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For an overview of fire ant variants in the Fallout series of games, see fire ant.
For an overview of giant ant variants in the Fallout series of games, see giant ant.
Fire ant
Fire ant
variantsFire ant nest guardian
Fire ant soldier
Fire ant warrior
Fire ant worker
Marigold ant queen
locationCapital Wasteland
 
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Fire ants are creatures living in the Capital Wasteland in 2277. They are a variation of giant ants that have been genetically modified, and their name comes from their ability to breathe fire.

Background

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The fire ants of the Capital Wasteland were created by a scientist named Doctor Lesko. The doctor was attempting to return giant ants to their normal size through genetic manipulation and accidentally created the fire ants. Dr. Lesko's ambition was to make the ants exponentially smaller through generations, meaning the offspring is born smaller than its parents for generations to come. But as he reasons, one small tweak of an error has left the ants with a completely different mutation. The fact that Lesko used F.E.V. in his experiments in order to produce a quicker result may also help explain the "error." Lesko further explains in very technical terms that the ants breathe fire by expelling flammable venom from what was their venom sacks, then igniting it with a spark made by clicking their mandibles. He calls this process "pyrosis."

It is not known how fire ants came to be in the Mojave Wasteland, but theories are that their ability to breathe fire has been developed in the same way as the similar ability of fire geckos.

Characteristics

Biology

Fire ants have a hard, red-orange carapace that protects their body from environmental factors. They live in enormous underground colonies where they eat, sleep, and mate with the queen. Fire ants are omnivorous, using their pyrosis, which stems from a mutated venom gland, to kill live prey, but also eat what little vegetation they can find, when necessary.

Gameplay attributes

Frenzied ants Grayditch

Frenzied fire ants in Grayditch

Fire ants like to attack from range with a fire breath attack (which has surprisingly long effective range). The ants seem to have a minimum range at which they could breathe fire. If you get extremely close to the ants, they will constantly try to move backwards, letting off a spurt of flame or two. Additionally, they have a slow turn speed.

If their antennae is hit and crippled, they will become frenzied. Once a fire ant becomes frenzied, it will attack other nearby fire ants and other non-player characters. Once attacked by another ant, the attacked ant will return fire, damaging the attacking ant.

Due to their high fire resistance, fire damage based weapons like the flamer and the Shishkebab will have little effect on them.

Variants

Fire ant nest guardian

Fire ant

Fire ant nest guardians are unique versions of fire ant warriors. There are only five of these ants protecting the queen. Doctor Lesko refers to these ants as "The Queen's Quintet".

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant nest guardian
0006020b
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
6
Hit pointsIcon heart
225
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (32 DamageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Fire breath (2 DamageIcon damage + 2 fireIcon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
abilityIcon ability
Fire resistanceIcon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant soldier

Fire ant

Fire ant soldiers are the second lowest ranked ant in the fire ant colony. Their job is to protect their area from intruders. They are very aggressive and will attack humans, as well as other creatures on sight. They are relatively easy to defeat at medium levels or with a well equipped low level character.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant soldier
000393ed
LevelIcon level
6
Experience PointsIcon XP
10
PerceptionIcon eye
4
Hit pointsIcon heart
150
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (24 DamageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Fire breath (4 DamageIcon damage + 2 fireIcon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
abilityIcon ability
Fire resistanceIcon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant warrior

Fire ant

Fire ant warriors are the predominant variety of ant you will encounter in Grayditch and the Marigold Station at higher levels. They have a high amount of HP and high attack damage.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant warrior
000c58ef
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
6
Hit pointsIcon heart
225
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (32 DamageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Fire breath (6 DamageIcon damage + 2 fireIcon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
abilityIcon ability
Fire resistanceIcon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant worker

Fire ant

Fire ant workers are the backbone for the ant community's infrastructure. As the name implies, they dig tunnels and care for the eggs. However, they will attack intruders if they are threatened. They are relatively weak compared to fire ant soldiers.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant worker
000393ec
LevelIcon level
2
Experience PointsIcon XP
5
PerceptionIcon eye
3
Hit pointsIcon heart
30
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (7 DamageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Fire breath (2 DamageIcon damage + 2 fireIcon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
abilityIcon ability
Fire resistanceIcon fire Fire resistance 85%

Marigold ant queen

Giant ant queen

This ant queen found in the queen ant's hatchery. Like the others in the game she is slow and has a ranged acid spitting attack that does a fair amount of damage. She cannot spit fire because Doctor Lesko's experiment affected only her eggs. The queen has a very high amount of HP and is considered a "boss" enemy in the game.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant ant queen
00034785
LevelIcon level
7
Experience PointsIcon XP
25
PerceptionIcon eye
4
Hit pointsIcon heart
1000
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
attackIcon attack
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Acid spit (40 DamageIcon damage)

Related quests

Appearances

Fire ants appear in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

"Pyrosis" is actually the medical term for heartburn.

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See also

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