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Picard: They hit us with their weapons but I'll just fire a warning shot
The Husnock Ship firing its weapons.
it takes a lickin' and it keeps on tickin'!

The Husnock are an alien of the week blamed for attacking a Federation colony on Rana IV (TNG "Survivors"). In the aftermath of that attack they are extinct, if they ever actually existed.

Dubious Existence

The only evidence for the existence of the Husnock race is the word of the Douwd, who claimed to have exterminated all of them after his human wife was killed in their attack on Rana IV. He claimed to have completely wiped them out -- all 50 billion of them -- and no remains of their civilization have ever appeared. It is entirely possible that they are a made-up scape-goat.


The Douwd described the Husnock as "a race of hideous intelligence, who knew only aggression and destruction." Even assuming they actually existed, this is a questionable description, as it seems unlikely that a race with such behavior could build a thriving civilization.

The Douwd created an "illusionary" Husnock starship to attack the Enterprise-D when it came to investigate a distress signal from the Rana IV colony.

  • This ship had five times the mass of the Enterprise and carried "enough firepower to pulverize a planet".
  • The ship was quoted as firing "jacketed streams of positrons and anti-protons" with an "equivalent firepower" ranging from 40 MegaWatts to 400 GigaWatts (presumably equivalent to a phaser array drawing the same amount of power). Three of the high-end shots brought down the shields of the USS Enterprise, and the third volley caused enough internal damage to force the Enterprise to retreat.
  • The shields of the vessel withstood an alpha strike and subsequent sustained fire from the Enterprise with no noticeable damage.

If the Husnock were real, and this ship was representative of their capabilities, they would have been one of the most powerful and dangerous civilizations in the Alpha Quadrant.