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    Melee Guide by AtumReign

    Updated: 09/26/10 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    This Guide is an in depth guide to melee fighting in Aliens vs. Predator. The 
    tactics I describe here should apply across all platforms. It should be noted 
    that, obviously, lag will play a huge factor in whether or not these skills 
    will work.
    You can test for lag a number of ways when a match starts. The number one way I 
    have found is attacking someone and determining if there is a delay from the 
    time you press the attack button to the time it actually has an effect on the 
    person youíre attacking. You can also tell if you are getting damaged from 
    someone who should not be able to damage you i.e. someone youíve just killed 
    and is now lying on the ground. What this means is, on their side they died 
    shortly after you think you killed them and so they were still able to attack 
    for a short time before dying. In other words there is a delay in effect that 
    causes events on one side to happen at different intervals than the other.
    The following is a guide for melee skills for all three species. Iíve developed 
    these skills over my time playing the game and I find that anyone Iíve taught 
    them to seems to improve their kill count exponentially. I will also include 
    warnings for the limitations of each characters melee abilities. Such as 
    potentially exploitable moves that can be much harder to defend against.
    The basics of melee are pretty simple. Knowing just the basics will help but, 
    against anyone whoís spent a lot of time developing their skills, you will find 
    the basics donít quite cut it. There are many subtle nuances that are hard to 
    understand unless you spend a good deal of time playing the game. However here 
    is how the basic melee system works
    Blocks defeat light attacks
    Light attacks beat heavy attacks
    Heavy attacks beat blocks
    When you block a light attack you are then able to perform a counter attack by 
    hitting the light attack button. In other words when you block a light attack 
    immediately hit the light attack button and you will hit your attacker and stun 
    them. This opens them up for further attacks until they are able to regain 
    Works a bit like rock paper scissors
    The Predator
    The predator is by far the best at melee combat. It cannot be knocked down and 
    it takes the most hits to kill of any species. The predatorsí heavy attack is 
    also faster than the alien heavy and much harder to counter. 
    The breakdown for the predatorsí health works like this
    Pred Vs. Pred:	Heavy Heavy heavy		= Dead
           Heavy heavy light 	= dead
    			Heavy light light light = dead
    			Light light light light = dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack counts as a light attack and follows the same 
    formula above. Unlike with other species you can never knock another predator 
    down with a lunge attack.
    Pred VS, Alien:	Heavy heavy				= Dead
           Heavy light light			= dead
    			Light light light light		= dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack counts as a light attack and follows the same 
    formula above. Unlike with other predators, against an alien you have the 
    ability to knock them down. It still counts as a light attack but you have the 
    added advantage of being able to now pull off any move you like. While grounded 
    the alien is completely at your mercy.
    Predator VS, Marine:		Heavy Heavy		= Dead
    					Heavy Light		= Dead
    					Light Light Light	= Dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack counts as a light attack and follows the same 
    formula above. Unlike with other predators, against a marine you have the 
    ability to knock them down. It still counts as a light attack but you have the 
    added advantage of being able to now pull off any move you like. While grounded 
    the marine is completely at your mercy.
    WARNING: once you counter a predatorsí heavy attack be EXTREMELY cautious of a 
    follow-up heavy attack. This second heavy attack CANNOT be countered. I havenít 
    been able to determine if this is something the developers overlooked or if 
    they intentionally put it in the game. Either way it is, in my opinion, the 
    cheapest melee move the predator has. If youíre reading this guide I expect you 
    to fight with at least a small amount of dignity. After all, the predator has 
    always been portrayed as a creature of honor, and if you truly want to play 
    like one you should never take unfair advantage of any situation.
    SECOND WARNING: Both the predator AND the alien have the ability to start a 
    heavy attack and then stop it with a block. If you attempt to counter the heavy 
    attack with a light attack and they do this you will be countered instead. 
    Again this seems like something the devs must have overlooked because it 
    completely undermines players who have taken time to get good at the game. That 
    is, players who had the presence of mind to react quickly enough to even do the 
    counter get unfairly manipulated into a cheap trap. 
    Always remember, if youíre doing something thatís extremely effective AND 
    extremely easy to do, itís probably also extremely cheap.
    The last tip for overall gameplay as the predator is, DO NOT HIDE. The 
    predatorsí cloaking is a TOOL to help you get the drop on people. Youíre not 
    going to win any matches just standing on top of a building or pillar or 
    whatever, the whole time trying to pick people off from afar. The predator is a 
    HUNTER. That means you need to go out and, you know, hunt.
    When fighting as the predator there are several strategies that are effective 
    against specific types of players. Iíll try to explain how each type of player 
    fights and with what species and how to defeat them.
    Pred Vs. Pred
    Against predator players youíre going to have the greatest difficulty because 
    they will almost ALWAYS go for either the plasma caster or the spin disc. To 
    get around this you need to be very agile and run in and out of walls, doors, 
    pillars, whatever you can to close distance. AS SOON as you get within about 10 
    feet start a heavy attack (this is the ONLY thing that can interrupt a 
    predatorís weaponry. NOTHING else will work except perhaps a weapon of your 
    own). If you successfully perform the heavy attack and stop them from using the 
    weapon you can then follow up with mostly any move you like keeping in mind the 
    way the predators health works as I described above. 
    For instance if you successfully connect with a heavy you need either; two more 
    heavy attacks, or one heavy and one light, or three light attacks. In my own 
    personal opinion if they are going the cheap route and are using weapons then 
    they deserve an equally cheap death by using that second heavy that they will 
    not be able to counter, followed by a light attack to finish things quickly. 
    If they do not go strictly for the weapons then they are likely to try 
    exploiting the predatorsí heavy attack. If you encounter a predator starting a 
    heavy attack IMEDIATELY perform a light attack. If you are fast enough you will 
    counter their heavy. The next attack you do is extremely important. If you 
    suspect they are going to try another heavy after youíve countered them you 
    HAVE to do a heavy your self before they get the chance to power theirs up. If 
    they pull of that second heavy you might as well consider the fight over 
    because afterwards all they need is another heavy and a light as described 
    above to kill you. And they will almost ALWAYS do so.
    Once youíve performed your second attack follow-up with whatever attack you 
    think necessary based on the predator health breakdown I described above. 
    Personally if I do a heavy counter and then a heavy youíll only need two lights 
    to kill them. More often than not youíll pull them off before they even know 
    what hit them).
    If they do not go for either of these they are most likely not one of the 
    ďcheapĒ pred players and you can fight them on fair equal footing. This can 
    still be a challenge though as the predator has some formidable melee 
    abilities. The best method of fighting a predator in a fair fight is to simply 
    hone your reflexes. The timing to counter a heavy is VERY short. Once a heavy 
    has begun to charge up you will hear the predator start to growl, as well as 
    seeing the predator draw his striking hand back to let loose a heavy. Once this 
    process starts you have about half a second OR LESS to perform a light counter. 
    Itís insanely tough but with practice you can get that fast. 
    A couple of things to keep in mind as well, if you block and counter a light 
    attack from a predator and the predator tries a light attack again you can 
    still block it but your counter will not stun the predator. You must wait for a 
    second block in order to start another counter. I donít consider this 
    particularly cheap because it can be fairly easily defended against but it is 
    still something to keep in mind.
    Predator vs. Marine
    It may not make much sense but the marine is actually the second hardest 
    species to fight as a predator (assuming you donít fight with the weapons. With 
    weapons NOTHING is hard to fight, which is why the weapons are cheap). Melee 
    against a marine is mostly a judgment call. If the marine likes to shoot shoot 
    and shoot some more go for a light attack as this will temporarily stun them 
    and allow you to follow up with another attack. If you notice them blocking a 
    lot go for a heavy BUT, be careful because they may be an advanced player and 
    counter you. If youíre fighting the marine and at ANY point you get countered, 
    well, youíre going to die. 
    There are a few things to be very cautious of while fighting marines. These are 
    the shotgun and the grenades. If you are a close range fighter (as all 
    predators SHOULD be) the shotgun and grenades are instant death or near enough 
    any way. If either donít kill you outright they WILL stun you and leave you 
    easy pickings for follow-up shots. Always approach marine players with caution.
    Sometimes the marine will go for the smart gun. This may seem like a formidable 
    weapon but ONLY if you hesitate. It takes the most shots to kill anything aside 
    from the pistol and the flame thrower. If youíre swift you can duck in and out 
    of cover to get to them and kill them before they can do any serious damage to 
    Rarely, youíll find a marine coming at you with the flame thrower. Do your best 
    not to die laughing at them and put them out of their misery quickly. Be 
    careful though. As with the pistol, this may be a highly advanced player who 
    really knows their stuff and is simply testing the limits of their skills. It 
    still wonít be terribly difficult to kill them but, if you slip up just enough, 
    you could find yourself dead.
    Pred Vs. Alien
    Lastly, the alien, by far the easiest opponent to kill as the predator. The 
    alien may take more hits than the marine but the difficulty in pulling off 
    those hits is laughable. Firstly, the aliensí heavy attack is slow. Slow enough 
    that it can almost ALWAYS be countered, and furthermore it CAN ALWAYS be 
    countered. Unlike the predator, which can perform an uninterrupted heavy attack 
    after the first one is countered, the aliensí heavy attack can be countered 
    again and again so long as they donít use the heavy fake out attack.
    The second thing that makes the alien particularly easy to kill is the fact 
    that it can be knocked down. If you perform a block counter on the alien it 
    will fall to the floor, nearly guaranteeing victory.
    There are a couple of things to be cautious of though. The alien can attack you 
    with its tail from ceilings and walls. Itís completely uncounterable and 
    unblockable and in close quarters itís a guaranteed kill if it connects because 
    it stuns you. It can be fairly easily avoided if you are just aware of your 
    surroundings. You CAN knock the alien off the wall if you manage to hit it 
    before it can hit you. If you manage to knock it off the wall or ceiling you 
    should try very hard to not allow it to get there again. Kill it, and kill it 
    The second thing to watch out for is the alien jumping up in the air to heavy 
    attack you. This is actually a glitch in the game that the developers actually 
    took out in the pc version. The reason itís a glitch is because when you 
    counter the alien while itís doing this it reacts differently from when you 
    counter it on the ground. It seems to be random how the alien reacts exactly. 
    Sometimes they donít get countered AT ALL other times they start moving around 
    in ways I canít really describe in words. Point is itís cheap and more and more 
    players are exploiting it. While it is annoying the alien can STILL be killed 
    fairly easily while doing this if you act quickly enough
    The Alien
    The Alien is probably the hardest character to truly be ďgoodĒ at. It has 
    several useful abilities but they tend to fall short against the other species. 
    The aliensí greatest strength is its speed. It can get in and out of places 
    quickly and survive to fight again.
    The breakdown for the aliensí health works like this:
    Alien vs. Alien:		
           Heavy heavy heavy			= dead
    				Heavy heavy light			= dead
    				Heavy light light			= dead
    				Light light light light		= dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack for the alien does more damage than a light attack 
    but not quite as much as a heavy. It also does not stun the person you are 
    attacking giving them the ability to block and counter a light attack or 
    counter a heavy with a fair amount of ease.
    Alien VS, Predator:
    				Heavy Heavy heavy			= Dead
    				Heavy Heavy	Light			= dead
    				Heavy light Light Light		= dead
    				Light Light Light Light Light	= dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack for the alien does more damage than a light attack 
    but not quite as much as a heavy. It also does not stun the person you are 
    attacking giving them the ability to block and counter a light attack or 
    counter a heavy with a fair amount of ease.
    Alien VS, Marine:
    				Heavy heavy		= Dead
    				Heavy Light		= Dead
    				Light Light Light	= Dead
    The lunge attack is performed by holding the focus button (L2 on PS3 by 
    default). The lunge attack for the alien does more damage than a light attack 
    but not quite as much as a heavy. It also does not stun the person you are 
    attacking giving them the ability to block and counter a light attack or 
    counter a heavy with a fair amount of ease.
    There are a number of setbacks to the alien. These are:
    No ability to manually heal like the predator or marine:
    If you get near death you have only two options. Go out and try to get just one 
    more kill (the way I suggest to go) or wait and hide somewhere for about 30 
    seconds to get your health back. If you decide to wait and hide youíre wasting 
    time not getting kills. If you go out and fight you could possibly get one or 
    two more before dying. And even if you donít youíll re-spawn with full health 
    faster then it would take to wait and heal. As with the other species you must 
    NOT be a wait and strike player if you want to get a lot of kills. While I 
    agree that a wait and strike strategy is more like the alien from the films, 
    game wise it will just put you at the bottom of every match. 
    The wall crawling ability: 
    While it can be useful for getting the drop on someone every now and then, it 
    can get severely disorienting. Unless you spend a LOT of time getting used to 
    it, you will likely find yourself confused about just where the hell you are 
    more often than not.
    The alien can be knocked down by EVERYONE:
    By far this is the biggest disadvantage the alien has. If you get in a fight 
    and someone knocks you down you ARE going to die. Unless they decide to take 
    pity on you instead and let you get back up. Make no mistake though, if you get 
    back up it IS because they let you.
    The best alien payer can be easily defeated with the pistol:
    I can personally attest to this. If you have decent melee skills you can EASILY 
    kill the best alien players with your pistol. It takes something like 10 or 12 
    shots and you have to REPEATEDLY counter and knock down the alien. But it CAN 
    be done and not with much difficulty. This is assuming they donít use the cheap 
    tactics I described before i.e. the jump heavy attack and the heavy fake-out 
    attack. If they donít do either of these things and fight you fairly, you can 
    beat them easily.
    No long range attacks:
    All of the other players have multiple long range attacks AS WELL AS some melee 
    abilities. The alien has nothing to fight with at a distance if the need arises 
    FORCING them into close quarters fights. Couple this with the awful melee 
    skills the alien does have and youíve got a nearly useless game character.
    The alien lunge attack rarely knocks down a human and NEVER knocks down a pred:
    The predator lunge attack will almost always knock down the alien AND the 
    marine but the alien can only ever HOPE to knock down a human. One upside is 
    that the lunge attack does a great deal of damage. Almost as much as a heavy 
    attack, which means you only need to hit a human once more with a light attack 
    to kill them. The only problem is the lunge doesnít stun the human. If you 
    lunge at a human and manage to hit them they have the opportunity to start 
    blocking. Which means you either HAVE to try a heavy attack which, again, can 
    easily be countered, or, more likely, youíll automatically go for a light 
    attack to finish them and get knocked to the ground. 					
    Setbacks aside, the alien has similar melee mechanics to the predator. It has a 
    slightly faster light attack so it can counter the predatorsí heavy attack more 
    easily than a predator can.
    Here are some strategies for the alien against the different species
    Alien vs. Alien:
    The only species you will ever be on fair footing with. Although as an alien 
    you have the option to go up on walls after other alien players who are hiding 
    their and knock them of with your tail attack. You have to be very quick to 
    catch up with them again though.
    If you feel like you HAVE to do a grab MAKE SURE itís safe to do so. Invariably 
    when I play alien players they do the grab every chance they get, so my advice 
    is if youíre going to do it try to make sure youíre not going to be immediately 
    killed afterwards. Otherwise just melee kill everyone and get the hell out of 
    there to fight someone else. Iíve tested this time and again and there really 
    is no better way to rack up kills than to go out and fight. If youíre good 
    enough you can take out about one person every 15 to 20 seconds. With grabs you 
    can only get an average of about one every 30 to 40 seconds. 
    Ultimately youíre going to want to stick with melee as you can potentially kill 
    more than one person in a fight if youíre fast enough and with a bit of luck.
    Alien vs. Marine:
    Can potentially be the hardest to kill depending on the play-style of the 
    marines and other preds in the match. If the marine is using the shotgun or 
    grenades itís going to be damn near impossible to get a lot of kills. Both are 
    almost as cheap as the pred weapons against an alien. The best shot you have 
    against someone using shotgun rounds is to get in behind them and do a light 
    attack. This will stun them for about a second giving you time to do a heavy 
    attack and kill them. You can try hiding on a wall and lunge at them and follow 
    up with a light attack but itís risky. If they see you coming or think to block 
    you will most likely get killed.
    Alien vs. Predator:
    Can potentially be the hardest to kill depending on the play-style of the 
    marines and other preds in the match. If the predator is using the plasma 
    caster or the disc itís going to be damn near impossible to get a lot of kills. 
    Your best bet is to try and close distance by ducking in and out of cover. If 
    there are marines on the map this can be a lot easier as the pred will likely 
    be in heat vision mode and not see you coming, at least, not as well. If you 
    can close the distance to about 15 to 20 feet start a heavy attack. But you 
    need to make sure itís a proper heavy attack and not the aliensí quick tail 
    whip. If you can connect the heavy attack before the predator fires you will 
    counter him. Follow that up immediately with another heavy and then a light and 
    the pred will go down. Never give predators using weapons a chance. If theyíre 
    cheap enough to use them theyíre cheap enough to do anything else thatís 
    Against predators using nothing but heavy attacks youíre going to have a hard 
    time as well. Keep in mind that the alien has a larger range than the predator 
    so if you know this is a heavy attack spammer try to start your own heavy from 
    as far away as possible to stop them. If you connect you have a couple of 
    options. You can just destroy them if you need to get out of there by doing 
    another heavy and a light. Or you can try and show them up by waiting for them 
    to try another heavy and countering it. If you go this way you HAVE to connect 
    another two light attacks. You will not be able to pull off a second heavy 
    attack after you counter them before they can hit you with a heavy of their 
    Even if the predator doesnít do either of these two cheap tactics it will still 
    be difficult fighting them because they have the ability to knock you down like 
    everyone else. Always keep in mind that the slightest mistake can lead to a 
    knock down and guaranteed death. 
    Ending note:
    I think the alien COULD have been a great character if the developers had just 
    tried a little harder. Giving the alien a long range attack for instance. Even 
    in the single player version you encounter acid spitting aliens. Why not 
    replace that useless screech with something like that. Or they could have even 
    implemented the face hugger into it. Imagine if scattered around each map were 
    alien eggs that worked like the other weapon pickups for the marine and 
    predator. You could then hide up in a dark space and send one of them out to 
    attack people. Or something like that, Iím sure it would have made the alien a 
    much deeper character.
    The Marine
    Probably the most balanced of the characters. Though not with out a couple of 
    cheap tricks of their own.
    The marine easily has the weakest melee attacks of any species but that doesnít 
    mean they arenít staggeringly effective. 
    The breakdown for the marinesí health looks like this
    Marine vs. Everyone: Approximately 30 strikes. But you have guns so why bother.
    The marine has a lot of strengths and not too many weaknesses. The combination 
    of your radar and good judgment can make you a formidable opponent if you have 
    good melee skills. Always shoot everything you can see if itís at a distance 
    and use your melee skills when fighting in close quarters.
    The marinesí melee abilities canít really be talked about without including 
    their weapons. All the weapons have strengths and weaknesses. Some have more 
    weaknesses than strengths but weíll get to that later.
    The one thing you should always keep in mind is that the pulse rifle (the gun 
    you start with) has a seemingly built in delay in its counter speed than ALL of 
    the other weapons. Where all of the other weapons can counter instantly upon 
    pressing the light attack button, the pulse rifle has about a half second to a 
    full second delay, Which may not sound like much but trust me it makes a WORLD 
    of difference.
    Strategies for the marine against other species are:
    Marine Vs Marine:
    Almost entirely straight forward, Point and shoot until dead. You will almost 
    NEVER have to worry about melee while fighting another marine. Even TRYING to 
    melee a marine is a guaranteed loss.
    Marine vs. Alien:
    Almost laughably easy, IF you know what youíre doing you can beat an alien 
    player with the pistol, and even the awful awful flamethrower. The only thing 
    you need to be very cautious of is aliens on a wall or ceiling, the jump heavy 
    attack, and the heavy attack fake-out. Either of these three can spell quick 
    To avoid the wall or ceiling tail attacks just stay clear of them. You need to 
    maintain a distance of about 15-20 feet away from an alien on a wall or ceiling 
    to keep from being tail attacked. If you see one and have a weapon that can 
    reach it from afar donít hesitate to open fire. If you have a shotgun you can 
    take a chance and get close but I donít recommend it. I find the use of the 
    shotgun against an alien to be distasteful any way, as well as the grenades. 
    But against an alien using equally cheap tactics I canít really blame you if 
    you decide to kill them that way. Face to face though, you should never do it 
    except in infestation. And the only reason itís ok then is because more often 
    than not if everyone is an alien they will all rush you and use every cheap 
    trick in the book just to prevent you from winning. 
    To beat the jump heavy attack itís mostly the same as face to face just about 3 
    times as hard, AND the alien can react unpredictably to being countered while 
    in the air. So just be cautious and shoot shoot shoot every chance you get. 
    Eventually they will try light attacking you and there are some good strategies 
    for when they try this as well. Iíll explain them in the fair fighting portion 
    of the marine guide.
    The heavy fake-out is one of the hardest things to predict when fighting the 
    alien, and even the predator. Just remember that ANY time you have the chance 
    to shoot DO SO. It dose not take many bullets to kill an alien and if your 
    timing is good you can kill an alien trying to heavy attack you before the 
    heavy attack even finishes, which means if they try to fake you out you just 
    keep shooting and theyíll go down easy.
    For fair fighting aliens (that is, aliens who fight you face to face and commit 
    to every attack without using the cheap tricks described above) you should tone 
    down your efforts a little as well. If they have the decency to fight you 
    fairly you should return that in kind. For instance let them get close enough 
    to actually have a chance at fighting you before shooting at them, donít use 
    the shotgun OR the grenades, and allow them to get up from time to time if you 
    knock them down. 
    In a melee fight against an alien you have a number of options as the marine. 
    First and foremost is offense. Shooting and shooting and more shooting. If you 
    get in close, things get a little trickier. If the alien goes for a heavy, you 
    light attack them to counter and then shoot till dead. If they go for a light 
    attack block and counter theyíll fall down and again shoot till dead. IF THEY 
    LAND ONE LIGHT ATTACK they WILL get another before you can block. One more 
    light attack after that and youíre dead BUT, you CAN BLOCK AFTER THE SECOND 
    LIGHT ATTACK. Almost ALL aliens will go for that third light attack because 
    they know thatís all they need to kill you. If you block and counter you can 
    completely turn the fight around.
    Even though you can knock the alien down there are still a couple of odd bugs. 
    These are almost ONLY ever encountered while killing the alien with the pistol 
    or another weak weapon. If you block and counter the alien once knocking it 
    down and let it get up you canít knock it down again until youíve blocked it 
    twice. In other words, if you block and counter an alien, let it get up, and it 
    tries another light attack, you can block it but you canít knock it down. You 
    have to wait until the next attack after that to start countering again.
    So it works like this, block counter block block counter block block counter 
    etc etc. if you decide to take on the alien with a weak gun to test your skills 
    keep this in mind. Also keep in mind that the alien heavy attack can ALWAYS be 
    countered if you see it coming in time
    Marine vs. Predator:
    By far the hardest species to beat even playing a fair fighting predator 
    player. Against a weapon only predator or a heavy attack exploiting predator 
    youíre going to have a hell of a time. A predator using weapons is going to be 
    standing still A LOT, which means their cloaking is going to be much harder to 
    see (the preds cloaking shimmers and breaks up in places while moving) and it 
    only takes a couple seconds to get a lock on with the plasma caster and kill 
    you. It also only takes about 5 seconds for a predator to recharge their 
    energy. All of this adds up to a very unfair UNFUN playing experience. You CAN 
    defeat a pred player that plays like this but itís going to be very VERY hard. 
    The first thing you need is the smart-gun so that you can get a fix on them. 
    You then also need lots and lots of cover. You need to be able to get behind 
    something quickly in order to take them out. Also try to hang out in spots 
    where the plasma caster is to try and catch the predator before he has a chance 
    to pick it up. Youíre also going to need to be on a careful lookout for mines. 
    Although, predators that go straight for the caster tend not to bother with 
    mines, and vice versa. Even being on your very best game, fighting a player 
    like this is not likely going to go well.
    The heavy attack spamming predator is SLIGHTLY easier to kill than other 
    species because youíre bullets kill them faster than any melee attacks will. 
    But you HAVE to know itís coming. These types of players will run around more 
    so itís easier to spot them but itís still difficult to kill them before they 
    get to you. Youíre going to want to stick with the shotgun. Because as soon as 
    they go for that heavy you need to counter it and the shotgun counters faster 
    than the pulse rifle (along with every other weapon) and deals the most damage 
    at close range. Always use the alternative fire for the shot gun. This shoots 
    both barrels at once and so doubles the amount of damage you deal. Just be sure 
    to make every shot count. You canít afford to miss. As soon as you counter 
    start unloading shotgun shells into the pred and he should go down.
    Against a fair fighting predator (one that doesnít hide in a corner waiting for 
    you to happen by or using weapons or any of the cheap stuff Iíve described 
    above) itís still going to be hard. Youíre going to need to rely on two things 
    almost exclusively, your radar and sound. Your radar lets you know where things 
    are in terms of distance away from you on a horizontal plane. It does not give 
    you any indication of where things are above or below you. Pay very careful 
    attention to this and listen VERY hard for the predatorsí growl. 9 times out of 
    ten this is the sound of the predator lunging at you. With some luck you will 
    be facing the predator because you were using your radar and have the ability 
    to block (you can block ALL lunge attacks) and counter. As soon as you counter 
    open fire. Sometimes the predator will be able to pull off a light attack just 
    before being countered and stun you. The next attack by the predator will 
    almost always then be a heavy attack because thatís all he will need to finish 
    you off. If you block and counter the lunge and get hit with a light attack 
    immediately try to counter the predatorsí heavy attack. If you are successful 
    you can then shoot him to death.
    About Grabs (applies to ALL species)
    One more thing to keep in mind as ANY species in regards to being grabbed. 
    First of all, all grabs from behind are instant kills. There is nothing you can 
    do to survive being grabbed from behind. If the animation for it starts, you 
    WILL die regardless of all other circumstances. This means if you get grabbed 
    and the grabber dies before he actually finishes killing you, you STILL die and 
    the grabber gets a point. HOWEVER, there are a number of ways you can escape 
    being grabbed from the front and most of them only work if the person doing the 
    grabbing makes a mistake.
    It works like this
    As a marine: 
    1.) If a predator or alien lunges at you and knocks you down 
    You will survive a lunge grab as long as you have at least a small portion of 
    health in your third bar. In other words if you havenít lost a COMPLETE bar of 
    health when you get grabbed you will survive.
    2.) If a predator or alien blocks and counters you and you fall down
    You will survive this with the same circumstances as number 1. In all other 
    cases you WILL get killed as a marine. Anything beyond that first bar of health 
    is a guaranteed death if you get grabbed FOR ANY REASON.
    As an alien OR a Predator:
    1.) Same as one and two for the marine. If you have full health before getting 
    knocked down you will survive a frontal grab.
    2.) You can survive ONE heavy attack and a follow-up grab. In other words if 
    you have full health and are then heavy attacked the attacker will be given the 
    prompt to grab you. If they do so you WILL survive. 
    You WILL NOT survive a grab if it is performed after being light attacked once 
    and then heavy attacked OR being light attacked twice in the case of the alien 
    or three times in the case of the predator. Itís also possible to walk around 
    behind a knocked down opponent and perform a grab from behind. 
    Possible defenses after surviving a grab:
    Number one thing to do is start BLOCKING. Frontal grabs take a HUGE amount of 
    health away from you but not all of it (this is why you have to be damaged 
    first before getting grabbed from the front for it to work). The reason you 
    start blocking is because you only need to be hit one or two more times to be 
    killed and MOST people will try to light attack you to finish the job. If you 
    are blocking you can counter them and turn the whole fight around.
    If they go for a heavy attack you will be ready to counter it as well. If you 
    are a marine player you will have the easiest time killing someone who tried to 
    grab you because after one counter of any kind you can kill them very quickly 
    with bullets. Chances are youíll be looking them right in the face already. As 
    the predator or alien itís a little harder because you have to worry about 
    committing to your attacks and itís not terribly hard to counter them if you 
    arenít careful.
    I hope this guide is useful to all of you who play this great game.