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Robo-scorpion
Robo-scorpion.png
LocationBig MT
AffiliationMobius
VariantsPincer series
Blaster series
Bomber series
X-42 giant robo-scorpion
 
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Intruder, you will not escape the eyes of my robo-scorpions! Or their pincers!

Mobius

The robo-scorpion is a robot found in Big MT in 2281.

Background

A robo-scorpion is a specialized security robot produced by the Big MT research company to serve as robotic guardians for the Big Mountain Research and Development Center. As expected from their name, robo-scorpions take the form of a scorpion and are painted with a yellow body, two red pincers, and a red tail; connective parts are green. The original robo-scorpion was created before the Great War by Dr. Mobius[1][2] and his team in the X-42 robo-warfare facility in Big MT. Prototypes became popular security measures at the Big Mountain Research and Development Center equipped with a tail-mounted energy bolt blaster, optical systems allowing anyone in the X-42 robo-warfare facility to see through them with monitors, and a self-destruct system which, after their death, causes electrical explosion to ensure component destruction and ward off reverse engineering. Additionally, their public address systems allow anyone in the X-42 robo-warfare facility to speak through them. According to Mobius, they can form themselves from floor panels along with any other random parts lying around.[3]

X-42 giant robo-scorpions, unlike the others, were a project to create automated tanks for the United States Armed Forces for use against communist China.[4][5] The entire robot from stinger to pincers is forged from Saturnite and is fitted with atomic laser, but is still susceptible to electromagnetic pulse discharges.[6] Despite several prototypes being requested, certain kinks in design and programming prevented them from reaching battlefield deployment and only one functional prototype was completely finished, remaining idle in the X-42 robo-warfare facility.

Sometime after the Great War, Mobius, after hacking his colleagues and altering their personalities, chronometers, and geometers, among other things, was disgusted by his actions against his friends and erased some parts of his own memory to ease his conscience, including the knowledge of his creations. Later, Mobius removed himself to the X-42 robo-warfare facility which he renamed the "Forbidden Zone". According to him "every scientist needs an army" and he drew inspiration from the radscorpions that wandered into the crater of Big MT. The radscorpions had survived when nothing else had, making them perfect candidates for improvement.[7] He set to work improving upon the original design adding energy weapons, computer data drainers, optical cameras for remote surveillance, and audio systems to act as bull horns; he added the suffix "b" onto his new creations and retained all other features of the pre-War model. He also took the control of the previous models of robo-scorpions and they became his personal army, principally used to constantly distract the Think Tank.

The Think Tank eventually came to see the Robo-Scorpions as evil minions that Mobius was utilizing in an attempt to steal their intellect and stupefy them as a result of his bio-gel negligence and insanity.[8] The group came to rely on O's findings that they drained intelligence, due to lack of actual experimentation and inability to "comprehend Mobius' Robo-Schematics", though the reality was that their self-detonation made him unable to study them.[9][10] Due to this lack of evidence, some did have their doubts on their intellect-draining abilities, seeing them more as nuisances to annoy or irritate them.[11]

Characteristics

Robo-scorpions are very fast and are normally found in groups of 2-4. They are extremely resistant to most damage; the effect of pulse weapons cause less damage to them compared to other robots. The X-42 giant robo-scorpion is a special model adorned with a Saturnite armor plating, making it virtually impervious to small arms fire and an improved EMP shield. It is also equipped with a powerful tail-atomic laser, with which it draws the required energy from its internal generator, which is capable of causing severe damage and leaving residual radiation of about 30 rads per second for one second, as well as having a blast area of about 3 meters. It also equipped with a self-destruct system like other robo-scorpions but with a small nuclear device, leaving radiation of about 15 rads first and decreasing every second, stopping after five seconds.

Variants

Robo-scorpions appear in Mk. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and come in 'standard', pincer, blaster, and bomber sub-variants, as well as different sizes relative to their Mark. Standard robo-scorpions with models between 1 and 5 can also appear with a 'b' suffix, which indicates a 'buffed' version (except in the case of the Mk. 1b, which is actually weaker than the standard Mk. 1).

Their appearance in the game depends on the player level and importance of the location in which they appear. Robo-scorpions below Mk 3 do not naturally appear in the DLC.

Pincer series

The fastest robo-scorpions. They can only use their pincers and use melee quickly.

Robo-scorpion pincer Mk1

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion pincer Mk1
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LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
4
Health pointsIcon heart.png
75
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (20 DamageIcon damage.png)

Robo-scorpion pincer Mk2

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion pincer Mk2
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LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion pincer Mk3

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion pincer Mk3
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
375
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion pincer Mk4

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion pincer Mk4
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
5
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
50
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
525
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion pincer Mk5

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion pincer Mk5
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
675
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
5
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Blaster series

These shoot a long-distance electric blue beam from their tail with an average rate of fire and very high damage.

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk1

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk1
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk2

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk2
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk3

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk3
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk4

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk4
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
450
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
2
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk5

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk5
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion blaster Mk6

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion blaster Mk6
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
750
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
18
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Bomber series

They have the ability to become invisible due to the Stealth Boy integrated in them.

Robo-scorpion bomber Mk3

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion bomber Mk3
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

Robo-scorpion bomber Mk5

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Robo-scorpion bomber Mk5
00000000
LevelIcon level.png
?
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
?
DetectionIcon eye.png
?
Health pointsIcon heart.png
?
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
?
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
ConfidenceIcon confidence.png
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.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 (DamageIcon damage.png)
  • DeadIcon dead.png

X-42 giant robo-scorpion

Encountered in the Forbidden Zone, the X-42 giant robo-scorpion is a unique robo-scorpion and Dr. Mobius' ultimate guardian. It is armed with a powerful atomic laser capable of causing severe damage and radiation damage of about 30 rads per second for one second as well as having a blast radius of about that of a pulse grenade. It's also armored with experimental Saturnite armor and EMP shielding giving it a large DT.

It sometimes fires at you while you are behind cover, and you will still absorb the reduced amount of radiation, about 2~15 rad per second.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
X-42 giant robo-scorpion
xx00e84a
xx00e84b
xx00e84c
xx00e84d
xx00e84e
xx00e84f
LevelIcon level.png
50
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
500
DetectionIcon eye.png
10
Health pointsIcon heart.png
3000
Damage thresholdIcon shield gold.png
25
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
?
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 nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (200 DamageIcon damage.png)
AttackIcon attack.png
Atomic laser (1000 DamageIcon damage.png)

Notes

  • All robo-scorpions can be disabled with the Robotics Expert perk, including the X-42 giant robo-scorpion. However, the X-42 giant robo-scorpion will restart itself after a set amount of time has passed, a unique feature compared to all other robots. The player can exploit the latter for unlimited experience by deactivating the X-42 giant robo-scorpion again and staying hidden when it reactivates.
  • Mobius stops speaking through them after the completion of Old World Blues.
  • Even if the player allows the Think Tank and Mobius to live after completing the Old World Blues quest, robo-scorpions are still hostile.
  • The legs of a robo-scorpion far larger than even the X-42 can be seen poking out of the ground next to the Waste Disintegration Platform. Terminals and Mobius' declarations reveal that this bigger version of the X-42 giant robo-scorpion became frenzied and left the Forbidden Zone, consuming an unacceptable amount of power and forcing Mobius to disable and dispose of it.
  • The X-42 giant robo-scorpion explodes upon death in a similar manner to how Gabe explodes should he be killed in A Brain's Best Friend. The explosion leaves radiation around and lowers at the same rate of a Fat Man.
  • As seen in the trailer, X-42 giant robo-scorpion appears in Higgs village, though it is likely a red herring put in to avoid spoiling the plot.
  • The X-42 giant robo-scorpion is the largest enemy the Courier comes across without using console commands.

Notable quotes

It should be noted that quotes are from the robo-scorpions, but are transmitted to the Courier by Mobius through the robo-scorpions' public address systems connected to the X-42 robo-warfare facility.

Appearances

Robo-scorpions appear only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Behind the scenes

  • The robo-scorpion is based on the scorpitron of Wasteland, the 1980s game which is considered to be Fallout's predecessor.

Bugs

  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Some roboscorpions may continue to quote Mobius if the player completes Old World Blues without killing him.
  • Sometimes when encountering the X-42 giant robo-scorpion, it will not make hostile contact with the player, making the fight a whole lot easier.

Gallery

References

  1. One robo-scorpion appears in the Big MT's snow globe and snow globes were manufactured before the Great War.
  2. Audio Sample - Mobius' Robo-scorpion
  3. The Courier: "What minions?"
    Mobius: "Whoa, have they not constructed themselves yet? That's a bit premature of me. The Robo-Scorpions, of course. They can assemble themselves from floor panels and parts scattered about, quiet inventive - never really know when they might suddenly appear."
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  4. Forbidden Zone Dome terminals; Emergency Shutdown Terminal, Emergency Shutdown Procedure Log
  5. Forbidden Zone Dome terminals; Drone Control Terminal, Target Drone Effectiveness Log
  6. Forbidden Zone Dome terminals; Drone Control Terminal, X-42 Giant Robo-Scorpion Test Log
  7. The Courier: "Can you tell me about your Robo-Scorpions?"
    Mobius: "Well, every scientist needs an army. Mine came to me after these rather large scorpions kept coming in from the dessert. Like poisonous frosting. How scary, I thought! But they had survived when nothing else had. Perfect candidates for improvement, as a reward for their tenacity. Then I thought, what if they shot energy bolts and acted as walking eyes and data-drained computers and acted as bullhorns? Then I made them bigger. Then, I thought about... custard. I do so love custard. Or was it mustard? Mustard custard. Mmmm. I miss sugars and salts."
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "Why would Mobius want my brain?"
    Klein: "WHY DOES HE SEEK OUR DESTRUCTION? WHY DID HE BUILD ROBOT SCORPIONS WITH INTELLIGENCE-DRAINING STINGERS? IT IS BECAUSE HE HASN'T CLEANED HIS BIOGEL IN... A LONG TIME. CLEARLY, HE'S GOT SOME SORT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CORROSION. HE'S MAD."(Klein's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "These mechanical Robo-Scorpions "consume" intelligence? Are you certain of your findings?"
    Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] DR. O IS CERTAIN OF HIS FINDINGS. AND NO ONE ELSE IN THE THINK TANK IS WILLING TO TEST THE RESULTS. LOSS OF BRAINIAL POWER - TERRIFYING. O HAS SAID ON MANY OCCASIONS HIS INABILITY TO COMPREHEND MOBIUS' ROBO-SCHEMATICS IS BECAUSE OF REPEATED ROBO-SCORPION STINGS."(Klein's dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "Tell me about Mobius and these monsters of his."
    0: "
    • That "genius" Mobius somehow cobbled together these really impressive-looking robot scorpions with spare parts. Even painted them.* *Tried to see what makes them tick. Can't even examine them without them detonating all over me. Left with shrapnel and burns. Every. Time.* *Supposedly, he has even larger models, even a Giant Robot Scorpion hidden deep within the Forbidden Zone. Yeah, right. Giant monsters. Sure.*"
      The Courier:
      "A Giant Robot Scorpion?"
      0:
      "*Yeah, crazy right? Something right out of a Midnight Science Fiction Feature. Ridiculous. What are the odds?*"
      (0's dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "Robo-Scorpions drain intelligence from living creatures - how? Chems?"
    Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] I AM NOT CERTAIN. PERHAPS IT ONLY AFFECTS MACHINES. IF SO, YOU MAY BE IMMUNE. IF IT IS CHEMS, THEN WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. SINCE WE ARE AFRAID, IT MUST NOT BE CHEMS AND YOU NEED NOT FEAR, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN TEST IT. LOGICAL."
    (Klein's dialogue)