Yao guai (Fallout 3)

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Yao guai
Yao guai.png
LocationCapital Wasteland
VariantsYao guai
Scavenger's yao guai
 
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Don't feed the Yao Guai! That is all.

Three Dog, GNR Public Service Announcement

Yao guai are a species of mutated black bears that inhabit the Capital Wasteland in 2277.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Named by descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War,[1] yao guai are mutated black bears and one of the more vicious creatures of the wasteland, sporting razor sharp claws and teeth and a nasty temperament.[2] Despite this, yao guai exhibit a gentle, familial bond toward one another when found together, and can even be domesticated.[3]

Yao guai will attack nearly any other animals or people they encounter, including deathclaws. The mutation has greatly extended their lifespan, although practical immortality has only been achieved by ghoulified yao guai, limited to remote populations on the eastern seaboard in Point Lookout and on Mount Desert Island. Some of these yao guai are bears that have been born before the Great War.[4][5]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Although generally found alone, yao guai exhibit a gentle, familial bond toward one another when found together, provided they do not feel threatened by the observer's presence. Yao guai will attack nearly any other animals or people they encounter, including deathclaws. However, yao guai have been known to be occasionally friendly towards bloatflies.

They can be found in groups, or alone, wandering the Capital Wasteland, mostly around craggy, hilly places, or in caverns. They also seem to appear at night more often than day, suggesting they are nocturnal.

Yao guai have an underground den, the yao guai tunnels (not to be confused with the yao guai cave, which is also a den for yao guai).

There are some Wasteland scavengers that have managed to tame yao guai. These will not attack on sight and can be approached, although they will defend themselves and their master if threatened.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Yao guai attack by using running pounces, and slashes or bites after these. Like all creatures that have pounce attacks, they can't pounce with a crippled hind leg. However, even after crippling one of the limbs, they only stop charging for a split second. Yao guai have a high Perception, and can therefore become aware of you even when not in a direct line of sight.

Yao guai are affected by the Animal Friend perk.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Yao guai[edit | edit source]

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The standard yao guai with all characteristics listed above. Prime locations are in the Cliffside cavern and the yao guai tunnels, but can also be found all across the wasteland.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai
0001cfa0
LevelIcon level.png
7
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
70
DetectionIcon eye.png
7
Health pointsIcon heart.png
220
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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
AttackIcon attack.png
Melee (75 DamageIcon damage.png)

Scavenger's yao guai[edit | edit source]

Yao guai.png

These yao guai have been domesticated. They travel alongside merchants and protect their masters from any harm that may arise. It is unknown just how exactly yao guai are tamed.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Scavenger's yao guai
00073243
LevelIcon level.png
7
Experience pointsIcon XP.png
70
DetectionIcon eye.png
7
Health pointsIcon heart.png
220
Damage resistanceIcon shield silver.png
0%
FistIcon fist.png
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.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 (75 DamageIcon damage.png)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • According to a Fallout 3 loading screen, the yao guai are descended from the D.C. area's black bears. Considering their ragged and rotting appearance, along with the famous bear Ruzka still living in Point Lookout 200 years after the Great War, it's possible that yao guai have undergone a sort of ursine ghoulification. However, the presence of yao guai cubs in Zion Canyon indicates that the species is still capable of reproduction, unlike ghouls themselves.
  • When one is extremely close to a passive yao guai, they can be heard to have a wheezing, raspy breath. This can also be heard by entering the Pip-Boy menu whenever a yao guai approaches or nears you.
  • Yao guai are not as deadly as deathclaws or some of the Wasteland's other inhabitants, but can be extremely deadly to lower level characters as they occasionally spawn south east of Megaton near the crossing into Washington, D.C..
  • At higher levels with the add-on Broken Steel, packs of deathclaws start to replace some of the locations yao guai spawn.
  • Yao guai can sometimes be seen taking out some Talon Company mercs randomly during your game. Sometimes after you encounter this, they won't attack you at all.
  • If a yao guai encounters an Outcast patrol under the overpass closest to Megaton and the Outcasts kill the yao guai there, it can become a recurring encounter as both the yao guai and the Outcast patrol will respawn approximately every 3 game days.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Yao guai appear in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • In Chinese, yao guai (妖怪) simply means "monster". In Chinese mythology, "yao guai" are physical manifestations of the spirits of mistreated animals, or fallen divine animals.
  • Three Dog's advice on yao guai is simply: "Don't feed the yao guai". This is a reference to the adage "Please don't feed the bears," a saying commonly found on signs in parks, zoos and other areas populated by bears.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Yao guai seem to have the highest physic grade, meaning they will fly, or glitch, when killed. This is more common when one is killed mid-air, usually with a combat shotgun.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Originally named by the descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, the Yao Guai is a ferocious mutated bear."
  2. Exploration Database, Yao Guai
  3. Scavengers' yao guai
  4. Ruzka
  5. Yao guai ghoul