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Mole miners are creatures found in Appalachia in 2102.

Background

A bleak remnant of Appalachia's storied past, the mole miners are heavily mutated former humans that make their homes in the many caves and mines of the region, as well as the wasteland of the Ash Heap.

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 alone or outside their organized groups lead by foremen and supervisors.

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 appear to have either domesticated or formed a symbiotic coexistence with 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.

Characteristics

Biology

Once human, the mole miners have since degenerated into stout, squat and hardy humanoids that display an extreme hostility towards anything that aren't themselves. Their limbs are extremely short and thick, and 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 attributes

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 the mole rats that they share friendly relations with, 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.

Variants

Mole miner

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
?
Hit Points
40
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
10-125
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
Melee (15 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Mole miner scraper

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
?
Hit Points
45
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
10-125
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
Melee (20 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Mole miner digger

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
?
Hit Points
50
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
10-125
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
Melee (25 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Mole miner rockbreaker

FO76 mole miner rockbreaker.png

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
225
Energy Resistance
25
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
10-125
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
Melee (30 Damage)
Attack
empty

Mole miner foreman

FO76 mole miner foreman.png

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
?
Hit Points
250
Energy Resistance
75
Fire Resistance
?
Experience Points
10-125
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
Melee (35 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Mole miner supervisor

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
10-125
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
Melee (45 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Glowing mole miner

FO76 glowing mole miner.png

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
10-125
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
Melee (55 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Scorched mole miner

A variant of the mole miner who has been infected with the Scorched Plague. They have similar stats to the glowing mole miners but will usually only appear if a scorchbeast infects a mole miner.

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
10-125
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
Melee (55 Damage)
Attack
Ranged

Notable mole miners

Locations

Notes

  • 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.

Appearances

Mole miners appear only in Fallout 76.

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