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The Flocking Floater,[1] also known as Flocking Bloater,[2] is an alien enemy cut from Half-Life. It can be found in the game files.


Described as a "living balloon" with a faintly glowing head, it is held aloft by buoyant gases trapped in its head membrane. The wing on its rear portion is fully articulated like a bat wing, tipped with poisonous spines, and serves as a sail.[1]

It was to be seen at least on Xen.[2]

Behavior and skills

It has feathery antennae, much like a moth (its only sensory organ), "tasting" air to look for group mates or food. Passive when not attacked, it was to use an orifice to shoot projectiles at the player with gas when attacked.[1]


  • In the file "bloater.cpp" in Half-Life SDK there is coding for melee attacks, as well as sounds, using zombie sounds as placeholders.
  • The Flocking Floater is visually and conceptually similar to a cut enemy from Half-Life: Alyx known as the Jelly Blobber. It is unknown if the Jelly Blobber was intended to be a spiritual successor to the Flocking Floater.


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