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Radroach
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Radroach in Fallout Tactics

Great American Cockroaches, colloquially called Radroaches or simply giant cockroaches, are giant versions of the original cockroach species mutated by atomic radiation.

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General characteristics

Found mainly in underground areas and sewers across North America, these creatures can usually be found in fairly large groups. They feed on the dead, but will go after living creatures if isolated. Their numbers are usually their greatest advantage. Radroaches live mostly in the areas east of California.

It is said that radroach guts are actually useful in the treatment of radiation poisoning, and are widely used by tribals for that purpose.

Variations

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Capital Wasteland

Radroaches in the Capital Wasteland look similar to real-life cockroaches. The mutations they have undergone include massively increased size, and now they are about as large as house cats.

Radroaches will attack, however, if the player seems to threaten them, either by having a weapon drawn, invading their territory, battling another enemy nearby (which is limited to less than a foot around the creature), or attacking them directly. Generally, they will spread their wings in warning when they're about to attack. Companions will attack them even when they don't attack or provoke the player.

Two named Radroaches appear in Fallout 3: Fluffy and Jitters.

Midwest

The following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.

In the Midwest, Radroaches are a common sight in the wasteland. As in the Capital Wasteland, they can be encountered nearly everywhere, from old buildings to plains. However, they are drastically different and more dangerous than those met in the Capital Wasteland. They have a big, protected main body and small legs, and their saliva is incredibly toxic. They are very aggressive and attack every human unlucky enough to encounter them.

The Midwestern Radroaches are more varied than their Capital Wasteland cousins. Three variations are known:

Small Radroach

The weakest of the radroaches, they can easily be killed. However, their bites can poison an opponent, and when they are in large groups, they can kill even a prepared combatant. Small radroaches are nearly the same size as their relatives in the Capital Wasteland.

Large Radroach

Similar to their smaller cousins, they are, however, larger (being approximately the same weight as a human) and have an ability to spit their toxic saliva.

Roachor

Roachor is a unique mutant Radroach encountered by the Warrior of Midwestern Brotherhood of Steel. He is an "advanced" version of a large radroach, who lived in the Peoria facility. It appears Roachor was affected by the high amount of radiation coming from a strange production device which was used in manufacturing fission batteries. He is even bigger than any large radroach, being the same size as a car, his body glowing with a greenish radioactivity. His poison is even deadlier than that of Midwestern radroaches. However, the Warrior succeeds in killing him.

Appearances

Radroaches appear in Fallout 3 and Fallout Tactics and were to appear in Van Buren. They were also mentioned in Fallout Bible 1.

Notes

  • The Radroach, according to an Enclave Officer's Field Research Terminal, is indeed descended from average American cockroaches. Furthermore, it determines their scientific denomination to be Animalia, Arthropodia, Insecta, Blattodea, Blattidae, Periplaneta ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periplaneta )
  • All Radroaches that appear in Fallout 3 are male. Apart from one pair of big appendages (so called cerci) they possess another pair of smaller appendages called styli that is characteristic for male cockroaches. (see Identification on http://bugguide.net/node/view/31622)
  • Most likely when you encounter a radroach there will usually be more than 3 in a close bundle

Bugs

  • In a rare case, they have been found to be non-hostile, or show up on your radar as a green bar rather than red. This has been seen in a few subway tunnels. It seems that they are usually friendly if they are skittering towards a set waypoint. Although they will not target the player, in a few metro tunnels the 'friendly' radroaches will target feral ghouls, often killing them. (Confirmed PS3,Xbox 360,PC)

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Creatures in the Fallout games

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

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