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My boys are huntin' 'Lurks. Finest meat you can get, and it don't move around in your stomach like Mole Rat does. Right dangerous, those things. Just as soon take your head off as look at'cha. Watch yourself out here. They're all over.Sparkle, Fallout 3

Mirelurks are giant mutated creatures living in the Capital Wasteland in 2277.

Characteristics

All mirelurks, except for kings, are protected by a thick shell that is difficult to penetrate, even with powerful ballistic weapons such as the Gauss rifle. Mirelurk meat, especially the soft shell variety, grants HP replenishment.

Grandma Sparkle tells the player character that mirelurk meat is "the best meat you can get out here." A mirelurk cakes recipe is found in a fridge in the Anchorage War Memorial, but it cannot be made by the player character.

Variants

Mirelurk

Mirelurk.png
Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mirelurk
0001CF83
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
120‡
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 (28 Damage)
‡ Due to their hard shells, shots on the torso only do half of the normal damage.

Mirelurk hunter

Mirelurk hunter.png
Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mirelurk hunter
0001CF84
Level
9
Experience Points
?
Perception
6
Hit Points
250‡
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 (50 Damage)
‡ Due to their hard shells, shots on the torso only do half of the normal damage.

Mirelurk king

Mirelurk king.png

Mirelurk king's sonic blast

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mirelurk king
0007C6EF
Level
12
Experience Points
?
Perception
7
Hit Points
375†
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.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 friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (35 Damage)
Attack
10 (sonic attack)‡
† Torso shots only do 2/3 of the normal damage.
‡ Instantly cripples target's head. Cannot be used if their head is crippled.

Nukalurk

NukaLurk.png
Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Nukalurk
00037B41
000854D7
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
120‡
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 (28 Damage)
‡ Due to their hard shells, shots on the torso only do half of the normal damage.

Swamplurk

Swamplurk.png
Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Swamplurk
xx00B001
Level
6
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
120‡
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 (28 Damage)
‡ Due to their hard shells, shots on the torso only do half of the normal damage.

Swamplurk queen

Swamplurk queen.png
Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Swamplurk queen
xx00A56C
Level
20
Experience Points
?
Perception
9
Hit Points
600†
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 (60 Damage)
Attack
100 (spit)‡
† Torso shots only do 2/3 of the normal damage.
‡ Cannot be used if their head is crippled.

Related quests

Notes

  • Mirelurks cannot attack while swimming. A king's sonic attack will penetrate water.
  • In Vault 92, white noise instantly kills them.
  • A Brotherhood initiate can be found burning a dead mirelurk with a flamer near the Jefferson Memorial after Project Purity becomes operational. He remarks that the creatures are dying in the new pure water and appear to require contaminated water to live. There is also a Brotherhood Knight patrolling the steel deck, who mentions that they are encouraged to take potshots at the dying mirelurks.
  • With Broken Steel installed and the main missions completed, mirelurk hunter corpses found in the Tidal Basin will be labeled as regular mirelurks.

Appearances

Mirelurks appear in Fallout 3 and its add-on, Point Lookout.

Behind the scenes

  • The mirelurks were created and modeled by Jonah Lobe, who was inspired by old rubber-costumed monsters from 1950s pulp films.[Non-canon 1]
  • A humanoid, mutated catfish known as a "catfish mirelurk" appears in The Art of Fallout 3, the art book available with the collector's edition of Fallout 3.[Non-canon 2]

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Mirelurks killed in water will often flip over on their fronts and twitch. This is purely a graphical glitch related to their wireframe. Sometimes they will twitch so much they fall right through the floor, or become trapped in walls and doors while constantly playing a collision noise that can alert other enemies. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes when mirelurks are killed on land, body parts will sink into the textures on the floor, as much as half their body, and the remaining parts will flail and bounce. [verified]

Sounds

  • Idle mirelurk
  • Mirelurk king sonic attack

Gallery

Concept art by Adam Adamowicz

References

Non-canon

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