The Protector Drone (also known as the Alien Beast, Newbeast or the Alien Drone) is an enemy in Duke Nukem 3D. It first appears in the Atomic Edition of Duke Nukem 3D, in the fourth episode, The Birth. It is first encountered in the first level of The Birth, It's Impossible. They also appear once in the Alien World Order episode level, Mirage Barrage.
This monster is a human-alien hybrid; since a horde of Protector Drones were seen in the video footage at the start of the fourth episode surrounding a pregnant woman about to give birth (presumably to the Alien Queen herself), their creation by the hands of aliens precedes that of the Queen, which was created to breed them en masse. The Protector Drones protect the Queen and her domain, and also serve as a sort of bio-weapon, as they hunt Duke Nukem from the very beginning of episode four. In episode five, Alien World Order, some of these hybrids still exist and are deployed against Duke in Egypt.
The creation of Protector Drones appears to be the main concern of alien invasion, beside the conquest. After the Protector Drones and the Alien Queen were created, the aliens stopped kidnapping women, as seen in episodes four and five.
The Protector Drone is a very dangerous enemy. It is very quick-moving, has powerful slashes, can take a beating, and it can disable its foe with a single shot of its Shrink Blast. This lean beast is not for underestimating but, preferably, for termination with extreme prejudice.
The Protector Drone is a slim beige creature, somewhat humanoid in appearance but certainly very alien. It has three red eyes, positioned just above a large mouth full of extremely big teeth. On the top of its head is a small fleshy fin. It has large fleshy fins sticking out of its shoulders and spikes on its elbows, and its rib cage stands out prominently (it doesn't wear any clothing). It has large hands, with three long sharp fingers per hand. Its legs are rippling with muscles, and each foot has three large toes.
Despite its seemingly frail appearance, the Protector Drone is very durable. It can survive two direct hits from an RPG.
The Protector Drone fires Shrink Orbs from its mouth, which is presumably a biological feature since there is no visible technology on its body. It being immune to the Shrinker is probably due to needing to be immune to its own attack. When it dies, it spews a large amount of green blood from its wounds. This blood is toxic/acidic, and can sometimes be left behind in puddles, which are harmful to touch. Their appearance is heavily inspired off the Xenomorph Aliens; they possess the same objective as the Xenomorph - protect their Queen.
Combat analysis Edit
The Protector Drone is very quick-moving, and is capable of jumping high to pursue any foes that attempt to escape it by fleeing to higher ground.
Its main attack method is to get close to its foe and slash at it with its claws, an attack that does significant damage. Its less common method of attack is to fire a Shrink Blast at its foe, which acts identically to the Shrinker (i.e. a single shot will shrink the foe for a certain amount of time), and to then stomp on them while they are shrunken and helpless.
Being an agile enemy, the Protector Drone may dodge most projectile weapons. Only 3 Pipebombs are needed to kill it, but because the Protector Drone is so quick, the act of deploying them may often be too slow. The same goes for the Laser Tripbomb (3 mines). The other danger with explosive weapons, particularly the RPG and the Devastator, is that the Protector Drone may move to close range so swiftly that the weapon user can forget explosions will harm them as well at close range, and they ends up hurting (or even killing) themselves in the process.
An important point to note is that the Protector Drone cannot be shrunk by the Shrinker, even though it is an organic enemy. This is likely because it uses Shrink Blasts as a weapon, and is therefore immune to any effect that would try to shrink it. It is however susceptible to the Shrinker's counterpart, the Microwave Expander, and needs about 20 shots from it to kill it.
Also the Freezethrower is very effective. It slows the Protector Drone down and when it is eventually frozen, it can be shot or kicked. It is recommended to take one Protector Drone at a time if possible.
The Protector Drone is still dangerous even when it is dead. Its blood is harmful (either toxic or corrosive), and standing on its corpse will cause damage.
The Protector Drone in other games Edit
- Duke Nukem 64 does not contain the episode The Birth, which is the only episode in Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition the Protector Drone features in. However, some of The Birth's levels are moved into other episodes, and the Protector Drone is also distributed around some other levels as well, mainly the more popular levels in Lunar Apocalypse and Shrapnel City.
- The Protector Drone is first encountered in Lunar Apocalypse, Fusion Station.
- While there is no color applied to palette 6, the Protector Drone gibs will show red blood instead of green.
- Since the palette system is not applied, the poster in Area 51 will shown a blue Protector Drone, instead of brown.
- The Protector Drone, or rather an alternate version, makes an appearance in Duke Nukem: Zero Hour but are instead called Chimera. They possess blades instead of claws and also spit poisonous gas instead of shrink orbs.
- The Protector Drone's alternate name of Newbeast is the temporary name given to the monster by the developers during the creation of the game.
- The Protector Drone' code is based on that of the Enforcer. The two enemies share several attributes, such as jumping and crouching.
- The Protector Drone will spawn the gibs of the Enforcer when destroyed.
- The Protector Drone cannot be shrunk by the Shrinker.
- The Protector Drone was initially intended to be blue like The Queen, but it was later changed to beige for unknown reasons. Sometimes the actor placed in the maps will have a palette of 15 (blue changed to brown).
- There is a Protector Drone contained in a glass tube in Area 51 in a fetal position. This is the position the Protector Drone is born in (i.e. born from the Alien Queen).
- This particular Protector Drone will remain in its fetal position indefinitely, unless it is attacked.
- If a fetal position Protector Drone is hit by an attack that is strong enough to kill it in one shot (i.e. from full health), it will instead became immortal. This never happens in normal gameplay, though, since no weapon used by the player has such firepower.
- The Protector Drone is based on the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies. Their appearances are similar, and their blood is harmful. Both also have a queen which is bigger and deadlier than them,and that gives birth to more of them.
- Strangely, it can jump a lot further underwater.