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The Combine Ordinal is one of the four Overwatch units that are apart of a branch of Overwatch forces tasked with commanding operations relating The Vault. They serve as commanding officers in the chain of command of the Overwatch branch stationed within the Quarantine Zone and briefly deployed throughout City 17 in Half-Life: Alyx.


Combine Ordinals are the commanding officers of the Overwatch forces stationed within the Quarantine Zone, tasked with the protection and secrecy of The Vault. They have authority over other Combine forces and typically act as team or squad leaders in command, usually heading a squad of Combine Grunts alongside Combine Charger or Combine Suppressor units for support.

They are visually distinct to Combine Grunts, and more similar to Combine soldiers in standard-issue armor and gear. They wear a dark blue heavy fatigues-like outfit with body armor over the upper-body sections with paddings on their arms, thighs and knees. They carry a backpack with what appears to be a portable radio transceiver. Ordinals can deploy Manhacks to flush out hiding enemies. If an Ordinal is killed in combat, his remaining squad members will report to Overwatch over the radio that their leader is down, rendering their team tactics disordered and disorganized from then on. They carry what seems to be a predecessor of the Pulse Rifle (Although the Ordinal seen during the safehouse raid wields an SMG), Manhacks, and a pistol magazine on their vest, indicating they carry a sidearm, however they never use it. An Ordinal is seen equipped with a grenade in the announcement trailer however they are not equipped with them in-game. Their armament and armor make them threatening foes, but they are still weaker than Chargers or Suppressors.


Combine Ordinals will give orders to units like Combine Grunts, chargers and suppressors and they will also use manhacks to attack the player. They can also use their pulse rifles to attack the player. They use manhacks to get the player out of corners and if the player peeks their head out to shoot, the ordinal will start firing at them.

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