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This page is about the mutant creature that appears in Fallout and Fallout 2. For the cut content creature that appears in the game files of Fallout: New Vegas, see floater.
Floater
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variantsLamprey floater
Manowar tendril floater
Needle tooth floater
locationNew California
 
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Floaters are terrifying mutant abominations developed by the Master for his armies.

Background[edit]

The appearance of the floater suggests that it is the end result of FEV experiments on flatworms performed at West Tek,[1] later refined and enhanced by the Master. As the name suggests, the creature floats, thanks to flotation bladders filled with noxious gases of the creature's own manufacture that surround its "head," which is actually a giant maw with an extensible mouth inside used for attacks. For mobility, the floater pushes itself around with its flexible tail. These same gases make it quite flammable, resulting in a rather entertaining display if it's set alight.[2]

Characteristics[edit]

Despite its appearance, the floater is fast, mean, and aggressive. It's very easy to become surrounded by these abominations and fall prey to their attacks. Keeping distance and terminating with extreme prejudice is the recommended course of action.

Stats[edit]

SPECIAL
StatisticValue
Strength8
Perception9
Endurance8
Charisma1
Intelligence2
Agility8
Luck5
XP?
Derived Statistics
StatisticValue
Carry Weight225
Sequence18
Hit Points175
Healing Rate2
Armor Class28
Action Points9
Critical Chance5
Unarmed Damage0
Melee Damage8
Defense
TypeResistanceThreshold
Normal40%5%
Laser40%5%
Fire0%0%
Plasma50%4%
Explosive40%6%
Electrical500%0%
EMP500%0%
Poison40% 
Radiation16% 
Skills
SkillValue
Small Guns0
Big Guns0
Energy0
Unarmed58%
Melee68%
Throwing0

Behind the scenes[edit]

  • Floaters are the creation of Jason D. Anderson. Notably, the creature was known as the "Sphincter Monster" during development after Anderson had used a pornographic image for its mouth.[3]

Appearances[edit]

Floaters appear in Fallout and Fallout 2. The Art of Fallout 3 includes concept art for a Lamprey floater, Manowar tendril floater, and Needle tooth floater. Creatures named floater budding and floater evolved also appear in Fallout: New Vegas, though they use the centaur model, a legacy of development.

References

  1. FEV Experiment Disk
  2. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.26-27: "Floaters hover by, manufacturing and storing noxious gases in their flotation bladders. They're stupid, but move fast and are very difficult to kill. Floaters will try to surround you, so keep your distance. The gases that allow them to float turn them into a wonderful flambé when you crisp them with fire or energy weapons."
  3. Information acquired by Paweł "Ausir" Dembowski from Jason D. Anderson: "We called it the "Sphincter Monster" after I used a porn image for its mouth"