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Drone
Biological information
Host Human
Caste
Physical description
Height 7'
Weight 350 lbs.
Distinctions Smooth-domed head
Small size body
Chronological and political information
Status
Appearances Alien
Alien Resurrection
Portrayed by


Drones are a Xenomorph caste that served as the "worker bees" of a Xenomorph hive and are loyal servants to the Xenomorph Queen. They are responsible for collecting hosts, further building the hive, and caring for the Queen's eggs.

AppearanceEdit

Drones are one of the smaller Xenomorph types. Runners tower over them by five inches or sometimes a whole foot when they stand upright. They are primarily black, sometimes grey with smooth domes. Drones have been known to appear brown, and since Warriors can be brown and are stronger than a drone, this could mean that particular Drone is somewhere between a Warrior and a Drone or they are simply stronger than their other siblings.

EvolutionEdit

Drones are capable of evolving into Praetorians by releasing certain pheremones that cause the others to frenzy and attack. If the drone under fire can defend itself long enough and escape with its life, it will molt in a Praetorian. However, because of the Drones' relative weakness to the other castes, it is very uncommon they survive making the Praetorian a very uncommon variety of alien.

IntelligenceEdit

Drones are shown to be more intelligent and patient. Where as Warriors will recklessly throw themselves against the enemy defenses in troves, Drones are more stealthy, and will lie in wait for their prey to come within striking distance staying as motionless as possible until its too late. They also blend into a mechanical environment better than warriors due to their grey-brown or black coloration. They will take advantage of their enviroments and use maintence tunnels and ventilation systems to traverse through ships. To an extent they can get through spaces that humans can.

In Alien Resurrection, Alien DNA is mixed with that of Ellen Ripley; possibly leading to the Drones acting more resourceful. They manage to set traps for survivors using ammunition as bait and use a liquid nitrogen observation system in order to kill survivors.

Drones generally are not seen working in close coordination with one another in the absence of a Queen. This could mean Drones do not need the leadership of a Queen or the teamwork of others to function at an intelligent level, unlike Warriors. Drones are usually solitary, even in a hive, unless there aren't any or that many Warriors around, then they will fill in as the hive's main defense. In Aliens: Steel Egg the Giff states that if a xenomorph (all xenomorphs in the novel are Drones) is left alone and there are no other xenomorphes or a Queen present it will go through a process that will allow it to turn into a breeder, a Queen.

Difference Between Drones & WarriorsEdit

The difference between a Drone and Warrior is not their head domes, as so many tend to believe (in the case of Grid), but their mannerisms and color. Drones are workers and Warriors are warriors, and they act according to their role, though all Aliens are hostile.

Their size, mannerisms, and coloration is the key way to tell them apart. Drones are the smallest Alien in terms of size, standing only 7' while Warriors stand 8'. Drones are typically grey-Brown, brown, or black while Warriors can be Brown-Red, Blood-red, Blue-black, and Dark Grey. Warriors are much more confrontational and violent than a drone, where a Drone will sit and wait in silence until prey is within striking range. However, certain merchandise from the Original movie and the fact the Warrior and Drone never appear Side-by-Side in any of the Films suggest they are one in the same. Also the height difference holds no weight in the argument as it is said that Warriors are older and mature Drones, so the Warrior being taller, stronger and aggresive is only natural. Their increased aggression could be because the marines in aliens were on their territory and the fact that marines were more than a threat than unarmed space truckers.

Lurkers, sometimes referred as Stalkers, Drones or Scouts, are the "worker bees" of a Xenomorph hive and are loyal servants to the Xenomorph Queen. They are responsible for collecting hosts, further building the hive and caring for the Queen's eggs. AppearanceEdit

Lurkers are one of the smaller Xenomorph types. Runners tower over them by five inches or sometimes a whole foot when they stand upright. They are primarily black, sometimes grey with smooth domes. They average in size at about 6-7 feet tall standing on hind legs, and about 14-15 feet long, tail included. Lurkers will eventually mature into Soldiers within a period of days or perhaps a week. Drone barb tailThe Lurker's barb-like tail. Dino crisis fanAdded by Dino crisis fan

Unlike most of the Xenomorph caste, Lurkers start out by having smaller blade tips, rather than having large blade-tipped tails, which somewhat resembles a scorpion barb. IntelligenceEdit

Lurkers seem to be more patient and careful. Whereas Soldiers will recklessly throw themselves against the enemy defenses in droves, Lurkers are more stealthy, and will lie in wait for their prey to come within striking distance by staying as motionless as possible until its too late for the prey. However, Soldiers are better fighters (as their name suggests) and as "front line soldiers" they can afford to be aggressive. Lurkers are weaker and are very important to the survival of a hive and as such need to be stealthy. They also blend into a mechanical environment better than warriors due to their grey-brown or black coloration. They will take advantage of their environments and use maintenance tunnels and ventilation systems to traverse through ships and ambush enemies.

Lurkers generally are not seen working in close coordination with one another in the absence of a Queen. This could mean Lurkers do not need the leadership of a Queen or the teamwork of others to function at an intelligent level, although only one Lurker has been seen without a Queen in the films and thus it impossible to canonically know their behaviour in a hive which has a Queen. The books, games and comics however, have drones in hives and their behaviour varies. Unlike Warriors, Drones are usually solitary, even in a hive, unless there aren't any or aren't that many Warriors around, in which case they will fill in as the hive's defenders. In Aliens: Steel Egg the Giff states that if a Xenomorph (all Xenomorphs in the novel are Drones) is left alone and there are no other Xenomorphs or a Queen present it will go through a process that will allow it to turn into a Queen through the use of Royal Jelly.

TriviaEdit

  • According to H.R. Giger, all Drones are genderless, but this is debatable.
  • In the game Alien vs. Predator: Extinction Drones are created by impregnating a creature known as the Oswoc.

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