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Can we get this changed to Radscorpion instead of plural?--Senornacho 22:35, 9 Feb 2005 (GMT)

Friendly Giant Radscorpion

I'm not sure if it is a glitch or not, but playing on the Xbox 360 today I came across a non-hostile Giant Radscorpion at a fenced in fuel depot north of the crashed Nuka-Cola truck due west of Chaste Acres Dairy Farm. Odd.... --JoranK 16:46, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Someone else reported one at Anchorage Memorial, to my disbelief. However, I recently ran across him as well, though I can't recall where. A third location to the pair thus far mentioned (yours and the other guy's). A Random Encounter, perhaps? --DarkJeff 16:52, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

I oddly encountered 5 of them just outside of arefu,however i got suspicous and planted landmines at the ramp,and when all 5 of them walked over to them and got killed,the residents of arefu were hostile to me

so.............WHAT THE F*** happened there eh? Werewolfhell 21:11, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

I ran into the same occurance, also at Anchorage Memorial. The Radscorpion seems to have not been hostile because he had just fought some ants. However, when I hung around for a minute or so, the thing all of a sudden went hostile. 16:54, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Pretty sure this is a random encounter, as I haven't seen them anywhere that's been mentioned here. Ferryn 17:28, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

I just ran across a Giant Radscorpion doing the same thing. It had just killed some ants even. I found it halfway between the Nuka-Cola Plant and the Arlington Library. It seemed to be shaking at me like "Don't you come any closer!" but it may have just been the model acting odd. Either way, it was interesting. I'm considering whether to kill it or not atm, Haha. 21:03, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

It is a random encounter, probably listed in the random encounters list on this site. The rad scorpion stays friendly if you don't come too close. There is no need to kill it, it will remain friendly for all the game. I mean the radscorpion you meet with some dead ants around, not the one fihting the 2 wastelanders for water. This one is always hostileCroquignol 17:28, October 5, 2009 (UTC)


When the Animal Friend perk is activated, the Giant Radscorpions are not hostile anymore and will not attack you. Star Paladin Cross kills them, even when they aren't hostile.

I have a single rank of the Animal Friend perk (and I'm running the PS3 version of the game) and have never encountered this bug.

Moved out of article since there seems to be a dispute. Personally, I don't understand what's the bug supposed to be - I thought it was the point of Animal Friend that creatures are not hostile anymore? // Porter21 U | T 13:49, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

-a rad scorpion is not an animal, and should not be affected by the perk. It's considered an insect class creature.

Tactics (moved from aticle)

  • In Fallout 3, radscorpions are susceptible to quick melee weapons, such as the Shishkebab. Keep the scorpion in front of you and you can either slash and move to its side and keep it turning while you kill it, or dart, slash and back up, timing it so you are backing up when it strikes. It only takes a couple of Shishkebab slashes to kill the normal size scorpions, and five to six to kill the giant ones (depending on your melee skill).
  • In Fallout 3, Radscorpions do not have a "weak spot" that can be targeted for extra damage (i.e. they have no "head" for headshots). This makes VATS combat and firearms less effective against them.
  • Radscorpions take normal damage when shot in the stinger, torso, or claws. They take reduced damage if shot in the legs, so legshots are less effective unless the player is attempting to cripple the radscorpion.
  • Radscorpions cannot turn very easily, so circling around it whilst firing is a good way of avoiding damage.
  • Also, in Fallout 3, a radscorpion will stop for just a second giving you the advantage to back away and attack them with a shotgun after and before the attack.
  • Presumably radscorpions hunt you by feeling vibrations through the ground. If you run from them and climb on a large rock they will suddenly stop and then retreat, leaving you to attack them with a ranged weapon or a grenade.

Kingclyde 17:42, 12 May 2009 (UTC)kingclyde

You forgot th if Radscorpions are shot in the legs, they take less damage. My tactic was to snipe the legs, lay down a frag mine and bam! Or, if you have Broken Steel, use the Heavy Incinerator to cripple half their body and outright slaughter them.--MPLX Fantasurge 07:37, October 10, 2010 (UTC)

had to move tactics AGAIN

Fallout 3 Strategies

For a normal Radscorpion, (and to some extent a Giant Radscorpion, but NOT an Albino Radscorpion), the Lone Wanderer can take advantage of a Radscorpion's combat AI. When the Radscropion comes almost within stinging distance, the player can kite around it in circles. While Radscorpions can move forward moderately quickly, they turn more slowly. In this fashion, the player will not be hit by the Radscorpion and can either take potshots at it or brandish a melee weapon and beat it to death without using any ammunition!

Another way to take advantage of the Radscorpions AI and a general flaw in the game is to stand on top of an object e.g. Cars or Fence Poles (Easiest on Cars), can make it so the Radscorpion cannot reach the player, this gives a good opertunity to take it out without getting injured. Also works with Giant and Albino Radscorpions. (Xbox 360) --Kingclyde 22:44, 24 June 2009 (UTC)


is it just me? because i frequently find these things half-way through the floor, but i didnt see anything about it in the article, its both these and giant radscorpians, there facing downwards with most of there front half through the ground, weirdKatikar 22:56, January 28, 2010 (UTC)

It is just a little bug in the game. It happens to most creatures in the game.---Legion- 17:08, April 11, 2010 (UTC)


Should we split this article into individual articles about each variety of radscorpion? This article is pretty long, and it would be easier to find information if the articles about Fallout 1, 2 and 3 radscorpions were separate. Telos 10:14, April 13, 2010 (UTC) I agree. It's beem done on other creatures on this wiki and I for one find useful.

Small Radscorpion

Should the small radscorpion be added to the variations section? It appears here: [1] The Jovar 21:47, September 6, 2010 (UTC)

I put it in. --Kris User Hola.jpg 21:52, September 6, 2010 (UTC)
Also I noticed on the Giant radscorpion page, it says that the poison damage is 4 for 5 seconds. However, on this page it says 40 damage for 5 seconds. I think it is 40, but i don't want to change it unless I know for certain. The Jovar 21:53, September 6, 2010 (UTC)
I can check the GECK when I get home, but I don't have access to it at work. Maybe someone else can check it before then, if not then I will - assuming I remember lol --Kris User Hola.jpg 21:55, September 6, 2010 (UTC)
There's two entries for RadScorpionPoison: RadScorpion1Poison, which does 3 damage/sec for 5 seconds, and RadScorpion2Poison which does 8 damage/sec for 5 seconds. It's not hard to see that the second one adds up to 40. I'll have to do more digging to see what uses which one, then I'll update the article. --Kris User Hola.jpg 00:58, September 7, 2010 (UTC)

Radscorpion Queen

What about the Radscorpion Queen that's in the Fire Station in New Vegas? Should I go ahead and add that, or is there a reason she's not on here yet? Just making sure. --Cosmicandi 07:36, October 28, 2010 (UTC)

I'd say go ahead and add it, but what do I know? 00:56, November 4, 2010 (UTC)
GO FOR EET! -Malus X 06:11, November 7, 2010 (UTC)


Should we have stats for all variations of the scorpions? I'm sure the regular, giant and small rad scorpions in New Vegas don't all have the same stats--Crossmr 04:04, November 7, 2010 (UTC)

Radscorpions 0 Health? bug

This seems to be a reoccurring bug and reloads don't help. Not sure if it's just for me or if anyone else experienced this,but i thought it important enough to note it. On 2 different occasions,back to back,I had discovered that both radscorpions had no health on 2 different instances. The first time i ran into a Giant Radscorpion and it would show that it had no health,but when activating V.A.T.S it showed that it had health. I reloaded. Further down i discover a regular Radscorpion this time,however on this particular encounter it had health initially,but when targeting it in V.A.T.S it showed to have no health at all. I mean basically just the complete opposite of my first encounter. It's not a big deal bug or anything,but i felt it worth noting because while fighting regular radscorpions might not be a problem with noting their health,fighting Giant Radscorpions and not being able to see their health WILL most likely pose a problem. Lionheart777 19:06, December 22, 2010 (UTC)