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Bighorner
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LocationMojave Wasteland
Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm
Goodsprings
Jacobstown
Dead Horses Camp Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
VariantsBighorner
Bighorner bull
Bighorner calf
Young bighorner
Malnourished bighorner
Malnourished bighorner calf
Lost mountain bighorner calf Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
 
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[What do you use the Bighorners for?] Meat and hide, mostly. Can't put a pack on 'em - they just lay down until you take it off. Can find a bunch of wild ones high up in the hills, but gotta be careful around 'em. They can put up a decent fight if cornered.

Easy Pete

Bighorners are creatures found in the Mojave Wasteland and Zion Canyon in 2281.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Bighorners are mutated bighorn sheep from the areas' high mountains of the American Southwest.[1] Humans have since domesticated them for their horns, meat, milk, and hides,[2][3] but wild herds can be found in mountainous regions, usually in close proximity to banana yucca fruit, which bighorners love.[4] This makes them rather instrumental in herb tracking. Several settlements, such as Goodsprings and Jacobstown, have domesticated them in order to survive.[5][6]

Bighorners are herbivorous and are primarily found in wild herds of three to seven in the Mojave Wasteland, or in domesticated drifts of varying size in settlements such as Goodsprings, Jacobstown, Spring Mt. Ranch State Park, or around Cottonwood Cove. Some more wild bighorners can also be found northwest of Snyder Prospector Camp and as far as Zion Canyon. Bighorners are communal animals; if one member of the herd is distressed, the entire herd becomes aggressive.[7]

They are generally "laid-back" beasts with surprisingly docile dispositions,[7] in spite of being quite capable of being extremely dangerous when provoked. However, according to Easy Pete they cannot be used as pack animals, as "they just lie down until you take [the load] off".[2] Strangely, ewes grow horns just like rams, but this is most likely due to generations of being exposed to radiation.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

In combat situations, bighorners are rarely outright hostile unlike several other creatures. Unprovoked bighorners, though marked as hostiles on the compass, will not actively pursue the player, and, if left alone, are content to graze and mind their own business. They will not attack unless something comes within 4–5 feet of them or their young. If this barrier is trespassed, they will rear their heads up and bellow, at which point they will charge and ram into their foe.

Bighorners cannot take a huge amount of abuse (they are squarely on par with a radscorpion in terms of health), but their head-butting attacks are devastating, capable of sending enemies flying backwards or knocking them down. Bighorners can also run very fast, this makes them a very intimidating foe for lower level players.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Bighorner[edit | edit source]

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A regular bighorner with all the attributes mentioned above. Bighorners are not hostile unless provoked and are commonly found near Jacobstown and Charleston Cave.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner
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LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
100
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.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)
Bighorner
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001616ef
0015f183
0015978f
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
100
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (35 DamageIcon damage.png)

Bighorner bull[edit | edit source]

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Bighorner bulls are usually found in herds around the Mojave Wasteland. The bulls are normally not hostile unless the player gets close or attacks.

A killed the bighorner bull can drop up to five bighorner meat, which can be turned into bighorner steak at a campfire. It is very easy to gain small amounts of experience if you find bighorners in groups.

Bighorner bulls can cause a lot of damage when attacking in packs as their charges will continue to knock the player over until they escape their range. They are best left alone when at a lower level and will fight to the death if you approach them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner bull
00159790
001616ee
0015f182
00159792
LevelIcon level.png
11
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
110
DetectionIcon eye.png
4
Health pointsIcon heart.png
120
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.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 (45 DamageIcon damage.png)

Bighorner calf[edit | edit source]

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Bighorner calves, like brahmin, roam settlements, guarded or unguarded. They are less common than bull and adult bighorners in the wild, and are often more tame. This creature is most likely the first encountered by the player in the wasteland.

Despite their size, killing an unguarded calf is easy. Bare fists or weak melee weapons are often enough to kill them within seconds. Despite the size of their cranium, their heads will often easily explode when shot. Be wary of penned-up calves; unlike the free roaming ones, these are often guarded by ranchers that become hostile if any harm comes to their livestock. They are also an easy source of bighorner meat to help stave off starvation in hardcore mode.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bighorner calf
0014f47e
001616f0
0015f184
0015978e
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (15 DamageIcon damage.png)

Young bighorner[edit | edit source]

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Young bighorners are roughly a third of the size of their fully grown counterparts, with a lot less health. Attacking one of these will cause their nearby family members to turn hostile and attack the player. They are not hostile even if you go near them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young bighorner
0010ab79
LevelIcon level.png
1
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
10
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
60
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (40 DamageIcon damage.png)

Malnourished bighorner[edit | edit source]

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Malnourished bighorners have been deprived of food and are near death. You can find quite a few at the Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm. They are not hostile even if the player moves close to it, most likely due to the fact it has no energy to fend off attackers.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Malnourished bighorner
001544b8
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (35 DamageIcon damage.png)

Malnourished bighorner calf[edit | edit source]

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Malnourished bighorner calves are extremely rare, as are their brahmin counter-parts, the malnourished brahmin calf. A malnourished bighorner calf is guaranteed to be found at Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm. They can also can be found near Cottonwood Cove. They don't respawn if killed. They are not hostile even if you go near them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Malnourished bighorner calf
001544b7
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
40
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (15 DamageIcon damage.png)

Lost mountain bighorner calf (Honest Hearts)[edit | edit source]

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The lost mountain bighorner calf is located north of the Dead Horses Camp in Zion Canyon up in the mountains. Just follow the paths up and around and eventually you'll get to a narrow canyon path and in the end is the lost bighorner calf. It is the object of the quest, Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Lost mountain bighorner calf
xx00a3e5
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee ( DamageIcon damage.png)

Mountain bighorner (Honest Hearts)[edit | edit source]

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Mountain bighorners are a regional variant found in Zion Canyon.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Name?
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LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee ( DamageIcon damage.png)

Mountain bighorner mother (Honest Hearts)[edit | edit source]

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The mountain bighorner mother is the mother of the lost mountain bighorner calf and has been upset since its disappearance.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Name?
xx000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee ( DamageIcon damage.png)

Mountain bighorner calf (Honest Hearts)[edit | edit source]

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The young of the regional variant of bighorner in Zion Canyon.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Name?
xx000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee ( DamageIcon damage.png)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Sometimes bighorners (usually calves) will be marked as non-hostile on the mini-map, of course until the player moves close enough to them.
  • Hitting a bighorner's horns counts as a headshot.
  • Bighorner heads will explode more often than not. However, it is possible to cut off a bighorner's head off with melee weapons that have the Bonus Limb Damage effect (e.g. a machete).

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Old World Blues changed the bighorner knockdown script to provide the effect of the sonic emitter - Gabriel's bark weapon, which subsequently broke the script for the bighorners themselves.
    • Lonesome Road includes a new bighorner script that fixes this problem.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Bighorners have a fairly glitchy mesh that often results in them stuttering in place and clipping into each other.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Bighorners appear only in Fallout: New Vegas and the add-on, Honest Hearts.


Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. Year: 2083
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Courier: "What do you use the Bighorners for?"
    Easy Pete: "Meat and hide, mostly. Can't put a pack on 'em - they just lay down until you take it off. Can find a bunch of wild ones high up in the hills, but gotta be careful around 'em. They can put up a decent fight if cornered."
    (Easy Pete's dialogue)
  3. Vault 21 Guest Terminal, Diner Menu: "Dinner:

    1. Brahmin Sirloin on Blue Bighorn Cheese.
    - Even Gandhi could not sit this one out! -

    2. YumYum Deviled Eggs over Pork&Beans.
    - Go out tonight with a bang! -

    3. Grilled Mantis Claw on Pinyon Nuts.
    - Has he been for too long in Gomorrah? -
  4. The Courier: "What would you suggest I do instead?"
    Follows-Chalk: "Hmm... you might try luring the baby out with some banana yucca. These Bighorners go crazy for the stuff."
    (Follows-Chalk's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "So you're a rancher?"
    Heck Gunderson: "Yep, got a whole mess of brahmins to my name. Bighorners, too. Used to just have the one ranch, but land was easy to grab before the soldiers moved in. Before I knew it I was running one of the biggest ranching operations east of California. Now everywhere I go, folks I never even met shake my hand and call me "Mr. Gunderson." Don't know quite what to make of that."
    (Heck Gunderson's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "Are you a Bighorn rancher?"
    The Courier: "What's being a Bighorn rancher like?"
    Walter Phebus: "Bighorners' my trade since I was a youngin. I confess it's hard living these days, kid. The Wasteland ain't the same anymore."
    (Walter Phebus' dialogue)
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Courier: "Tell me a little about this area - any interesting wildlife?"
    The Courier: "Tell me about the Bighorner problem again."
    Follows-Chalk: "Mostly it's the mountain Bighorners - whole herd of them up on the cliffs there. Usually they're not too aggressive, but lately... hoo! My guess is one of the calves got lost somewhere along the way. Bighorners are communal - one missing calf, and the whole herd gets ornery. If that calf doesn't turn up soon, they might very well come down into the valley and attack the camp."
    (Follows-Chalk's dialogue)