In addition to genetic hybridization, the Yautja sometimes enhance themselves with cybernetic technologies, either to replace a limb or to gain new abilities. These cybernetically enhanced warriors represent a fusion of traditional hunting prowess and cutting-edge technology, pushing the boundaries of the iconic extraterrestrial hunters. Each with a unique backstory and set of enhancements, these predators redefine the Yautja's approach to the hunt. Here is a list of all known cyborg Predators, including the Bionic Predator and the Spiked Tail Predator.
In the many Predators types featured in Predator: Hunting Grounds, the enigmatic Bionic Predator emerges as a testament to resilience. Having endured severe wounds, including the loss of an eye, right arm, left leg, and part of the skull during hunts, this mysterious predator chose not to succumb but rather sought cybernetic enhancements. Unlike the Lasershot Predator, the Bionic Predator's upgrades were more natural, and his wounds were not self-inflicted. Armed with a Shoulder Cannon and a wristblade integrated into his bionic arm, the Bionic Predator, released as a DLC package for Predator: Hunting Grounds, stands as one of the game's most unique and formidable characters.
Spiked Tail Predator
Within the Rogue Space Tribe, the Spiked Tail Predator defied the limits of Yautja aging by embracing non-organic enhancements. Standing as the leader of the tribe, his hybridization resulted in distinctive black and white stripes on his skin and the growth of formidable horns on his head. Exiled from Yautja Prime alongside his hunting brethren, Armored Lost, and Lasershot Predator, he cared little for their homeworld, preferring to traverse the galaxy hunting mechanical beings using stolen space/time technology. An action figure from Kenner's '90s line, the Spiked Tail Predator was later reimagined by NECA, complete with an enriched backstory.
Another member of the Rogue Space Tribe was the Lasershot Predator, a Bad Blood sociopath driven by an obsession with technology, hi-tech weaponry, and self-improvement. Distinguishing himself as the only Yautja known to remove his own limb, Lasershot replaced his left hand with a modular claw and his right eye with a cybernetic one equipped with built-in vision modes. A reminiscent figure from Kenner's '90s releases, Lasershot Predator found a revival with NECA's updated version, embodying the convergence of Yautja ferocity and cutting-edge technology.
In the annals of Yautja history, the Borg Predator, also known as Armored Lost, unfolds as a master of weapons with a riveting background. Joining the Lost Tribe (seen at the end of Predator 2) early in his career, Borg, along with Spiked Tail and Lasershot Predators, engaged in a daring heist to pilfer experimental Predator technology from Yautja Prime. Branded as fugitives by the Elder Council, they explored the galaxy, undertaking mercenary jobs and even hunting artificial intelligence. With a technologically advanced ship, the NECA background hints at Borg's potential for time travel, delving into realms reminiscent of Star Trek.
Stone Heart Predator
Captured alongside Long Spear and Swift Knife by Borgia Industries in the Predator: Concrete Jungle video game, Stone Heart stood as a testament to the Yautja's resilience. He was the leader of the trio, and one of the biggest Predators ever, even without the cyborg modifications. Originally arriving in Neonopolis for an honorable hunt, Stone Heart fell victim to Hunter Borgia and the Monster Squad, enduring experiments and cybernetic enhancements. Released to hunt down the Scarface Predator, Stone Heart faced an honorable death at Scarface's hands, releasing his spirit and contributing to the legacy of Cyborg Predators.
Long Spear Predator
Another victim of Borgia Industries' sinister experiments, Long Spear, a Dark Blade clan member, faced disownment and cybernetic enhancements. Among the trio captured by the corporation, Long Spear received extensive cybernetic modifications, with robotic components replacing his eye and part of his face. Like his brothers, he met his demise at the hands of Scarface in Neonopolis, the fictional city from Predator: Concrete Jungle.
Swift Knife Predator
Swift Knife, the final fallen Dark Blade Clan member, was a small Yautja compared to his brothers. Once a skilled warrior, Swift Knife succumbed to Borgia Industries' manipulation, transforming into a formidable cyborg. Accompanying his clan brothers to Neonopolis for an honorable hunt, Swift Knife's journey took a dark turn with capture and cybernetic augmentation. Like with Stone Heart, Swift Knife's dreadlocks were cut off, allowing an easier access to his brain. Known for exceptional speed and prowess with Wristblades, Swift Knife engaged in a fierce battle with Scarface, ultimately meeting an honorable demise and leaving a lasting legacy among the formidable Cyborg Predators.
As we delve into the world of Predators who became Cyborgs, the fusion of Yautja tradition and cutting-edge technology reveals a diverse array of formidable warriors. From the resilience of the Bionic Predator to the sociopathic innovation of Lasershot, the Spiked Tail's defiance of aging to the masterful weaponsmithing of Borg, each predator brings a unique tale to the hunt. Stone Heart and Long Spear stand as testaments to the consequences of experimentation, while Swift Knife's tragic transformation adds another layer to the evolving narrative of the iconic Yautja. Together, these Cyborg Predators redefine the very essence of the hunt, leaving an indelible mark on the legacy of the extraterrestrial hunters.