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Mole miners are creatures found in Appalachia in 2102.

BackgroundEdit

A bleak remnant of Appalachia's storied past, the mole miners are humans that make their homes in the many caves and mines 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 the suffering, some semblance of cognition and human-like thought remains, and mole miners will frequently carry things they considered important in a previous life, such as keys to their old mining lockers,[2] even going as far as to find value in their collections, assembling vending machines and opening up a store to sell their wares for a price.[3] They were first encountered by the Fire Breathers in March 2095.[4]

The particular cause of their significant degeneration is unclear; whether it be radiation, the Scorched Plague, the toxic atmosphere of the Ash Heap or a combination of all three is unknown. However it may be, they appear to be highly communal and are rarely if ever encountered outside their organized groups. These are 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 following the experience.

Openly hostile to nearly everyone but themselves (save for one known exception), the mole miners are highly aggressive, well armed, and have managed to domesticate mole rats. 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.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Once human, the mole miners have since degenerated into stout, squat and hardy humanoids that display an extreme hostility towards anything that isn't themselves. Their limbs are extremely short and thick, what can be seen of their face is a grossly bloated physiognomy bloating beyond the confines of their mining equipment, with their eyes unnaturally bulging from no recognizable facial structure. They stand affixed in a permanent hunch with their limbs tucked closely to their body.

Their method of communication consists mainly of garbled vocalizations, grunts, groans, and throaty calls obscured behind their mining equipment as well as their mutations makes it difficult to ascertain if they are somewhat cognizant of their actions or essentially mindless, much like feral ghouls.

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.

Gameplay attributesEdit

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 the mole rats that they share friendly relations with, friendly enough to the point that they can 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.

VariantsEdit

Mole minerEdit

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

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner
003d14db
Icon level
2
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
40
Icon shield silver
50
Icon electrical
25
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
11
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (15 Icon damage)

Mole miner scraperEdit

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
Icon level
4
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
45
Icon shield silver
50
Icon electrical
25
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
13
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (20 Icon damage)

Mole miner diggerEdit

FO76 mole miner digger

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
Icon level
8
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
75
Icon shield silver
50
Icon electrical
25
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
18
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (25 Icon damage)

Mole miner rockbreakerEdit

FO76 mole miner rockbreaker

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

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner rockbreaker
003d14de
Icon level
14
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
180
Icon shield silver
50
Icon electrical
25
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
25
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (30 Icon damage)

Mole miner foremanEdit

FO76 mole miner foreman

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
Icon level
22
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
250
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
34
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (35 Icon damage)

Mole miner supervisorEdit

FO76 mole miner supervisor

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
Icon level
30
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
325
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
43
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (45 Icon damage)

Glowing mole minerEdit

FO76 glowing mole miner
Fo76 Glowing mole miner at sunny day

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. In the sunny daytime does not light.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing mole miner
003d14e1
Icon level
40
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
400
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
55
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (55 Icon damage)

Mole miner sapperEdit

A variant of mole miner only found during Nuclear Winter matches. It has the similar stats to a glowing mole miner, however has slightly more health.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner sapper Gametitle-FO76 NW Icon repair
003f473b
Icon level
50
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
480
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
66
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (70 Icon damage)

Mole miner dredgerEdit

This mole miner is found only during matches in the Nuclear Winter mode.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner dredger Gametitle-FO76 NW Icon repair
003f473c
Icon level
65
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
600
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
84
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (90 Icon damage)

Mole miner skullcrusherEdit

This mole miner is found only during matches in the Nuclear Winter mode.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole miner skullcrusher Gametitle-FO76 NW Icon repair
003f473d
Icon level
80
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
725
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
101
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (110 Icon damage)

Deadly mole minerEdit

This mole miner is found only during matches in the Nuclear Winter mode.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Deadly mole miner Gametitle-FO76 NW Icon repair
003f473e
Icon level
95
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
875
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
119
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (135 Icon damage)

Scorched mole minerEdit

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
Icon level
40
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
400
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
55
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (55 Icon damage)

Treasure hunterEdit

FO76WL Treasure hunter mole miner

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. The handheld transceiver strapped to treasure hunter backpacks emit a distinct radio frequency sound mixed with Morse code-like tones.

They always flee from combat and cannot be pacified using the Wasteland Whisperer perk. Treasure hunters will always be legendary, with a 40% chance to be a 2-star and a 5% chance to be a 3-star. All regular mole miner variants may spawn as a treasure hunter variant with the same stats and abilities, though the base variant name is overwritten.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Treasure hunter Gametitle-FO76 WL
005a7540
Icon level
40
Icon eye
5
Icon heart
400
Icon shield silver
100
Icon electrical
75
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
55
Icon fist
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon requiredIcon optional
Icon attack
Unarmed (55 Icon damage)

LocationsEdit

Notable mole minersEdit

Gametitle-FO76 WA Purveyor Murmrgh - A vendor found at Berkeley Springs station.

NotesEdit

  • As of patch 8.5, the only intelligible mole miner phrase is "Take that!"
  • Sometimes the miner's key will be found on a dead mole miner corpse, unlocking the repeatable miscellaneous quest Lost and Found.

AppearancesEdit

Mole miners appear only in Fallout 76.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. See Purveyor Murmrgh for details.
  4. Lt. Thomas' Action Report
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