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The enigmatic and deadly mutant creatures known as Floaters store noxious gases in their floatation bladders, which allow them to move through the air in search of prey.Fallout 76 loading screens

Floaters are creatures found in Appalachia in 2103.

Background[edit | edit source]

Much like those found on the West Coast, Appalachian floaters are flatworms mutated as an offshoot of the West Tek FEV experiments.[1][2] They are a unique mutant, unseen elsewhere on the East Coast as of 2277.

Floaters are known to be friendly toward super mutants and behave almost as companions, similar to the role of mutant hounds. Some floaters that encountered super mutants in the wilderness even began to follow the roving gangs. As the floaters showed no hostility, the super mutants kept them around as attack animals and companions.[3]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Similar to floaters cultivated on the West Coast, Appalachian floaters are large, soft-bodied invertebrates, named after the flotation sacs that allow it to hover in the air. Noxious, flammable gases are generated by the creature and stored in the large flotation bladders atop their heads, giving the creature its distinctive appearance and ability to hover.[4]

Appalachian floaters have a single mouth consisting of an upper jaw and two large mandibles, each lined with sharp teeth. A remarkably long tongue is kept folded in the mouth. When attacking, the tongue unfurls and shows that its length is roughly the same as the rest of floater's body. Unlike West Coast floaters, the creature's mouth lies on the front of the body rather than horizontally on the head.

Above the mouth is a large, singular eye with eyelids capable of blinking and squinting. Multiple smaller eyes are dotted around the head, although only two others are capable of independent rotation. Each floater variant has a different eye color and pupil shape. Gnashers have bright green eyes with cross-shaped pupils, flamers have yellow eyes with vertical rectangular pupils, and freezers have bright blue eyes with thin, horizontal rectangular pupils.

The main body is conical, with a thick torso tapering into multiple tentacles that wrap around the central tentacle. Two squid-like tentacle "arms" extend from the sides of torso and reach down roughly half the body length. A single tentacle, denoted the tail, protrudes from the back of the main body. The torso and limbs are covered with groups of pulsating growths called pus sacs that are used to store volatile chemicals used in combat.

The head consists of a single balloon-shaped flotation sac mounted above the eyes. A central ridge of hard material runs along the top of the head. The sac continually pulsates, expanding and contracting as the floater hovers. Similar to the growths seen on the body, the vein-covered head emits a glowing radiance easily seen in the dark.

When killed, floaters bring their arms to their head and emit a loud shriek as the flotation sac violently expands. Upon rupturing, the explosion spreads volatile entrails in a circular radius, leaving a lingering pool of pus for a short duration.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Floaters primarily hunt using ambush tactics, burrowing beneath the ground and lying in wait for prey. They leave their long tongues sticking out of the dirt and emit a bright, colorful mist to attract curious prey. When provoked, the floater leaps out from under the ground with its mouth gaping open in an attempt to intimidate and startle the prey.

Elemental affinity[edit | edit source]

Unlike their West Coast brethren, Appalachian floaters have developed elemental abilities. Floaters have either acidic-based, incendiary-based, or cryogenic-based capabilities, primarily stored in the pus sacs covering the body and limbs. This pus can be harvested and turned into volatile grenades, which, when thrown, emulate the dying explosion of a critically wounded floater.

Gnasher floaters are green in color and use acid-based attacks, releasing highly corrosive pus with every bite. Unlike other floater variants, gnashers cannot utilize ranged attacks and instead opt for melee combat. Flamer floaters are orange in color and are capable of long range fire-based attacks. Freezer floaters are bright blue in color and specialize in cryogenic attacks. Freezer pus is kept at low temperatures and can be sprayed at will in a large radius, causing damage to any technological parts it comes into contact with, notably fusion cores.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Floater flamer[edit | edit source]

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A glowing, bright red variant with incendiary capabilities.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Floater flamer
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Attack
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Attack
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Attack
Fireball (20) (1/s Fire, 4 seconds)
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Flamethrower (1) (1/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (1/s Fire, 4 seconds)

Floater freezer[edit | edit source]

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A glowing, bright blue variant with cryogenic capabilities.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Floater freezer
0055DA57
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (1 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)

Floater gnasher[edit | edit source]

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A glowing, bright green variant with acidic capabilities.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Floater gnasher
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Attack
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Attack
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Attack
Vampire bite (1/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (1/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Fierce floater[edit | edit source]

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Fierce floater flamer
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Attack
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Attack
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Attack
Fireball (22) (2/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (1) (2/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (2/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Fierce floater freezer
0057234D
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (1 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Fierce floater gnasher
00572352
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (2/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (1/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Savage floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Savage floater flamer
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Attack
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Attack
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Attack
Fireball (24) (3/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (1) (3/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (3/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Savage floater freezer
0057234E
Attack
?
Attack
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Attack
Freezer breath (2 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Savage floater gnasher
00572354
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (3/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (2/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Ravenous floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Ravenous floater flamer
00572342
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (28) (4/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (2) (4/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (4/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Ravenous floater freezer
0057234F
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (2 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Ravenous floater gnasher
00572355
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (4/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (2/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Vile floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Vile floater flamer
00572343
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (33) (5/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (2) (5/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (5/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Vile floater freezer
00572350
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (3 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Vile floater gnasher
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Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (5/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (4/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Hideous floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Hideous floater flamer
00572344
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (38) (6/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (2) (6/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (6/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Hideous floater freezer
00572351
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (4 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Hideous floater gnasher
00572357
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (5/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (5/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Vicious floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Vicious floater flamer
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Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (47) (7/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (3) (7/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (7/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Vicious floater freezer
00597A48
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (5 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Vicious floater gnasher
00597A4D
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (6/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (6/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Bloodthirsty floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Bloodthirsty floater flamer
00597A44
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (54) (8/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (3) (8/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (8/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Bloodthirsty floater freezer
00597A49
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (6 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Bloodthirsty floater gnasher
00597A4E
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (7/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (7/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Menacing floater[edit | edit source]

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Menacing floater flamer
00597A45
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (63) (9/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (3) (9/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (9/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Menacing floater freezer
00597A4A
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (7 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Menacing floater gnasher
00597A4F
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (8/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (9/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Abominable floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Abominable floater flamer
00597A46
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (72) (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (5) (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Abominable floater freezer
00597A4B
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (9 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Abominable floater gnasher
00597A50
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (9/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (11/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Deadly floater[edit | edit source]

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Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Deadly floater flamer
00597A47
Attack
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Attack
?
Attack
Fireball (81) (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Flamethrower (5) (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Attack
Death (10/s Fire, 4 seconds)
Deadly floater freezer
00597A4C
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Freezer breath (12 Energy)
Attack
Death (3% fusion core drain/s, 5 seconds) (-60% movement speed, 3 seconds)
Deadly floater gnasher
00597A51
Attack
?
Attack
?
Attack
Vampire bite (10/s Health points, 5 seconds)
Attack
Death (13/s Poison, 4 seconds)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Floaters appear in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. FEV experiment disk
  2. Baudoin, Ferret; Gardiner, Jeff (April 23, 2020). "Hey r/fo76! Jeff Gardiner and Ferret Baudoin are here today to answer your questions and chat about Wastelanders." Reddit. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. Super mutant 1: "Look at that smile. I think it like you! I know it ugly, but it friend."
    Super mutant 2: "It follow us here, but no attack, it need friend."
    Floater: "Gloooooorrrp! Bleghk?"
    Mutant 1: "What it say? I think it want to play."
    Mutant 2: "Or hungry. Maybe play with food like human?"
    (W05_RE_Camp_JP16_SuperMutantsAndFloater.txt)
  4. Fallout 76 loading screens: "The enigmatic and deadly mutant creatures known as Floaters store noxious gases in their floatation bladders, which allow them to move through the air in search of prey."
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