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Night stalker
Nightstalker
variantsNight stalker
Young night stalker
Legendary night stalker
Den mother
locationMojave Wasteland
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Nightstalkers are fearsome nocturnal predators created by splicing together coyote and rattlesnake DNA.

Fallout: New Vegas loading screen

Night stalkers are creatures living in the Mojave Wasteland and Big MT in 2281.

Characteristics

Biology

-You may know me as the Head Chief First Researcher of Labs Z-9 and Z-14. There I fought valiantly to preserve rattlesnake DNA, and put it right where it belongs, in the husk of another feared predator.-

Dr. Borous

Night stalkers are the creations of Dr. Borous in the Z-9 Crotalus DNA preservation lab of the Big MT, genetic hybrids of rattlesnake and coyote DNA. They growl, howl, and whimper like regular coyotes, but hiss and rattle like snakes. Their bodies are mostly dog-like, covered in a combination of fur and scales. Their head and tail are that of a rattlesnake, including fangs and a forked tongue. A night stalker's right eye is blue with a round pupil, while the left eye is yellow with an elliptical pupil, like a rattlesnake's. They lay eggs which can be used to prepare mushroom cloud and their blood is prized as an ingredient in antivenom and hydra.

Night stalkers nest in caves across the Mojave Wasteland and can be found both inside the cave or in the nearby area, behaviors they share with coyotes. Packs of night stalkers can be frequently seen hunting at night east of Morning Star cavern near the nest with the radscorpion queen, south of the broc flower cave, and northwest of the cap counterfeiting shack. Their original breeding ground is the Z-9 Crotalus DNA preservation lab, located in the Big MT.

Gameplay attributes

When they detect the player they strike with a leaping attack and a venomous bite or snap at the player without leaping. While the venom is not as potent as their main competition (the cazador), it can be a problem if multiple bites are received and untreated.

Coping with the poison

They can pose a particular threat in low visibility, at night (when they are active) or in caverns. Carrying Cateye, Ghost Sight, or Nuka-Cola Quartz is advisable when fighting them in low-visibility conditions. They are especially dangerous inside their dens; packs are usually large in numbers, and twisting corridors make it difficult to detect exactly where they are.

Night stalkers found in Charleston cave and the lower level of the X-13 testing facility have the ability to cloak, making them especially dangerous. The ones in Charleston cave gained this ability from chewing on a Stealth Boy (found on a dead nightkin at the end of the cave), while the ones in the X-13 testing facility naturally have this ability. As with any other cloaked enemy, these night stalkers can only be targeted in V.A.T.S. with the Enhanced Sensors companion perk provided by ED-E. Fighting without ED-E can be done by free-aiming at the light distortion around the cloaked night stalker, similar to the appearance of a cloaked nightkin. The recommended solution, however, is to lay mines, and then get their attention. The mines will not be fooled by their cloaking. Setting them on fire works too as the fire will burn brightly and reveal their location easily. It should be noted that their invisibility will not prevent them from causing ripples in any body of water they move in, negating their ability to ambush the player.

Night stalker packs can be found in:

Variants

Night stalker

Nightstalker

Night stalkers are the size of coyotes with a canine body but the head and tail of a rattlesnake. Night stalkers nest and hunt in packs and are found in or near their cave nests.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Night stalker
00156788
0012bd37
LevelIcon level
15
Experience PointsIcon XP
150
PerceptionIcon eye
9
Hit pointsIcon heart
110
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (70 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)
Night stalker (Jacobstown)
00144bc4
LevelIcon level
16
Experience PointsIcon XP
160
PerceptionIcon eye
8
Hit pointsIcon heart
120
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (70 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)
Night stalker
(pit fighter)

00144bc4
LevelIcon level
15
Experience PointsIcon XP
150
PerceptionIcon eye
9
Hit pointsIcon heart
120
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#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
Melee (70 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
None

Young night stalker

Nightstalker

In appearance, young night stalkers are visually identical to fully grown night stalkers but are smaller in size and have weaker attacks. Although relatively weak, they are a nuisance when fought in groups of other young night stalkers and their fully grown brethren.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young night stalker
0014f476
0015678b
00164a6c
00164ef7
001616ec
00166dfd
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
8
Hit pointsIcon heart
70
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (45 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)
Young night stalker
001689d8
LevelIcon level
9
Experience PointsIcon XP
90
PerceptionIcon eye
8
Hit pointsIcon heart
70
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (45 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)

Legendary night stalker

LegendaryNightstalker

The legendary night stalker is a very large and strong night stalker found in Bloodborne cave, west of Bitter Springs. In appearance it is visually identical to standard night stalkers and differs only in size, being about the size of a bighorner. It is normally encountered in a pack with several regular night stalkers and can kill a low level character in seconds.

It has the least amount of health out of all of the legendary creatures, but can kill a player under level 20 with about two to three bites. It is also the only legendary creature in the game that can be friendly towards the player, if the player has acquired the Animal Friend perk.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Legendary night stalker
00167efe
LevelIcon level
15
Experience PointsIcon XP
150
PerceptionIcon eye
10
Hit pointsIcon heart
250
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (100 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)

Den mother

Nightstalker

In some night stalker nests, such as Morning Star Cavern, the pack will be led by a den mother, a slightly larger female night stalker who looks after the young, and has a much stronger attack.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Den mother
001532ff
LevelIcon level
18
Experience PointsIcon XP
180
PerceptionIcon eye
9
Hit pointsIcon heart
170
Damage ThresholdIcon shield gold
0
Damage ResistanceIcon shield silver
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#AggressionIcon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Gamebryo AI attributes#ConfidenceIcon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Gamebryo AI attributes#AssistanceIcon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
attackIcon attack
Melee (85 damageIcon damage)
attackIcon attack
Nightstalker poison (5 poisonIcon poison/sec, -2 END for 60 seconds)

Notable night stalkers

Related quests

Notes

  • All night stalkers, including named ones, are affected by the Animal Friend perk. With this perk, the player can pickpocket them, but they hold no items.
  • Similar to other canine enemies, night stalkers have a stationary bite attack. During this animation, night stalkers will not move, allowing the player to easily backpedal and avoid the attack.
  • Night stalkers share few characteristics with coyotes aside from general body shape and pack hunting (something reptiles, snakes in particular, are not known for).
  • Night stalkers lay eggs, even though coyotes bear live young.
  • Old World Blues special perk Heartless stops you from being poisoned by night stalkers, Cardiac Arrest only makes the effect less of a problem.
  • With Animal friend: Rank 1: Young night stalkers will follow the player around, only if the only night stalkers are young ones and are in a cave e.g Great Khan Hidden Supply cave 2.
  • Night stalkers tend to rattle their tails when nearby, giving away their location.
  • Night stalkers found in the Big MT are tougher than their Mojave counterparts.

Appearances

Night stalkers only appear in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Old World Blues.

Bugs

  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Walking through the Mojave Wasteland, it is possible that the player may see a night stalker with several heads and legs. This is actually a bug in the respawn. It happens when several spawn in the same place, resulting in a number of night stalker models within each other and bound in place. Because they cannot walk they can easily be killed.
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes while encountering a night stalker, they will randomly die.
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Attempting to aim at the night stalker's head (in realtime or V.A.T.S.) often results in your shots missing. Possibly there is something off with the night stalker's collision/hit detection around its head, similar to what happens with evolved centaurs. For best results (and to avoid all of your shots missing in V.A.T.S.), target the body instead.
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc If the night stalkers in Old World Blues are close enough to bite you, attempting to shoot them in V.A.T.S. mode may be completely ineffective, causing all your shots to miss.

Sounds

  • A conscious night stalker
  • Chasing night stalker
  • Biting night stalker

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