Feral ghoul (Fallout 3)

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For an overview of feral ghouls throughout the Fallout series, see Feral ghoul.
Feral ghoul
Feral ghoul.png
A typical feral ghoul
LocationCapital Wasteland
Point Lookout
VariantsFeral ghoul
Feral ghoul reaver Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS.png
Feral ghoul roamer
Glowing one
Swamp ghoul Point LookoutGametitle-FO3 PL.png
 
Gametitle-FO3.pngGametitle-FO3 BS.pngGametitle-FO3 PL.png
Gametitle-FO3.pngGametitle-FO3 BS.pngGametitle-FO3 PL.png

Feral ghouls are creatures found in the Capital Wasteland in 2277. They are similar in appearance to ghouls, but they have lost their ability to reason and have become aggressive to anyone who isn't a ghoul. (They also tend to be hunched over rather than walking or standing upright.) This has contributed to the discrimination of ghouls by human wastelanders, even those that have retained their mental faculties.

Background[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

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The degeneration into a feral state (referred to as ferocious post-necrotic dystrophy) is not fully understood. It is known that it is a result of a degeneration of the brain (which is not affected by the regenerative mutation of the spinal cord) and emerges following the atrophy of higher brain functions, accompanied by an increased level of aggression and appetite. When the loss of capacity for thought is complete, a ghoul is considered feral.[1][2] The factors that may cause a ghoul to enter this state are unclear, but anti-social or isolated ghouls are more susceptible to it.[3] Exposure to intense radiation may also be a factor – feral ghouls have no body heat and emit lethal levels of radiation, indicating that feral ghouls are for all intents and purposes dead, their functions sustained only by their high irradiation. This allows them to survive for centuries, relying only on the energy provided by radiation – at the expense of a horrifying, emaciated appearance. Understandably, the process is irreversible.[4][5]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Feral ghouls are among the most commonly encountered foes in the wasteland, particularly while traversing the metro system stretching beneath the ruins of the capital. Although individual ghouls aren't much of a threat, they usually attack in packs, trying to bring their target down in melee. As their brains have degenerated long ago, ferals are incapable of using tactics or tools. The closest they get is with the loud screech they release when alerted, telling the pack that they have detected a threat and bringing them down on whatever raised their ire. Being ghouls, all ferals are immune to the deleterious effects of radiation. Instead, radiation heals them. As such, glowing ones can keep a pack in action longer and should be taken down first when present.

Dealing with ferals involves keeping them at range and avoiding swarms. Ferals can be taken down with explosives or at a distance. When they start screeching, they will typically sprint at the target, attacking them with an overhead strike with their hardened fists, then attack with side-swipes up close. Wearing the ghoul mask renders all feral ghouls non-hostile, allowing players to observe their convulsions and fidgeting up close.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

Feral ghoul.png

The basic variant, easily distinguished by the tattered shorts it wears. The basic ghoul can appear in two different variants, one with a reddish flesh color and another with a greyish hue. Functionally, they are the same creature and pose the same, minimal threat.

They are among the weakest creatures in the game and can be reliably dispatched with any melee weapon or a few shots to the center mass. A headshot will suffice too. Ferals also drop the rare pass card for metro lines, with a 1.5% chance for them to spawn, the highest among all creatures in the game.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul
0009fafa
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
25
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 (5 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 85%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)

Feral ghoul roamer[edit | edit source]

Ghoul Roamer.png

Roamers can be easily identified by the tattered Army combat armor they wear on top of tattered remains of a uniform. Commonly encountered in abandoned Metro tunnels and derelict buildings, roamers are what remains of pre-War soldiers who succumbed to radiation poisoning, but were not granted the mercy of a quick death.

Centuries of exposure to the environment robbed the combat armor of most of its protective qualities and roamers can be taken down just like regular ghouls. However, their higher resistance to gunfire and melee, combined with the fact they spawn in groups, can make them dangerous to unprepared players.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul roamer
00072b79
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
25
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 (5 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 85%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)
Feral ghoul roamer
0009fafb
LevelIcon level.png
6
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
60
DetectionIcon eye.png
4
Health pointsIcon heart.png
80
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 (16 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 85%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)

Glowing one[edit | edit source]

Glowing one.png

Feral ghouls who absorbed too much radiation can turn into undead conduits of radiation. The sheer amount of rads they absorbed has caused them to glow, with their skeleton visible beneath the translucent, greenish skin. Like regular feral ghouls, they wear nothing but a pair of short, ragged trousers. However, they are much more resilient and can release bursts of radiation, injuring non-ghouls and healing nearby feral ghouls. Even after they are dispatched, the radiation continues to leak out of their bodies, creating a small, mildly irradiated zone (+1 rads/sec).

A glowing one is guaranteed to spawn at the Dunwich Building, in the forsaken ruins, when the player has a vision of pre-War times and sees a man in the distance. When they revert to the present, a glowing one will always spawn in the man's place.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing one
0001cf7b
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
5
Health pointsIcon heart.png
240
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 (32 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Aura Explosion (5 DamageIcon damage.png and 5 RadiationIcon radiation.png/sec for 2 seconds)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 80%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)

Feral ghoul reaver[edit | edit source]

Feral ghoul reaver.png

The most far gone variant of feral ghouls, introduced in Broken Steel and Point Lookout. Covered by ruined metal armor, reavers have survived long enough for the radiation to twist and harden their bodies, while supercharging their regenerative properties to the point they can literally rip off pieces of themselves to hurl at a target without damage to themselves. They are also incredibly perceptive and alert.

As a result, the reaver is one of the most powerful creatures in Fallout 3. It has twice as much health as a sentry bot or deathclaw, while being faster and potentially more damaging than either. They close distance fast, attacking with quick lunge attacks that knock the target back and can easily cripple limbs. They can also rip out their guts and throw them at a distance, with reaver chunks exploding like a grenade.

Reavers are dangerous at all distances and highly alert to boot, capable of detecting sneaking players protected by stealth fields generated by Stealth Boys or Chinese stealth armor. As such, fighting off a reaver requires a good deal of firepower or giving them a (very) wide berth.

Notable reavers[edit | edit source]

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul reaver Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS.png
xx00103e
LevelIcon level.png
12
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
120
DetectionIcon eye.png
7
Health pointsIcon heart.png
1100
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 (100 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 85%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)

Swamp ghoul[edit | edit source]

Swamp ghoul.png

A sickly, degenerated variant of a feral ghoul found in Point Lookout. Exposed to the marsh environment and wearing tattered remains of their former clothes, these pale ghouls are weaker than their counterparts and can be easily dispatched with any weapon. However, they usually appear in number and support more powerful ghouls like reavers or glowing ones. Major concentrations can be encountered at the Turtledove Detention Camp and Ark & Dove Resting Grounds.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul Point LookoutGametitle-FO3 PL.png
xx0116f6
xx008807
xx009c09
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
25
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 (5 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resist. 85%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+1 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Reavers do not have proper swimming animations associated with them, so they will simply walk underwater.
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Reavers might become impossible to kill for a short while, when they start to violently shake. This can be bypassed by using explosives or targeting the legs.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The gore chunk thrown by reavers might fail to detonate on impact, leaving them stuck in a perpetual throwing cycle.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The special aura may not correctly despawn when the reaver is killed with any plasma rifle and disintegrates into goo, remaining active around the pile.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Feral ghouls appear in Fallout 3.

References

  1. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "While they can easily be mistaken for zombies, Feral Ghouls are actually horribly irradiated humans whose brains have rotted away, causing madness."
  2. Tenpenny Tower terminals; Exploration Database, Feral Ghouls
  3. Underworld terminals; Research Terminal, Study Of Ferocious Post-Necrotic Dystrophy
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "I need more details... What's the breach all about?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "Internal visual sensing equipment is detecting numerous unidentified persons in the southeast tunnels area. The individuals have damaged metro equipment and refused dialogue with our security units. In accordance with U.S. Security Statute A567/B, the use of deadly force has been authorized."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Can you tell me more about these unidentified persons?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "My apologies. My sensing equipment in that area must be damaged. My equipment indicates the persons possess no internal body heat and are emitting lethal levels of radiation."
    (M.A.R.Go.T.'s dialogue)
  5. Little Yangtze terminals; Little Yangtze Log Terminal, Elijah's Journal - Day 2