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Giant ants are a low-level hostile creature commonly found in Fallout games.
Background[edit | edit source]
These are mutated varieties of arthropod insects, from order Hymenoptera, family Formicidae, and genus Camponotus. Commonly called carpenter ants, their exposure to large levels of radiation resulted in rapid evolution and adaptation to the wasteland, creating what is known as a giant ant (big fucking ant to some). Their increased mass and strength makes them highly dangerous to large prey and even humans, as their mandibles are capable of cutting through leather, plastic, and even bone. Their exoskeleton can shrug off punches and most kinds of blunt trauma, but remains vulnerable to firearms and sharp weapons. Great ants are also quite sensitive to antennae trauma. Damage to their primary sense organ reliably sends them into a frenzy, attacking anyone and anything in the vicinity. Like their forebears, ants have a strong swarm instinct and will attack prey in packs or double-down to protect the nest if their queen is threatened in any way.
Variants[edit | edit source]
Giant ant[edit | edit source]
The common variant of a giant ant, without a specialized role in the swarm.
Giant ant queen[edit | edit source]
The heart of the swarm, a giant ant queen is significantly larger than drones and soldiers and capable of spitting acid at attackers. However, her large size renders her largely immobile, while the wings are little more than a vestigial limb, capable of threat displays, but little beyond that.
Giant soldier ant[edit | edit source]
Soldiers are tasked with protecting an ant colony against threats. They are commonly found in colonies and attack with reckless abandong to drive off or kill their target. Soldiers frequently protect drones while they work or forage.
Giant worker ant[edit | edit source]
The drones of the colony, responsible for labor and maintenance.
Invader ant[edit | edit source]
Mutated forager ant[edit | edit source]
A common variety of drones found in Shalebridge.
Giant albino ant[edit | edit source]
Giant albino ant queen[edit | edit source]
The queen of the albino ant colony in the generator rooms of Hoover Dam, the giant albino ant queen is found in the ant hive. Unlike drones and soldiers, only the abdomen of the queen is pale yellow.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Giant ants draw on the legacy of classic black and white horror movies, especially Them!.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Giant ants appear in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game and were due to appear in Van Buren. A friendly giant ant called Mr. Pinch is used as a mount by the Puppet Man in the official One Man, and a Crate of Puppets comic by Penny Arcade.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Overseer's Terminal, Report 2241-02-10: "We encountered a group of monstrous ants which appeared to confirm Mackay's theories of mutation due to extended exposure to radiation. We drove off the ants with gunfire and collected several specimens for study upon return to the vault (see Exhibit A)."
- Chosen One in Broken Hills
- Enclave Field Research Terminal (silo outpost), Field Entry: Giant Ant: "Kingdom: Animalia
I've determined with near certainty that the aboriginal Ants are of the genus Camponotus. My best guess would be that a majority of the ants encountered are black carpenter ants (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). However, given that this particular genus consists of over a thousand different species, classification has been difficult. Prior generations of the genus were only considered a nominal threat to humans, but their social and fiercely territorial nature, combined with the greatly increased mass of current varieties has made them extraordinarily dangerous. The antennae of the ant is the primary sense organ, and soldiers report disabling this to be a successful tactic, as it sends the ant into a frenzy whereupon it attacks anything nearby, human or ant."
- Simple critters, Giant Ant: "Giant ants are nothing to be laughed up. What they lack in individual fortitude, they make up for with relentless attacks and swarm tactics. Their exoskeleton isn't particularly thick, but it can turn aside weak punches and dull knives. Their mandibles can cut through most leather and plastic with ease, even snapping bone on a lucky shot. Giant ants become particularly aggressive when their queen is threatened."
- Hoover Dam design document/1#Former Generator Rooms