
  • Plasma Scythe: The Plasma Scythe produces a blade made of superheated plasma energy, it can burn through armor and enemies with ease.

Flexible bladed

  • Whip: A bladed chain whip capable of slicing targets in half with enough force.
  • Noose: When used in the dark, the wire-thin Noose is almost impossible to see. The material is slim but strong, able to hold the weight of an adult human as it yanks them up.

Ranged weapons

Thrown

  • Electroshock Bolas: Electroshock bolas carry a powerful electrical current, which instantly kills victims on impact.
  • Smart Disc: A thrown, self-guiding, chakram-like bladed weapon, it can also be wielded as a mêlée weapon.
  • Poli Nanovibronic Disc: The Poli Nanovibronic Disc was a thrown Yautja disc weapon similar to the Smart Disc, it can also be wielded as a mêlée weapon.
  • Shuriken: Similar to the Smart Disc, except considerably larger and fitted with several long, fan-like, retractable blades around its circumference, it can also be wielded as a mêlée weapon.
  • Combistick: A retractable spear that can be used either in hand-to-hand combat or as a thrown weapon.

Projectile

  • Speargun: A projectile weapon that fires small metal spears, comparable to a traditional projectile firearm or crossbow.
  • Netgun: A handheld device capable of firing a wire net with enough force to pin a target to a wall. The net also features an automatic tightening mechanism designed to cause grievous wounds to the enclosed target.
  • Electroshock Missile Battery: Used by the military Hydra, this is a back mounted missile device that fires up to three powerful armor penetrating electroshock plasma missiles capable of targeting up to nine different targets.

Directed energy weapons

  • Energy Flechette: A short-range energy projector weapon, a simpler and less powerful version of the Plasmacaster, built into the Yautja's wrist wauntlet.
  • Plasma Pistol: A hand-held version of the Plasmacaster.
  • Burner: Burners shoot streams of hot plasma, they resemble and function much like a Human assault rifle.
  • Plasmacaster: A ranged weapon capable of directing bolts of high-energy plasma at distant targets that is worn on the shoulder. Generally aimed through the Predator's bio-helmet, although there are exceptions.
  • Blazer: The blazer is a shoulder-mounted energy projector used by military caste Yautja that fires a sweeping inferno beam.
  • Killscreen Generator: This weapon uses dark plasma streams guided by a tracking device that neutralises any incoming projectiles up to and including rockets.

Explosives

Placed

  • Mines: Predators utilize a variety of mines with varying trigger mechanisms and detonation effects in their Hunts.

Thrown

  • Fire bombs: The fire bomb is a highly explosive Yautja grenade type device.
  • Plasma Grenade: The Plasma Grenade is a Yautja hand grenade that creates a large explosion when detonated and is powerful enough to destroy an M113 armored personnel carrier.
  • Remote Bomb: The Remote Bomb is somewhat similar in function to Predator Mines, but is remotely detonated from a wrist gauntlet by the Yautja instead of proximity activated.

Mobile sentry guns

  • Pred-Gun: It has a huge inbuilt Plasmacaster and moves using anti-gravity plates underneath it and can only fire when deployed.
  • Fireliner: The Mobile Shrine is equipped with a fireliner, a multibeam heat weapon related to the Blazer.

Vehicles

Anti-gravity cushion vehicles

VTOL vehicles

  • Blade Fighter

Aerospacecraft

Starships (interstellar spacecraft)

References

  1. Simon Hawke. Predator 2, p. 21 (1990), Jove Books.
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  4. Michael Finch, Alex Litvak (writers), Nimród Antal (director). Predators (2010), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
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  6. Aliens versus Predator: Extinction

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