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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 creatures living in the Capital Wasteland in 2277. They are a variation of giant ants that have been genetically modified, and their name comes from their ability to expel a flammable acid from their mandibles.

BackgroundEdit

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The fire ants of the Capital Wasteland were created by a scientist named Doctor Lesko. The doctor was attempting to return giant ants to their normal size through genetic manipulation and accidentally created the fire ants. Dr. Lesko's ambition was to make the ants exponentially smaller through generations, meaning the offspring are born smaller than their parents for generations to come. But as he reasons, one small tweak of an error has left the ants with a completely different mutation. The fact that Lesko used F.E.V. in his experiments in order to produce a quicker result may also help explain the "error." Lesko further explains in very technical terms that the ants breathe fire by expelling flammable venom from what was their venom sacks, then igniting it with a spark made by clicking their mandibles. He calls this process "pyrosis" which is the medical term for heartburn.

It is not known how fire ants came to be in the Mojave Wasteland, but theories are that their ability to breathe fire has been developed in the same way as the similar ability of fire geckos.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Fire ants have a hard, red-orange carapace that protects their body from environmental factors. They live in enormous underground colonies where they eat, sleep, and mate with the queen. Fire ants are omnivorous, either using their pyrosis to kill prey, or eating what little vegetation they can find, when necessary.

Gameplay attributesEdit

Frenzied ants Grayditch

Fire ants like to attack from range with a fire breath attack, which has a surprisingly long effective range. The ants seem to have a minimum range at which they can breathe fire. If a character gets extremely close to the ants, they will constantly try to move backwards, letting off a spurt of flame or two. Additionally, they have a slow turn speed.

If their antennae are crippled, they will become frenzied. Once a fire ant becomes frenzied, it will attack other nearby fire ants and other non-player characters. Once attacked by another ant, the attacked ant will defend itself, damaging the attacking ant. When the frenzied ant kills something, the player character gains the appropriate Experience Points for that kill.

Due to their high resistance to fire, fire damage based weapons like the flamer and the Shishkebab will have little effect on them.

VariantsEdit

Fire ant soldierEdit

Fire ant

Fire ant soldiers are the second lowest ranked ant in a fire ant colony. Their job is to protect their area from intruders. They are very aggressive and will attack humans, as well as other creatures, on sight. They are relatively easy to defeat at medium levels or with a well-equipped low level character.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant soldier
000393ed
Icon level
6
Icon XP
10
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
150
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (24 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Fire breath (4 Icon damage + 2 Icon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Icon ability
Icon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant warriorEdit

Fire ant

Fire ant warriors are the predominant variety of ant the Lone Wanderer may encounter in Grayditch and in the Marigold station at higher levels. They have a high amount of HP and high attack damage.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant warrior
000c58ef
Icon level
9
Icon XP
25
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
225
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (32 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Fire breath (6 Icon damage + 2 Icon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Icon ability
Icon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant workerEdit

Fire ant

Fire ant workers are the backbone for the ant community's infrastructure. As the name implies, they dig tunnels and care for the eggs. However, they will attack intruders if they are threatened. They are much weaker than any other variant.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant worker
000393ec
Icon level
2
Icon XP
5
Icon eye
3
Icon heart
30
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (7 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Fire breath (2 Icon damage + 2 Icon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Icon ability
Icon fire Fire resistance 85%

Fire ant nest guardianEdit

Fire ant

Fire ant nest guardians are unique versions of fire ant warriors. There are only five of these ants protecting the queen. Doctor Lesko refers to these ants as "The Queen's Quintet."

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fire ant nest guardian
0006020b
Icon level
9
Icon XP
25
Icon eye
6
Icon heart
225
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (32 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Fire breath (2 Icon damage + 2 Icon fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)
Icon ability
Icon fire Fire resistance 85%

Marigold ant queenEdit

Giant ant queen

This ant queen is found in the queen ant's hatchery. Like the others in the game, she is slow and has a ranged acid spitting attack that does a fair amount of damage. She cannot spit fire because Doctor Lesko's experiment affected only her eggs. The queen has a very high amount of HP and is considered a "boss" enemy in the game.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant ant queen
00034785
Icon level
7
Icon XP
90
Icon eye
4
Icon heart
1000
Icon shield silver
0%
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon requiredIcon required
Icon attack
Melee (25 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Acid spit (40 Icon damage)
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Ant Queen Spit

A flaming version of the globs of spit, exclusively for the Marigold fire ant queen.

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Related questsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Fire ants appear in Fallout 3.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

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