Bloatfly (Fallout 3)
|For an overview of bloatflies throughout the Fallout series, see Bloatfly.|
Background[edit | edit source]
Genus: Tabanus Linnaeus
Field observation suggests that the bloatfly is a mutation of the Tabanus horse fly with provocative advances. These evolutionary forebears possessed neither the significant body mass, nor projectile sting of the bloatfly. Dissection has revealed that this stinger is engorged with living pupae and neurotoxins. These projectiles are capable of incapacitating large prey on which the bloatfly and it's gestating young can freely feed. These neurotoxins are only nominally effective on humans, but can cause localized necrosis at the wound site. This observation is contrary to earlier assumptions that the bloatfly was primarily a scavenger. The bloatfly can be dispatched easily with light weapons, but nonetheless present a threat to field operatives, especially when encountered in numbers. They are hostile and can strike before the target is aware of its presence.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Biology[edit | edit source]
Bloatflies attack at long range by shooting their prey with spine-bedecked larva launched from its abdomen. This supply of larva is seemingly inexhaustible, and unless evaded or eliminated, bloatflies will persecute an attacker relentlessly. They are covered in a green-brown carapace. Bloatflies typically live in small groups of two to four individuals but can be encountered on their own.
Game attributes[edit | edit source]
Individually, they do not inflict much damage, but in swarms, bloatflies can be a moderate threat to low level players and deadly to weak companions.
Their carapaces are not particularly effective when trying to protect against any type of weapon, thus they are easy to kill, assuming you can hit them. Due to their erratic movements, bloatflies can be challenging to hit at times.
Statistics[edit | edit source]
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- A bloatfly's wings makes a faint clicking noise, a bit like a giant ant's movement, but fainter.
- Bloatflies, when they do not see you, seem to do circles in the air then stop, making it somewhat easier for the player to target them outside of V.A.T.S.
- Bloatflies are one of the weakest creatures to come across in the wasteland, on par with radroaches for being the weakest enemies in the game. In fact, they're probably the first creatures the Lone Wanderer will meet outside Vault 101.
- Yao guai are for the most part non-hostile toward bloatflies. The reason behind this is unknown.
- The Enclave outpost near Megaton has been studying these and other creatures native to the region.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
The bloatfly appears in Fallout 3.