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A Drinol render.
Drinol concept art.
Concept fight pose.

The Drinol are Covenant beasts that did not make it into Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, or Halo 3, and it is unknown if they will be seen in future products of the Halo universe.

In the Behind the Scenes DVD, Drinol are described as huge beasts that are kept contained and segregated from the other forces. Possessing phenomenal strength, they are often used to smash enemy vehicles.

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Resemblances

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Flood Tank Form

Drinols may have inspired a Flood form from Halo 3 known as the Tank Form. The appearance is similar, but the Tank has a hollowed stomach and has a darker tan color. They perform the same job as they did in Marathon: Strong, slow moving creatures. They even have a similar growl which indeed sounds like "drinniol". The Tank Form is even stronger as it can take a player out in a single swing from its mighty arms on Heroic and Legendary. They are nowhere near as resilient as their Drinol concepts, however, and are especially vulnerable to plasma and fire-based weapons. It is unknown if the Drinol was to have a similar weak point, or if it would just be a damage sponge, much like the Jiralhanae's first appearance in Halo 2.

Flood Juggernaut

They could have also inspired the Flood Juggernaut, which was in the game code for Halo 2 but was removed half-way through. Bungie removed the Juggernaut due to the fact that it could kill the Chief in one swipe.

Hunter

It was possible that it could have been a replacement for the Hunters in the Covenant Loyalist military in Halo 3, but was instead scrapped for the Hunter to keep players from being confused about which alien was with which faction. Drinols are also similar to Hunters in size and anti-vehicular purposes, as Hunters are considered "tank-killers" in Halo Wars.

Grunt

The Drinols' body has a similar proportion and stance as Grunts.

Brute

Drinols are said to smash vehicles, similar to the way Brutes go berserk.

How about this for a Halo 2 creature you've never heard of before: a Drinol Beast, a sort of hairless, gray monster with one eye - although there are other drawings of it with two eyes so you can't take for granted that it's going to make the final game.
--Gamesradar article

Marathon Connection

The Hulk greatly resembles the Drinol.

Bungie enjoys placing links to their previous game franchise Marathon into Halo.

From a description of an enemy in Marathon:

The Hulk is an enormous and rather slow creature, but it is incredibly strong. The science report indicated that it had no body fat, and therefore had to be fed often to keep it active. One crew member reported seeing one of these creatures pointing to it and mumbling "Drinniol" right before it "picked Johnny up by the shirt and crushed him against a pillar".
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They appeared in two levels in Marathon, and seem to be slow as mentioned above but also unintelligent. With spike-like organs on its skin. The Hulk is pure muscle and most likely ate every hour or so.

Trivia

  • It has been speculated that Drinols and Sharquoi are the same species, just a different rank, or a different name for the same species, though the latter is more unlikely as Drinol does not sound like a Human nickname.
Deleted Material
Deleted Levels Forerunner Tank · Covenant Ship · Guardian Forest
Deleted Weapons EMP Rifle · Machete · M179 Projectile · Gravity Rifle · Gravity Wrench
Deleted Vehicles (UNSC) UNSC Shield Ship · Kestrel · Aardvark · AirCare Ambulance · Strike Fighter · Falcon · Fox Cannon · Cougar · Grackle · Rhino (Aircraft) · Doozy · Scorpion (Lash) · Scorpion (Venom) · 2 Tickets to the Gun Show
Deleted Vehicles (Covenant) Air Artillery · Gorgon · Runner-class Transport
Deleted Species Alien Trooper · Arctic Beast · Arctic Ice Hound· Drinol · Special Purpose Sniper · Stalker · Psion · Rogue · Keelbug · Sentients · Blind Wolf · Jaggmaw Sawtail · Doberman Gator · Harvest Whale · Eel-snake creature
Deleted Flood Forms Flood Juggernaut · Shielded Flood Carriers · Flood Infector Form · Flood Transport Form · Flood Stealth Form
Other Body Bags · Drill grounds · Early Halo 2 Script
Deleted Covenant species
Alien Trooper | Drinol | Special Purpose Sniper | Stalker | Keelbug

This article uses material from the "Drinol" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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