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While they can easily be mistaken for zombies, Feral Ghouls are actually horribly irradiated humans whose brains have rotted away, causing madness.Fallout 4 loading screens

Feral ghouls are creatures found in the Commonwealth, on the Island and in Nuka-World in 2287.

Background[edit | edit source]

Ghouls are former humans who have become horribly irradiated by the radioactive fallout covering the wasteland from the Great War. Many ghouls are pre-War humans who survived the initial nuclear bombardment. Becoming permanently irradiated, they were disfigured and their lifespans were increased virtually indefinitely. In most cases, exposure to radiation in the post-War Commonwealth wastes degenerated their brains, causing them to lose their higher cognitive functions, turning them into mindless, radiation-resistant cannibals.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

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The degeneration into a feral state (referred to as ferocious post-necrotic dystrophy) is not fully understood. It is known that it is a result of a degeneration of the brain (which is not affected by the regenerative mutation of the spinal cord) and emerges following the atrophy of higher brain functions, accompanied by an increased level of aggression and appetite. When the loss of capacity for thought is complete, a ghoul is considered feral.[1][2] The factors that may cause a ghoul to enter this state are unclear, but anti-social or isolated ghouls are more susceptible to it.[3] Exposure to intense radiation may also be a factor – feral ghouls have no body heat and emit lethal levels of radiation, indicating that feral ghouls are for all intents and purposes dead, their functions sustained only by their high irradiation. This allows them to survive for centuries, relying only on the energy provided by radiation – at the expense of a horrifying, emaciated appearance. Understandably, the process is irreversible.[4][5]

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

It is now possible to dismember ghouls, however, they will continue to chase and bite the Sole Survivor even if they lose both of their arms. When losing a leg, however, they will become docile and will no longer try to attack, allowing the player character to quickly dispatch them and handle any uninjured ghouls. Rarely, a feral ghoul will still attack after its head is decapitated. Feral ghouls being exposed to high levels of radiation such as those present in the Glowing Sea will regenerate HP rapidly.

A notable difference between the New England Commonwealth feral ghouls and feral ghouls seen throughout New California, the Mojave Wasteland, and the Capital Wasteland, is that they have glowing yellow eyes. Sometimes feral ghouls will lie on the ground, either to rest or play dead. Once the player character gets close enough or they are otherwise alerted, they get up and attack. These ghouls can sometimes be targeted in V.A.T.S. and if spotted, attacked before they arise. They also show up as living actors on the HUD if the Sole Survivor is wearing power armor with a targeting HUD-equipped helmet or aims at them with any kind of recon scope.

Occasionally, they will start to run faster at the player character moving erratically to dodge incoming attacks, suggesting some form of intelligence, and will eventually lunge at their attacker once they're close enough. A gurgling roar is heard when a ghoul charges at the Sole Survivor. This attack can sometimes be difficult to dodge without sprinting, but it can, however, be blocked or interrupted with a melee strike. Additionally, when feral ghouls lunge at the player character, they often fall beside or behind their target, giving the player character a brief chance to strike while the ghoul is getting back to its feet. In some locations, particularly indoors, ghouls will also emerge from windows, ductwork, etc., to attack when a victim comes close. Ghouls hiding in this sort of ambush cannot be detected even by V.A.T.S. before they begin emerging - however, while they are emerging they are helpless while climbing into the room and can be freely attacked if one is quick. Often they will not detect the player character until they finish emerging.

They very rarely travel alone, and it is quite unusual to encounter a single ghoul. This behavior has led to groups of ferals often being called "packs" or "hordes" by wastelanders. Another notable difference from previous versions of ferals is that they inflict radiation damage as well as physical damage.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

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Typical feral ghoul, exhibiting zombie-like behavior. These are more than likely the first type of creatures the Sole Survivor will encounter as they can be found all over the Commonwealth. Aboard the Yangtze, unique feral ghouls called crewmen can be found.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul
000758AD
Level
3
Perception
2
Hit Points
35
Damage Resistance
10
Energy Resistance
20
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
7
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (15-20 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (10 Damage)

Feral ghoul roamer[edit | edit source]

Fo4-feral-ghoul-roamer.png

Roamers appear to be somewhat older and consequently sturdier ferals. They are still somewhat weak however compared to other types of ferals.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul roamer
0011669D
Level
9
Perception
2
Hit Points
70
Damage Resistance
15
Energy Resistance
30
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
13
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (15 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (10 Damage)

Pink ghoul[edit | edit source]

Fo4-pink-ghoul.png

Simply called "ghoul" in-game, this type of feral ghoul is found exclusively in Suffolk County Charter School. They appear pink because of a food paste served by the school before the War.[6]

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Pink ghoul
001D475E
Level
14
Perception
2
Hit Points
10
Damage Resistance
15
Energy Resistance
15
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
200
Experience Points
22
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (5 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (10 Damage)

Feral ghoul stalker[edit | edit source]

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Stalkers are a variant of feral ghouls that can easily be distinguished by their bloody mouths and paler skin. They often pretend to be dead or hide amid rubble until an enemy is detected, where they then attempt to quietly ambush their prey without revealing themselves, usually with success. There are generally at least a few stalkers mixed into larger groups of weaker ferals. As they wear the same tattered clothing as roamers and normal ferals, they can be difficult to spot until they're damaged. They will also sometimes serve as a "boss" in locations populated by ferals. If the player character is of a high enough level, the boss may instead be a glowing one, which the stalker will still accompany.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul stalker
00165790
Level
15
Perception
2
Hit Points
80
Damage Resistance
30
Energy Resistance
45
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
22
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (30 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (20 Damage)

Feral ghoul reaver[edit | edit source]

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Reavers usually have pieces of post-War metal armor attached to them. They lack a projectile attack and are generally the ones in a pack to reach better-equipped targets thanks to their respectable amount of HP. They are much easier to deal with than past versions. Unlike the ones in Fallout 3 and New Vegas, their corpses do not emit green fumes or have boil covered skin.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Feral ghoul reaver
0007ED09
Level
22
Perception
2
Hit Points
140
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
60
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
32
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (40 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (30 Damage)

Withered feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

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Withered feral ghouls are slightly skinnier, with a yellowish leathery-looking skin, and wear no clothes. These ghouls are likely fairly old compared to others, as their clothing has rotted away and they appear to be severely sun-damaged. A withered feral ghoul can be found inside the power armor storage in the national guard armory. Their eyes and mouth also appear severely damaged and shriveled.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Withered feral ghoul
0007ED08
Level
32
Perception
3
Hit Points
170
Damage Resistance
50
Energy Resistance
75
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
47
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (50 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (40 Damage)

Gangrenous feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

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Gangrenous feral ghouls are considerably rarer and stronger than the previous variants, with torn rags like common variants, and yellow skin. They can be hard to defeat even for some mid/high level player characters due to their aggressive attacks and high health. A gangrenous feral ghoul can be found inside Croup Manor's basement guarding a chest with some expensive loot. One can also be found at O'Neill Family Manufacturing in the Glowing Sea.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Gangrenous feral ghoul
0011669E
Level
42
Perception
3
Hit Points
200
Damage Resistance
60
Energy Resistance
90
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
61
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (60 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (50 Damage)

Rotting feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

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Rotting feral ghouls have a bloated appearance, indicating that their bodies have begun decomposing, also suggested by the name. Although their offensive capabilities are on par with gangrenous feral ghouls, they have almost twice the amount of health.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Rotting feral ghoul
0007ED07
Level
52
Perception
4
Hit Points
385
Damage Resistance
70
Energy Resistance
110
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
225
Experience Points
76
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (60 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (50 Damage)

Charred feral ghoul[edit | edit source]

Fo4-charred-feral-ghoul.png

The highest tier of all non-glowing feral ghouls, this variant is covered by a thick layer of soot and is much tougher to kill than a normal feral. These level with the player character, making them immune to the Wasteland Whisperer perk.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Charred feral ghoul
001166A0
Level
62+
Perception
5
Hit Points
505+
Damage Resistance
85
Energy Resistance
140
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
250
Experience Points
90
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (90 Damage)
Attack
Radiation (30+ per sec. Damage)

Glowing one[edit | edit source]

Fo4-glowing-one.png

A highly irradiated version of a feral ghoul, they glow with green light emitting from within, and just being near them causes radiation damage. They can perform an area of effect radiation attack indicated by the raising of their arms which releases radiation around them. This radiation also heals nearby feral ghouls, and glowing ones can even sometimes revive recently killed allies. They are potentially more dangerous than past iterations, especially against low-level player characters, due in part to their radiation-fueled healing, although their passive radiation radius is smaller and thus they are easier to dispatch without taking any radiation.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing one
00020BCC
Level
22
Perception
3
Hit Points
400
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
80
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
200
Experience Points
32
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (40 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (35 Damage)
Attack
AOE Rad/Revive

Putrid glowing one[edit | edit source]

Fo4-putrid-glowing-one.png

A higher level version of glowing one, covered in glowing green blisters of radiation. Its radiation aura is almost twice as strong, but it is no longer capable of performing its area of effect radiation attack. This is the strongest type of feral ghoul in the game, damage-wise.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Putrid glowing one
0011669F
Level
40
Perception
4
Hit Points
650
Damage Resistance
75
Energy Resistance
150
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
200
Experience Points
57
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (75 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (60 Damage)

Bloated glowing one[edit | edit source]

Fo4-bloated-glowing-one.png

A higher level version of glowing ones. Its body is bloated and swollen with radioactive material. It gives off more radiation than its counterparts and the melee attack is a little weaker, compared to a putrid glowing one. However, it does have the highest health of all feral ghouls.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Bloated glowing one
000A0EEE
Level
58+
Perception
5
Hit Points
785+
Damage Resistance
90
Energy Resistance
175
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
225
Experience Points
83
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (35 Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage (75 Damage)

Fog ghoul[edit | edit source]

Fh-fog-ghoul.png

A variant only found on the Island and mutated by the island's radioactive fog. Fog ghouls are much paler than ghouls found in the Commonwealth, with black burns on certain parts of their skin and fishing nets draped over their chest. Their eye sockets are quite large, with the eyes sunken in, and their teeth are permanently gritted, exposing the gums, which seem inflamed, and the teeth sunk in as well. Black soot is also smeared across their faces.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fog ghoul Far Harbor (add-on)
xx01c85f
Level
3
Perception
2
Hit Points
35
Damage Resistance
10
Energy Resistance
20
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
200
Experience Points
7
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee ( Damage)
Attack
Radiation Damage ( Damage)

Painted ghoul[edit | edit source]

FO4NW-painted-ghoul.png

Painted ghouls are found in Kiddie Kingdom and are painted in bright colors by Oswald the Outrageous, usually with forced smiles or bright eyes.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Painted ghoul Nuka-World (add-on)
xx019e7f
Level
22
Perception
2
Hit Points
140
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
60
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
50
Experience Points
32
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps alliesIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (40 Damage)

Charred painted ghoul[edit | edit source]

FO4NW-charred-painted-ghoul.png

Just like regular painted ghouls, charred painted ghouls have been painted on by Oswald, except they are much larger and bloated in appearance.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Charred painted ghoul Nuka-World (add-on)
xx019e88
Level
52
Perception
4
Hit Points
385
Damage Resistance
70
Energy Resistance
110
Radiation Resistance
1000
Poison Resistance
75
Experience Points
76
Gamebryo AI attributes
Very aggressiveIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
FoolhardyIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes
Helps friendsIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (75 Damage)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Found throughout the Commonwealth, the Island, and Nuka-World.

Notable feral ghouls[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Feral ghouls encountered in Suffolk County Charter School are a unique shade of pink not seen in any other population.
  • Feral ghouls are not hostile towards cats.
  • Feral ghouls' limbs are severed when broken, unlike other creatures.
    • A feral ghoul that has been affected by a weapon with the Kneecapper effect may have their leg crippled instead of outright destroyed, allowing it to continue to limp after its enemies.
  • Feral ghouls can continue to survive, even if (the top part of) their head has been blown off. However, this is extremely rare and may even be a bug.
  • Feral ghouls will randomly become friendly if one has the Ghoulish perk.
  • The Children of Atom believe that feral ghouls were originally ghouls but rejected Atom and became feral. [citation needed]
  • Feral ghouls can be found in most graveyards in-game.
  • The only way to prevent a ghoul from being reanimated by a glowing one is by blowing its head off or destroying its torso (using the Bloody Mess perk).
  • Ferals can sometimes do a finishing kill on both the player character (in third person mode) and NPCs by jumping on top of its victim and biting their neck.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Feral ghouls appear in Fallout 4 and its add-ons Far Harbor, Vault-Tec Workshop and Nuka-World.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout 4 loading screens: "While they can easily be mistaken for zombies, Feral Ghouls are actually horribly irradiated humans whose brains have rotted away, causing madness."
  2. Tenpenny Tower terminals; Exploration Database, Feral Ghouls
  3. Underworld terminals; Research Terminal, Study Of Ferocious Post-Necrotic Dystrophy
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "I need more details... What's the breach all about?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "Internal visual sensing equipment is detecting numerous unidentified persons in the southeast tunnels area. The individuals have damaged metro equipment and refused dialogue with our security units. In accordance with U.S. Security Statute A567/B, the use of deadly force has been authorized."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Can you tell me more about these unidentified persons?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "My apologies. My sensing equipment in that area must be damaged. My equipment indicates the persons possess no internal body heat and are emitting lethal levels of radiation."
    (M.A.R.Go.T.'s dialogue)
  5. Little Yangtze terminals; Little Yangtze Log Terminal, Elijah's Journal - Day 2
  6. > Complaint Letter Draft: Also, I could almost swear everyone seems a little bit pinker after a week of eating the stuff.
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