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Giant Ant
variations: Giant ant
Tough giant ant
Image:G ant.gif
Giant Ant
variations: Giant Worker Ant
Giant Soldier Ant
Giant Ant Queen
base id: 0001CF81 (worker)
0001CF80 (soldier)
0001CF7F (queen)
00032909 (forager)

Fallout 3 concept art


Giant ants are the effect of nuclear fallout mutating regular ants. What they lack in individual fortitude, they make up for with relentless attacks and swarm tactics. Their exoskeleton isn't particularly thick, but it can turn aside weak punches and dull knives. Their mandibles can cut through most leather and plastic with ease, even snapping bone on a lucky shot. Giant ants become particularly aggressive when their queen is threatened[1].

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Variations

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Fallout 2

A giant ant species found in Northern California and Oregon lives mainly in dark places, often underground. Areas where they appear include Arroyo and Broken Hills. A stronger variant called a "tough giant ant" also exists.

Stats

SPECIAL
Statistic Value
Strength 2+
Perception 2
Endurance 1
Charisma 1
Intelligence 1
Agility 4
Luck 1
XP 25
Derived Statistics
Statistic Value
Carry Weight 50
Sequence 9
Hit Points 6
Healing Rate 1
Armor Class 4
Action Points 5
Critical Chance 1
Unarmed Damage 0
Melee Damage 2
Defense
Type Resistance Threshold
Normal 0% 0%
Laser 0% 0%
Fire 0% 0%
Plasma 0% 0%
Explosive 0% 0%
Electrical 0% 0%
EMP 500% 0%
Poison 5%
Radiation 2%
Skills
Skill Value
Small Guns 0
Big Guns 0
Energy Weapons 0
Unarmed 25%
Melee Weapons 35%
Throwing 0


Fallout 3

A larger species of giant ants, with horned-looking skin can be found on the East Coast (e.g. Springvale). They are better adjusted to daylight than their California cousins. There are four variants of these ants in Fallout 3: Workers, soldiers, warriors and queens.

Ant Nectar can be occasionly be looted from their refuse piles (found in their lairs).

The fire ants are another variation of giant ants that is even more mutated than the "regular" giant bugs. Their name comes from their ability to literally breathe fire, similarly to the fire geckos from the Core Region. This species includes two more sub-classes of Fire Ant, the Warrior, a rather more dangerous Soldier variant; and the Nest Guardian, an even more powerful Warrior. Fortunately, there are only five of this class in total.

These ants drop another kind of Ant Nectar, named Fire Ant Nectar.

There are several dead Giant ants outside Megaton. Given that the scouting report from the Overseer's terminal mentioning giant ants outside of Megaton is from 2241, it can be assumed the ants were killed by Stockholm and Deputy Weld, as they constantly guard the entrance.

A colony of friendly forager ants can be found in Shalebridge. Unlike most Giant Ants, this colony is peaceful towards humans. It is under attack by a hostile, more aggressive colony of rival Giant Ants. Players can help the forager ants by traveling into the rival ant nest and killing their Giant Ant Queen.

Van Buren

Giant albino ant
location: Midwest
The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Another rare variation are giant albino ants, found in the Hoover Dam Scum Pits. Their exoskeleton is a very pale yellow that almost looks white, their eyes glow red like the rats, and their mandibles glow green and drip a green, acidic fluid. These ants live in a nest back in the office area and, luckily, are not prolific. But they are hungry, and they do come out fairly often to catch and drag a rat or leech back into its dark lair[2].

Appearances in games

Giant ants appear in Fallout 2 and Fallout 3. A friendly giant ant called Mr. Pinch is used as a mount by the Puppet Man in the official One Man, and a Crate of Puppets comic by Penny Arcade.

Behind the scenes

Like many other creatures in the Fallout series, the giant ant draws a large amount from the background lore of old black and white cinema, particularly the movie Them, where creatures were mutated into enormous versions of their former selves in unbelievable ways by nuclear radiation. They have appeared in the weekly Penny Arcade comic with the one shown carrying the Vault 77 Dweller which has been nicknamed Mr. Pinch. They are very large and have no special abilities other than the ability to nip you with their pincers, which are crippling. They are normally found by bogs and will charge the player when he steps on it. Presumably, the bogs are a byproduct of ant nests and the ants are roused by the noise above them. So naturally, they rush to defend their colony.

References

  1. J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG
  2. Hoover Dam design document
Creatures in the Fallout games

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

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