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Deathclaw
Deathclaw.png
Normal deathclaw variant
VariantsDeathclaw
Deathclaw alpha male
Deathclaw baby
Deathclaw mother
Blind deathclaw
Legendary deathclaw
Young deathclaw
Irradiated deathclaw
Rawr
LocationMojave Wasteland
 
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Deathclaws are creatures living in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

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Deathclaws were engineered before the Great War, for use as cheap replacements for humans during close-combat search-and-destroy missions.[1] The project was successful in creating a ferocious predator capable of surviving on its own in the wild, though no references exist to them ever being used in combat against the Chinese.

After the Great War, deathclaws escaped into the wild through unknown means and gradually spread throughout the continent. Initial spread was limited to isolated nests, leading some to believe that it was just a rumor, a tale to scare children with,[2] though the population of Boneyard was keenly aware of their existence, as a single pack mother and her offspring claimed the area between Downey and Norwalk around 2161, keeping the Gun Runners in a checkmate and terrorizing other communities in the region.[3] A lone deathclaw was also living near the Hub,[4] with an unknown number of deathclaws experimented on and refined by the Master.[1]

Their gradual spread throughout the wasteland raised awareness of their existence, until they entered common consciousness as a lethal predator – but a myth no longer. As stated above, the Enclave eventually continued the research project started before the war, developing intelligent deathclaws for use in hostile environments around 2235.[5] On May 17, 2242, the first successful pack was dropped into Vault 13 to cloak the presence of the Enclave and their abduction of the dwellers within. Following their first combat test, the deathclaws broke free of their Enclave masters, far more intelligent than anyone could foresee.[6] They began developing an unique culture, as the first non-human sentient beings in history.[7] Unfortunately, their intelligence was discovered by Doctor Schreber of Navarro, whose report led to the extermination of intelligent deathclaws with extreme prejudice.[8] Subsequent experimentation involved the aforementioned domestication units, although by the end of the 23rd century.[9]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

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Deathclaws are a 6 meter (20 feet) long[10] carnivorous[11] bipedal reptile species, designed for maximum lethality. The choice to make them bipedal was natural, as bipedalism raises the head, providing a greater field of vision and thus improving the ability to detect targets and resources. The upper limbs were also freed by this choice and could be fashioned into extremely dangerous weapons. The caveat is that the deathclaw is not as fast as a quadrupedal animal, though this is a largely academic concern. The rippling musculature of the deathclaw provides it with superior strength, excellent speed, and incredible resilience in most combat situations.[12][1][13]

Of course, their strength is magnified by their claws. Owing to their lineage, the deathclaw has opposable thumbs, though an additional two fingers were coded into the genome, for a total of five fingers in each palm. Each terminates in a sharp talon that allows the reptile to wound and kill with frightening efficiency – a single swipe is capable of bisecting an unarmored human[14] in seconds.[15] Deathclaw hide is extremely tough, providing excellent defense against blunt and edged weapons. Firearms and energy weapons are reliable tools for killing a deathclaw, though lower powered variants are very likely to have trouble penetrating it. Defense is enhanced by horns and dorsal spikes, making melee combat a very dangerous proposition. The deathclaw is an apex predator of the finest sort – and the advice for fighting in close quarters would be: Don't.[16]

However, while they are difficult opponents, their keen senses can be used against them. Loud noises and bright light, such as that emitted by flares, can be used to keep a deathclaw at bay or even deter its advance.[17]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Deathclaws are pack animals, with the leadership role assumed by the alpha pair – the strongest male and female deathclaws in the group. The remainder of the pack follows the leaders and migrates along with them.[13] Deathclaws communicate with each other in a pack using growls and body language, though they are also capable of mimicking human voices like a parrot, if their intelligence is artificially increased.[13]

Coupled with their pack behavior is a fierce territorial instinct. Deathclaws will usually opt for territories away from inhabited areas (most likely due to noise), but may settle into temporarily abandoned human buildings and areas, as was the case with the Boneyard warehouses circa 2161 or Quarry Junction in 2281.[18] Once it claims a territory, a pack is exceedingly difficult to dislodge, as the alpha male will not abandon a claimed territory even if the pack mother is killed,[19] while the alpha female will simply choose another mate to procreate.[20] As such, reclaiming a deathclaw territory usually requires either killing both pack leaders, causing the pack to scatter,[21] or wiping out the entire pack. Neither is particularly easy.[22]

Reproduction[edit | edit source]

A pile of hardy deathclaw eggs.

Deathclaws are made even more dangerous by their reproductive instincts. Unlike the Jackson's Chameleons they come from, deathclaws are an oviparous species, female deathclaws will lay eggs in clusters, sired by the strongest male deathclaws in the pack – typically the alpha male. Survival of the pack is coded into deathclaws and the pack leaders will instinctively select only the strongest partners for procreation.[23] If killed, the pack mother will typically be replaced by another female in short order.[24]

While deathclaw eggs are durable and resilient, with an extremely long shelf life,[25] deathclaws will seek out dark, sheltered areas to set up their nests.[26]

A juvenile deathclaw is born without prominent horns or dorsal spikes, which grow as it matures, and both of which act as secondary sex characteristics. Horns grow forwards on males, with larger being the more desirable,[27] and grow back and upwards on females.[28] Dorsal spikes grow much the same way as horns on males and act much the same way with larger being more desirable,[27] but on females dorsal spikes do not grow as large as they do on males and tend to be short in comparison.[28] Claws, on the other hand, are present from day one – and likely play a role in breaking through the shell. Baby deathclaws are born with a light brown skin tone and live under the protection of their parents within the pack.[29] The skin darkens as the deathclaw matures, reaching deep brown upon entering adulthood,[30] and eventually dark brown, black, or even black and blue for old, experienced claws.[31]

Relationship with humans[edit | edit source]

While deathclaws do not actively seek out human habitats to attack, human expansion inevitably leads to the two species coming in contact, usually by accident.[32][33] Deathclaws are incredibly dangerous to humans, no matter how well protected they are. Even Brotherhood of Steel patrols are known to suffer major casualties if they walk into a deathclaw territory unawares.[34] The Enclave sought to exploit their fierce instincts and ferocity and use them as cheap, expendable troops for use in hostile environments. Their initial experiments, starting in 2235,[5] focused on using the modified FEV to artificially increase the intelligence of deathclaws and succeeded in creating a single pack of modified, intelligent deathclaws led by Gruthar. Intended to only be smart enough to follow orders issued by their handlers, they have developed far higher intelligence than the project assumed was possible. After the first unit was fielded, Doctor Schreber's experimentation revealed that fact and the whole breed was summarily exterminated at the site they were first unleashed: Vault 13.[35] Subsequent efforts, once the Enclave regrouped at Raven Rock, were focused on cruder, but more reliable methods: Domestication units. These devices are surgically implanted into a captive deathclaw's brain and skull, allowing Enclave troops to issue commands to the fierce reptiles as if they were pets.[9] Of course, even without human interference, deathclaws are a continuing hazard in the wastelands. Despite the efforts of hunter teams, they continue to set up nests throughout the wastelands.[36]

The ferocity of deathclaws and their incredible resilience has earned them the respect of wastelanders. Its existence was treated in skepticism in the first century after the war,[37] and was considered a tall tale on the order of ghosts and demons,[10] the steady increase in deathclaw population eventually secured them a place in the common consciousness. When used for comparisons, deathclaws are usually synonymous with ferocity and resilience.[38] Occasionally, they're used to insult people – allegedly they're as bad as marketing directors.[39] Other examples of deathclaw presence in popular culture is the expression "deathclaw in a mating season",[40] and, allegedly, deathclaw costumes.[41]

Deathclaw eggs are also a known delicacy, used to make omelettes that are highly nourishing and delicious at the same time.[25]

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Deathclaws really live up to their name in Fallout: New Vegas. The game introduces several new variations of the creature, and they are found in much larger numbers. However, unlike in Fallout 3, deathclaws are never encountered randomly, and always appear in specific locations. Most deathclaw variants are armored, making them more resilient against attacks. Their DT is 15, equal to that of a suit of combat armor. Additionally, deathclaws have vicious claws that negate damage threshold, allowing them to cut down even high level players in just a few hits.

The largest group is found at deathclaw promontory, an unmarked area on the east side of the Colorado River between The Fort and Hoover Dam, and near the Cliffside prospector camp, where they guard the Remnants power armor and a non-faction T-51b power armor. The largest group on a marked area of the map is found in Quarry Junction, northwest of Sloan. Here there are two larger deathclaws called the "deathclaw alpha male" and the "deathclaw mother", as well as a number of smaller baby deathclaws and three to four deathclaw eggs.

There is also a deathclaw-filled cave called Dead Wind Cavern. Here you can find a Mother deathclaw with some babies, along with average deathclaws and the unique legendary deathclaw, the 3rd most powerful creature in the Mojave Wasteland. There is a unique grenade machinegun named Mercy in the room with the legendary deathclaw, on a dead Brotherhood of Steel Paladin. Another location to find deathclaws is the Gypsum Train Yard, where the vast majority of the deathclaws are blind. Depending on your level they will either be regular, young, or blind.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Deathclaw[edit | edit source]

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A standard deathclaw with most of the attributes mentioned above. The deathclaws found in Quarry Junction and Gypsum train yard are stronger than the others, with double the health and a more powerful attack (as of patch 1.4.0.525 on the PC, all deathclaws are as powerful as the ones in the Quarry Junction).

Although many of them can be found around Quarry Junction, Vault 19, Gypsum Train Yard, and many surrounding locations, they are not nearly as fearsome as those within.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deathclaw
0014f42c
LevelIcon level.png
20
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
200
DetectionIcon eye.png
7
Health pointsIcon heart.png
500
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (125 DamageIcon damage.png)
Deathclaw
(Quarry Junction)

001607b5
001607b7
LevelIcon level.png
15
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
150
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
500
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (125 DamageIcon damage.png)

Deathclaw alpha male[edit | edit source]

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The deathclaw alpha male is similar to that of a legendary deathclaw in appearance but with darker skin. Although not as fierce as the legendary deathclaw, they can be quite dangerous in some situations, especially if accompanied by other deathclaws. They can be found at Quarry Junction and the Deathclaw Promontory. Alpha male deathclaws are usually followed by 1-5 other deathclaws, making them even harder to kill. They are also much faster than normal deathclaws.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deathclaw alpha male
00167ec1
LevelIcon level.png
25
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
750
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (300 DamageIcon damage.png)
Deathclaw alpha male (Quarry Junction)
000e59eb
LevelIcon level.png
25
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
9
Health pointsIcon heart.png
750
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (300 DamageIcon damage.png)

Deathclaw baby[edit | edit source]

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Deathclaw babies are the youngest and smallest of the deathclaw species. They can be found throughout the Mojave Wasteland. They are commonly found at Quarry Junction, Gypsum Trainyard, and the Deathclaw Promontory. They'll follow their mother closely, and if killed while the mother is still alive, will cause her to go into a frenzy.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Baby deathclaw
000e601f
LevelIcon level.png
10
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
61
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
100
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (40 DamageIcon damage.png)

Deathclaw mother[edit | edit source]

Deathclawmother.png

Matriarchs of the deathclaw broods, deathclaw mothers are bigger, stronger, and more easily angered than the standard deathclaw (second only to the legendary deathclaw and tied with the deathclaw alpha male). They are very thick-set and heavily built deathclaws. They also have a very dark blue-colored skin, giving them an intimidating look. Deathclaw mothers are notably the only breed of deathclaw with spiked tails and horns that jut backwards. They usually reside in dark areas near their young or their eggs, and are more than eager to tear apart anything that the Wasteland throws at their babies. They are even faster than a deathclaw alpha-male. They can be found at Quarry Junction, Deathclaw Promontory, and Dead Wind Cavern.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deathclaw mother
000e59e7
000e5851
LevelIcon level.png
30
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
700
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (275 DamageIcon damage.png)

Blind deathclaw[edit | edit source]

Deathclaw.png

Don't be fooled by the fact that they are blind. With their blindness comes a heightened sense of their surroundings, meaning a higher Perception. However, they do not attack with as much power as their sighted brethren, arguably making them a decreased (albeit harder to avoid) threat. Even though they cannot see, their alertness to your presence will in fact alert all other deathclaws nearby of your position despite the one that found you being blind.

This type of deathclaw can be encountered at the Gypsum Train Yard as well as Primm Pass and Bonnie Springs.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Blind deathclaw
0015c642
001745e2
LevelIcon level.png
20
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
55
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
500
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (125 DamageIcon damage.png)

Legendary deathclaw[edit | edit source]

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The third most dangerous creature in the Mojave Wasteland, the legendary deathclaw is found in Dead Wind Cavern and has distinctively long horns and a light olive coloration and striped tails. It is also one of the largest enemies in the game (along with the X-42 giant robo-scorpion and the giant ant queen), towering over other deathclaws (themselves roughly 10 feet) with its massive 15–17 foot stature. The legendary deathclaw also deals enormous damage (twice as much as ordinary deathclaws) and can bring down even the hardiest player character with only two or even one attack(s), all while having the fourth largest amount of hit points in the game, only being beaten by the X-42 giant robo-scorpion, Gojira, and the legendary bloatfly. Despite his size, the legendary deathclaw can move faster than his normal counterparts, and has been known to make successful leaping attacks from a huge distance.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Legendary deathclaw
00167eff
LevelIcon level.png
30
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
10
Health pointsIcon heart.png
1000
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (250 DamageIcon damage.png)

Young deathclaw[edit | edit source]

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These immature deathclaws are about the size of a human. Their horns are not fully grown and their skin is much lighter than grown deathclaws. This makes them easy to pick out among regular deathclaws. Although normally easy to kill for higher level players, they tend to cluster near the adults.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young deathclaw
0014f42d
000e5850
LevelIcon level.png
10
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
350
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (40 DamageIcon damage.png)

Deathclaw (The Divide)[edit | edit source]

Deathclaw.png

Deathclaws found in the Divide level with the player, increasing in power at player levels 30, 40, and 50. At higher levels they are noticeably more powerful than deathclaws from the Mojave Wasteland, with higher health and a much more damaging melee attack.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
20
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
500
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (125 DamageIcon damage.png)
Deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
25
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
550
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (187 DamageIcon damage.png)
Deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
35
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
600
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (280 DamageIcon damage.png)
Deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
45
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
700
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
15
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (350 DamageIcon damage.png)

Irradiated deathclaw[edit | edit source]

Irradiated deathclaws are only found in the Courier's Mile and among the ruins of Hopeville in the Divide. Their statistics are varied according to the player's level, making them very dangerous if the player is near level cap. Appropriately so, irradiated deathclaws also deal radiation damage. Unlike other variants, irradiated deathclaws have no damage threshold/resistance. These deathclaws will also regenerate health rapidly when in irradiated zones, making them even tougher.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Irradiated deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
20
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
500
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (125 DamageIcon damage.png)
Irradiated deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
25
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
550
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (187 DamageIcon damage.png)
Irradiated deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
35
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
600
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (280 DamageIcon damage.png)
Irradiated deathclaw
LevelIcon level.png
45
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
700
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (350 DamageIcon damage.png)

Related quests[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • In Old World Blues, the location Higgs Village houses a miniature deathclaw called Stripe inside Gabe's doghouse if you have the Wild Wasteland trait.
  • Following the recent patch, it seems deathclaws will stop respawning in certain areas. These areas include Gypsum Train Yard, the outskirts of Quarry Junction, as well as other locations.
  • The recent patch has also made all deathclaws in the Mojave Wasteland as tough as the ones at Quarry Junction. As a result, non-Quarry Junction deathclaws have 500 hit points, compared to just 250 hit points pre-patch. Some of the other deathclaw variants have also had their health increased (i.e. young deathclaws now have 350 hit points, and the legendary deathclaw's health has been increased to 1000 compared to 850 pre-patch).
  • Crippling their legs will both reduce deathclaws' speed to a limp and make them unable to perform their jumping attack.
  • Deathclaws will give up searching for the player when he or she is in water.
  • Deathclaws are able to detect you while sneaking with a Stealth Boy activated from farther away than normal non-player characters, due to their high Perception.
  • While deathclaws are no longer randomly encountered like in Fallout 3, they have a tendency to gather in "colonies" of ten or more. If you see one, there are likely more around.
  • At the southernmost part of the Colorado River, east of Techatticup Mine, there is a fairly large nest, known as the "deathclaw promontory". There are 15+ deathclaws there along with numerous deathclaw alpha males and deathclaw mothers. The Remnants power armor can be found there. The helmet, however, can be found in the Silver Peak Mine. A non-faction T-51b power armor suit can be found as well just next to the Remnants power armor, both on prospectors. This promontory however, is an area for those who are higher level.
  • In the inventory of a young deathclaw there is a Deathclaw hand, even though the young deathclaw is substantially smaller than the normal deathclaws, they both give the same hand.
  • In Lonesome Road, there is a unique deathclaw called Rawr, found in a cave in the Divide canyon. It's attacks are far more damaging than its legendary brother, and it is much faster as well. When killed, it drops the item Rawr's Talon, which can be crafted at workbenches into a unique (and one and only legit) deathclaw gauntlet called the Fist of Rawr (or Fist of the North Rawr with Wild Wasteland).
  • Oddly, a Deathclaw Egg can sometimes be looted off the body of a deathclaw alpha male. This is likely an oversight.
  • An unused effect called DeathClawPosion exists within the Fallout: New Vegas GECK suggesting that all deathclaws or certain types of deathclaws would have had a poison effect.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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Was it always a big scaly lizard thing? Nope. My initial design for this terrible creature was a the apex predator of the wasteland, a mix of wolverine and brown bear, mutated by the FEV. It could survive any environment and feared nothing; a legendary force of nature that struck terror into the hearts of men! Unfortunately, the artists took one look at my concept sketch and said, 'Dude, that's way too much hair.' It was true. The Wolverine-bear was very furry, and there was just no way around it.

So here's what happened: the newly formed Black Isle started work on what would be Planescape: Torment. One of the first art pieces was a monstrous creature called a Terrasque. It was sculpted in clay and was then point-by-painstaking-point digitized into a 3D model. As Planescape moved forward, it turned out that the Terrasque wouldn't actually be featured in its design, leaving that tasty model in disuse. Thus, the furry wolverine-bear became a hairless reptilian biped. (Take a look at page 339 of the D&D second edition Monster Manual. Holy cats! It's a Deathclaw!)

Scott Campbell, Origins of Fallout No Mutants Allowed
  • The deathclaw name is derived from Shadowclaws in Wasteland.
  • In Scott Campbell's original concept art, deathclaws were mammals covered with fur and were meant to be a mix of wolverine and brown bear, created by FEV.[42] The reason it lost the hair from concept to production was a technical limitation of the rendering software, which couldn't get all the hair to move properly. The hairy deathclaw in Fallout Tactics was inspired by the original concept.[42][43]
  • According to the Fallout Bible[44] and Scott Campbell,[42] deathclaws were modelled visually on the Tarrasque of Dungeons & Dragons after a D&D computer game made by Interplay was cancelled (according to Fallout Bible) or after the creature was cut from Planescape: Torment (according to Scott Campbell), as a Tarrasque clay model was already made and this way the work would not go to waste. However, according to Chris Taylor, while they do look Tarrasque-like, it was not intentional and the clay model was supposed to be a deathclaw from the start.[43]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Mutilating a mother deathclaw's head seems to remove part of her neck instead of the head in addition to the neck area being classified as the "head" of the mother deathclaw. This may not be a glitch, but an actual part of the game, like the super mutant behemoth's head
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png In V.A.T.S mode, the head of a deathclaw mother seems to be its neck instead of its actual head.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Deathclaws do not attack players when they are mounted on the taller rocks or machinery, even when they are in reach. (See Fallout: New Vegas exploits for more detail).
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes deathclaws may take several more shots to kill when their health is depleted. This appears to mostly affect young deathclaws.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The deathclaw alpha male located at Quarry Junction may freeze in place, being unable to move, fight, or take damage. The only way around this is to save the game, then load the saved file. This will cause the deathclaw to become hostile again.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.27: "Deathclaws were originally created to replace humans during close-combat search-and-destroy missions. They were derived from mixed animal stock and then refined by the Master, using genetic manipulation. The resulting creature is almost unbelievably fast and powerful. Deathclaws are well named—they are the toughest animals that you will encounter in the Wastes."
    "Unless you have Combat Armor, extremely heavy weaponry, and a lot of StimpacksQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png, running for the exit hexes at the first sign of a Deathclaw is your best chance of survival. If you're well equipped and want to stick it out, though, get in at least one shot at long range, because Deathclaws move so fast that you're unlikely to get another long-range attack as they charge you. They'll always close rapidly so they can use their powerful claws to tear and rend you. For maximum damage, use a Called Shot to the eyes when you shoot them. However, even with Called Shots, you'll need several good hits to put a Deathclaw down—use extreme caution (and save often) when fighting them."
    Note: Deathclaws being genetically engineered before the Great War and later refined by the Master is mentioned in the Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets strategy guide, written by Fallout 2 lead designer, Matt Norton, as well as in Fallout Tactics.
  2. The Vault Dweller: "{347}{}{Do you know anything about the Deathclaw?}"
    John Maxson: "{262}{Gen_78}{Oh. Just another stupid rumor. Some people say it's a huge fanged monster and others say it's a vampire.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  3. Gabriel
  4. Find the missing caravans.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2235 The Enclave experiments on deathclaws, attempting to create special fighting units for waging war in hostile environments."
  6. Fallout Bible 0: "2242 May 17 Enclave animal handlers drop a Deathclaw unit into Vault 13 from a safe distance to kill anyone investigating the Vault and cloak the Enclave's presence. Other Deathclaws are sent into the desert surrounding Vault 13 to check for any escapees or witnesses."
  7. The Chosen One: "{123}{}{What are you doing here?}"
    Goris: {135}{}{I'm a student of sorts. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the world and the different cultures that have developed. Right now I'm studying the culture the deathclaws are forming and comparing it to human development along similar lines. I've acquired just about all the information I need here. It would help my research a great deal if I could do some traveling. However, I don't want to go it alone, if you know what I mean.}"
    (Ocgoris.msg)
  8. The deathclaw massacre within Fallout 2.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Raven Rock terminals; Delivery Terminal, Note Regarding Recent Delivery
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Vault Dweller: ""
    Beth: "{240}{}{The Deathclaw is the most evil thing to rise out of the ashes after the War. Some say it's a powerful ghost from the war that haunts the land. It's no ghost, it's as real as you and me. It's 20 feet tall with teeth as big as your arm. It's some kind of demon that found it's way here when the world was engulfed in fire.}"
    (HBETH.MSG)
  11. Roger Westin and Gruthar mention raids for food – the principal target being the NCR's brahmin herds.
  12. Gruthar: "{100}{}{You see a large deathclaw. The creature is composed of rippling muscle, sharp teeth, and claws.}"
    (Ocgrutha.msg)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Chosen One: "{131}{}{What can you tell me about the deathclaws?}"
    Joseph: "{146}{}{Well, let's see... Deathclaws appear to be mutated Jackson's Chameleons, the horned variety. There are a lot of similarities still present, but an even greater number of differences. The mutation factor is quite high. This species is highly intelligent, about the equivalent of an eight-year-old, with some individuals reaching human normal level. Their learning capacity is very high and they are capable of abstract thought and reasoning.}"
    "{160}{}{Although they do not have vocal chords, the deathclaws seem to mimic human speech much the same as a parrot does. I have yet to discover the exact mechanism behind this, so I am unable to say more at this time. Socially, they are pack animals with a very rigid code of ethics. They are led by an 'alpha male' who rules with the mutual consent of the pack. They appear to be extremely loyal to the pack as a whole, treating it as a family unit rather than having individual families as humans do.}"
    "{161}{}{Their sense of right and wrong is very well defined. They do follow a code of ethics that is enforced by the pack as a whole. Violence is never used as a solution to a problem among the pack as far as I can see. There have been no 'capital crimes' committed here, so I can't say how those are handled. Hmmm. That's about all I can think of for now. I hope this helps you.}"
    (Ocjoseph.msg)
  14. The Vault Dweller: "{141}{}{Where can I find the Gun Runners located?}"
    Razor: "{158}{}{The Gun Runners are over to the east and then north of here. But be careful - Death Claws are not to be taken lightly. I've seen a Death Claw tear a man in half with one swipe.}"
    (RAZOR.MSG)
  15. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "No creature represents the danger of the Wasteland as much as the Deathclaw, which uses razor-sharp claws to rip apart its prey... in seconds."
  16. Deathclaw appearance across the Fallout series.
  17. NCR Radio distress beacon and Flash Bang Information
  18. The Courier: "Have you had problems with Deathclaws before?"
    Chomps Lewis: "We'd see them occasionally, but they didn't seem too keen on getting too close to the quarry. Not sure if it was the noise or all the workers. I can't believe that an entire pack moved into the quarry. I thought that kind of bad luck only happened in New Vegas."
    (Chomps Lewis' dialogue)
  19. The Courier: "I killed the Mother Deathclaw."
    Chomps Lewis: "You... you did? That's pretty amazing - I figured you'd need artillery to take her out. I hate to say it, but as long as the Alpha Male is still alive, that pack isn't going anywhere, even with the Deathclaw Mother out of the picture."
    (Chomps Lewis' dialogue)
  20. The Courier: "I killed the Deathclaw Alpha Male."
    Chomps Lewis: "You... you did? That's pretty amazing - I figured you'd need artillery to take him out. I hate to say it, but as long as the Deathclaw Mother is still alive, that pack isn't going anywhere. She'll take another mate and keep laying eggs."
    (Chomps Lewis' dialogue)
  21. The Courier: "I could take care of your Deathclaw problem."
    Chomps Lewis: "Have you even seen a Deathclaw? They're taller than a man and far, far stronger and faster. And, there's a whole pack of them out there. You'd have to be the meanest, toughest, roughest bastard in the wasteland to have any chance against them, and I don't think that's you. You'd need to take out the pack leaders - the Mother Deathclaw and the Deathclaw Alpha Male. Kill 'em, and the pack will scatter. Pretty tough job."
    (Chomps Lewis' dialogue)
  22. Exterminate the deathclaws
  23. The Chosen One: "{111}{}{Who is the deathclaw father?}"
    Kerith: "{123}{}{These eggs were sired by Gruthar, the pack leader. It is Gruthar who decides who will mate and who will not. The pack will be made strong by Gruthar.}"
    (Ockerith.msg)
  24. The Chosen One: "{119}{}{There are other mothers?}"
    Kerith: {120}{}{Yes, there are more mothers. Should anything happen to me, one will be chosen to take my place. The pack must survive.}"
    (Ockerith.msg)
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Courier: "Where can I find a Deathclaw egg?"
    Jas Wilkins: "The quarry just north of here is full of Deathclaws, so there's bound to be an egg or two in there somewhere. Of course, a Deathclaw egg from anywhere will do. According to my Aunt Rose, those things have a ridiculously long shelf life."
    (Jas Wilkins' dialogue)
  26. Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Broken Steel and Fallout: New Vegas show nests in these areas.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Deathclaw alpha male
  28. 28.0 28.1 Deathclaw mother in Fallout: New Vegas
  29. Baby deathclaw appearance and behavior.
  30. Adult deathclaw appearance.
  31. Appearance of alpha males and females.
  32. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.80: "Kidd
    Kidd is part of a group of likeminded Ghouls that decided to forge ahead into unexplored territories under the leadership of Sanders, and set up a new Ghoul Settlement to rival Underworld. Kidd and Wint are leaving this area at speed, as their camp has been compromised by Deathclaws they had tragically overlooked the whereabouts of."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  33. The Vault Dweller: "{103}{}{Why don't you get many visitors?}"
    Gabriel: "{105}{}{This place isn't very accessible with a nest of those damn Deathclaws right outside our factory.}"
    (GABRIEL.MSG)
  34. The Lone Wanderer: "Dying? How awful! What happened to you?"
    Linden: "I was a Brotherhood of Steel Outcast. We had a deep patrol out here, looking for some tech and then got jumped by some Deathclaws. They shredded everyone else and left me bleeding to death. If it wasn't for Oasis and Bloomseer Poplar, I'd be dead right now. Honestly, I've never seen anything like this place... it's beautiful. It's a shame only a few people will ever get to see it."
    (Linden's dialogue)
  35. The Chosen One: "{119}{}{Why is there a deathclaw in the other room?}"
    Schreber: "{143}{}{The Enclave has been looking for cheap, expendable soldiers. We are interested in deathclaws because they have built in armor and weapons, and they're mean as hell. They just need to be smarter so they can understand commands but not too smart or they could develop a will of their own. With me so far?}"
    The Chosen One: "{145}{}{Yes, I follow you.}"
    Schreber: "{146}{}{Well we succeeded! We actually managed to increase their intelligence. However, I began to suspect that we went too far. That maybe they were a lot smarter than they were letting on. So when I was transferred here I brought one of them with me so I could put my theory to the test.}"
    The Chosen One: "{147}{}{And?}"
    Schreber: "{148}{}{I was right! The deathclaws have apparently been playing dumb, biding their time, and trying to learn as much as they can from us. They can even mimic human speech! I've actually had a conversation with that fellow in the next room.}"
    Schreber: "{149}{}{Anyway. The fact that they were capable of conceiving this plan and pulling off the deception shows just how dangerous they are.}"
    The Chosen One: "{151}{}{So what do you plan to do now?}"
    Schreber: "{152}{}{I'm going to write a report on my findings and have it transmitted to the Enclave. Of course I'll have to recommend the extermination of the deathclaw breed. They are much too dangerous a threat.}"
    (Ccdoctor.msg)
  36. Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints: "Despite the best efforts of well-equipped hunters, Deathclaws continue to establish nests across the Mojave Wasteland."
  37. Hubber: "{102}{}{Is it true? Does… did the Deathclaw really exist?}"
    (HUBBER.MSG)
  38. The Courier: "Tell me about the Rangers."
    Stepinac: "We're part scout, part commando, part sheriff. The training is brutal, and I'd say eight out of ten recruits washes out before the end.Before you get your Ranger badge, you've got to prove you can be quieter than a shadow and more ferocious than a Deathclaw."
    (Stepinac's dialogue)
  39. The Chosen One: "{244}{}{How's the glasses?}"
    Renesco: "{951}{}{Goddamn whatever Deathclaw or marketing director spawned you! You WANT something?! Here! HERE! Take THIS! Take ALL I have! Anything to get you to LEAVE ME ALONE!}"
    (NcRenesc.msg)
  40. New Reno prostitute: "{331}{}{Wanna pretend we're deathclaws in mating season?}"
    (NcProsti.msg)
  41. New Reno prostitute: "{398}{}{So he dresses up in this Deathclaw costume, then…}"
    (NcProsti.msg)
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 "The Origins of Fallout", part 3 by Scott Campbell
  43. 43.0 43.1 Chris Taylor at No Mutants Allowed forum
  44. Fallout Bible 8, As always, firm chests just out of reach
    Fallout Bible 8, Deathclaws...