The first stage of xenomorph evolution, the Facehugger appears as a pair of long, spindly fingers attached to
a long spine-like tail with two fleshy sacs to form the rest of the body. Roughly around three feet in length, they
lay coiled within their ovomorph (alien egg) until it is disturbed.
As the egg’s top flaps peel back, a Facehugger
will launch itself towards the unsuspecting victim, using its digits to grasp and hold onto the prospective host’s
head. It will then wrap its tail around the throat, ensuring it stays in place long enough to deposit its egg through
a long proboscis which it inserts down the creature’s esophagus.
The Facehugger is very weak in combat on its own, and must instead rely on speed and stealth to accomplish
its task of infesting a host creature. Once attached, it is almost impossible to remove. The victim is rendered
unconscious and any external force trying to remove it runs the risk of killing the host.
Cutting the creature off
is impossible, as the same acid blood that courses through the larger xenomorphs is also contained within the
Facehuggers. Once the egg has been implanted in the victim, the creature releases its grip, detaches itself, and
dies shortly thereafter. Fortunately for most yautja, their medical techniques often allow them to expunge the
parasite almost as quickly as it is injected.