Cazador

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Cazador
Cazador.png
LocationMojave Wasteland
Crimson River Trail
Zion Canyon Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
Z-14 Pepsinae DNA splicing lab Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.png
VariantsCazador
Legendary cazador
Young cazador
Giant cazador
Specimen 73
 
Gametitle-FNV.pngGametitle-FNV HH.pngGametitle-FNV OWB.pngGametitle-AR.png
Gametitle-FNV.pngGametitle-FNV HH.pngGametitle-FNV OWB.pngGametitle-AR.png

Cazadores[1] are mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland, Zion Canyon, and the Big MT in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

Mutated and enlarged in the laboratories of Big MT, cazadores are the offshoot of DNA experiments, performed by Dr. Borous (allegedly in 2003[2]), on tarantula hawk wasps.[3][4] Formerly, cazadores were confined to the Z-14 Pepsinae DNA splicing lab in Big MT, but groups of cazadores had escaped the Big MT crater and moved to neighboring areas, such as the Mojave Wasteland and Zion Canyon, in recent years. Doctor Borous denies that they have escaped from Big MT or have the ability to breed, which is obviously false.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

The resulting creatures have distinctive amber-orange wings, a blue-black carapace and blood-red eyes. They have a fast and rather erratic flight movement and a venomous attack which can lead to a quick death if it succeeds in poisoning the target. The spikes on their back inflate and deflate when idle and attacking, likely being a form or respiration.

Cazadores are more common in mountainous regions of the Mojave. They chew wood fiber and mold it into a paper pulp with which they create large basket-shaped nests, many of which can be seen at habitats such as Bonnie Springs, the road heading towards Jacobstown, and the boathouse at Callville Bay. The cazadores' original breeding ground in Big MT is the Z-14 Pepsinae DNA splicing lab.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

While a sting from a young cazador isn't highly damaging, the sting of an adult deals notably more damage to its victim. Their potent poison can be dealt with a high Endurance (and thus high poison resistance) and antivenom. Many other remedies for poison were added to the game in many of the Fallout: New Vegas add-ons.

They generally attack in large swarms, covering a large area, are very fast and hard to escape from without crippling their wings. Because of their erratic flight patterns, it is usually difficult to engage them in combat without the use of V.A.T.S.. Once their ability to fly is disabled, they will continue to scamper towards the player at a surprisingly fast rate. Crippling their legs only slows their speed moderately. Curiously, cazadores cannot swim but will always try to follow the player into the water, at which point they will quickly drown.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Cazador[edit | edit source]

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Cazadores are large with distinctive orange wings, a blue-black carapace, blood-red eyes, a spiky upper abdomen, and a high and rather erratic flight speed. Cazadores are common in mountainous regions in the Mojave Desert, and go around in groups of 2-5.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Cazador
000e584d
LevelIcon level.png
18
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
180
DetectionIcon eye.png
9
Health pointsIcon heart.png
200
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (70 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Cazador poison (8 PoisonIcon poison.png /sec for 30s)

Young cazador[edit | edit source]

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Young cazadores are often found near other adult cazadores in mountainous regions (presumably members of the same colony, hive, or swarm). Young cazadores are identical in appearance to regular cazadores but are about 3/4 to 1/2 the size. Though their poison is weaker than that of the adults, they have an above average Agility in addition to their small size, making them harder to hit than the more matured cazadors.

They also prove to be quite a hassle because of their swarming tactic, which involves the entire group swarming their target in an attempt to overwhelm it via numerical strength.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young cazador
0014f478
LevelIcon level.png
12
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
120
DetectionIcon eye.png
7
Health pointsIcon heart.png
100
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (30 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Cazador poison (5 PoisonIcon poison.png /sec for 30s

Legendary cazador[edit | edit source]

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The only one of its kind, the legendary cazador has twice as many hit points and significantly more attack power than a normal adult cazador. The legendary cazador is one of the four legendary creatures found in the Mojave Wasteland. It is encountered at the end of the cazador-infested Silver Peak Mine. It spawns from an overhead tunnel on the second floor, a nasty surprise for players who don't pay attention to whats above them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Legendary cazador
00166df8
LevelIcon level.png
25
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
250
DetectionIcon eye.png
10
Health pointsIcon heart.png
400
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (120 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Cazador poison (8 PoisonIcon poison.png /sec for 30s)

Giant cazador[edit | edit source]

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Giant cazadores are encountered all over Zion Canyon and as their name implies, they are much larger than a normal cazador. They are one of the most vicious creatures in the Honest Hearts add-on and can be found in various locations outside of Eastern Virgin and the Sorrows Camp. They are usually encountered in groups of around two, but it is not uncommon to see other cazadors with them.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant cazador
xx00dd6f
LevelIcon level.png
27
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
270
DetectionIcon eye.png
9
Health pointsIcon heart.png
350
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (80 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Cazador poison (8 PoisonIcon poison.png /sec for 30s)

Specimen 73[edit | edit source]

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A unique cazador found in The Z-14 Pepsinae DNA splicing lab in the Big MT. Judging by the name it was probably some sort of experiment. It is a stronger and more powerful version of a regular cazador and even has more health than the legendary cazador. The main advantage of this unique cazador, though, is its incredible speed.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Specimen 73
xx01445d
LevelIcon level.png
50
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
500
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
675
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (70 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Cazador poison (8 PoisonIcon poison.png /sec for 30s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The word "cazador" means "hunter" in Spanish.
  • Companions are vulnerable to their attacks as they cannot use antivenom at all and have to be administered stimpaks via the companion wheel. Companions will however use datura antivenom, if they have any in their inventory. It is currently unclear if Snakebite tourniquet, Auto-inject stimpak and Auto-inject super stimpak work the same way for companions as the Courier.
  • Idle cazadores will dart back and forth erratically, making them easy to identify on your compass once detected. This makes it difficult to hit them with ranged weapons like sniper rifles however.
  • Patch 1.4.0.525 changed the cazadores poison effect on normal mode. The duration is now shorter, but the damage is higher.
  • Cazadores do not set off mines they pass over.
  • It is implied in Randall Clark's terminal entries that cazadores were once much smaller and their venom was not lethal.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Josh Sawyer is responsible for the design of Cazadores.

Lesson I learned while working on New Vegas: Throby bits are the friend to any artist looking to create a nasty disgusting giant insect. You'll notice the Cazador's Butt and back throb like it's full of some type of deadly goo. You'll also notice that all the little hairs on his back and head twitch and wiggle. So much fun to put little details into a rig and animate it! I've included the rig in this video because it's pretty neat to see what is driving the 3D model.

Shon Stewart

No, because I love cazadores and how they mess with players. I felt like Fallout needed a serious mutated insect enemy and came up with the basic idea for the cazador after seeing a picture of a tarantula hawk. From the first time I saw player responses to Brian’s concept art on the Bethesda forums, I knew people were going to dramatically underestimate them as enemies.

Josh Sawyer

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Cazadores appear in Fallout: New Vegas and the Fallout: New Vegas add-ons Honest Hearts and Old World Blues. They are also mentioned in the graphic novel All Roads.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png It is impossible to target the head of a cazador in V.A.T.S. unless it is striking forward with its stinger, the player is right on top of the enemy or it is moving on a slope towards the player. Without meeting these conditions the head can never be cycled to as an option in V.A.T.S (only the antennae). This also applies to PCs when using an Xbox 360 controller, but not when selecting targets with the mouse.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Poison does not appear to wear off companions in the 1.2.0.31x patch after combat. Dismissing the companion and re-hiring them at their home location or the Lucky 38 seems to bypass this. It will wear off after 30 seconds, administering stimpaks to companions will cause the whole damage-over-time to be applied at once which could bring them to negative HP.
    • PCIcon pc.png On the PC version, can be fixed by, in the console, selecting a companion and typing dispel 0012a22e.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png It seems to be possible for them to fall through the map and fly about under it. This will drive your companions crazy, since they will be targeting them but unable to hit them. The cazador cannot sting the non-player characters or you either, but they will continue to fly back and forth attempting to attack. If you are on a rise, you will get the name and a health bar when you point a gun at them, but they are invisible and it is clear from the angle of your gun that they are under the map. Attacking with the Ranger Takedown maneuver may fix this bug.
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes, the legendary cazador just wanders around the cave without attacking the player, making it an easy target for the player.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes a cazador may spawn underground and still be able to attack you, but you cannot attack it. This was confirmed at the Callville Bay cazador's nest. The only way to kill it is to have a companion to do the job.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Rare occurrences of cazadors being able to poison you when they are in no way close enough to do so, seems to only happen in V.A.T.S..
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes (or all the time, if your system is affected), if cazadores are in the area, even if you can't see them, you will hear the poison hissing sound loud and close as if you had been poisoned by them. Essentially, you will hear the sound when a cazador anywhere in your active cell poisons something - the attack might not be on the player character or a companion, since even a distant cazador battle will trigger the sound.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png If you use the flamer against them, they sometimes freeze in the air while on fire giving you a chance to kill them or run away.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Sometimes when selecting cazadores on V.A.T.S., it tends to freeze your character from shooting (your character will move around but won't shoot), leaving the cazadores free to attack you for a good 10–15 seconds. Simply restarting the system should do the trick.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png In the add-on, Honest Hearts, cazadores will often cause severe lag, especially when confronted in groups. The FPS rate can be bogged down to less than 10FPS in some instances. Killing them during the lag does fix the problem, and longer play sessions seem to intensify the bug.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. The plural of cazador is cazadores, this is how it appears in All Roads and also mentioned by Red Lucy in-game.
  2. While Dr. Borous states that he created cazadores in 2003, he is not a reliable source, as Mobius altered his chronometer, among other things.
  3. J.E. Sawyer's formspring - "Are cazadores based off of tarantula hawk wasps?" "Yes."
  4. J.E. Sawyer's formspring - ""Cazador" is the Spanish word for "hunter". Since cazadores are based on tarantula hawk wasps and they are more common in Arizona and New Mexico (the Sonoran Desert, especially), I thought they may have originally been named "in the wild" by Spanish-speakers."

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