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Cult of the Mothman

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Cult of the Mothman
Cult of the Mothman icon.png
TypeReligious Cult
GovernanceClerical Matriarchy
LeadershipUnnamed High Priestess
FoundedSometime before 2077
Dissolved2096 (presumably)
StructureHeirarchical division between Priestesses and Brother and Sister followers
Notable MembersBrother Moncrief
Brother Charles
Jeff Lane
CapitalPoint Pleasant, Mothman Museum
Notable LocationsLucky Hole Mine
Kanawha County Cemetery
Church in Helvetia
Sunken Church
Big Maw
Wilson Brother's Auto Repair
Numerous unmarked shrines

We, of the Cult of the Mothman seek the infinite cosmic wisdom of the Mothman himself, for it is his appearance that portends disaster, and in heeding his warnings, we may live, as others around us perish to their fated doom!

Sermon: Summoning the Mothman

Cult of the Mothman is a pre-war local occult-themed religious group in West Virginia who worshiped the Mothman.


The Cult of the Mothman was a religious cult operating out of Point Pleasant beneath the Mothman Museum in secrecy before the events of the Great War.

The group worshiped the Mothman, viewing him as a way to tell of the future and frequently attempted to summon him to do as such[1] The group is led by an unnamed High Priestess(later known as the First Priestess of the wood) that led the group’s religious prayers and to short-lived sanctuary in the Lucky Hole Mine[2]. It is unknown what happened to her, though it is highly likely she is one of the skeletons in the Mine, either the one in the coffin where the note is found (possibly a human sacrifice or cannibalized) or one of the ones in front of the Interloper.

The group purchased the abandoned Lucky Hole Mine after a Brother Charles allegedly met the Mothman and was instructed a “great flood” would occur on the same day as the Great War[3]. The group took it to heart and sought shelter in the Lucky Hole Mine, despite the fact they initially were instructed by the Priestess to go on the roofs. The only corpses found on the roofs are that of the Responders that took over the town after them.

After the entrance into the Mine, the group constructed numerous shanty housings and shrines throughout. It is obvious that the group deviates from the original deity of the Mothman as evident from the numerous holotapes of Jeff Lane that can be found in Point Pleasant and Lucky Hole Mine. He describes the Mothman as a “creature” but expresses desires to seek out the hidden horrors of his mind[4]; a very clear tie to many plot points in the real-life Lovecraft series. This comes to fruition with “The Interloper” who contacts Jeff Lane and others in the Lucky Holes Mine through some sort of psychosis, luring them deeper into the mine to find him. At this time, Jeff Lane expresses himself as a “vessel” for the Interloper[5]. It is unclear exactly if Jeff Lane is dead or not, but it is highly implied by the bodies found around the Interloper that one of them might be him.

The only thing left of the group is the multiple shrines scattered across Appalachia,[6] possible evidence that the group managed to survive for a short time after the war, confirmed by their resurgence by 2103.


The Cult of the Mothman is very primitive in nature, using a combination of wood, bones, wire, leather, vines, and cloth to construct their armor and shrines. For weaponry, the cultists stuck to melee, using scraps of metal and black titanium to construct blades and crudely fasten them to different parts of a deer bone and horn as handles.[7].


  • The Cult of the Mothman are the base of the event Event: The Path to Enlightenment.
  • The player cannot officially join the cult yet.
  • Remains of Cultist worship sites can be found scattered throughout Appalachia.
  • The Cult makes a minor resurgence in the Wastelanders DLC.



Cult of the Mothman appears only in Fallout 76.


  1. See Sermon: Summoning the Mothman and Event: Path to Enlightenment
  2. His Priestess
  3. Sermon: Impending Doom
  4. Interloper
  5. The Chosen
  6. See gallery
  7. as seen in the Cultist dagger and Cultist blade
  8. the sacrificed body is fresh and naked and there are pastor’s vestments and a rifle found on the steeple, giving the impression the pastor attempted to fight back against the cult but inevitably was stripped and sacrificed
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