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Flatwoods monsters are cryptids in Appalachia in 2102.

BackgroundEdit

Zetan aliens tasked with capturing test subjects for experimentation, Flatwoods monsters are stealthy kidnappers, grabbing victims and teleporting away before they knew what hit them, [1][2] their mere presence telepathically warping the mind of all but the most iron-willed.[3][4][5]

In pre-War West Virginia, near the town of Flatwoods, many claimed to see a dark, mysterious figure with glowing eyes.[6] A Flatwoods monster purportedly took Colton Pickins onto its spaceship and performed experiments on him, however, that account was disbelieved by the responding police force. Post-War, however, these accounts are becoming more and more real, with accounts of wastelanders being taken away and subjected to vile experimentation; a blinding light their only memory of the ordeal.[7]

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Flatwoods monsters are humanoid creatures of extraterrestrial origin. A Flatwoods monster's head is encased in a purple space helmet, which obscures its face save for its glowing white eyes. The rest of the body is sealed in a protective suit, with an armored breathing apparatus and a large spade-shaped frill on its back. Flatwoods monsters have no visible legs, the suit instead terminating to a bullet-shaped point at its bottom, with what appear to be small hover-jets around the waist, allowing the creatures to float above the ground. The Flatwood monsters' long arms are tipped with large, three-fingered hands clad in large black gloves. Beneath the Flatwoods monsters' hard metal shell is a Zetan alien, though the creature inside is deformed, with very small legs compared to others of its species.

Gameplay attributesEdit

A Flatwoods monster can be encountered in a random encounter in which, if approached or shot at, it will suddenly disappear along with a flash of light, or if it is a hostile variant, it will engage the player character using teleportation to move around. It is possible for one to spawn alongside the mothman.

During combat, a Flatwoods monster will teleport around. It regenerates lost health when nearly dead multiple times and can also take control of other creatures and robots around it and use them to defend itself, indicated by the purple glow around the creatures under its control.

The Tales from the West Virginia Hills magazine issue #5 will provide an additional 15% damage against the Flatwoods monster.

At the Whitespring Resort, the Whitespring robots will not attack the Flatwoods monster if it appears. Conversely, the Flatwoods monster will only attack player characters. This can occur during a "Whitespring assault" random encounter along with a regular assault of randomized enemies that will attack the robots. The player character must fend off two different types of enemies at once, including the Flatwoods monster, as opposed to only one type of a hostile enemy for the Whitespring security detail.

VariantsEdit

Flatwoods monsterEdit

FO76 Flatwoods Monster Laser

The base variant of the creature, with all of the above attributes.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Flatwoods monster
00524c6b
Icon level
30
Icon shield silver
150
Icon acid
100
Icon heart
850
Icon electrical
250
Icon fire
?
Icon XP
160
Icon radiation
Immune
11c
?
Icon eye
10
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
Unarmed (60 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Laser (85 Icon damage)

Fabled Flatwoods monsterEdit

FO76 Fabled Flatwoods Monster

An elusive variant, this Flatwoods monster has increased health and laser damage, although its resistances are the same.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Fabled Flatwoods monster
00524c6c
Icon level
40
Icon shield silver
150
Icon acid
100
Icon heart
1050
Icon electrical
250
Icon fire
?
Icon XP
209
Icon radiation
Immune
11c
?
Icon eye
10
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
Unarmed (65 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Laser (105 Icon damage)

Mythical Flatwoods monsterEdit

Fallout76 Tales FlatwoodMonster

This powerful Flatwoods monster has even higher health and attack damage, being the strongest of all three variants.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mythical Flatwoods monster
00524c6d
Icon level
50
Icon shield silver
150
Icon acid
100
Icon heart
1475
Icon electrical
250
Icon fire
?
Icon XP
257
Icon radiation
Immune
11c
?
Icon eye
10
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
Unarmed (75 Icon damage)
Icon attack
Laser (125 Icon damage)

LocationsEdit

Related questsEdit

NotesEdit

AppearancesEdit

The Flatwoods monster appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Flatwoods monster is based on West Virginia folklore. The Flatwoods monster was encountered by a group of six boys of various ages and one Kathleen May, who claimed to have encountered an alien creature after investigating a mysterious light that flew across the sky and appeared to have landed in the woods. The hovering monster was described as being ten feet tall with a green body and clawed hands, as well as a red face, glowing yellow eyes and a head shaped like an "ace of spades."
  • An unidentified man from the nearby community of Frametown would later report that the creature was humanoid, with a reptilian torso and a metal cylinder instead of legs, leading to the widespread belief that the Flatwoods monster had been an alien wearing a metal suit.
  • Today, investigators believe that the Flatwoods monster was nothing more than a barn owl perched in a tree, and the light that flew across the sky was a meteor that had been reported by many other towns in the area.

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Fallout 76 – Tales from The West Virginia Hills Who Goes There? The Strange Encounter In Flatwoods

Fallout 76 – Tales from The West Virginia Hills Who Goes There? The Strange Encounter In Flatwoods

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wandering storyteller: "The thing... it didn't walk but hovered with glowing purple eyes. I didn't get a good look, because it got him and vanished."
  2. Wandering storyteller: "With my own two eyes i saw the creature zap him with a purple laser and then the two of them vanished into the night."
  3. Wandering storyteller: "An interdimensional being from beyond the void! It's mere presence can warp the mind of all but the most iron-willed!"
  4. Wandering storyteller: "It was the Flatwoods monster, and you killed it! Most enter a stupor, petrified with terror as the creature slowly invades their minds!"
  5. Flatwoods monsters possess the ability to control every single non-player entity in-game
  6. Fallout 76 loading screens
  7. Wandering storyteller: "Finally found him cold and naked. Couldn't remember a thing, just ranting and raving about a flash of bright light."
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