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For an overview of fire ant variants in the Fallout series of games, see fire ant.
For an overview of giant ant variants in the Fallout series of games, see giant ant.

 
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Fire ants are mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

It is not known exactly how fire ants came to be in the Mojave Wasteland, but they are likely mutated red imported fire ants. It is possible that their ability to breathe fire has developed in a way similar to the fire gecko's ability.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Fire ants are large insects, covered in a reddish-brown carapace. They have large mandibles used for defending themselves as well as for hunting. Their long antennae protruding out of the head act like sensors, allowing them to sense more information about their immediate environment. They also have the unusual ability of breathing fire.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

These insects may pose a significant threat if encountered early in the game, especially for lower-level characters. Hitting their antennae counts toward a Critical Hit and will also frenzy the ant. Fire ants use the same tactics as giant ants, swarming their foe. Fire and explosives-based weapons are generally ineffective when dealing with them, as they have a high Fire Resistance. They will sometimes ignore the player character and only attack when provoked.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Fire ant queen[edit | edit source]

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The fire ant queen, or giant ant queen, is the largest creature in the Mojave Wasteland. Only one ant queen appears in Fallout: New Vegas, located in the ant mound south of the Allied Technologies offices and Camp McCarran, northwest of REPCONN headquarters.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant queen
0015e908
Level
17
Experience Points
?
Perception
5
Hit Points
450
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (55 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (8 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)

Fire ant soldier[edit | edit source]

Fire ant.png

Fire ant soldiers, or soldier fire ants, are the larger and stronger of the two fire ant variants. This ant often accompanies the workers in foraging.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant soldier
0014f47a
0015e911
0015a88e
Level
12
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
100
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (40 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (4 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Ability
Fire resistance Fire resistance 85%
Soldier fire ant
0015a893
Level
12
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
100
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (40 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (4 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Ability
Fire resistance Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant worker[edit | edit source]

Fire ant.png

Fire ant workers are the smaller and weaker of the two fire ant variants. They are responsible for gathering food and taking care of the young of the colony.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant worker
0014f42a
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
2
Hit Points
55
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (20 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (2 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Ability
Fire resistance Fire resistance 85%
Worker fire ant
0015a892
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
2
Hit Points
55
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (20 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (2 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Ability
Fire resistance Fire resistance 85%

Locations[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire ants appear in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Occasionally, they will make a sound that suggests they are spitting fire, but there is no fire present. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes the queen will appear in the tunnels leading to her, rather than the large open room. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Playstation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The death item list for the ant queen is meant to give ant queen pheromones and a random number of ant eggs, but does not have the "Use All" flag checked; this results in the list instead giving out only one of the listed items, equating to an approximate 8% chance of receiving pheromones and less than a 20% chance of receiving any ant eggs. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png There is a misnamed fire ant in northern El Dorado Dry Lake that may spawn as a soldier fire ant, rather than a fire ant soldier. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Sometimes ants might walk right into steep world geometry and walkthrough. [verified]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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