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For a cross-game overview, see Mole rat.

Mole rats are creatures found in Appalachia.

Background

Mole rats are mutated Heterocephalus glaber,[1] or naked mole-rats, that are much larger than their pre-war counterparts. 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 and keep them as pets.

Characteristics

Biology

Mole rats grow to the size of a large dog. They have a naked, 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. They are susceptible to the Scorched Plague.[2] The female brood mothers are larger individuals.

Gameplay attributes

Mole rats will tunnel underground 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 that is inaccessible to them, such as on top of a car. This makes them highly difficult to keep track of in groups. This ability is shared with radscorpions and the Mothman. If the player character uses a weapon dealing damage over time on a mole rat just as they burrow they can die underground and the corpse will be irretrievable.

Mole rats are common pests in the wasteland, but compared to many other enemies mole rats are generally weak. 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.

Variants

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Mole rat
0001D966
Attack
Unarmed (5 Damage)
Rabid mole rat

Bites from rabid mole rats fester, causing damage over time.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Rabid mole rat
001832F6
Attack
Unarmed (10 Damage)
Mutated mole rat
003F473F
Attack
Unarmed (35 Damage)
Raging mole rat
003F4740
Attack
Unarmed (45 Damage)
Putrid mole rat
003F4741
Attack
Unarmed (55 Damage)
Frenzied mole rat
003F4742
Attack
Unarmed (65 Damage)
Mole rat tunneler
003F4743
Attack
Unarmed (75 Damage)
Poisonous mole rat
003F4744
Attack
Unarmed (85 Damage)
Deadly mole rat
003F4745
Attack
Unarmed (95 Damage)
Glowing mole rat

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 (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Glowing mole rat
001832F7
Attack
Unarmed (25 Damage)
Scorched mole rat

A mole rat which has been infested with the Scorched Plague, linking it to a primitive hive mind.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Scorched mole rat
003AFE01
Attack
Unarmed (25 Damage)

Mole rat brood mother

Mole rat brood mother.jpg

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Mole rat brood mother
001832F8
Attack
Unarmed (15 Damage)
Prime mole rat Cut content
00553715
Attack
Unarmed (25 Damage)

Mole rat landminer

A mole rat wearing a leather vest strapped with armed frag mines. It will charge its target and the mines will detonate due to their proximity triggers, killing the mole rat in the process.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Rabid mole rat
00519671
Attack
Mole rat bomb (1500 Damage)
Mole rat landminer
000FA89F
Attack
Mole rat bomb (1500 Damage)

Locations

Named mole rats

Appearances

Mole rats appear in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

The mole rat model was created by Jonah Lobe.[3]

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Mole rats may "erupt" from seemingly impossible places (like the landing on a watch tower's stairs) when engaged in combat.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Glowing mole rats may sometimes spawn with the texture of a Scorched mole rat.[verified]

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References

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