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Biographical information
Physical description

neuter (Chitinid Alien)


5'10" (1.78 m)[1]


190 lbs. (86 kg)[1]


Railgun, Plasma Gun, Rocket Launcher


Regeneration, Battle Suit

Additional information
It is what we do. It is destiny. It is joy.

—Klesk, while chasing its prey

Klesk is one of the many playable characters in Quake 3 Arena. Klesk is an alien mystic and a religious zealot but as it is an Arena Lord of Tier 3, it terrifies all but oneself at Hell's Gate (q3tourney3); it is a challenge. Hell's Gate is a tight map centered around the Railgun and Plasma Gun fights.

It prefers the Railgun, but will go for the Rocket Launcher or the Plasma Gun if it gets the chance. It will fall back on the Shotgun if it needs to. Its own tourney map includes the Battle Suit but it favors Regeneration more if the skirmish map has it.

It is a Chitinid alien (which are hive-minded creatures), and has large metallic spikes protruding from its back. The blood stains on the claws and spikes are noticeable and contrasted with its gold yellow skin. Its other names on chat lines are; "Bug", "Scum-sucker" and "corpse-gobbler".

Quake III bioEdit

"Yekki-kampt-nikka-klesk-ki-kampt-pikka" means "people of one mind" in this chitinid's chittering tongue. But this being no longer touches the one mind. New voices speak to it, telling it that once it stills the churning minds that clutter the psychic plane around it, it will become the progenitor of a new and powerful people.[1]


Be warned, although it isn't a Xaero, it still is rather accurate with the railgun. Klesk is the first boss fight where holding control of railgun matters. Keep the Heavy Armor room beneath the Railgun spawn under control and pick it before it does.

It is important for it to keep line of sight with you or else it might give up easily. Taking covers, doing surprise corner attacks, hit-and-runs pretty much works on it. If you want an advantage when playing against him, stand at the rear pillars near the Railgun spawn and use them for cover. Standing by pillars also allow you to check on Heavy Armor spawn below.

If it manages to out-throne you down from there, fall back to Plasma Gun side of the map. Keep ahold of the Light Armor pickup and try to get the Battle Suit by attacking from wings with the RL and pressure it out from there. Plasma Gun is a valid idea to burn its armor and health down if it grabbed the Battle Suit.

On low difficulty settings, Klesk runs in a straight line across the map, easy enough to rail. It gets progressively better at dodging as you go up in difficulty. At Nightmare difficulty, it is very accurate with its Railgun. Make sure it doesn't get the Railgun if you want to live.

Klesk is pretty aware of advantages and disadvantages of the situations. When it only holds a Machine Gun or in case you're possessing a power-up, it can swiftly escape and evade you to find the weapons he's better with and heal up. However, he also has that obsession of taking the Railgun off from your hands.


It is featured along with Sarge on the cover of the PS2 port of Quake 3 called Quake 3 Revolution.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [1], Quake III Arena Warriors, Klesk.

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