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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 creatures found in the Capital Wasteland in 2277.

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] Giant ants have retained a strong swarm instinct and will attack prey in packs or double-down to protect the nest if their queen is threatened in any way.

Characteristics

Biology

They make a loud, chattering noise with their mandibles and are better adjusted to daylight than their California counterparts. There are five variants of these ants, including workers, soldiers, queens, invaders, and the mutated forager ants. Ant nectar can occasionally be looted from their corpses and refuse piles (found in their lairs).

Gameplay attributes

Ants usually attack head-on in droves of up to five. They do not try to flank enemies but will surround them if they get close enough. Their mandibles can be devastating to a low-level player, but they are not much of a threat to those who are high-level or well-equipped. If their antennae are crippled, ants will frenzy and attack everything around them, including their own kind. The Entomologist perk will increase damage against giant ants and other insects by 50%.

Variants

Giant ant

Giant soldier ant.png

This ant variant can only be found dead throughout the Capital Wasteland.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant ant
00026135
000BF5B8
Level
1
Experience Points
0
Perception
2
Hit Points
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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 (5 Damage)
  • Dead none

Giant soldier ant

Giant soldier ant.png

These are the colony's main defense against intruders. They are plentiful and will often overwhelm an enemy, either letting it run off or killing it on the spot, usually the latter.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant soldier ant
00029036
Level
2
Experience Points
10
Perception
3
Hit Points
30
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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 soldier ant
0001CF80
00029036
Level
6
Experience Points
10
Perception
4
Hit Points
150
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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)

Giant worker ant

Giant soldier ant.png

As their name suggests, these ants do most of the work around the colony. They are relatively frail but are found in large groups.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant worker ant
0001CF81
Level
2
Experience Points
5
Perception
3
Hit Points
30
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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 ant queen

Giant ant queen.png

The mother of their respective ant brood, this variant is roughly four to five times larger than an average giant ant. When threatened, her wings will buzz about and she will hiss at the enemy. She will then proceed to spit acidic saliva at the enemy in an attempt to ward it off. Ant queens are not very fast, though they do seem to notice targets from a distance and spit with surprising accuracy.

The queens are generally considered to be one of the "boss" characters in Fallout 3, as they have extremely high health (about half that of a super mutant behemoth) making them one of the few creatures in the Capital Wasteland that can survive a Nuka-grenade blast.

There are only three queens in Fallout 3: in Marigold station, Shalebridge, and the Corvega factory. The Marigold ant queen is the mother of the fire ants that have been harassing Grayditch. She was mutated by Doctor Lesko in an attempt to create smaller ants with a chemical mutagen that would be injected into the queen ant, but instead fire-spitting giant ants resulted (for a more detailed description see the fire ant page).

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Giant ant queen
0001CF7F
00034785
Level
7
Experience Points
10
Perception
4
Hit Points
1,000
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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 (25 Damage)
Attack
Ant Spit (40 Damage)

Invader ant

Giant soldier ant.png

Invader ants are a species of ant found in Shalebridge that, as their name suggests, are invading the colony of the forager ants (see below). They have the same health as a worker ant, so they can still pack a punch for a low level player.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Invader ant
00034777
Level
2
Experience Points
?
Perception
3
Hit Points
30
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
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)

Mutated forager ant

Giant soldier ant.png

These ants are friendly and will not attack the player. They are small for mutated ants and live in the colony located in Shalebridge tunnels, which is under attack by a hostile, more aggressive colony of rival giant ants. The Lone Wanderer can help the forager ants by traveling into the rival ant nest and killing their queen. The growth of the colony can then be stimulated by injecting the egg clusters with stimpaks. These forager ants are the same as any friendly non-player character; they will become hostile if attacked. If shot, one of the others will not attack unless they are about two feet away. They are extremely small for regular wasteland ants, even smaller than radroaches.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mutated forager ant
00032909
Level
2
Experience Points
?
Perception
3
Hit Points
30
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Confidence
Brave: Will avoid/flee from threats only if severely outmatched.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (7 Damage)
  • Dead none

Appearances

Giant ants appear in Fallout 3.

Bugs

  • PCIcon pc.png Playstation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png A glitch may occur where once the Lone Wanderer kills the fire ant nest guardian and leaves, the Marigold ant queen will glitch/crawl through a wall near the exit and stand in their way, trying to attack them. With some effort, one can either jump over her legs to the side and escape or kill her. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png There is a glitch that may occur when getting close to the first defeated nest guardian where the queen will teleport to the player's location. [verified]

Gallery

References

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