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For floaters as they appear in other Fallout games, see floater.
 
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Floaters are unique mutants of unknown origins and known terrifying appearance.

BackgroundEdit

A likely offshoot of West Tek experiments on flatworms from 2075,[1] floaters are unique creatures that were widely deployed alongside Unity forces, together with centaurs. Following the death of the Master, floaters became ubiquitous in the Central Valley in New California, preying on unwary travelers entering the regions.[2] They are quite scarce elsewhere in the wasteland.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

The floater is a large, soft-bodied invertebrate, named after the flotation sacs (frequently abbreviated to just float sac) that, contrary to its name, allows it to hover in the air. Noxious, flammable gases are generated by the creature's tissues, then stored in these large bladders, giving it its distinctive appearance.[3] The sacs surround a mouth, which contains a tentacle terminating in a primitive, cross-shaped maw. When the floater attacks its prey, the maw is launched forwards, spiraling through the air and attempting to bite down on the target. The floater is fast, using its flexible tail to slither along the ground. Finally, they are oviparous, equipped with an ovipositor to lay eggs. Floaters lack any meaningful intelligence: Their rudimentary ganglia are enough for them to recognize prey and members of its pack, but they are unable to work together as a pack, simply swarming whatever target they come across. However, that simplicity also makes them tenacious and difficult to put down. Their one disadvantage is that the flotation gases are flammable, making energy and flame weapons highly effective against these combustible creatures.[4][5]

Gameplay attributesEdit

They are often found in groups with centaurs.

VariantsEdit

FloaterEdit

FoModel Floater

Floaters are durable creatures, and move very quickly due to their unique ability to hover. They often travel in groups with super mutants and centaurs, and can pose a great threat to anyone unprepared for combat.

Name (Proto ID)StatisticsDT/DRAbilities
Floater Gametitle-FO1
00000045
Icon XP
275
Icon heart
50
Icon healing
1
Icon shield bronze
5
Icon sequence
8
Icon action
7
Icon melee
19
Icon chance
5%
Icon damage
3-10%
Icon laser
2-0%
Icon fire
0-0%
Icon plasma
0-0%
Icon electrical
0-50%
Icon explosion
0-0%
Icon EMP
20-500%
Floater Gametitle-FO2
00000246
Icon XP
750
Icon heart
175
Icon healing
2
Icon shield bronze
28
Icon sequence
18
Icon action
9
Icon melee
8
Icon chance
5%
Icon damage
5-40%
Icon laser
5-40%
Icon fire
0-0%
Icon plasma
4-50%
Icon electrical
0-500%
Icon explosion
6-40%
Icon EMP
0-500%

Bloody floaterEdit

FoModel Floater

A floater that gorges on bodies, they are more aggressive and have slightly more health but other stats remain.

Name (Proto ID)StatisticsDT/DRAbilities
Bloody floater Gametitle-FO1
00000167
Icon XP
350
Icon heart
75
Icon healing
3
Icon shield bronze
8
Icon sequence
14
Icon action
9
Icon melee
25
Icon chance
5%
Icon damage
4-30%
Icon laser
4-30%
Icon fire
4-10%
Icon plasma
2-10%
Icon electrical
2-50%
Icon explosion
0-0%
Icon EMP
0-500%

Nasty floaterEdit

FoModel Floater

If normal floaters are bad, then the nasty floaters are far worse. Even more durable and tenacious than their counterparts, they are indeed capable foes. Just like common floaters, they are very susceptible to fire, due to their flammable gasses.

Name (Proto ID)StatisticsDT/DRAbilities
Nasty floater Gametitle-FO2
00000247
Icon XP
1000
Icon heart
200
Icon healing
3
Icon shield bronze
29
Icon sequence
20
Icon action
9
Icon melee
13
Icon chance
7%
Icon damage
8-40%
Icon laser
8-40%
Icon fire
2-10%
Icon plasma
7-60%
Icon electrical
0-500%
Icon explosion
8-40%
Icon EMP
0-500%

AppearancesEdit

Floaters appear in Fallout and Fallout 2.

Behind the scenesEdit

Floaters are the creation of Jason D. Anderson. Notably, the creature was known as the "Sphincter Monster" during development after Anderson had used a pornographic image for its mouth.[6]

GalleryEdit

References

  1. FEV experiment disk
  2. World map encounters in Fallout 2.
  3. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.26-27: "Floaters hover by, manufacturing and storing noxious gases in their flotation bladders. They're stupid, but move fast and are very difficult to kill. Floaters will try to surround you, so keep your distance. The gases that allow them to float turn them into a wonderful flambé when you crisp them with fire or energy weapons."
  4. Floater appearance and behavior in Fallout and Fallout 2.
  5. Fallout 2 combat description: "#
    # Floater
    #
    {1230}{}{the head}
    {1231}{}{the mouth}
    {1232}{}{the fore mouth}
    {1233}{}{the body}
    {1234}{}{the float sac}
    {1235}{}{the tail}
    {1236}{}{the ganglion}
    {1237}{}{the ovipositor}
    {1238}{}{uncalled}"
    (COMBATAI.MSG (Fallout 2))
  6. Information acquired by Paweł "Ausir" Dembowski from Jason D. Anderson: "We called it the "Sphincter Monster" after I used a porn image for its mouth"
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