For an overview of radroaches, see radroach.
Typical radroach variant
Radroaches are mutated insects found in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.
These mutated Great American cockroaches, colloquially called "radroaches" or simply "giant cockroaches," are enlarged versions of the pre-
War species that have increased in size, due to atomic fallout.
Not nearly as common in the Mojave Desert as in the
Capital Wasteland, radroaches mostly inhabit abandoned homes and buildings (such as the Basincreek Building) to scavenge on food that was left behind by whoever previously lived there. Some can also be found in the toxic dumps and on/around the roads in between Goodsprings and Primm, as well as being able to survive in the hostile and toxic environment of the Sierra Madre and the Cloud.
Radroaches are not normally aggressive if the player character keeps their distance. They are, however, very territorial and will attack if threatened by the player character, either by having a weapon drawn, invading their habitat, battling another enemy nearby (which is limited to less than a foot around the creature,) or attacking them directly. Generally, they will flutter their wings and make distinct clicking sounds as a warning before attacking.
A normal radroach, with all the qualities mentioned above.
Name ( Base ID) Statistics Behavior Abilities Items Radroach 00168d0c 0001cf7c 001689d4 00159606 00156770
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight. Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them. Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.
The irradiated radroach is identical to the standard radroach, with the exception of a radioactive aura, similar to that of a
feral ghoul reaver. In addition to this, they hold the ability to heal themselves with a radiation blast similar to a glowing one. On death, it drops irradiated radroach meat, which gives extra radiation when consumed.
Name ( Base ID) Statistics Behavior Abilities Items Irradiated radroach 0013215c
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat. Cautious: Will avoid/flee from threats unless stronger than them. Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.
Melee (10 )
Radiation resist. 100%
(+10 +100 )
There is a special
Unarmed V.A.T.S. attack when attacking a radroach. This consists of a stomp with the foot, followed by a heel-grind. The radroach is the second weakest creature in the game, after the
raven. There will almost always be a fight between a radroach and a
gecko on the I-15 north of Primm. With the perk Tribal Wisdom, the player character gains the option to eat "small" mutated creatures, including radroaches.
Radroaches appear in
and its Fallout: New Vegas add-on .
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