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Bloodbugs are creatures found in Appalachia.

Background

Formerly the Anopheles marsh mosquito[1], bloodbugs have become mutated as a byproduct of the nuclear fallout and have grown in size since the Great War, similar to radroaches and bloatflies.

Characteristics

Biology

Bloodbugs appear to be roughly two feet in length from the head to the tip of the abdomen. Like their pre-War ancestors, bloodbugs possess six long double-jointed limbs, one pair of finely-veined wings, and a long, pointed proboscis that extends from between two compound eyes. The proboscis is the bloodbug's primary means of assault, sinking it into prey almost like a syringe and inflicting radiation poisoning to the victim. The proboscis can be collected by the Vault Dweller upon the bloodbug's death.

Gameplay attributes

Bloodbugs latch onto their prey in an attempt to drink their blood. The insect then becomes engorged with the victim's blood and can spit the contaminated blood back at its target for a large amount of radiation damage, which suggests that radiation is transmitted from the mutant to the victim. While these mutated mosquitoes can punch their proboscis through any kind of regular armor, it is not powerful enough to penetrate power armor. Should they find themselves faced with such heavily armored prey, their range of available attacks becomes limited to largely ineffectual stings and their acid spit, should the target be out of melee range.

Bloodbugs, like bloatflies and radscorpions, have a propensity for swarming tactics. Once they are alerted to their victim's presence, they will spread out, surround their prey and attack from multiple directions. This, coupled with their erratic evasive movement while under fire, their good camouflage and their slender silhouette, makes it difficult to keep track of and kill them all before at least some of them get into melee range. However, should the majority of the swarm be destroyed before it reaches its prey, the survivors will often retreat. Usually, they will regroup and attack again, but sometimes they will flee for good without returning.

Another habit bloodbugs share with bloatflies and radroaches is their clinging to trees and structures, as well as walls or the ceiling while indoors and unaware of an enemy's presence. If one damages the bloodbug's blood sac, it will lose its spit ability, but the bloodbug can still suck the victim's blood. If done multiple times, the bloodbug's sac will be restored and it will regain its spit attack.

Variants

Bloodbug hatchling

A younger variant of the adult bloodbug, their exoskeleton has not had time to harden to the extent of more mature bloodbugs, thus they are paler and weaker. They are the weakest form of bloodbugs.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Bloodbug hatchling
00028669
Attack
Unarmed (15 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (10 Damage)
Attack
Heal (1 Damage)

Bloodbug

The most common variant of the bloodbug; the typical mature form. They can be found in numerous locations throughout Appalachia.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Bloodbug
001423B4
Attack
Unarmed (20 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (25 Damage)
Attack
Heal (2 Damage)

Red widow bloodbug

The red widow bloodbug is similar in size to normal bloodbugs, but their bodies are tinted red. They are markedly more aggressive and much deadlier than other variants.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Red widow bloodbug
001423B5
Attack
Unarmed (25 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (35 Damage)
Attack
Heal (4 Damage)

Infected bloodbug

Infected bloodbugs possess more health than a normal adult bloodbug and deal more damage per hit. Some specimens also have green exoskeletons.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Infected bloodbug
001423B6
Attack
Unarmed (29 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (50 Damage)
Attack
Heal (6 Damage)

Vampiric bloodbug

Being found all over the map, the vampiric bloodbug will poison the player character, making their health drop while also causing radiation damage. On occasion they will mount the player character and suck their blood, also causing damage and have a slight chance to inflict a disease.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Vampiric bloodbug
001423B8
Attack
Unarmed (35 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (65 Damage)
Attack
Heal (8 Damage)

Glowing bloodbug

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Glowing bloodbug
001423B7
Attack
Unarmed (41 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (75 Damage)
Attack
Heal (10 Damage)

Venomous bloodbug

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Venomous bloodbug
003F36B5
Attack
Unarmed (46 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (90 Damage)
Attack
Heal (12 Damage)

Virulent bloodbug

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Virulent bloodbug
003F36B6
Attack
Unarmed (56 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (120 Damage)
Attack
Heal (14 Damage)

Deadly bloodbug

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Deadly bloodbug
003F36B7
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Unarmed (75 Damage)
Attack
Ranged (170 Damage)
Attack
Heal (16 Damage)

Scorched bloodbugs

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Scorched bloodbugs have been affected by the Scorched Plague. Each regular bloodbug variant has a corresponding scorched variant with the same stats, abilities, and items.

Locations

Appearances

Bloodbugs appear in Fallout 76.

Bugs

Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png A bloodbug's wings may continue to move even after it has been killed. [verified]

References

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