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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 attributesEdit

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 (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Spider drone
Icon level
Icon XP
Icon eye
Icon heart
Icon shield silver
Icon fist
Aggressive: Will attack enemies on sight.Icon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (22 Icon damage)
Icon ability
Icon radiation Radiation resist. 100%
Icon ability
Icon poison Poison resist. 100%

Icon 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 scenesEdit

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)

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