Floater (Fallout 2)

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This page is about the mutant creature that appears in Fallout and Fallout 2. For the cut content creature that appears in the game files of Fallout: New Vegas, see floater.
Floater
Fo Render floater.png
LocationNew California
VariantsLamprey floater
Manowar tendril floater
Needle tooth floater
 
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Floaters are terrifying mutant abominations developed by the Master for his armies.

Background[edit | edit source]

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A likely offshoot of West Tek experiments on flatworms from 2075,[1] floaters are unique creatures that were widely deployed alongside Unity forces, together with centaurs. Following the death of the Master, floaters became ubiquitous in the Central Valley in New California, preying on unwary travelers entering the regions. Fortunately, they are quite scarce elsewhere in the wasteland.[2]

The floater is a large, soft-bodied invertebrate, named after the flotation sacs (frequently abbreviated to just float sac) that allow it to float in the air. Noxious, flammable gases are generated by the creature's tissues, then stored in these large bladders, giving it its distinctive appearance. The sacs surround a mouth, which contains a tentacle terminating in a primitive, cross-shaped maw. When the floater attacks its prey, the maw is launched forwards, spiraling through the air and attempting to bite down on the target. Despite its ungainly appearance, the floater is fast, using its flexible tail to slither along the ground. Finally, they are oviparous, equipped with an ovipositor to lay eggs. Fortunately, floaters lack any meaningful intelligence: Their rudimentary ganglia are enough for them to recognize prey and members of its pack, but they are unable to work together as a pack, simply swarming whatever target they come across. However, that simplicity also makes them tenacious and difficult to put down. Their one disadvantage is that the flotation gases are flammable, making energy and flame weapons highly effective against these combustible creatures.[3][4][5]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Despite its appearance, the floater is fast, mean, and aggressive. It's very easy to become surrounded by these abominations and fall prey to their attacks. Keeping distance and terminating with extreme prejudice is the recommended course of action.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Name (Proto ID)StatisticsDT/DRAbilities
Floater
00000246
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Healing rateIcon healing.png
?
Armor classIcon shield bronze.png
?
SequenceIcon sequence.png
?
Action pointsIcon action.png
?
MeleeIcon melee.png
?
ChanceIcon chance.png
?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: NormalIcon damage.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: LaserIcon laser.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: FireIcon fire.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: PlasmaIcon plasma.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: ElectricalIcon electrical.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: ExplosiveIcon explosion.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: EMPIcon EMP.png
?-?
Nasty Floater
00000247
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Healing rateIcon healing.png
?
Armor classIcon shield bronze.png
?
SequenceIcon sequence.png
?
Action pointsIcon action.png
?
MeleeIcon melee.png
?
ChanceIcon chance.png
?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: NormalIcon damage.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: LaserIcon laser.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: FireIcon fire.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: PlasmaIcon plasma.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: ElectricalIcon electrical.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: ExplosiveIcon explosion.png
?-?
Damage Threshold/Damage Resistance: EMPIcon EMP.png
?-?


SPECIAL
StatisticValue
Strength8
Perception9
Endurance8
Charisma1
Intelligence2
Agility8
Luck5
XP?
Derived Statistics
StatisticValue
Carry Weight225
Sequence18
Hit Points175
Healing Rate2
Armor Class28
Action Points9
Critical Chance5
Unarmed Damage0
Melee Damage8
Defense
TypeResistanceThreshold
Normal40%5%
Laser40%5%
Fire0%0%
Plasma50%4%
Explosive40%6%
Electrical500%0%
EMP500%0%
Poison40% 
Radiation16% 
Skills
SkillValue
Small Guns0
Big Guns0
Energy0
Unarmed58%
Melee68%
Throwing0

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Floater

I think Floaters are cool critters in the Fallout universe, but, like Centaurs, they have really weird bodies that require unique animation rigs. From an animation perspective, limbless flying things tend to be really cheap (usually), human-like bipeds are cheap, quadrupeds aren’t too bad. Once you start getting into creatures with multiple heads, snake bodies, tentacles, etc., they get really expensive. IIRC, we talked about having Floaters but we just didn’t have the animation time for them.

Joshua Sawyer on the Frog Helms Fan Club
  • Floaters are the creation of Jason D. Anderson. Notably, the creature was known as the "Sphincter Monster" during development after Anderson had used a pornographic image for its mouth.[6]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Floaters appear in Fallout and Fallout 2. The Art of Fallout 3 includes concept art for a Lamprey floater, Manowar tendril floater, and Needle tooth floater. Creatures named floater budding and floater evolved also appear in Fallout: New Vegas, though they use the centaur model, a legacy of development.

References

  1. FEV Experiment Disk
  2. World map encounters in Fallout 2.
  3. Floater appearance and behavior in Fallout and Fallout 2.
  4. Fallout 2 combat description: "#
    # Floater
    #
    {1230}{}{the head}
    {1231}{}{the mouth}
    {1232}{}{the fore mouth}
    {1233}{}{the body}
    {1234}{}{the float sac}
    {1235}{}{the tail}
    {1236}{}{the ganglion}
    {1237}{}{the ovipositor}
    {1238}{}{uncalled}"
    (COMBATAI.MSG (Fallout 2))
  5. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.26-27: "Floaters hover by, manufacturing and storing noxious gases in their flotation bladders. They're stupid, but move fast and are very difficult to kill. Floaters will try to surround you, so keep your distance. The gases that allow them to float turn them into a wonderful flambé when you crisp them with fire or energy weapons."
  6. Information acquired by Paweł "Ausir" Dembowski from Jason D. Anderson: "We called it the "Sphincter Monster" after I used a porn image for its mouth"