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For the heavy metal band played in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, see Chimaira.
Chimera
Chimera
locationChimera Armor Depot, Anchorage Reclamation simulation
base idxx00301f
 
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The Chimera is a modified mining rig[1] with a mounted laser cannon, acting as a Chinese battle tank in the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage.

BackgroundEdit

It was included in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation created by VSS at the behest of General Constantine Chase. Its actual deployment in Alaska is dubious, as unimplemented voice clips of VSS technicians in the add-on suggest that their presence is an outright fabrication[2] by General Chase.

CharacteristicsEdit

SpecificationsEdit

The tank itself is basically a low chassis propelled by screws, with a laser cannon jury-rigged to the drill tower. Originally, it was used for oil drilling in the Alaskan tundra.[3]

Gameplay attributesEdit

Chimera tanks are roughly on par with sentry bots and deathclaws in terms of the durability and combat threat, although they are significantly larger and more imposing in appearance. They are equipped with a unique laser weapon similar to Liberty Prime's eye laser. Chimeras take slightly increased damage when shot in the screws, and noticeably increased damage when shot in the cannon or radar antenna.

StatisticsEdit

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Chimera
xx00301f
LevelIcon level
12
Experience PointsIcon XP
120
PerceptionIcon eye
3
Hit pointsIcon heart
500
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Laser cannon (10 damageIcon damage)

NotesEdit

  • The Chimera's turret cannot fully rotate, making the back of the tank a weak spot.
  • You will most likely encounter Chimera tanks twice throughout the campaign.
  • The Chimeras are fully automated, and so are technically robots. Therefore, they can be disabled with the Robotics Expert perk.
  • When moving forward, the screws spin in such a way that the vehicle should be moving backwards.
  • At the Chimera depot, there is a Chimera lacking a laser cannon, instead boasting a derrick.
  • Walking into a Chimera while crouching will knock the player down, causing some damage.

AppearancesEdit

The Chimera tank appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Russian and German military, respectively, did toy with the idea of using screws for treads. The Russian vehicle, named ZIL-29061, was designed to rescue cosmonauts in extreme off-road conditions.
  • In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monster with the body of a lion, the heads of a goat and lion, and the tail of a snake. In biology, the name has been used for any organism that appears to have a combination of traits of others. Its name is an obvious reference to how the Chimera tank is a piece of mining equipment equipped with weapons that were not made for it.

BugsEdit

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 The tanks may not be hostile towards the player when first encountered. [verified]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mentioned in an intelligence report in the sim
  2. See: Reconstructed audio log#Reconstructed audio log 31.13: "Chimera Tanks? Come on, man, even you have to admit these are sheer fantasy."
  3. Evident from the way deployed Chimeras look in the depot

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