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Beta wave emitters are meant to control wasteland creatures and animals captured in cages. Any released creature under the influence of an active emitter will refrain from attacking the Sole Survivor, their companions, and any resident settlers, however they can still occasionally attack other tamed creatures that are not of their own species. Any survivors will then prowl the area and defend it against outside aggressors, adding a race-specific value to the settlement's defense rating without taking up a settler slot. The creatures can therefore be used as a mobile defense force of varying power.
It is important to note that hosting captured non-domesticated creatures of any kind in a settlement will make that settlement the target of regular attacks by other members of the captured species or faction. More often than not, the amount of defenses necessary to repel these attacks outweighs the benefits of the captured creatures by far, especially since the latter will not fight against their own kind. Players are advised to set up independent defenses of sufficient strength before they begin to tame the more powerful creatures.
Nuclear material (5)
Beta wave emitter (1)
A beta wave emitter requires 1 unit of power to work, and is effective throughout the settlement in which it was built.
Creature defense ratingsEdit
- Bloodbug: 3
- Brahmin: 0 (provides resource bonuses instead)
- Cat: 0 (boosts settlement happiness instead)
- Deathclaw: 10
- Feral ghoul: 4
- Gorilla: 10 (also boosts happiness)
- Junkyard dog: 5 (also boosts happiness)
- Mirelurk: 6
- Mole rat: 4
- Mongrel: 4
- Mutant hound: 5
- Radroach: 1
- Radscorpion: 7
- Radstag: 2
- Yao guai: 7
These numbers are independent from the respective creatures' subtypes; a mythic deathclaw adds the same value to a settlement's defense rating as a standard deathclaw, but will of course be much more powerful in actual combat.
Radstag variants "yearling" and "doe" give no defense rating, however, "standard", "albino", "rabid", and "glowing" variants add 2 defense.
Note that these values' comparability to those of turrets is somewhat debatable. A heavy laser turret for instance provides a defence rating of 12 but will have serious trouble with taking down most mid to high-level attackers on its own, especially during the later game stages. A powerful levelled deathclaw variant on the other hand can wipe out an entire raiding party of the same level single-handedly in no time despite boasting a lower defence rating than the turret. Other predator species might not entirely play in the same league as deathclaws but can devastate groups of hostiles regardless - a lone Deathskull Radscorpion or Dusky Yao Guai is more than capable of holding its own against anything short of roaming deathclaw packs. Even some feral ghouls can prove themselves a nasty roadblock for many would-be attackers.
Conversely, creatures like mutant hounds and even most mirelurks usually won't make it very far despite their good ratings, which is somewhat irritating in the case of the latter considering how difficult it can be for the player to shoot down a charging mirelurk.
- Tamed creatures are still susceptible to Animal Friend or Wasteland Whisperer pacification attempts. Doing so is almost guaranteed to succeed but will not give the player actual control over the creature regardless of perk level. The pacified creature will turn hostile as soon as the Sole Survivor holsters their weapon, however, thus making it ill-advised to use any of those perks on already tamed creatures.
- In addition, taming a creature will only affect the relationship between a creature, settlement members, the Sole Survivor and any companion. It will not make a creature friendly towards creatures of a different kind which it is ordinarily hostile - even if both creatures are tamed.
- It is also possible that tamed creatures will become hostile towards the player and their companions/settlers should the emitter be turned off, so use caution when making changes to your electrical work. For the same reason, it is also advisable to build or place emitters in locations attack groups can't easily reach, as they can get damaged and stop working, which immediately makes any tamed creature hostile as well.
- Captured Gunners, raiders and super mutants are not affected by this device, and will attack the player, settlers, robots or player companions on sight when released from their respective cages.