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For an overview of radscorpions in the Fallout series of games, see radscorpion.
 
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Radscorpions are mutated arachnids found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

BackgroundEdit

Main article: Radscorpion

Radscorpions are mutated, via radiation and exposure to the Forced Evolutionary Virus, from the North American Emperor scorpion,[1][2] which were prolific in many pet stores at the time of the Great War.[3]

Contrary to many expectations, their venom grew more potent when they mutated rather than becoming diluted. Though considered nocturnal and sensitive to light, radscorpions can be found active during the daytime in the areas they inhabit. Samples of their venom can be used to make antivenom. Apart from their size, they appear visually identical to normal scorpions, with mottled, dark blueish-gray carapaces.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Radscorpions are very large, about the size of a bighorner calf. They have a thick carapace covering their entire body with no definitive weak spot. Common places to find radscorpions are scorpion gulch, the scorpion burrow, the scorpion valley near Goodsprings Cemetery and the Yangtze Memorial. The area around Nipton Road reststop and Mesquite Mountains camp site is also inhabited by a large number of radscorpions. Unlike Capital Wasteland or Commonwealth radscorpions, Mojave radscorpions are not seen physically burrowing or leaving temporarily, but nonetheless do burrow as evidenced by the scorpion burrow.

Gameplay attributesEdit

As radscorpions almost always move in groups of two to five individuals, they can be very dangerous to low-level players. Also, the addition of Damage Threshold makes them harder to kill for an unprepared Courier. They tend to charge their intended targets directly and will use their powerful claws and poisoned tails for quick and relentless attacks.

Radscorpions take normal damage when shot in the torso, stinger, or claws, and reduced damage when shot in the legs. Unlike other creatures, radscorpions lack a "weak point" that can be targeted for extra damage (they have no "head," for example), which makes V.A.T.S. combat and firearms somewhat less effective against them. Additionally, all radscorpions are armored to some extent, making them even more difficult to kill.

Their claws are less-armored than the rest of the carapace; successfully crippling these will stun the radscorpion. Using the Guns skill, the creatures are vulnerable to armor-piercing weaponry.

VariantsEdit

RadscorpionEdit

Radscorpion

These are the most common variety of radscorpion. These poisonous predators seem to possess different speeds, some taking their time and others bolting at top speed. Their size ranges from that of a large dog to that of small livestock.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Radscorpion
00135ba0
Icon level
6
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
75
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (20 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)
Radscorpion
00145e75
(endemic to
Camp Searchlight)
Icon level
6
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
80
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (22 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)
Radscorpion
00135b9c
Icon level
6
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
85
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (24 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)
Radscorpion
00135ba5
Icon level
8
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
70
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (32 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)
Icon ability
Icon poison Poison resistance 100%
Radscorpion
0001cf9e
Icon level
8
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
70
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (35 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)
Radscorpion
00167e8b
00164bcb
00167e8b
00174bdd
Icon level
8
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
75
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (35 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)
Icon attack
Radscorpion poison (3 Icon poison /sec 5)

Small radscorpionEdit

Radscorpion

The smaller and less common variant of radscorpion, these creatures are likely juveniles or a smaller strain of radscorpion, as they are encountered both in the company of larger varieties as well as by themselves.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Small radscorpion
00167e64
00156771
00159605
00159604
0015a0c0
Icon level
3
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
3
Icon heart
20
Icon shield gold
5
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (20 Icon damage + 3 Icon damage/sec for 5s)

Giant radscorpionEdit

Giant radscorpion

A larger and much more dangerous variant of radscorpion that is faster, as well as rarer than the usual radscorpion. It does a lot more damage and has a higher Damage Threshold (on par with that of a sentry bot), making them particularly difficult to kill for low level or otherwise poorly equipped players.

Giant radscorpions can be found anywhere that radscorpions will gather or sometimes can be found alone. The player can encounter them very, very early on, since some of them are just outside Goodsprings and Goodsprings Cemetery.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant radscorpion
00135bcf
Icon level
9
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
130
Icon shield gold
18
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (60 Icon damage + 8 Icon damage/sec for 10s)
Icon ability
Icon poison Poison resistance 100%
Giant radscorpion
00145e76
Icon level
9
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
150
Icon shield gold
18
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (60 Icon damage + 8 Icon damage/sec for 10s)
Giant radscorpion
00167ea6
00164bcc
0015a0bf
00159789
00159788
00156782
Icon level
15
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
150
Icon shield gold
18
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (60 Icon damage + 8 Icon damage/sec for 10s)

Radscorpion queenEdit

Giant radscorpion

An exceedingly rare and special kind of radscorpion, the queen is the strongest and largest variant of radscorpion; in fact, she is larger than a Corvega. Only two are known to exist in the Mojave Wasteland:

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Radscorpion queen
0013fe86
001532fe
Icon level
9
Icon XP
?
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
200
Icon shield gold
18
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (60 Icon damage + 8 Icon damage/sec for 10s)

NotesEdit

  • Oddly, the scorpion's stinger will appear much larger when removed from its body.
  • It seems regular radscorpions are somewhat rarer in Fallout: New Vegas compared to its Fallout 3 counterpart. However, they tend to be more grouped than in previous games.
  • After killing a radscorpion, one can take its gland to Ruby Nash and she will make Ruby's casserole (radscorpion venom casserole) for the Courier.

AppearancesEdit

Radscorpions appear in Fallout: New Vegas.

BugsEdit

  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When viewed from a distance, the radscorpion(s) frequently slide vertically across uneven terrain (interfering with V.A.T.S. aiming), on the PC version they can also possibly sink into the ground making it near impossible to kill them. If the Courier is unable to kill the sunken radscorpion, it remains as a red tick indicating an enemy on the radar, making it also impossible to leave the area by fast travel. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc In the case that a radscorpion has fallen underneath the ground and the Courier's companions have weapons, the follower will attempt to attack the enemy until they either run out of ammunition or the radscorpion is killed by a general area of effect weapon, such as a grenade. [verified]

SoundsEdit

Radscorpion pincer attack

Radscorpion tail attack

Aware radscorpion

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Razlo dialogue file[1] - "They seem to be extremely large versions of the northIn-game spellingIcon sic American Emperor scorpion."
  2. Chris Avellone, Fallout Bible 1 - "The radscorpions are a result of a combination of radiation and the FEV virus, and Razlo in Shady Sands is correct - they were originally Emperor Scorpions that have grown... big."
  3. Herbert Dashwood's terminal entries. [1]