Deathclaws are enemies found in .
Originally created before the
to replace human troops in battle, deathclaws were derived from mixed animal stock, primarily from the very popular Jackson Chameleon. They were then refined by the
, using genetic manipulation and the
Forced Evolutionary Virus
. The resulting creature is incredibly fast and powerful.
2161, deathclaws were still considered mysterious and legendary creatures to many. They could originally only be found in the Boneyard at the warehouse, living with their mother. Later, as the deathclaw population grew and began to spread across the continent, the deathclaws stopped being perceived as legendary beasts, and started to be seen just as another dangerous creature.
Deathclaws are the strongest enemies in the game and can be encountered when they randomly attack the vault, similar to
raiders, however they are much stronger and more rare than raiders. They can also be found while exploring the wasteland.
Any time you open your Vault Door, you're broadcasting invitation for these beasties to come to your Vault and destroy your resources. Be sure to have
Stimpaks and Weapons at the ready, or they'll tear through your Dwellers like a knife through a Fancy Lad Snack Cake
” — In-game description, under help.
A regular deathclaw. They can be found out in the wasteland, or can attack the vault.
Enclave deathclaw Edit
A deathclaw currently under the control of the
Enclave. They are trained to kill everything in their path.
According to in-game information, deathclaws are more likely to attack your vault if you open the vault doors and if you have a radio station.
 Deathclaws will begin to attack when the vault has 60+ dwellers. They will start attacking at 35+ dwellers when playing in Hardcore.
Deathclaws will not drop any type of weapon or armour, or much needed caps. They will only provide XP upon death.
Deathclaws do not use the elevator to move up through the vaults levels, instead they appear to smash up through each floor on their way out.
↑ Deathclaws being genetically engineered before the Great War and later refined by the Master is mentioned in the
strategy guide, written by Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets lead designer, Fallout 2 Matt Norton, as well as in . It is unknown why the Master would genetically manipulate the deathclaws and then not use them at all for his purposes. Fallout Tactics
Fallout Shelter. Status updates from exploring dwellers state "Enclave deathclaws are trained to kill - this will be a fight to the death!" and "The Enclave Deathclaw is trained to kill anything in its path I have to run" ↑
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