P xaero
Biographical information
Physical description

Male (enhanced human)[1]


5'10" (1.78 m)[1]


290 lbs. (131 kg)[1]


Railgun, Rocket Launcher, BFG10k


Quad Damage, Invisibility

Additional information
My soul for a true challenge!


Xaero is the final boss of Quake 3 Arena and among the most challenging bots in the game. Xaero watches over Arena Eternal, as it kills off the high ranking warriors and waiting for one to stand out to challenge him.

The player faces Xaero in Tier 7 (Tier Z) on its only map "The Very End of You" (q3tourney6), after completing the first 6 Tiers whilst competing with fellow hopefuls.

In all difficulty levels his reaction time is same and a bit below the average but it's still very quick for new players. He also gets mention as "Honored Master", "Mr.X", "Number 1", "Numero Uno", "Baldo" in chat lines. His shiny bald head and enhanced monk body harmonized with death itself.

Description Edit

No warrior of the Arenas Eternal is more sure or more deadly than Xaero. Death and destruction is his mantra and through aeons of victories throughout the Arenas, he has become one with their echoing halls. Still awaiting the lesson of humility, Xaero will only ascend to the rank of Chosen, finding death match Nirvana when and if he finds someone worthy enough to vanquish him.[1]

Strategies Edit

As the last opponent in the eternal arena, he is difficult to beat no matter what difficulty one is on. He is incredibly accurate, so be wary when he picks up the Railgun like Klesk. Xaero has the same reaction time at all difficulties, but his accuracy and turning speed easily tops other bots. The number one rule to survival is to know exactly where Xaero is at all times. As soon as you make a kill, locate him as quickly as possible, allowing you to know where to hide as you plan your next attack.

  • The best strategy to use, but often looked down upon, is the chicken method. Simply pick up the Railgun, stay where you are, and rail him. Listen to the respawn sound, get behind the corners of pillars, peeking between small sight gaps as you hear him, and check on the Rocket Launcher spawn from time to time.
  • When in the open and you're facing him at long distance, crouch and strafe when you feel like he's going to shoot his rail. Crouching in time and strafing opposite side with him makes you a smaller target, therefore he'll most likely miss his shot and you can counter it afterward. It is better if you can take cover behind pillars and peek out slowly.
  • Try placing yourself between two pillars at your sides and take a look at the across platform when you fragged him. Retreat and stick close to pillars' corners when you locate him. It's important to steer behind pillars to hide after taking a Rail shot just before he fires his own. Xaero's position changes with every respawn, try to take cover properly.
  • When he respawns behind you, he'll generally sneaks upon RL spawn but he can try to a surprise attack from your behind by picking up Railgun. Keep an eye on the RG spawn always, don't overextend to front. Leaving him Railgun as you bounce across gets you a shot on your back. Try to guard the Railgun spawn if he's nearby.
  • When he jumped towards from across as you're stuck, use Rocket Launcher to keep him away from Railgun spawn. Don't be afraid to choke fire to weaken him. Do the finishing touch with Railgun if you're positioned thoroughly. At close combat he can't lead his rail shots quick enough if you circle strafe him fast
  • If he's low at health after respawning closeby and you grabbed the nearby Railgun already, he'll try to secure the health globes by throttle firing their way or steer towards the Rocket Launcher to retaliate.
  • When you're newly respawned or stuck with low health, if you keep BFG10k platform closed by shooting the switch, he'll be forced to jump towards you. When that happens, simply go to the other side and continue shooting him. If he respawn near or jump closer with accelerator pad, simply grab the Railgun then fall to the RL side of the platform to bait him.
  • BFG10k can be secured if you pre-emptively shoot the crushing ceiling trigger then take the accelerator pad at the count of 2 seconds. If your calculations are right as you fling towards it, the ceiling will rise and allow you to grab BFG then hopefully scram away before Xaero can re-activate it or rail you.
  • If he's at the across platform and you're newly respawned, it's wise to evade a direct faceoff and position yourself at the other end of the platform. From a rear angle, middle pillars will cover a wider area and can be abused to fake your movement better. Stutter steps behind pillar corners can bait him into missing and both accelerator pads provide cover when choke firing at the across platform to pin him.
  • As you throttle fire at the hovering Heavy Armor/PT spawn in the midst of the arena with a Rocket Launcher, he'll rise for BFG10k instead. That's where you can crush him or attempt to get an important item as he's busy. You can treat all important items you see as red herrings until you manipulated his moves by hiding or locking him out.
  • When he rises to reach BFG platform or jump to the other side of the map, you can sneak upon the Megahealth (2 min spawn timer) at the middle of the map by a shuttle platform, or another important item. However that's a very risky attempt at harder difficulties but not impossible. Player may have to take a good acceleration and time the moving platform to be a middle stepping stone on their double hop as they attempt a strafe-jump to the Megahealth. Alas, waiting around the lift may make you an open target if you couldn't manipulate Xaero to rise for BFG or send him back to look for heal recently.
  • Two important items spawn in a row at the middle of the map between two gigantic platform; Heavy Armor and Personal Teleporter every 30 seconds. Use air steering (plain strafing to the sides without trying to backpedal or move forward) in an attempt to gather them or Xaero might blow you away to your hazardous death. Try to deny his mid-air lunges with Railgun when you notice him.
  • If he got his hands on BFG10k stay away from him. You can even try to rise for the BFG after he got it or attempt to pickup more important items. He has a relatively low accuracy with BFG10k; he will always aim directly at you instead of leading the shot or hitting the platform switch until he runs outta ammo with it, If possible get the BFG and Foqing kill him.
  • Xaero is considerably accurate with his Machine Gun when he uses it. Instead of trying to get a clear shot with the Railgun from up close, you should take cover behind a pillar and then take your next action according to the situation.


  • All the bots in Quake III Arena are based on Gladiator Bots of Quake 2, back in the day. It's presumed that Xaero is based on bot Zero, from Gladiator Bots.[2]
  • Crash mentions him in her chatlines to prank the player, besides Doom.
  • After the player defeats him, a small endgame cutscene is shown about how Xaero finally ascended.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 [1], Quake III warrior description.
  2. [2], Predecessor of Xaero