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The Combine Super Soldier,[2] also known as Combine Elite,[1] is a Synth enemy cut from Half-Life 2. It somehow stems from the Combine Synth Elite Soldier and with it is the predecessor of the Combine Elite and Overwatch Elite.[1]


Concept art with a white skin.

Originally designed as an existing Combine creature, it was to be a sort of small bipedal Strider in size, with the proportions of a human soldier. It was to be seen in the Citadel,[1] and could also be a later version of the "mech" in the Weather Control story fragment.

Its name can be found when viewing the Overwatch Elite model in the Source SDK model viewer, its preview being the image of the Combine Super Soldier, with its name. This is because it is the direct predecessor to the Overwatch Elite.

Like the Strider, it bears maroon lines on its legs, while its white version was to also have maroon lines on the arms, the number "314" on the chest, as well as two maroon triangles in a circle on the arm. Of note is that the "314" number can also be found on the outfit of the Overwatch Soldier model featured in the playable Half-Life 2 Beta (as well as in the Advisor Pod name, "314 URB-LOC 0017"), while the two triangles in a circle can be found on the retail Overwatch Soldier model, with different colors.

Behind the scenes

  • Its large size made it difficult to handle in the Citadel levels and it was dropped in favor of a more humanoid model, the Overwatch Elite.[1]
  • A story fragment from Raising the Bar is set at the start of the Air Exchange chapter and has Gordon involved in a train wreck when arriving there. Alyx encounters him with her pet Skitch and they are attacked by "tripods" (i.e. Striders) and "Combine Elite", tall shapes looking like metal, and with muffled, almost silent movements. That does fit the description of the Combine Super Soldier, named "Combine Elite" near its concept art in Raising the Bar,[1] while the Combine Synth Elite Soldier could also fit, since it was also to be an elite Combine unit.


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