This subject is related to the Black Mesa Incident era.
This subject is related to the Combine era.

Classic Zombie

From Combine OverWiki, the original Half-Life wiki and Portal wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

This subject is related to the Black Mesa Incident era.
This subject is related to the Combine era.

Doll2.png Warning! This article has yet to be cleaned up to a higher standard of quality, per our Cleanup Project. It may contain factual errors and nonsense, as well as spelling, grammar and structure issues, or simply structure problems. Reader's discretion is advised until fixing is done.

You can help clean up this page by correcting spelling and grammar, removing factual errors and rewriting sections to ensure they are clear and concise, and moving some elements when appropriate.
Please notify the administrators before removing this template.

Born.png This article would greatly benefit from the addition of one or more new images.

Please upload one or several relevant images (from canonical / official sources) and place it here. Once finished, this notice may be removed.

Zombie HL2.jpg
Classic Zombie
General information

Xen wildlife


Parasitized human

Personal information
  • 50/50/100 (HL)
  • 25/40/70 (DC)
  • 50/50/100 (OpFor guard)
  • 60/60/120 (OpFor soldier)
  • 50[1] (HL2)
  • 18/45/45/60 (HL:A)
  • Claw swipe
    • 10[1] (HL2)
    • 5/20/20/35 (HL:A)
  • Double slash
    • 25[1] (HL2)
    • 8/30/30/45 (HL:A)
Game information
  • monster_zombie (HL)
  • monster_zombie_soldier (OpFor)
  • monster_zombie_barney (OpFor)
  • npc_zombie (HL2 standard, HL:A)
  • npc_zombie_torso (HL2 torso)
Voiced by
"What the hell are these things? And why are they wearing science team uniforms?"
Black Mesa security guard[src]

The Classic Zombie,[5] also known as Mawman[6] and most commonly referred to simply as a Zombie, is the most common Zombie form seen in the Half-Life series. It is the manifestation of a Classic Headcrab attaching itself to a victim's cranium and taking over their nervous system.


The original Zombie scientist from Half-Life.

Once a Headcrab successfully attaches to a host, the Headcrab will assume control of all their motor functions and become able to walk and attack with the host's arms and legs. Through some unknown biological process, the host's hands turn into long, skeletal claws, and a massive hole appears in its chest lined with the hosts' ribs, becoming a makeshift "mouth", with their ribs serving as teeth. Zombies have been observed to feed by ripping chunks of flesh off of corpses and stuffing them into this maw. Removal of the Headcrab reveals that the host's head is bent abnormally upwards, their hair is matted with blood, and their face is pale, with their eyes shut and mouths open in a frozen scream. In Half-Life 2, the muffled pleas and screams coming from the Zombies indicate that the victim may be somewhat aware of their zombified state. This is made more prominent in Half-Life: Alyx where zombies can be heard begging for help.

Occasionally, Classic Zombies may survive after losing both legs and their lower torso, and continue to crawl using their arms. In most cases, a Headcrab remains attached to its host until the Zombie is killed. Although, in Half-Life 2, they will occasionally detach from the host if it is rendered immobile by their injuries.

Half-Life: Alyx introduces a new characteristic to Zombies in that some have Xen growths protruding from their limbs. A form of the Bloater,[7] these glowing green growths are highly volatile and act as weak points as they explode upon being shot, instantly killing the Zombie. This is an effective technique against Zombies controlled by Armored Headcrabs as the Headcrab's bullet-proof shell prevents headshots. The zombies in this game have a great number of clothing variations, ranging from normal citizen outfits, Combine Hazmat Worker suits, zoo workers, security guards, and even Combine Ordinals.

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life 2: Episode One
Zombie-que.jpg Zombie-que (5G)
Use flares to light 15 Zombies on fire.


  • Several of the Classic Zombie's sound effects in Half-Life 2 appear to be stock sound effects of leopards.
  • Playing parts of the Half-Life 2 sound files backward produces extremely disturbing yells of pain. The reversed cries have been interpreted as "Oh, god help! help me!" and "get it off me". If set on fire, the victims may say things that might be interpreted as "Why, why, why!?", "God help, help me!" moan_loop2 played in reverse), "Gaaah!", "Gaaaah, I'm on fire! Gaaaaah!", "My life's fading!", "My eyes sting! Gaaah!", "Put it out!" and even heard as "YABBA PUT IT OUT PLEASE! GRAAAAGH!". Similarly, raising the pitch of the sound file produces the words in a normal man's voice.
  • "moan_loop2", often heard as "Yabba my icing" by the community, is referenced in SteamVR Home's Candy Emporium, where bottles and a poster of a cake icing of the brand Yabba can be found.
  • In Half-Life, zombies are seen "feeding" from dead scientists and soldiers by taking flesh from corpses and stuffing it into their chest "mouth."
  • In the non-HD variant of Half-Life and its expansions, a zombie's Headcrab appears to be "fastened" tighter to the victim's face, revealing the eerie outline of a human skull.
  • In the WC map pack can be found a map named boxing. It consists of a small dark room with a boxing ring in the middle, lit by a single lamp. There two Zombies start fighting each other once a bell rings. When the first one is killed, the bell rings again and the remaining Zombie remains still.
  • In Half-Life 2, the zombie model possesses an animation of the headcrab tearing itself from the head of the host. This is linked to an unused behavior where Headcrabs release themselves from the host when the zombie's health drops below a certain level. This behavior's remnants can be seen and re-added through alterations to the zombie source code in the Source SDK.
  • In Half-Life 2: Survivor, the Classic Zombie's model was censored, the hole in its chest getting removed and the blood on the texture changed to yellow. It is also no longer possible to cut off zombie's legs, however, zombie torsos are still encountered in the game.


Half-Life and its expansions[edit]



Half-Life 2 and its Episodes[edit]




Half-Life: Alyx[edit]





List of appearances[edit]

Main games[edit]



Classic Zombie
Combine OverWiki has more images related to Classic Zombie.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Half-Life 2 Prima Guide
  2. Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar, page 73
  3. Derek Jenson's portfolio
  4. Marc Laidlaw on his level design work (March 7, 2016)
  5. Half-Life 2 texture and model file names
  6. Half-Life Prima Guide
  7. Half-Life: Alyx Game Definition File (hlvr.fgd), "Position of the xen bloater on this zombie, if any."