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Mole miners are creatures found in Appalachia.

Background[edit | edit source]

A bleak remnant of Appalachia's storied past, the mole miners are a mutated form of human that make their homes in the many caves, mines, and above-ground mining locales of the region, trapped within their deteriorating mining suits. The mole miners are frenzied combatants who attack anything they perceive as a threat.[1]

Despite their suffering, almost all of their cognition and human-like behavior remains, with mole miners frequently carrying things they considered important in a previous life, such as keys to their old mining lockers.[2] A unique mole miner named Purveyor Murmrgh has even gone so far as assembling vending machines, opening up a trading post at Berkeley Springs station prior to relocating to the Rusty Pick. Here, she sells her wares for a price. The mole miners were first encountered in Welch and experimented upon by the Appalachian Enclave and its Research Division prior to their collapse in 2086.[3] There are no additional known records of another encounter until the Fire Breathers engaged mole miners in a firefight in March 2095.[4]

The particular cause of their significant degeneration is unclear, whether it is caused by radiation, the toxic atmosphere of their underground dwellings in the Ash Heap, or a combination of both. However, it is significant enough to prevent them from breathing normally without their Filter-O-Matic respiration device and breathing apparatus. Mole miners are highly communal and are rarely (if ever) encountered outside of their organized groups. Their hierarchy follows the organizational structure of pre-War mining operations, with the actual miners (including scrapers, diggers, and rockbreakers) led by foremen and supervisors, a testament to their pasts as coal miners.

At some point, the Vault 76 overseer was seriously injured by a mole miner at the Mountainside Bed & Breakfast and left a holotape log detailing the experience.[5]

Openly hostile to nearly everyone (save for Purveyor Murmrgh, the only known exception), the mole miners are highly aggressive, well-armed, and have even managed to domesticate mole rats.[6] They make use of a variety of shotguns, assault rifles, missile launchers and improvised weapons to attack their enemies while using their mole rats as anything from standard attack animals to mobile landmines.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Once human, the mole miners have since degenerated into stout, squat, and hardy humanoids that display an extreme hostility towards those outside of their groups. Their limbs are extremely short and thick and what can be seen of their face is grossly disfigured beyond the confines of their mining equipment. Their eyes unnaturally bulge, with little in the way of recognizable facial structure. They stand affixed in a permanent hunch with their limbs tucked closely to their body.

Though only moderately intelligent, mole miners require their breathing apparatus and respiration device to survive, suffocating without it.[7] They communicate in proper English,[8] though it is garbled due to the mining breathing equipment, giving the impression of mindless mumbling.

Their mutations have endowed them with powerful strength that allows them to wield heavy weapons frequently and effortlessly. Their aggression and hardiness render them capable of warding off staggers and their fast speed allows them to close the gap between themselves and enemies fairly quickly.

List of known phrases[edit | edit source]

Idle lines:

  • Need to keep digging... We'll find it... Soon...
  • Can't wait until another surfacer shows up...
  • The green men... Blind as all the rest in the tunnels...
  • Gotta keep the claws sharp...
  • The blue suits... Just want to tear them into pieces...

Upon getting wounded/hit:

  • Ugh! That all you got?
  • Ugh! I'll kill you for that!
  • Agh! I'll kill you!
  • Ug! I'll tear out your spine!
  • Agh! You're dead!
  • Come on! Is that it?
  • Agh! It's nothing!
  • Agh! That hurt!

Into combat:

  • Now!
  • There!
  • Kill! KILL!
  • Tear them all apart!
  • Fucking kill all of you!
  • Dead!
  • I'll peal off your skin!
  • Snap every bone in your body!

To normal behavior:

  • Nothing...
  • It's over...
  • Back to it...
  • Forget it...
  • Damn. Got away.
  • Next time...

Becoming alerted:

  • What?
  • Huh?
  • Hmm.
  • Who?
  • Something...
  • Over there...

Losing the combatant:

  • Over here?
  • Hmm...
  • Soon...
  • Won't take long...
  • Here?

Combat to normal behavior:

  • Yeah. That's right.
  • Too easy...
  • And stay dead...
  • That's it. Die.
  • Heh. That all?

Alert idle lines:

  • I'll find you...
  • Can't hide forever...
  • I know you're here...
  • Come out...
  • Annoying...

Ally killed:

  • You'll fucking pay for that!
  • He/She's dead. Now you're dead!
  • One more reason to kill you!
  • You're next!

Taunting lines:

  • Going to fucking kill you!
  • You're dead!
  • Rip you apart!
  • Tear your face in half!
  • Line the tunnels with your bones!
  • Never see the light again!
  • Scream you piece of shit!
  • Bleed! BLEED!
  • Break every fucking bone you have!
  • Dig straight into your eyes!
  • I'll claw your teeth out!
  • Go ahead! Try to run!
  • I'll drag you into hell!

Upon swinging a melee weapon:

  • Let's kill this motherfucker!
  • How do you like me up close?
  • Gonna bury you!
  • Tear you apart! Spread your guts on the floor!
  • Let's hear your bones snap!
  • Bleed out, you piece of shit!
  • Take this!
  • See you in hell!
  • Rip you apart!

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Mole miners often live in organized groups and are usually led by a foreman or supervisor. They are immediately hostile to anyone who approaches them except for mole rats that are friendly to them, joining alongside to fight opponents together to gain an advantage.

They often mobilize against their target with weapons of great damage such as shotguns or missile launchers. They can easily and quickly mow down low-level player characters. They are mainly located near mining areas in groups, although they can be seen everywhere.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Mole miner[edit | edit source]

Fo76 Mole Miner 2.png

A basic variant of the mole miner, equipped with a variety of shotgun weapons.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner
003d14db
Level
2
Damage Resistance
50
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
40
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
11
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (15 Damage)

Mole miner scraper[edit | edit source]

The mole miner scrapers have similar resistances to the base variant but with increased melee damage and health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner scraper
003d14dc
Level
4
Damage Resistance
50
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
45
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
13
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (20 Damage)

Mole miner digger[edit | edit source]

FO76 mole miner digger.png

The mole miner diggers have similar resistances to the scrapers but with increased melee damage and health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner digger
003d14dd
Level
8
Damage Resistance
50
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
75
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
18
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (25 Damage)

Mole miner rockbreaker[edit | edit source]

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The mole miner rockbreakers are a significant step above the diggers in terms of health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner rockbreaker
003d14de
Level
14
Damage Resistance
50
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
180
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
25
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (30 Damage)

Mole miner foreman[edit | edit source]

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The foremen often come equipped with two weapons. It is not uncommon for them to have missile launchers, and fire two to three missiles before trying to engage with a shotgun, rifle, or even a mole miner gauntlet.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner foreman
003d14df
Level
22
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
250
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
34
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (35 Damage)

Mole miner supervisor[edit | edit source]

FO76 mole miner supervisor.png

These mole miners were previously supervisors of their mines, and have similar resistances to the foremen, but with increased melee damage and health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner supervisor
003d14e0
Level
30
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
325
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
43
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (45 Damage)

Glowing mole miner[edit | edit source]

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A highly irradiated variant of the mole miners, they are common in the Savage Divide and sometimes in the Ash Heap as a location end boss. They usually have heavier weapons such as shotguns and missile launchers, similar to the foreman variant. They have a distinct green glow to their appearance.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing mole miner
003d14e1
Level
40
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
400
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
55
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (55 Damage)

Mole miner sapper[edit | edit source]

Mbox wikify.pngThe following is based on Fallout 76 unused content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

A variant of a mole miner that was intended to be used in vault raids, but was never implemented. It has similar stats to a glowing mole miner, however, it has slightly more health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner sapper Nuclear Winter Unused content
003f473b
Level
50
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
480
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
66
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (70 Damage)

Mole miner dredger[edit | edit source]

A variant of a mole miner that was intended to be used in vault raids, but was never implemented.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner dredger Nuclear Winter Unused content
003f473c
Level
65
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
600
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
84
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (90 Damage)

Mole miner skullcrusher[edit | edit source]

A variant of a mole miner that was intended to be used in vault raids, but was never implemented.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner skullcrusher Nuclear Winter Unused content
003f473d
Level
80
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
725
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
101
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (110 Damage)

Deadly mole miner[edit | edit source]

A variant of mole miner that was intended to be used in vault raids, but was never implemented.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deadly mole miner Nuclear Winter Unused content
003f473e
Level
95
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
875
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
119
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (135 Damage)
Mbox wikify.pngEnd of information based on Fallout 76 unused content.

Scorched mole miner[edit | edit source]

A charred, fleshy variant of the mole miner infected with the Scorched Plague. All regular mole miner variants have a corresponding Scorched variant with the same stats, abilities, and items. They may become Scorched when attacked by scorchbeasts or the scorchbeast queen, becoming allies with other Scorched creatures.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Scorched mole miner
003d14e4
Level
40
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
400
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
55
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
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 allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (55 Damage)

Treasure hunter[edit | edit source]

FO76WL Treasure hunter mole miner.png

A unique mole miner variant encountered in the Ash Heap during the Treasure Hunter community event. They wear a hand truck strapped to their back acting as an oversized backpack, with various bags and other objects tied to the cart with rope. A walkie-talkie[9] strapped to treasure hunter backpacks emits a distinct radio-like frequency mixed with Morse code.

They always flee from combat and cannot be pacified using the Wasteland Whisperer perk. Treasure hunters will always be legendary. All regular mole miner variants may spawn as a treasure hunter variant with the same statistics and abilities.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Treasure hunter Wastelanders
005a7540
Level
40
Damage Resistance
100
Poison Resistance
100
Hit Points
400
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
55
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Cryo Resistance
?
Perception
5
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Unarmed (55 Damage)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Notable mole miners[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Sometimes the miner's key will be found on a dead mole miner corpse, unlocking the repeatable miscellaneous quest Lost and Found.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Mole miners appear only in Fallout 76.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout 76 loading screen hints: "Trapped within their deteriorating mining suits, the Mole Miners are frenzied combatants who attack anything they perceive as a threat."
  2. Lost and Found
  3. Depiction of a mole miner on a known creatures plaque in the Whitespring bunker science wing.
  4. Lt. Thomas' Action Report
  5. Overseer's log - Mountainside
  6. Raider: "They keep Mole Rats as pets. Weird."
    Note: This line is said during the Mole Miners v. Raiders random encounter.
  7. Mole miners (note)
  8. Mole miner dialogue script notes, see examples of known phrases
  9. referred to as "NPCTreasureHunterWalkieTalkieLP" in sound descriptor record [SNDR:005ACFB6] in the game files
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