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"What's a Venber?"
"An alien race from a frozen moon several dozen light-years from here. We learned about them in school. They were among the earliest evidence we obtained of life beyond our own planet. But the Venber have been extinct for thousands of years."
Rachel and Ax[src]

The Venber are an extinct race of non-carbon-based lifeforms, originating from a frozen moon called Venbea.


"They were a primitive species with a highly unusual physiology. Unique, actually. They do not seem to have required radiant energy of any kind. Obviously they are not carbon-based."

The Venber were a primitive race that lived on frozen moon called Venbea located several dozen light-years from Earth. Unlike other aliens, the Venber weren't carbon-based lifeforms, they were made of a substance that would be melted at room temperature. They're about eight-feet tall, humanoid, with heads shaped like a hammerhead shark with big, dark globs on each side for eyes, and flashes of blood-red and midnight-blue running along their flanks, shoulders, and converging in their faces. They have two thick upper arms growing out of their broad shoulders. The upper arms split at the elbows to make two forearms and they used two of their forearms, one right and one left, to propel themselves forward like ski poles on their ski-like feet. They are also able to use echolocation.


Hunted to Extinction[]

"The Five discovered the Venber and began to trap and export them. [...] They basically harvested the Venber. It seems that a Venber melts, burns, in any case becomes liquid at temperatures above freezing. And the resulting liquid has many uses. Particularly in the creation of superconductors for the primitive computers of that era. [...] They annihilated a sentient species to speed their computers. The Venber disappeared."

The Venber were one of the earliest evidence the Andalites obtained of life beyond their own planet toward the dawn of Andalite space travel. The Venber were discovered by another alien race called The Five, who began to trap, export and harvest the Venber. A Venber melts at temperatures above freezing, and the resulting liquid was used as a superconductor for The Five's computers. The Five were then eliminated by early generation Andalites.

Hybrid Clones[]

"If the Venber are extinct, why are they trying to kill us?"
"I can only speculate. I suspect that because of temperatures on Venbea, the Yeerks were able to retrieve some intact genetic material from Venber corpses. [...] Probably they coupled the Venber DNA with some other species. These would be a hybrid: part Venber, part something else. [...] Those Venber may be a hybrid of Venber... and humans."
Marco and Ax[src]

The Yeerks had used Venber DNA from a few preserved specimens, and genetically-engineered them with human DNA to make vicious and adaptable hybrids to guard their Arctic Kandrona base. As a Yeerk would freeze to death inside a Venber's head, the Yeerks had microchips put into the head of the Venber hybrids, making them completely obey the Yeerks.[1]