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Radroach (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of radroaches throughout the Fallout series, see radroach.
Radroach
Radroach.png
Typical radroach variant
LocationMojave Wasteland
Sierra Madre
VariantsRadroach
Irradiated radroach Cut contentIcon cut.png
 
Gametitle-FNV.pngGametitle-FNV DM.png
Gametitle-FNV.pngGametitle-FNV DM.png

Radroaches are mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background

Great American cockroaches, colloquially called radroaches or simply giant cockroaches, are giant versions of the pre-War species Periplaneta americana that have increased in size due to prolonged exposure to the radioactive fallout of the Great War.[1] Not nearly as common in the Mojave Desert as in the Capital Wasteland, radroaches mostly inhabit abandoned homes and buildings (such as the Basincreek Building) to scavenge on food that was left behind by whoever previously lived there. Some can also be found in the toxic dumps and on or around the roads in between Goodsprings and Primm, as well as being able to survive in the hostile and toxic environment of the Sierra Madre and the Cloud.

Characteristics

Biology

Found mainly in underground areas and sewers across North America, which can cause them to be a pest in certain Vaults because they can usually be found in fairly large groups. They feed on the dead, but will go after living creatures if isolated. Their numbers are their biggest advantage. Radroaches live mostly in the areas east of California.[2]

These radroaches are commonly found in the dark, damp and irradiated parts of the Wasteland[1] and look similar to normal cockroaches, save for the fact that they have mutated to be size of the domestic cat. They are generally little more than a nuisance to Armageddon survivors and are less than likely to pose a challenge. Radroaches are territorial and rather aggressive, but not very harmful. Anyone can kill them with their bare hands, and will only attack when they feel threatened by passersby. Although they are winged, they are incapable to flight, likely due to the wing appendages failing to adapt to the rapidly changing body mass. Still, it is possible that the wings are used for inter-species communication.[1] It is said that radroach innards are useful in the treatment of radiation poisoning, and are widely used by tribals for this purpose.verification overdue, remove

Gameplay attributes

Radroaches are not normally aggressive if the player character keeps his distance. They are however, very territorial and will attack if the player seems to threaten them, either by having a weapon drawn, invading their habitat, battling another enemy nearby (which is limited to less than a foot around the creature), or attacking them directly. Generally, they will spread their wings and make distinct clicking sounds in warning before attacking the player.

Variants

Radroach

Radroach.png

This is a normal radroach, with all the qualities mentioned above. This creature doesn't make much of a challenge for any level of player. A single punch without any weapon can kill them easily.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Radroach
00168d0c
0017cf7c
001689d4
00159606
00156770
LevelIcon level.png
1
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
10
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
12
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
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (5 DamageIcon damage.png)

Irradiated radroach

Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The irradiated radroach appears the same as a normal radroach but with the radioactive aura of a feral ghoul reaver and the ability to heal itself with a radiation blast similar to a glowing one. It does not appear in Fallout: New Vegas without the use of console commands.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Radroach
0013215c
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
3
Health pointsIcon heart.png
12
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
0
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
GroupIcon group.png
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (10 DamageIcon damage.png)
AbilityIcon ability.png
RadiationIcon radiation.png Radiation resistances 100%
AbilityIcon ability.png
Radiation Healing
(+10 Health pointsIcon heart.png +100 RadiationIcon radiation.png)
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout New Vegas cut content.

Notes

  • There is a special Unarmed V.A.T.S. attack when attacking a radroach. This consists of a stomp with the foot followed by a heel-grind.
  • The radroach is the second weakest creature in the game (after the raven).
  • There will almost always be a fight between a radroach and a gecko on the I-15 north of Primm.
  • With the perk Tribal Wisdom Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH.png, you gain the option to eat "small" mutated creatures including radroaches.

Appearances

The radroach appears in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on, Dead Money.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Enclave field terminals; Enclave Field Research Terminal, Field Entry: Great American Cockroach
  2. Radroaches appear in all games except for Fallout and Fallout 2, which were set in California.