| ||For an overview of radroaches in the Fallout series of games, see radroach.|
Great American cockroaches, colloquially called "radroaches" or simply "giant cockroaches," are giant versions of the pre-War species that have increased in size due to mutation caused by the nuclear fallout of the Great War.
Radroaches are about the size of modern house cats and have a shiny brown carapace. Unlike their modern-day cousins, they don't mind the sunlight and will often be encountered in well lit areas, such as out in the open near the tepid sewers. If encountered, they will first try to scare off their enemies by flapping their wings and antennae while bobbing up and down, but will attack if the enemy refuses to back away. This usually ends with their death, as they are one of the weakest enemies in-game.
Radroaches are low-level enemies, hostile to the player character. They are usually encountered in groups of 5-7 and "pounce" at their enemies and bite/pinch them with their small pincers while making a screeching sound. They are also commonly used as food for many people in the wasteland and as such their meat can be bought from most merchants who sell food.
Radroaches all share the same vital statistics, but can differ in aggressiveness and confidence.
|Name (Base ID)||Statistics||Behavior||Abilities||Items|
(Aggr. Vault 101)
(foolh. Vault 101)
(Butch Vault 101)
Other than in Vault 101, they are found throughout the wasteland, with the most notable locations being the Nuka-Cola plant offices and the Gillian house in Minefield. The RobCo facility has the highest number of radroaches, 31 in total.
- Fluffy and Jitters, two caged radroaches (presumably pets) which can be found in the sniper shack.
- Ghoul Gallo keeps two unnamed, undersized radroaches in a similar cage at his home in the County sewer mainline.
- Radroaches are one of the weakest creatures to come across in the wasteland, about on par with bloatflies for being the weakest enemies in the game.
- Although most radroaches appear hostile, there are certain circumstances where they may be passive, such as the roaches in the vicinity of the Roach King.
- Radroaches do not give out Experience Points unless the Lone Wanderer is playing on normal difficulty or higher, but even then it's only one experience point.
- Using Unarmed in V.A.T.S. against a radroach will result in the player character stomping on it rather than punching it, the only time this animation is ever used.
- The radroach is the first type of hostile creature the Lone Wanderer will encounter in Fallout 3, inside Vault 101 when he/she needs to kill one with a BB gun during the quest Growing Up Fast. It is also the only enemy type the Lone Wanderer needs to kill in order to complete the game as their is no known legitimate way around killing the radroach in Growing Up Fast.
- Two undersized radroaches can be found in Vault 108's living quarters cafeteria accompanied by a regular radroach, one the size of Gallo's pets and another even smaller one.
- During the quest Escape! the Lone Wanderer has the option to help Butch DeLoria by killing 3 radroaches to save his mom for some positive Karma and a free Tunnel Snake outfit.
- When radroaches detect the Lone Wanderer, they won't attack at first, but if he/she stands too close for too long then they will attack.
- For the most part, radroaches are the only enemy in the game that won't attack on sight.
- Unlike the other insects in the game, radroaches don't have a body part that the Lone Wanderer can cripple that will cause them to frenzy.
- Moira Brown says that the radroach meat tastes like "old feet."
- Vault 101 is radiation free and sealed, yet radroaches still appear in the lower levels.
- When attacking, radroaches make a high-pitched squealing sound, similar to the sound bloatflies make when they are killed.
Behind the scenesEdit
It is popularly suggested that roaches will "inherit the earth" if humanity destroys itself in a global nuclear war, as roaches, along with other insects, have a higher tolerance to radiation than most other animals.
- Radroach attack
- Wings fluttering