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Bloatflies are insects in the Capital Wasteland in 2277.

Background

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An example of the mutations caused by the Great War, the bloatfly is an evolution of either the Musca domestica (common housefly)[1] or Tabanus genera of biting horse fly.[2] Tentatively classified as part of the Tabanidae family in the order Diptera, class Insecta, phylum Arthropoda and kingdom Animalia by the Enclave, it is a major divergence from its evolutionary forebears.[2][3]

Characteristics

Biology

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The standard bloatfly has a green and brown carapace and is significantly larger and more tenacious than its predecessors. Its size inhibits previous flight characteristics and agility, making it impossible to feed like pre-War horse flies did. Instead, it uses its engorged stinger and pupae gestating within its abdomen to incapacitate prey.[2] The stinger is capable of launching mature larvae with a barbed sting at the end. These latch onto the target and deliver a neurotoxin capable of incapacitating larger prey, allowing the bloatfly and its larvae to feed.[2]

Its neurotoxin is ineffective against humans and larger targets, causing only localized necrosis.[2] As a result, the bloatfly serves as prey rather than predator among wastelanders who utilize its meat for food.[2] Bloatflies can resort to scavenging in situations where prey or other sources of sustenance are scarce.[4] It adapted to its enlarged size with a unique gland that enables it to balance and maintain speed despite its size.[5] The gland itself may be toxic to consume.[3][6]

Game attributes

Individually, they do not inflict much damage, but in swarms, bloatflies can be a moderate threat to low-level player characters (especially companions). Their carapaces are not particularly effective as a protection against any type of weapon. However, due to their fast and erratic movement as well as small size, compared to other denizens of the wastes, bloatflies are a challenge to shoot without V.A.T.S. They have a slow speed of pursuit, making it easy to escape from.

Variants

Bloatfly

Bloatfly.png

Bloatflies are large, mutated blowflies. In significant numbers, they pose a minor threat to high-level player characters, but can prove lethal to those at a low-level.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bloatfly
0009189C
Level
1
Experience Points
?
Perception
5
Hit Points
15
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Confidence
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Larva spit (5 Damage)

Locations

  • Bloatflies are found throughout the wasteland, but they are most commonly found in areas nearest to where barrels of toxic material seeps into the soil.
  • A large group of bloatflies can be found throughout the entrance area of Vault 92.
  • Bloatflies can be found in large number, northeast of Reclining Groves Resort Homes, where they feed off the corpses of some dead wastelanders.
  • Bloatflies can also be found between Fort Independence and Fairfax ruins, on the hillside near a collapsed overpass highway.

Notes

  • A bloatfly's wing makes a faint clicking noise, similar to a giant ant's movement, but fainter.
  • Bloatflies are one of the weakest creatures to come across in the wasteland, on par with radroaches and trog fledglings.
  • On death, they make a high-pitched chattering noise.
  • The Enclave outpost near Megaton has been studying bloatflies among creatures native to the region.
  • In a piece of concept art by Adam Adamowicz, the bloatfly is referred to as a "shrieking blowfly."
  • The Lone Wanderer can shoot and cripple a bloatfly's brain (located between their eyes), which will frenzy it. However, this will typically result in the creature's death.

Sounds

Bloatfly attack

Appearances

Bloatflies appear in Fallout 3.

Gallery

References

  1. Insect DNA chalkboard information
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Enclave field research terminal entries; Enclave field research terminal, Field Entry: "Bloatfly"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Sole Survivor: "Sign me up."
    Doctor Duff: "You're going to go out, and find a Bloatfly Gland. You see, the oversized Bloatfly of today evolved from an earlier species of smaller fly. Radioactive adaptation has resulted in a unique gland that enables it to balance and maintain speed despite its size. So what do you say? Ready to go out and dissect one?"
    (Doctor Duff's dialogue)
  4. Cassidy Caravans wreckage
  5. Sole Survivor: "Sign me up."
    Doctor Duff: "You're going to go out, and find a Bloatfly Gland. You see, the oversized Bloatfly of today evolved from an earlier species of smaller fly. Radioactive adaptation has resulted in a unique gland that enables it to balance and maintain speed despite its size. So what do you say? Ready to go out and dissect one?"
    (Doctor Duff's dialogue)
  6. The Sole Survivor: "Get the Bloatfly Gland. Got it."
    Doctor Duff: "Remember, bring the gland back in one piece. Oh, and don't chew on it. One of the students got horribly sick because of that mistake."
    (Doctor Duff's dialogue)
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