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For an overview of giant ant variants, see giant ant.
For an overview of fire ant variants, see fire ant.

 
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Giant ants are mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background

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]

Characteristics

Biology

Giant ants are large insects protected by a yellow-brown carapace. They have large mandibles which are used to both hunt and protect themselves. Their long antennae sprouting out of the head act like sensors, allowing them to take in more information about their immediate environment.

Gameplay attributes

These creatures can be a bit of a problem in the early stages of the game. Hitting their antennae will count towards a critical hit and will also frenzy them. Like their east-coast brethren, they are not particularly swift, and can easily be out-walked if the player character prefers to engage them at range.

Variants

Giant soldier ant

Giant soldier ant.png

The largest and strongest variant of the more common giant ant variants. This ant can be found accompanying smaller ants as they forage. Several can be found inside the Allied Technologies offices building.

NameStatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant soldier ant
0001CF80
00102AAD
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
3
Hit Points
75
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (30 Damage)
Giant soldier ant
00102AAD
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
150
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (24 Damage)
Ability
Dead Explosion (150 Damage)
Giant soldier ant
0015C7BE
00169DD5
00169DD8
Level
8
Experience Points
?
Perception
3
Hit Points
75
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (30 Damage)

Giant worker ant

Giant soldier ant.png

The drones of the colony, responsible for labor and maintenance. What they lack in individual fortitude, they make up for with relentless attacks and swarm tactics. However, a worker ant's exoskeleton isn't particularly hard compared to radscorpions. Their mandibles can cut through most leather and plastic with ease, even snapping bone on a lucky shot.

Giant worker ants can usually be found in barren stretches of desert in the Mojave such as the Ivanpah race track or Ivanpah Dry Lake. They usually walk around in groups, presumably looking for food.

NameStatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant worker ant
00102AAE
Level
2
Experience Points
?
Perception
3
Hit Points
30
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (7 Damage)
Giant worker ant
0001CF81
0015C7BF
Level
4
Experience Points
?
Perception
2
Hit Points
45
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (15 Damage)

Giant ant queen

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The giant ant queen (or fire ant queen) is the largest creature in the Mojave Wasteland. Only one giant ant queen appears in Fallout: New Vegas, located in the ant mound south of the Allied Technologies offices and Camp McCarran, or north-west of REPCONN headquarters.

NameStatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant ant queen
0015E908
Level
17
Experience Points
?
Perception
5
Hit Points
450
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (55 Damage)
Attack
Fire breath (8 Damage + 2 Fire for 5s) attacks per second (8)

Related quests

Notes

  • The ants at the Nellis array will explode when shot with energy weapons, due to their consumption of munitions.
  • One can observe ants walking in lines, much like worker ants in reality.
  • When near the Virgin Fork Campground, Follows-Chalk says giant ants are called "picnic-killers". He doesn't know why and says it's probably from "back when".
  • The ant queen found in Fallout: New Vegas is much less durable than her Fallout 3 counterparts.

Appearances

Giant ants appear in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, the Nuka-World add-on for Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Fallout Shelter.

Bugs

  • Icon xbox360.png Sometimes when using Explosives or Unarmed methods to attack the player won't damage the ant. [verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png Giant ant queens are meant to carry both ant queen pheromones and a variable amount of ant eggs, but due to a missing property in their "death items" list, there is only a very small percentage chance of one or the other being found. [verified]

Sounds

Ant attack

Ant warning

Ant queen spit attack

Injured ant queen

Death sound

Idle ant

Injured ant

Strafing ant

Gallery

See also

References

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