“The Liberator robot was deployed by air onto American soil in the days leading up to the Great War. Its purpose was to inspire invading Chinese troops and spread Communist propaganda.”— Fallout 76 loading screen
Liberators were small pre-War drones used by the People's Liberation Army. They were deployed by air across the United States, to serve as the vanguard to a planned ground invasion by Chinese troops, but the Great War broke out before any invasion occurred. By 2102, many Liberators continued to function across Appalachia. They were also used as a means to spread Chinese propaganda, which can be looted from their inventories.
The words spoken by the Liberators are Chinese mandarin short exclamations, but are difficult to understand due to the high amount of audio distortion. Many of them are motivational, like "we must not stop," or "revolution is a must."
A Liberator is shaped like an artillery shell, with four panels around the sides that can be extended outward from the main body and used as legs for movement. Chinese inscriptions, as well as a red star around the machine's single eye, are emblazoned on the Liberator's exterior. Its eye is capable of firing a weak laser, and it often vocalizes in Chinese when attacking. A Liberator can also fly into the air and pull its legs in, lunging at an enemy via spinning blades hidden in its chassis. The presence of propaganda flyers and information found on terminal entries at Fujiniya Intelligence Base indicates it was designed for waging information warfare as well as fighting.
Individually, Liberators are fragile enemies that pose little threat, however, they are small and fast targets which makes them stealthy and hard to target. They can attack at range with their laser or close in on a target and slam it with their bodies. Liberators are usually encountered in groups.