If X can do Y and Z beats X then Z also beats Y is pretty silly logic. That’s like saying “Charmander beats Bulbasaur, and Squirtle beats Charmander, so Squirtle also beats Bulbasaur.” Different situation, but same argument.
Predators do well against armed humans because they’re constantly cloaked and have superior firepower. The cloaking advantage is gone against Xenomorphs. Otherwise, they’ve got really bad melee skills, and their durability is questionable.
Predators can tank and no-sell a lot of blunt force trauma, but piercing, cutting, tearing and things like that, things that Xenomorphs excel in, seem to kill them pretty easily, or at least cause them great pain.
Here’s a Predator having a mega spaz as he bleeds like crazy before falling unconcious from a slug shotgun or rifle like weapon.
It’s also the same Predator that lost in a CQC duel of Smart Discs to an LA cop who’s never used Smart Discs before while the Predator’s probably been using them for years.
Sure you can say ‘but Aliens die to smaller guns.’ Yeah, if you want to focus on one specific lowball in a situation that still doomed one of the Marines. A gun that was top-of-the-line and military grade. Those same bullets ricochet off an Alien 30 seconds later
The Marines’ weapons only got stronger as you got better, up to armor-piercing and explosively tipped rounds in Pulse Rifles and Smartguns. Would tear up a Predator just the same.
Here’s one Xenomorph tanking blasts from two shotguns from Alien Isolation’s tie-in.
No acid damage to the surrounding environment.
Here are some other common arguments I see all the time
Predators beat up Arnie/Dutch
Arnie who probably hasn’t eaten much, slept much, and already got wounded by a plasma caster in the shoulder. It’s good that hitting him far enough means they can casually smack 200+ pounds around, but it’s not like Arnie was going to put up much of a fight anyways. Compare to Royce who, with similar clever planning, smacked the shit out of the Berserker.
Meanwhile, at Dark Horse Comics, you’ve got Predators kicking fully loaded military trucks over, ripping off tank armor with their bare hands, crumpling steel doors, someone even told me a Predator singlehandedly punched a fucking attack helicopter out of the sky. It’s a wonder that with such strength that the first Predator didn’t immediately break Arnie’s neck - obvious answer is that they got buffed in DHC’s works.
Predators > Guys with Guns > Aliens
How are you going to accurately shoot something you can’t even see? That clip I linked shows exactly why Predators are always cloaked. We still see Predators roar out in pain when they heal themselves after getting leg wounds from a few bullets. One Predator (who belongs in a clan with the sole purpose of not being honorable) dies in a sword duel with a Yakuza Enforcer. Berserker Predator yelps and screams in pain both times he’s shot by a sniper rifle. A Predator’s cloaking is their biggest advantage, and Xenomorphs see right through it because they detect pheromones, which the Predators would still be giving off.
But then with Dark Horse you get shit like this
The bias at Dark Horse is real.