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For an overview of mole rats in the Fallout series of games, see mole rat.

 
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Mole Rats often travel underground and then burst through the surface to ambush their prey.Fallout 4 loading screens

Mole rats are creatures found in the Commonwealth, the Island and Nuka-World in 2287.

Background[edit | edit source]

Mole rats are mutated rodents that are much larger than their pre-War counterparts, the naked molerat. They have survived as a species by burrowing underground where the soil protected them from direct nuclear explosions. However, they still were greatly mutated by the subsequent fallout, increasing their size as well as their viciousness. A few people in the wastes have even been known to train them and keep them as pets.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Biology[edit | edit source]

Mole rats range in size depending on the type being fought. They range in size from a house cat up to a large dog and possibly bigger. They have a bald, pink appearance, with large front teeth and small eyes. They are highly territorial and will attack anything entering their territory. They are surprisingly fast and will attack with a jumping lunge.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Mole rats in the Commonwealth possess a unique ability which is not found in specimens from the Capital and Mojave wastelands. They will tunnel to avoid their enemy or close in to attack unseen, they will also retreat to a tunnel if the player character moves to an area inaccessible to them, such as on top of a car. This makes them highly difficult to keep track of in groups. However, a faint outline of their tunnel can be seen as they move. This ability is shared with radscorpions. If the Sole Survivor uses a weapon dealing damage over time on a radscorpion or mole rat just as they burrow, they can die underground and the corpse will be irretrievable.

Mole rats are common pests in the wasteland, as they can be encountered as soon as the Red Rocket truck stop and as far as the Glowing Sea. Compared to many other enemies mole rats are generally weak. However, if allowed to swarm, they may become a problem since they have the ability to easily hide from the player character's sight and attack from behind.

Mole rats can be pacified through the Animal Friend perk.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Mole rat[edit | edit source]

Mole rat fo4.png

The standard variation of the mole rat. With a mere 15 Hit Points, this enemy can be killed with a single hit from most weapons, making them more of a nuisance than a threat. The player character will most likely encounter these first at the Red Rocket truck stop, and they can be seen in various other parts of the Commonwealth.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole rat
0001d966
Level
1
Perception
4
Hit Points
15
Damage Resistance
0
Energy Resistance
5
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
0
Experience Points
5
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (5 Damage)

"Suicide" mole rat[edit | edit source]

Suicide mole rat.jpg

As part of a random encounter, it is possible to encounter mole rats with fragmentation mines strapped to their backs. These will detonate on impact, dealing damage to anything at proximity. They will however always be found at USAF Satellite Station Olivia. They can also rarely be captured using Cages.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole rat
000fa89f
Level
1
Perception
4
Hit Points
?
Damage Resistance
0
Energy Resistance
?
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
?
Experience Points
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Confidence
Average: Will avoid/flee from threats stronger than itself.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (5 Damage)
Attack
Explosive (40 Damage)
  • Dead

Rabid mole rat[edit | edit source]

Fo4 rabid mole rat.jpg

Bites from rabid mole rats fester, causing damage over time. They are tougher than standard mole rats, but remain weak opponents.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Rabid mole rat
001832f6
Level
7
Perception
4
Hit Points
50
Damage Resistance
10
Energy Resistance
10
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
0
Experience Points
11
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (1 Damage)
Attack
Poison (10 Poison)

Glowing mole rat[edit | edit source]

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These particular mole rats have absorbed massive amounts of radiation and consequently glow. The glowing mole rat produces radiation in a short perimeter around and benefits from radiation sources in the form of health regeneration.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing mole rat
001832f7
Level
14
Perception
4
Hit Points
100
Damage Resistance
15
Energy Resistance
20
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
0
Experience Points
21
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (20 Damage)
Attack
Rad Field (3 Radiation)
  • Dead

Mole rat brood mother[edit | edit source]

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The most powerful type of mole rat that can be encountered in the game. The mole rat brood mother is significantly more resilient than her children, but her attacks still only do minor damage to a well-armored player character. Two can be found in the secret part of Vault 81 during Hole in the Wall; this variant will give the mole rat disease if it hits the player character.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Mole rat brood mother
001832f8
Level
21
Perception
4
Hit Points
230
Damage Resistance
25
Energy Resistance
30
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
0
Experience Points
31
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)

Mole rat queen[edit | edit source]

A mole rat queen with two smaller mole rats beside it

Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout 4 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The mole rat queen is a cut variation of the mole rat which has an acidic spit attack, similar to the mirelurk queen.

Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout 4 cut content.

Vault 81 lab mole rat[edit | edit source]

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Found within the Vault 81 testing area during Hole in the Wall, the Vault 81 lab mole rats will transmit the mole rat disease when hitting the player character, which reduces max HP by 10 points until the Vault 81 cure is used on the player character. There are several variations of Vault 81 mole rats, ranging from the standard variant to glowing variants.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Vault 81 lab mole rat
000db0a5
000db0a5
Level
7
Perception
4
Hit Points
50
Damage Resistance
10
Energy Resistance
10
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
?
Experience Points
11
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 (1 Damage)
Attack
Poison (10 Poison)

Pack mole rat[edit | edit source]

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Found in the Bradberton Amphitheater, wrangled by The Pack.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Pack mole rat Nuka-World (add-on)
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Level
?
Perception
?
Hit Points
?
Damage Resistance
?
Energy Resistance
?
Radiation Resistance
?
Poison Resistance
?
Experience Points
?
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.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 nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee ( Damage)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Mole rats appear in Fallout 4 and its add-ons Far Harbor and Nuka-World.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The mole rat model was created by Jonah Lobe.[1]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

PCIcon pc.png If the second perk of Sniper, is obtained, and a mole rat is about to enter their tunnels, there is a chance that they will stutter, and teleport constantly between the entrance and the endpoint of the tunnel. [verified]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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