Giant mantis (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of mantises in the Fallout series of games, see mantis.
Giant mantis
Giant mantis.png
Normal giant mantis variant
LocationMojave Wasteland
Zion Canyon
VariantsGiant mantis
Giant mantis female
Giant mantis nymph
Zion mantis Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
Zion mantis nymph Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
Giant Zion mantis Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png
 
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Giant mantises are quadrupedal mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland and Zion Canyon in 2281.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Giant mantises are mutated mantises created by the horticultural experiments at Vault 22. They have escaped from the vault and have spread into the Mojave Wasteland. Compared to other mutant creatures, they are much closer (genetically) to the regular animal, although much larger. Mantises are significantly smaller than humans, but have an incredibly powerful attack. They almost always attack in swarms.

Mantis eggs and mantis forelegs may be taken from their bodies. Forelegs don't sell for much, but they may be used to make the useful consumable grilled mantis. Eggs sell for more than forelegs, but are not weightless. However, the eggs are needed for the quest Bleed Me Dry, if you don't collect the egg clutch.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Giant mantises are small compared to most other creatures and they will jump towards the player, slicing with their forelegs.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Giant mantis[edit | edit source]

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Regular giant mantis with the abilities mentioned above. Descended from smaller mantises from before the war, due to radiation and possibly experimentation within Vault 22 these insects have grown much larger.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant mantis
000f3d52
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis
000f3d53
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis
000ef412
001028c1
00156778
0015c669
LevelIcon level.png
6
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
60
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
40
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (45 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis
000f3d52
000f0904
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
8
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis
000f4401
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis
001347e0
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
60
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (40 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
PoisonIcon poison.png Poison resistance 100%
Giant mantis
00135b35
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
60
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (40 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
PoisonIcon poison.png Poison resistance 100%
  • DeadIcon dead.png none

Giant mantis female[edit | edit source]

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Female giant mantis. More powerful than the normal giant mantis, and larger too. They may have mantis eggs in their inventory. One can be found in the caves of Vault 22.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant mantis female
000fc1d0
LevelIcon level.png
9
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
90
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
50
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.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 (40 DamageIcon damage.png)

Giant mantis nymph[edit | edit source]

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Young giant mantis. They are much smaller and weaker than adult mantis. With a high enough Strength, they can be killed simply by stepping on them. Usually found early in the game at the Goodsprings schoolhouse, Nevada Highway Patrol Station and other areas, but can also be found in Vault 11 and Vault 22.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant mantis nymph
000ef411
LevelIcon level.png
1
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
10
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
1
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (1 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis nymph
0011d584
LevelIcon level.png
1
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
10
DetectionIcon eye.png
4
Health pointsIcon heart.png
5
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (1 DamageIcon damage.png)
Giant mantis nymph
0015c653
LevelIcon level.png
3
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
30
DetectionIcon eye.png
2
Health pointsIcon heart.png
15
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (25 DamageIcon damage.png)

Zion mantis[edit | edit source]

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The Zion mantis is a variety of giant mantis found in Zion National Park during the Honest Hearts add-on. They are much larger and more dangerous than the other varieties of giant mantis that are found in the Mojave Wasteland.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Zion mantis
xx009b7c
LevelIcon level.png
12
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
120
DetectionIcon eye.png
5
Health pointsIcon heart.png
70
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
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (65 DamageIcon damage.png)

Zion mantis nymph[edit | edit source]

Giant mantis nypmh.png

The younger, smaller, and weaker version of the Zion mantis. Found in Zion National Park during the Honest Hearts add-on.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Zion mantis nymph
xx009b7e
LevelIcon level.png
6
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
60
DetectionIcon eye.png
4
Health pointsIcon heart.png
35
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
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (45 DamageIcon damage.png)

Giant Zion mantis[edit | edit source]

Giant mantis.png

This variation of the giant mantis can be found in Zion National Park, during the Honest Hearts add-on. They are by far the strongest mantis in the game.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant Zion mantis
xx009b7d
LevelIcon level.png
20
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
200
DetectionIcon eye.png
6
Health pointsIcon heart.png
120
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 (110 DamageIcon damage.png)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you take two or more mantis forelegs off of them, the model's forelegs will explode. Strangely, this does not occur for mantis nymphs or giant Zion mantises.
  • If a mantis antenna becomes crippled, it will become frenzied and the mantis will begin to attack whatever is within reach, friendlies included.
  • Mantis nymphs can be killed by stepping on them.
  • There are quite a few mantises on the way to Jacobstown.
  • There are also many mantises around Spring Mt. Ranch State Park.
  • By shooting a mantis ootheca, a dozen giant mantis nymphs will come out and attack the player.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Researching the mantis was the best part of working on this creature. I watched many mantis VS (enemy) videos. You Tube is every animators friend. The Praying Mantis has so many odd behaviors it was a challenge narrowing my options down to the number of animations we could create for this creature.

Shon Stewart

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Giant mantises appear in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png PCIcon pc.png When a mantis raises its forelegs before attacking its head cannot be targeted in V.A.T.S., this also applies to the PC if an Xbox controller is used.

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