The Predator has become one of the most iconic and deadly movie creatures of all time. Making its memorable debut in the 1987 film Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the alien of the Yautja species has since spawned several sequels, spin-offs, comic books and more. While the design of the character is one of the most unique and formidable, the Predator's popularity mostly comes from how efficient it is at killing.
Predators are raised to be expert hunters. They engage in elaborate and dangerous games in which they stalk deadly prey, kill them and take gruesome trophies of their victories. The Predators have a variety of weapons and abilities that help make them such formidable hunters. Here are the most deadly abilities the Predators have at their disposal.
10 Wrist Blades
As much as the Predators like to pick off victims from afar, that can get a bit boring for them. Luckily, they are still extremely deadly when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. One of their favorite weapons to use in these scenarios are the wrist blades.
The long and incredibly sharp blades extend from the Predator's wrist gauntlet. In one quick slice, the Predators can do away with their targets. We've even seen them used to slice and dice Xenomorphs in the Alien vs Predator films.
In the original film, the Predator stalked its prey in remote jungles, always keeping an eye on them and waiting for the right moment to strike. However, in 2010's Predators, the hunters take their prey to another planet where the unlucky humans had the entire planet to hide.
However, the Predators came prepared with their own methods of tracking their prey. We see that the Predators have robotic bird-like drones which follow the humans as they make their way across the dangerous landscape. This ensures the hunters can keep an eye on their targets and makes it extremely difficult for those targets to escape.
8 Bladed Disc
Predators seem to be big fans of blades when it comes to their hunting. Most of their weapons are used for these kinds of brutal kills and their bladed discs are among the most devastating. Unlike the wrist blades, Predators can use these discs to take out victims from afar.
The small, circular discs are lined with large blades similar to the ones on their gantlets. They can throw them considerable distances and we've seen these discs are sharp enough to cut through more than one victim before returning to the Predators.
Despite being technologically-advanced beings with weaponry far superior than anything on earth, the Predators like to keep things old fashioned. Many of their weapons are designed after more primitive combat tools, like their spears. Of course, just because they like to keep things more interesting with these old-school weapons, doesn't mean they aren't deadly.
The spears they use are retractable, depending on the kind of combat they are involved in. They are also used as throwing spears, which the Predators wield with deadly accuracy.
6 Heat Detection
When someone comes face-to-face with a Predator, they can tell pretty quickly that they are outmatched. Rather than try to fight, the prey usually choose to run. While that's probably the smarter thing to do, hiding from a Predator is not easy at all.
One of their abilities includes seeing thermal readings with their special helmets. They are able to detect the body heat of their victims, so they can be found pretty much anywhere they hide. Dutch discovered that mud can hide his body heat, but what are the odds they'll be a big pile of mud sitting around?
5 Shoulder Canon
As much as the Predators have fun with their spear and blades, sometimes they just like to show off the big guns. While they don't have a lot of fire power in their arsenal, the shoulder cannon usually seems to be more than enough.
The small cannon is mounted on the Predators shoulder, capable of firing powerful plasma blasts which have been shown to blow the heads clear off their targets. They also seem to have unlimited firing ability, so they could take on a whole horde of enemies.
4 Cloaking Device
The Predator in the original film was so scary because for the first half of the film, you couldn't see it. The hunter watched his prey from afar, slowly picking off one or two along the way. But the others never saw him, because of his cloaking device.
The cloaking is initiated on the Predator's gauntlet and allows them to blend into their background. An extra-terrestrial hunter is bad enough, but when you can't see it coming, these creatures become a lot more deadly.
Predators like a good fight. They are not interested in picking off unarmed or weak prey, they are more interested in hunting killers. Because of their choice in prey, more often than not, their prey fights back. We have seen that Predators can certainly be bested and killed, but not easily.
Predators can take more pain and punishment than humans. Bullets, blades and other weapons can hurt them, but they are extremely resilient and it takes a lot to finally put one down for good.
2 Super Strength
With all the weapons they have on hand, sometimes the Predators just want to shed those and have a simple fight. Of course, fighting an unarmed Predator is still a very deadly thing to do.
These aliens are immensely strong and can easily kill someone with their bare hands. They can throw a person around like a rag doll, punch through concrete and even swing a Xenomorph by its tail. They are also able to rip someone's spine out with one hand. That's pretty impressive.
With all their codes and rules to hunt by, Predators are still poor losers. Whenever a Predator is defeated in a hunt, they initiate a system on their gauntlet which causes a massive explosion, which would likely wipe out any of their prey that lived/the foe that somehow bested them.
The self-detonation is meant to allow the Predator to die on their own terms, as well as cover up their existence, but it is a bit unfair to whoever actually managed to kill them. It pretty much ensures that even if you beat a Predator, you still usually lose.