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Spider drones are robots employed by the Chinese Army in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation in the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage.


Before the war, these robots served as mobile landmines for the Chinese army. Their method of attack is to approach enemy targets and simply self-destruct; the explosion acting as a fragmentation mine would. They are only encountered briefly during the quest "Paving the Way."

According to a Chinese terminal entry, the model encountered in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation is designated "spider drone Mk VI prototype" and are air dropped via bombers.[1]

Gameplay attributes

A Chinese terminal entry advises their own soldiers to be careful around the drones, even though they are configured to only attack Americans.[1] To this effect, one will occasionally see a Chinese soldier fighting one of these on the way to the Chimera Armor Depot.


Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Spider drone
Experience Points
Hit Points
Damage Resistance
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon required.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Melee (22 Damage)
Radiation resistance Radiation resist. 100%
Poison resistance Poison resist. 100%

Dead None


  • Spider drones move fairly fast, so it's best to shoot them at range when you have a clear shot. You can hear them making metal clinking sounds when they are nearby.
  • They have very low HP. The player can usually destroy one with a few assault rifle rounds.
  • They will explode upon death, killing any other spider drones nearby, and inflicting damage to anything in close vicinity.
  • Targeting the spider drones at any distance greater than a few feet with V.A.T.S. may prove difficult, as the drones are very small targets and thus a lower chance to hit ranging from 0% at more than 20 feet to about 50% at about 5 feet.
  • The body of the drone is the unused model of the cryo mine.
  • When traveling with a three man fire team, the team will generally destroy the mines before they can get close enough to harm the player.


Spider drones appear in the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage.

Behind the scenes

A modified version of the spider drone appears to be a projectile for the cut spider rifle weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Old World Blues.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Decrypted/Transcribed Volume 99x46x013
    ... // Begin Transcription // ...
    Bulletin to *7% Noble Chinese Commandants and (Soldier-Warriors). High Command has *&$Jk9 deployment of automated spider drones MkVI prototypes. Drone HX2398# /ia parachute drop 54H#*L not be disturbed, units will self-implement upon touchdown in battlefield. Please advise personnel that 8JV73^ drones are configured aggression 8*73 towards American aggressors, all <##> exercise caution and keep minimal {_} passage through contested areas 3487J* drones are deployed.
    ... // End Transcription // ... "
    (Chinese terminal entry)