ALL LOBOTOMITES, PLEASE STOP MILLING ABOUT. REALLY.”— Dr. Klein
Lobotomites are the result of medical experiments performed at Big MT. Most are residents or wanderers of the Mojave unfortunate enough to have been collected by MT drones before having all of their major organs replaced by electronic equivalents by The Sink's Auto-Doc routine. This routine was designed to keep all inhabitants of the Big MT inside and therefore secret, as only a brain inside a functioning human body can bypass the Radar Fence. The advanced Tesla coils the brains of the Lobotomites were replaced with were meant to allow individuals thus transformed to cognitively function with relative normalcy, operating their bodies remotely as the Courier does.
However, a problem with the Auto-Doc's programming meant that every captive processed instead had their brains lobotomised or completely destroyed, rendering them mindlessly aggressive shells of what they once were. Generations of the Big MT's captives were maimed this way before the Courier's bullet-scarred brain forced the Auto-Doc to correct its own programming.
Lobotomites are only capable of simple tasks such as using doors, walking, and fighting hand-to-hand or with firearms. They seem to have a proclivity for collecting random objects, as evinced by their base, the The Cuckoo's Nest. They are actively hostile. Although they wear almost no armor, the modifications made to their bodies make them significantly tougher and more resistant to damage than the average human. Unable to talk normally, they mainly grunt but some can at times be heard saying "die," "stop you," and "never". It also appears that the Tesla coils give them a relatively long life since a lobotomite called Test Subject 1, probably the first created in Big MT, is still alive in 2281.
Dr. Dala calls them "skinvelopes." Her observations report that 43% of the time when two lobotomites are left together, they will either fight for dominance or "...inject bodily fluids into each others' orifices." The Think Tank makes use of Lobotomites for their various experiments- they can be found inside many labs, and the Courier themselves can splice them with dogs and robots in the X-8- however they seem to have little to no real control over them.
Typically, lobotomites wear a torn patient hood with a respirator, headphones, and a pair of high-tech goggles, with straps to attach them all. They can be found all across Big MT.
Lobotomites wear lobotomite jumpsuits or patient gowns which offer very little protection against damage. This apparel has a low Damage Threshold, but the medium to high health of the lobotomites somewhat counterbalances this.
Lobotomites are armed with either a firearm or melee weapon. They carry more powerful weapons at higher player levels, and can pose a credible threat even to very high level players, since at very high levels they often carry hunting revolvers or brush guns. At all levels, melee-oriented lobotomites frequently carry Saturnite fists or proton axes.
Usually, they attack in groups of three - with two melee-oriented members and one ranged. This can be a helpful thing to remember, as if you've killed five of them, there's probably still one lurking nearby. A single night stalker occasionally can be found in their group.
|Patient gown or
Lobotomite mask and goggles or
Lobotomite mask or
|Player level: <10
Varmint rifle, Single shotgun, Knife, Cleaver
Player level: 10-20
Hunting revolver, Brush gun, 10mm submachine gun, Saturnite fist, Proton axe, Shishkebab
Steam gauge assembly
- Lightly populated around the Think Tank, even after completion of the DLC.
- The Cuckoo's Nest (1-3, after completion).
- Waste disintegration platform (2-3 before completion, only 1 after).
- Test Subject 1: Possibly the first lobotomite subject.
- Lobotomites have black skin around their eyes, including their eyelids. If they die with their eyes shut, this can make it appear as though their eyes have been gouged out. They also have a unique "lobotomy scarred" skin for their face.
- Lobotomites will still spawn in great numbers at pre-designated locations after the completion of Old World Blues.
- Lobotomites make the same sounds as a Fallout: New Vegas ghoul and a trog from Fallout 3. Some Lobotomites equipped with melee weapons are complete silent, thus its possible to be caught off guard.
- The Courier becomes a lobotomite upon visiting Big MT, but still keeps his/her mental faculties.
- Randomly appearing Lobotomites are always male, but a few female Lobotomites can be encountered in the X-8 research center. These will not respawn.
- The Courier is still considered a Lobotomite to Dr. Klein and the other scientist upon completion of Old World Blues.
Behind the scenes
- Lobotomites were to appear in Fallout 2, but were cut early on, and appeared only in a Fallout loading screen. At one point in the game, the Chosen One was supposed to be ambushed by a group of these monsters, wherein the Renegade Brotherhood soldier comes to his aid.
Original sketch for above - interesting story behind this image. Jason and I had already done a first draft of the story for FO2, and at one point the player was to be ambushed by lobotomized creatures (lobotomites), when a renegade brotherhood soldier comes to his rescue. Get it? It's Fallout Tales # 2 and it was an illustration of a scene from FO2. Of course, the story was changed after FO1 was released, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.”— Leonard Boyarsky on No Mutants Allowed
- In real life medical usage, a lobotomy involves cutting to and from the frontal lobes in the brain to remove part of it. Though very rarely used today because of antipsychotics, it was used most commonly in the 1940s to the 1950s to treat serious mental illnesses that otherwise required institution.
ps3 pc xbox360 Lobotomites are notorious for spawning right in front of the player. For example, fast-traveling to Ulysses' Point and waiting for a few seconds will cause lobotomites to spawn near Higgs Village and in front of the entrance to Ulysses' Point as well. The lobotomite that spawns at the entrance to Ulysses' Point may actually exit from the entrance at times, but generally just pops up upon fast travel. [verified]