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For the old raider groups that were previously wiped out, see Raiders (Fallout 76).

 
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The Crater Raiders, or simply Raiders, are a faction in the Fallout 76 update Wastelanders.

Background[edit | edit source]

This group is a resurrection of the original raiders of Appalachia, after the original groups were wiped out by the Scorched. After these raiders, composed of survivors of the original groups who fled Appalachia and new members picked up along the way, caught wind that people were returning to the land they once claimed for themselves, they and their leader Meg decided to come back and put a stop to anyone who would take their territory.

They set up a formidable base of operations at the crashed space station, which they renamed the Crater. It is inevitable that outsiders who drop by unannounced will not receive a warm welcome.[1]

Several smaller groups unrelated to the Crater faction also entered Appalachia at the same time as them, leading to tense interactions between their members, if not open hostilities. Most notable among these groups are the Blood Eagles, whose violence and sadism has led to their being declared monsters by many of the Crater raiders. Other groups include the Free Radicals, Edwin's gang, and Sargento's gang.

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Meg and the raiders initially encounter the player character in the quest Strange Bedfellows when Rose wishes to contact them as part of a request by the Vault 76 overseer to protect them from the threat of the Scorched Plague. Upon meeting the Vault 76 vault dwellers, Meg is not too keen on having her raiders inoculated and only will agree to it if the resident aids her lieutenant Aldridge with an attack on the Scorched west of the Philippi Battlefield Cemetery. This is only if she cannot be convinced that she is making the same mistakes that David Thorpe and the old raiders did with not cooperating with the other factions in the Responders, Free States, and Brotherhood of Steel to combat the Scorched and scorchbeasts. Aldridge is found wounded inside a semi-trailer, his team wiped out, and a scorchbeast corpse lying on top of the trailer.

After deciding whether to kill him or allow him to go out on his own terms, the residents return to tell Meg what happened, and she agrees to have the raiders inoculated to protect them from the Scorched Plague. With the raiders now safe from becoming more of the scorchbeast queen's minions, the residents soon have to decide which faction they are going to join to get to the riches hidden within Vault 79, as they can either join Meg and the raiders or go against them by allying with Paige and the Settlers. This will affect the residents' relationship with the two factions depending on their actions from then on.

Various raider patrols may be randomly encountered throughout Appalachia fighting off threats such as super mutants, Scorched, or feral ghouls. Should the residents choose to help them, they may speak to them afterward and receive a small boost in reputation with the raiders, but only once Strange Bedfellows is completed, making the Raiders non-hostile to the residents after getting in Meg's good graces.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Raider[edit | edit source]

These are the weakest variant of raiders, people attempting to reclaim Appalachia by any means possible.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider
0003183A

Raider scum[edit | edit source]

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Raider scum may appear in random encounters. One involves a raider who reflects on noisy nights in dialogue.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider scum
000758AF

Raider psycho[edit | edit source]

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Raider psychos may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider psycho
001E7429

Raider scavver[edit | edit source]

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Raider scavvers are members of the Crater group searching for good materials to take advantage of in Appalachia. They may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures, or other random encounters such as attempting to lockpick a safe.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider scavver
000758B0

Raider waster[edit | edit source]

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Raider wasters may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider waster
000758B1

Raider survivalist[edit | edit source]

Raider survivalists may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider survivalist
000758B2

Raider veteran[edit | edit source]

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Raider veterans may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures, and can also be found at the Crater.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider veteran
00149C9F
005A2056

Raider fiend[edit | edit source]

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Raider fiends are one of the strongest variants of raiders. They may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures, and can also be found at the Crater.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider fiend
0056419B
005A2057

Raider hunter[edit | edit source]

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Raider hunters are employed by Rocksy to hunt down former raiders during the daily quest Retirement Plan. Several options in conversation include asking for their help dealing with the former raider, convincing them to go cause trouble with the Settlers, or telling them to give up the search and let the player character handle it.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider hunter
00555E44 (female)
005562D7 (male)

Raider thief[edit | edit source]

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Raider thieves have the assigned duty to steal from unsuspecting groups, such as the Settlers. They player character may have to negotiate or kill a raider thief during the daily quest Vital Equipment. One raider thief can often be found fighting the robots at relay tower HG-B7-09.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider thief
00559C71
00559C73

Raider reaver[edit | edit source]

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Raider reavers are the most experienced type of raider. They may appear in random encounters of roaming raider bands battling various creatures, and can also be found at the Crater.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Raider reaver
0056419C
005A2058

Named members[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Ward from Foundation refers to the raiders as "craterheads."[2]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Raiders appear only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Since One Wasteland For All was released, a bug may occur that occasionally causes raider thieves to be frenzied, attacking everything on sight, including other Raiders.[verification overdue]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Inside the Vault: New Arrivals Coming to Appalachia in Wastelanders
  2. Settlers: "Ward, did you catch that raider chatter on the LF?"
    Ward: "LF? Might not have been our craterheads ... but you come to me ASAP if it's more than just idle talk, alright?"
    [verification needed]
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