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Gameplay articles
Fallout 2Giant ant
Fallout 3Giant ant
Giant ant queen
Giant soldier ant
Giant worker ant
Invader ant
Mutated forager ant
FO: New VegasGiant soldier ant
Giant worker ant
Giant ant queen
Van BurenGiant albino ant
Giant albino ant queen

Giant ants are large mutated arthropod insects of the Formicidae family, genus Camponotus, most likely black carpenter ants.[1] Some scientists theorize this mutation comes from the effects of extended exposure to radiation.[2]

Variants

Giant ant

Fo2 Render Ant
Mini-JSPnP LogoThe following is based on J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

What they lack in individual fortitude, they make up for with relentless attacks and swarm tactics. Their exoskeleton isn't particularly thick, but it can turn aside weak punches and dull knives. Their mandibles can cut through most leather and plastic with ease, even snapping bones on a lucky hit. Giant ants become particularly aggressive when their queen is threatened.[3]

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Giant ant queen

Giant ant queen
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

The mother of the ant brood, this variant is roughly four to five times larger than the average giant ant. When threatened, her wings buzz about and she will hiss at the enemy. She will then proceed to spit an acidic saliva at the enemy in an attempt to ward them off. She cannot move much, so avoidance is easy, especially in tunnels.

Giant soldier ant

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

These are the colony's main defense against intruders. They are plentiful and can often overwhelm an enemy by either running it off or killing it on the spot; usually the latter. This ant can often be found accompanying smaller ants as they forage.

Giant worker ant

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

As their name suggests, these ants do most of the work around the colony.

Invader ant

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

Two of them may be found attacking the Mutated forager ants in Shalebridge Tunnels.

Mutated forager ant

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

They are friendly and won't attack, even if they are attacked.

Giant albino ant

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Giant albino ant
Gameplay article: Van Buren

A rare variation, these are found in the Hoover Dam Scum Pits. Their exoskeleton is a very pale yellow that almost looks white. Their eyes glow red like the giant albino rat, and their mandibles glow green and drip an acidic green fluid. Small numbers of these ants live in a nest back in the office area. They are ravenous and will come out fairly often to catch and drag a rat or leech back into their dark lair.[4]

Gametitle-VBEnd of information based on Van Buren.

Giant albino ant queen

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
GiantAlbinoAntQueen
Gameplay article: Van Buren

The giant albino ant queen is found in the ant hive located in the Scum Pits of Hoover Dam. Unlike the Giant albino ant, the queen's exoskeleton is only very pale on her abdomen.

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Appearances

Giant ants appear in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game and were due to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios. A friendly giant ant called Mr. Pinch is used as a mount by the Puppet Man in the official One Man, and a Crate of Puppets comic by Penny Arcade.

Behind the scenes

Like many other creatures in the Fallout series, the giant ant draws from old black and white cinema, particularly the movie "Them!".

Gallery

See also

References

  1. Enclave Field Research Terminals - Field Entry: "Giant Ant". [1]
  2. Vault 101 terminal entries - Scouting Reports.[1]
  3. J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG. [1]
  4. Hoover Dam design document. [1]

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