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Gameplay articles
Fallout 2Giant ant
Fallout 3Giant ant
Giant ant queen
Giant soldier ant
Giant worker ant
Invader ant
Mutated forager ant
Fallout: New VegasGiant soldier ant
Giant worker ant
Giant ant queen
Van BurenGiant albino ant
Giant albino ant queen

Giant ants are large mutated arthropod insects of the Formicidae family, genus Camponotus, most likely black carpenter ants.[1] Some scientists theorize this mutation comes from the effects of extended exposure to radiation.[2]


Giant antEdit

Fo2 Render Ant
Mini-JSPnP LogoThe following is based on J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

What they lack in individual fortitude, they make up for with relentless attacks and swarm tactics. Their exoskeleton isn't particularly thick, but it can turn aside weak punches and dull knives. Their mandibles can cut through most leather and plastic with ease, even snapping bones on a lucky hit. Giant ants become particularly aggressive when their queen is threatened.[3]

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Giant ant queenEdit

Giant ant queen
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

The mother of the ant brood, this variant is roughly four to five times larger than the average giant ant. When threatened, she buzzes her wings and will hiss at the enemy. She will then proceed to spit an acidic saliva at the enemy in an attempt to ward them off. She cannot move much, so avoidance is easy, especially in smaller spaces.

Giant soldier antEdit

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

These are the colony's main defense against intruders. They are plentiful and can often overwhelm an enemy by either running it off or killing it on the spot; usually the latter. This ant can often be found accompanying smaller ants as they forage.

Giant worker antEdit

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

As their name suggests, these ants do most of the work around the colony.

Invader antEdit

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

Two of them may be found attacking the Mutated forager ants in Shalebridge tunnels.

Mutated forager antEdit

Giant soldier ant
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

They are friendly and won't attack, even if they are attacked.

Giant albino antEdit

Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Giant albino ant
Gameplay article: Van Buren

A rare variation, these are found in the Hoover Dam Scum Pits. Their exoskeleton is a very pale yellow that almost looks white. Their eyes glow red like the giant albino rat, and their mandibles glow green and drip an acidic green fluid. Small numbers of these ants live in a nest back in the office area. They are ravenous and will come out fairly often to catch and drag a rat or leech back into their dark lair.[4]

Giant albino ant queenEdit

Gameplay article: Van Buren

The giant albino ant queen is found in the ant hive located in the Scum Pits of Hoover Dam. Unlike the giant albino ant, the queen's exoskeleton is only very pale on her abdomen.

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Giant ants appear in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout Shelter, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game and were due to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios. A friendly giant ant called Mr. Pinch is used as a mount by the Puppet Man in the official One Man, and a Crate of Puppets comic by Penny Arcade.

Behind the scenesEdit

Like many other creatures in the Fallout series, the giant ant draws from old black and white cinema, particularly the movie "Them!".


See alsoEdit


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