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Bighorner
BigHorner
variantsBighorner
Bighorner bull
Bighorner calf
Young bighorner
Malnourished bighorner
Malnourished bighorner calf
Lost Mountain bighorner calf (Honest Hearts)
locationMojave Wasteland
Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm
Goodsprings
Jacobstown
Dead Horses Camp (Honest Hearts)
 
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Can't put a pack on them, they just lie down until you take it off

Easy Pete

Bighorners are creatures found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background

Bighorners are mutated bighorn sheep, descending from the areas' high mountains. While settlers use them for their horns, meat, and hides, it has been observed that the bull can usually be found in close proximity to a banana yucca fruit, making for rather effective herb tracking. Several settlements, such as Goodsprings and Jacobstown, have domesticated them in order to survive.

Characteristics

Biology

Bighorners are herbivorous and are primarily found in wild herds of three to seven in the Mojave Wasteland, or in domesticated drifts of varying size in settlements such as Goodsprings, near Jacobstown, Spring Mt. Ranch State Park or around Cottonwood Cove. Some more wild bighorners can also be found northwest of Snyder Prospector Camp.

They are generally "laid-back" beasts with surprisingly docile dispositions, in spite of being quite capable of being extremely dangerous when provoked. However, according to Easy Pete they cannot be used as pack animals, as "they just lie down until you take it off".

Gameplay attributes

In combat situations, bighorners are unique in that they are rarely outright hostile unlike several other creatures. Unprovoked bighorners, though marked as hostiles on the compass, will not actively pursue the player like other creatures, and, if left alone, are content to graze and mind their own business. They will not attack unless something comes with 4–5 feet of them or their young. If this barrier is trespassed, they will rear their heads up and bellow, at which point they will charge and ram into their foe.

Bighorners cannot take a huge amount of abuse (they are squarely on par with a radscorpion in terms of health), but their head-butting attacks are devastating, capable of sending enemies flying backwards or knocking them down. Bighorners can also run very fast, this makes them a very intimidating foe for lower level players.

Any critical shot is a killing blow against a bighorner.

Variants

Bighorner

BigHorner

A regular bighorner with all the attributes mentioned above. Bighorners are not hostile unless provoked and are commonly found near Jacobstown and Charleston Cave.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner
001445a7
LevelIcon level
3
Experience PointsIcon XP
30
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
100
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (40 damageIcon damage)
Bighorner
0014f431
001616ef
0015f183
0015978f
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
100
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (35 damageIcon damage)

Bighorner bull

BigHorner

Bighorner bulls are usually found in herds around the Mojave Wasteland. The bulls are normally not hostile unless the player gets close or attacks.

A killed bighorner bull can drop up to five bighorner meat, which can be turned into bighorner steak at a campfire. It is very easy to gain small amounts of experience if you find bighorners in groups.

Bighorner bulls can cause a lot of damage when attacking in packs as their charges will continue to knock the Courier over until they escape their range. They are best left alone when at a lower level and will fight to the death if you approach them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner bull
00159790
001616ee
0015f182
00159792
LevelIcon level
11
Experience PointsIcon XP
110
PerceptionIcon eye
4
Hit pointsIcon heart
120
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (45 damageIcon damage)

Bighorner calf

BigHorner

Bighorner calves, like brahmin, roam settlements, guarded or unguarded. They are less common than bull and adult bighorners in the wild, and are often more tame. This creature is most likely the first encountered by the Courier in the wasteland.

Despite their size, killing an unguarded calf is easy. Bare fists or weak melee weapons are often enough to kill them within seconds. Despite the size of their cranium, their heads will often easily explode when shot. Be wary of penned-up calves; unlike the free roaming ones, these are often guarded by ranchers that become hostile if any harm comes to their livestock. They are also an easy source of bighorner meat to help stave off starvation in hardcore mode.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner calf
0014f47e
001616f0
0015f184
0015978e
LevelIcon level
5
Experience PointsIcon XP
50
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
50
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (15 damageIcon damage)

Young bighorner

BigHorner

Young bighorners are roughly a third of the size of their fully grown counterparts, with a lot less Hit Points. Attacking one of these will cause their nearby family members to turn hostile and attack the Courier. They are not hostile even if you go near them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young bighorner
0010ab79
LevelIcon level
1
Experience PointsIcon XP
10
PerceptionIcon eye
3
Hit pointsIcon heart
60
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (40 damageIcon damage)

Malnourished bighorner

BigHorner

Malnourished bighorners have been deprived of food and are near death. You can find quite a few at the Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm. They are not hostile even if the Courier moves close to it, most likely due to the fact it has no energy to fend off attackers.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Malnourished bighorner
001544b8
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
50
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (35 damageIcon damage)

Malnourished bighorner calf

BigHorner

Malnourished bighorner calves are extremely rare, as are their brahmin counter-parts, the malnourished brahmin calf. A malnourished bighorner calf is guaranteed to be found at Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm. They can also can be found near Cottonwood Cove. They don't respawn if killed. They are not hostile even if you go near them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Malnourished bighorner calf
001544b7
LevelIcon level
5
Experience PointsIcon XP
50
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
40
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (15 damageIcon damage)

Lost Mountain bighorner calf

BigHorner

The Lost Mountain bighorner calf is located north of the Dead Horses Camp up in the mountains. Just follow the paths up and around and eventually you'll get to a narrow canyon path and in the end is the lost bighorner calf. It is the object of the quest, Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Lost Mountain bighorner calf
xx00a3e5
LevelIcon level
5
Experience PointsIcon XP
50
PerceptionIcon eye
2
Hit pointsIcon heart
50
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee ( damageIcon damage)

Locations

Notes

  • Sometimes bighorners (usually calves) will be marked as non-hostile on the mini-map, of course until the Courier moves close enough to them.
  • Hitting a bighorner's horns counts as a headshot.
  • There is no way to cut off a bighorners head; it will always explode.
  • Most bighorners attack other creatures in the wasteland.

Appearances

Bighorners appear only in Fallout: New Vegas and the add-on, Honest Hearts.

Bugs

  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Old World Blues changed the bighorner knockdown script to provide the effect of the sonic emitter - Gabriel's bark weapon, which subsequently broke the script for the bighorners themselves.
    • Lonesome Road includes a new bighorner script that fixes this problem.
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Bighorners have a fairly glitchy mesh that often results in them stuttering in place and clipping into each other.

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