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The Robot Grunt is a mechanical HECU unit cut from Half-Life. There is no information available about where and when during the game it was to appear.


  • The original green Robot Grunt is featured in the Half-Life SDK files in the folder "RGrunt" (there the name "robot grunt" is given in the file "rgrunt.qc"), but not in the Half-Life game files.
  • It is notably known for replacing all HECU soldiers in the censored German version of Half-Life. Germany heavily censors video games with an excessive amount of violence or strong Nazi references.[1][2][3] The German version of Half-Life also features other censored elements, such as when Black Mesa employees die.[4] It has the same voice as the uncensored HECU, even sometimes saying "Augh! Medic!" when shot.
  • The model of the Robot Grunt was also used to replace all classes of Team Fortress Classic in the German version.[5]
  • The only version available in the retail games is a bronze variant available as a player model for the multiplayer version of Half-Life, named "robo".


List of appearances


  1. Germany Tightens Censorship on Game Violence at Tom's Guide
  2. Computer Games on the Index List in Germany on the Blue Image website (listing all video games not allowed to be played at public Internet terminals in Germany, including Half-Life) (English version)
  3. Video Game Censorship in Germany: How it works, how it doesn't on 21st Century Digital Boy
  4. Gameplay in the censored German version of Half-Life (features the Robot Grunt replacing the HECU soldiers at 3:35 and onwards, and other examples of censored features)
  5. Schnittbericht: Team Fortress Classic at (German)
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