Alien Species

Drone Xenomorph

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Universe AVP Universe
Homeworld Xenomorph Prime
Average Height 7ft.
Diet Carnivorous
Sentient Yes (later part of lifecycle)

Drones are the "worker bees" of an Alien hive and are loyal servants to the Xenomorph Queen. They are responsible for collecting hosts, further building the hive, and caring for the Queen's eggs.


Drones are one of the smaller Xenomorph types. Runners are a bit smaller than them by three inches or sometimes seven inches when they stand upright. They are primarily black, sometimes grey with smooth domes.

Drones have been known to sometimes appear with a slight hint of brown but mostly can come in black, and since Warriors can be brown but not often and are stronger than a drone, this could mean that particular Drone is somewhere between a Warrior and a Drone or they are simply stronger than their other siblings.

Mannerism and AbilitiesEdit

In the game Alien vs. Predator: Extinction they can spit acid in a similar but less destructive way than a Praetorian. Their tails are merely barbs and they use their claws in battle as opposed to their tails, the complete opposite of the blade-tailed Warrior Xenomorph.

Drones are more calm Xenomorphs, able to plan and would rather sneak attack an enemy than run into the line of fire and face them head on.

They are one of the most common Xenomorph, even more so than the Warrior. When the Hives main defense of Hive Warriors and Normal Warriors have been killed, Drones will fill their places as the main defense.


Drones are capable of evolving into Praetorians and even Queens by pheremones released by the former Queen herself; or sometimes, when a queen is not present, drone xenomorphs go into a rage and start fighting amongst themselves to see which one is the strongest. The Winner molts into the Queen and becomes the new hive ruler.


  • According to H.R. Giger, all Drones are genderless, but this is debatable.
  • A Warrior can have a smooth and ridged dome but a Drone can only have a smooth dome.
  • Drones when having cornered prey show some sadistic tendencies (time willing), an example when the Drone on the Nostromo in Alien cornered Lambert it seemed to enjoy every moment of her fear (It is implied that the Alien sodomized Lambert with its Tail, though it is questionable). This is also seen when right before it head bites Parker, taking its time and possibly enjoying every moment of his fear.
  • The Runner in Alien³ was technically a drone, due to its smooth dome. Nearly all fans tend to separate the two however.

See alsoEdit

Xenomorphs (see gallery)
Life Stages
Xenomorph Egg · Facehugger (Queen Facehugger) · Chestburster
Hive Castes
Carrier Xenomorph · Drone Xenomorph · Warrior Xenomorph · Hive Warrior · Praetorian · Ravager Xenomorph · Commander Xenomorph · Palatine · Xenomorph Queen · Empress · Queen Mother · King Alien
Mutated and/or Bioengineered Strains
Acid Alien (Infectoid) · Arachnid Alien · Arachnoid · Bodyburster · Chrysalis · Deacon (Trilobite · Hammerpede) · Defender · Genetic Drone · Genetic Queen · Giant Facehugger · K-Series · "Leech" · "Newborn Xenomorph" · Razor Claw · Red Xenomorph · Rogue Alien · Scorpion Alien · Smasher · Stalker Xenomorph · White Hybrid · Xenoborg
Host-based Strains
Aqua Alien · Bull Alien · Flying Alien (Flying Queen) · Gorilla Alien · Jock-Xenomorph · Killer Crab Alien · Mantis Alien · Night Cougar Alien · Panther Alien · Predalien · Rhino Alien · Runner · Snake Alien · Swimmer · Swarm Alien · Wild Boar Alien
Related Species (Breeders)
Mala'kak (a.k.a. Engineers or Space Jockeys) · Yautja (a.k.a. Predators)

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