I don’t understand why the Predator shoots his spear when his helmet is off. Since they are laser-guided how does he know where they will go?

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The spears CAN be laser guided if the lasers are activated.

In this case the Predator does not know that this is the case, why would he, he's dealing with a primitive?

He assumes that the spears will travel in a straight line killing Naru and only realising too late that this is not the case.

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    I understand the spears CAN be laser guided.Naru places his helmet but doesn’t turn anything on.The helmet’s lasers come on when Feral activates the spears.I read they shoot at nearest heat source.Maybe I’m missing something.Thanks for reply😁
    – Shaneups
    Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 1:15

This bothered me as well. I can't add a comment to Paulie_D's answer, so in addition to that, my headcanon is that it is about range. The mask has to be close by for the targeting to work. Otherwise the arrows just fly straight.

The mud pit is not that close to the place where he lost the mask. He does not realize that Naru has carried the mask away and positioned it about two meters from where his head will be after she lures him into the pit. She doesn't need to know how to activate it, she understood what the red dots do, and she just needs a bit of luck.

Alternatively, the predator could be really stupid. He did not seem to understand how the targeting worked earlier in the movie, when he lost the mask for the first time. Maybe it was a gift, and he didn't read the instructions. Either works :-)

  • Yeah I guess so.You killed me with that last part🤣.Thanks for the reply.
    – Shaneups
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 2:49
  • I just realized if Feral has to be close to object for laser to active to fire that doesn’t jive when tried to shoot them when they were hiding in grass.He wasn’t close.🤔
    – Shaneups
    Commented Aug 21, 2022 at 2:55
  • This makes a lot more sense than PaulieD's answer: as an intelligent species, why would they not be aware of the effect of the (absence of the) helmet? Nice guess, +1
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 9:51

Out-of-universe, this is simply bad writing. The predators, or Yautja, are at least on par with humans when it comes to intelligence, so PaulieD's answer, that the predator doesn't realize the correlation between the helmet and a projectile's orbit, doesn't satisfy me. This specific predator already lost their helmet before, and they must have realised that their projectiles hit where they look (nicely indicated by those three dots they must necessarily see all the time) long before their HUD was unceremoniously removed - likely even before being dropped on Earth.

In-universe, vertigo jones's answer, that the alien is unaware of the close proximity of the helmet and concludes that manual targeting is activated, is a possibility, but I would like to add another option: anger. Their current prey has been eluding them this far, and managed to deeply wound them: they have been stabbed in several places, been shot in the back of the head, and lost an arm. This current prey keeps outsmarting them, even in close combat. It is certainly worth the trophy, but the humiliation clouds their judgement, and the predator just wants to get this over with, blindly shooting at a prey that is just out of physical reach.

  • "PaulieD's answer, that the predator doesn't realize the correlation between the helmet and a projectile's orbit" That is not what Paulie says. He says the predator didn't know the helmet was hidden nearby and that its guidance lasers were activated and aimed at him.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 11:22
  • @BCdotWEB He does not: he says the predator doesn't know that it's the case that the spears CAN be laser guided if the lasers are activated. Nowhere does he mention how the predator doesn't realize the helmet is hidden nearby, or that the distance between his weapon and the helmet is important somehow.
    – Joachim
    Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 12:37
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    My interpretation of @Paulie_D's answer is that the Predator was unaware that the laser guidance system was activated and aimed at him. However, this answer is likely correct in that the Predator fired the spear gun carelessly due to clouded judgment caused by anger and frustration. Commented Jan 1, 2023 at 2:25

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