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Is this mosquito the product of FEV or radiation?

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Bloodbugs are a species of mutated, ectoparasitic mosquitoes found in the Commonwealth in 2287.

BackgroundEdit

The bloodbug appears to be a monstrously enlarged mutated form of mosquito. Likely a byproduct of mutation caused by nuclear fallout; they have grown in size over the time period since the Great War in a manner similar to radroaches and bloatflies.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Bloodbugs appear to be roughly two feet in length from the head to the tip of the abdomen. Bloodbugs possess muddy brown coloration which allows them to camouflage effectively into the environment of the Commonwealth. Like their pre-War ancestors, bloodbugs possess six long double-jointed limbs, one pair of finely-veined wings and a long, pointed proboscis that extends from between two compound eyes. The proboscis is the bloodbug's primary means of assault, sinking it into prey not unlike a syringe, and inflicting minor-to-intermediate radiation poisoning on the victim. The proboscis can be collected by the Sole Survivor upon the bloodbug's death.

Gameplay attributesEdit

Bloodbugs latch onto their prey in an attempt to drink their blood. The insect then becomes engorged with the victim's blood, and can spit the contaminated blood back at its target for a large amount of radiation damage, which suggests that radiation is transmitted from the mutant to the victim. While these mutated mosquitoes can punch their proboscis through any kind of regular armor, it's not powerful enough to penetrate power armor. Should they find themselves faced with such heavily armored prey, their range of available attacks becomes limited to largely ineffectual stings and their acid spit, should the target be out of melee range.

Bloodbugs are often encountered feeding on deceased brahmin. Coming across the exsanguinated, grey-skinned husk of a dead brahmin whose body is covered in oversized stings is a significant indicator of knowing there are bloodbugs nearby. Bloodbugs near certain parts of the coast are occasionally seen feeding on the corpses of sea creatures.

Bloodbugs, like bloatflies and radscorpions, have a propensity for swarming tactics. Once they are alerted to their victim's presence, they will spread out, surround their prey and attack from multiple directions. This, coupled with their erratic evasive movement while under fire, their good camouflage and their slender silhouette, makes it difficult to keep track of and kill them all before at least some of them get into melee range. However, should the majority of the swarm be destroyed before it reaches its prey, the survivors will often retreat. Usually they will regroup and attack again, but sometimes they will flee for good without returning.

Another habit bloodbugs share with bloatflies and especially radroaches is their clinging to trees and structures, as well as walls or the ceiling while indoors and unaware of an enemy's presence. This can result in a nasty surprise when the player character enters a seemingly empty room or subway station and suddenly finds themselves in the middle of an entire bloodbug swarm. Companions will usually notice the bugs and remark upon something not being right or enemies being nearby, although they won't open fire until the creatures make the first move. Their comments can still provide a valuable warning though.

If the Sole Survivor damages the bloodbug's blood sac, it will lose its spit ability, but the bloodbug can still suck the victim's blood. If done mutiple times, the bloodbug's sac will be restored and it will regain its spit attack.

Some bloodbugs near dead brahmin can be found with their blood sac already full of the brahmin's blood. The blood bugs enlarged blood sac can targeted more accurately due to its size.

VariantsEdit

Bloodbug hatchlingEdit

FO4 Bloodbug Hatchling

A younger variant of the adult bloodbug, their exoskeleton has not had time to harden to the extent of more mature bloodbugs, thus they are paler and weaker. Common in the area around Sanctuary Hills, the road between Concord and the Red Rocket truck stop early in-game, although are still relatively common in other parts of the Commonwealth. They are the weakest form of bloodbugs.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bloodbug hatchling
00028669
LevelIcon level
2
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
20
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
5
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
5
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
5
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Frenzied: Will attack anyone else.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (8 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
empty

BloodbugEdit

FO4 Bloodbug

The most common variant of the bloodbug; the typical mature form. They can be found in numerous locations throughout the Commonwealth.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bloodbug
001423b4
LevelIcon level
10
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
120
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
15
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
15
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon 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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (25 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Poison (15 poisonIcon poison)

Red widow bloodbugEdit

FO4 Red widow bloodbug

A rare variant of the bloodbug that is found in the Glowing Sea and which may spawn at random in some other areas in the Commonwealth. They are of similar size to normal bloodbugs, but their bodies are tinted red. They are markedly more aggressive and much deadlier than other variants.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Red widow bloodbug
001423b5
LevelIcon level
18
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
240
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
30
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
30
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (? damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Poison (? poisonIcon poison)

Infected bloodbugEdit

FO4 Infected bloodbug

They possess more health than a normal adult bloodbug and deal more damage per hit. Some specimens also have green exoskeletons.

One can be found in the basement of the Greater Mass blood clinic. It is initially non-aggressive, and even killing the surrounding bloodbugs does not incite it to attack. This variation is very common in the Glowing Sea, where it is hostile like all other bloodbugs.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Infected bloodbug
001423b6
LevelIcon level
26
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
350
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
40
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
40
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
?
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 nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (? damageIcon damage)

Glowing bloodbugEdit

FO4 Glowing bloodbug

A rare variant inundated with radiation to such an extent that it glows. It is stronger and more resilient than many of the other bloodbug variants.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing bloodbug
001423b7
LevelIcon level
34
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
400
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
40
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
60
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon 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 (? damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Poison (? poisonIcon poison)

Vampiric bloodbugEdit

FO4 Vampiric bloodbug

The vampiric bloodbug can be found in various locations throughout the Commonwealth. It is the strongest variant of these creatures, and is much more deadly than its counterparts.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Vampiric bloodbug
001423b8
LevelIcon level
42+
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
450+
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
50
Energy ResistanceIcon electrical
50
Radiation ResistanceIcon radiation
Immune
Poison ResistanceIcon poison
0
Experience PointsIcon XP
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Frenzied: Will attack anyone else.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (? damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Poison (? poisonIcon poison)

AppearancesEdit

Bloodbugs appear in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

The bloodbug model was created by Jonah Lobe.[1]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Twitter Jonah Lobe

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