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Mole miners are creatures found in Appalachia.

BackgroundEdit

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 or taken note of by the Appalachian Enclave prior to its 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. 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.

CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

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 bloated 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.

They communicate in proper English,[7] 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 phrasesEdit

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 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 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.

VariantsEdit

Mole minerEdit

Fo76 Mole Miner 2

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

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
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

Mbox wikifyThe 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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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)
Mbox wikifyEnd of information based on Fallout 76 unused content.

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 device strapped to treasure hunter backpacks emits 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

NotesEdit

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. 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 miner dialogue script notes, see examples of known phrases
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