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Few creatures, real or imagined, terrify West Virginians quite like the Wendigo. Possessing alarming speed, razor-sharp claws and an insatiable hunger for raw flesh, it is truly the stuff of nightmares.Fallout 76 loading screen

Wendigos are cryptid creatures found in Appalachia in 2102.

BackgroundEdit

Wendigo is a mythical cannibal monster native to the northern forests between the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes region of North America. In post-apocalyptic West Virginia, the term is used to refer to a particularly terrifying humanoid monster lurking in the backwoods of the region. Few creatures, real or imagined, terrify West Virginians quite like the Wendigo. Possessing alarming speed, razor-sharp claws and an insatiable hunger for raw flesh, it is truly the stuff of nightmares.[1]

Unfortunately, this monster is far from myth. Wendigos are slender, tall creatures while they are usually slouching down or crouching. Their hands are exceptionally large with very long, skinny fingers and they are among the most vicious mutants in Appalachia, capable of closing distance and tearing enemies apart with frightening speed. Despite alleged pre-War sightings,[2] it appears the population of wendigos in the region is descended from a banished head of the Gourmands, a cannibal raider tribe, who took shelter in the Wendigo Cave and was twisted by the radiation within into a mutant possessed by the darkest cravings.[3][4]


CharacteristicsEdit

BiologyEdit

Wendigos resemble gaunt, emaciated humanoids with ashy gray skin, long bony arms, a pot belly, a skull-like face topped with scant strands of long, stringy hair and mouths filled with long, jagged teeth. They have large claws on the tips of each finger, while glowing variants look charred and glow green. They make a signature breathing sound when alerted and sound much like the rustling of dry foliage when moving.

They appear to have some sort of relation to feral ghouls, but the extent of such is unknown. They exhibit similar characteristics, such as radiation resistance, and appear to be neutral towards each other. There even appears to be some sort of symbiosis or cooperative hunting between the two, as feral ghouls are attracted to the wendigo's call, and wendigo seem to summon them to help flush prey out or fight foes too strong for it to fight individually.

By 2103, certain Wendigos had mutated into far more dangerous mutants, gaining two extra heads, extremely long legs, and increasingly dis-proportioned limbs, becoming known as the "Wendigo Colossus".

Gameplay attributesEdit

Wendigos are fast and can deal a large amount of damage in a very short amount of time. They get close and can be hard to hit without V.A.T.S. if using a firearm. Wendigos will not run away if the player character climbs onto objects or furniture, but will continue to screech. During combat, wendigos may let loose a piercing shriek that doesn't damage the player character but will possibly attract a horde of feral ghouls to their location.

Though rare, one can occasionally witness wendigos perched atop tall and out-of-sight locations, which allows them to ambush prey. One such example can be seen with wendigos that perch on trees overlooking the central roads of the Mire.

At higher levels, wendigos will frequently appear as a boss-type enemy for groups of ghouls. They reliably drop 5 to 8 loose screws, with a rare chance of dropping up to 11 screws.

VariantsEdit

WendigoEdit

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Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Wendigo
00015583
Icon level
22
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
390
Icon shield silver
150
Icon electrical
?
Icon radiation
?
Icon poison
?
Icon XP
54
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

Ravenous wendigoEdit

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Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Ravenous wendigo
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Icon level
32
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
525
Icon shield silver
200
Icon electrical
?
Icon radiation
?
Icon poison
?
Icon XP
72
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

Progenitor wendigoEdit

This variant is found only inside the wendigo cave.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Progenitor wendigo
????????
Icon level
32
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
650
Icon shield silver
250
Icon electrical
?
Icon radiation
?
Icon poison
?
Icon XP
72
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

Glowing wendigoEdit

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Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing wendigo
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Icon level
42
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
?
Icon shield silver
132
Icon electrical
125
Icon radiation
Immune
Icon poison
100
Icon XP
91
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

Scorched wendigoEdit

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Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Scorched wendigo
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Icon level
42
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
900
Icon shield silver
150
Icon electrical
?
Icon radiation
?
Icon poison
?
Icon XP
91
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

Wendigo colossusEdit

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A three-headed, extremely tall wendigo in the add-on Wastelanders that is unlike any other variant.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Wendigo colossus
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Icon level
?
Icon eye
?
Icon heart
?
Icon shield silver
?
Icon electrical
?
Icon radiation
?
Icon poison
?
Icon XP
?
Icon fist
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon confidence
Cowardly: Will always avoid combat/flee.Icon optionalIcon optionalIcon optionalIcon optional
Icon group
Helps nobody: Will not help anyone.Icon optionalIcon optional
Icon attack
Melee (0 Icon damage)
Icon attack
empty

LocationsEdit

Related questsEdit

ChallengesEdit

  • Kill a wendigo in the Wendigo cave (daily)
  • Take a camera picture of a well-fed player inside the Wendigo cave (daily)
  • Possum: Photographer - Take a camera picture of a wendigo (lifetime)

Notable wendigosEdit

NotesEdit

  • There is a miscellaneous quest to kill a Wendigo while wearing a clown costume. Completion of the quest requires wearing both the clown outfit and clown hat. Although the quest marker suggests going to the Wendigo Cave, any wendigo located throughout the game will also be acceptable.
  • A wendigo is created through radiation according to the "Curse of the Wendigo" holotape radio play accompanying issue #1 of Tales from the West Virginia Hills, also called "Curse of the Wendigo."
  • Wendigos have an acidic bite. When the player character scraps a wendigo's teeth, they gain acid from them.
  • Edie's note, found on a woman's corpse on wendigo cave, tells of her and her partner, Morris Stevens, committing cannibalism. After being exiled from the Gourmands for eating fellow gang members, a short amount of time later he became greedy (in folklore, a sign of becoming a wendigo), and began to watch her. She is discovered dead and Morris is not found; only his holotape, Morris's end.

AppearancesEdit

Wendigos appear only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenesEdit

In Algonquin folklore, a wendigo is a malevolent spirit that is frequently associated with winter, coldness, famine and starvation. It possesses and transforms human beings who have committed sins such as selfishness, greed, gluttony, murder and especially cannibalism. The spirit then forces them to consume human flesh, turning them into a monster with an insatiable hunger for it. The wendigo are also part of the traditional belief system of many Algonquin-speaking cultures, such as the Ojibwe, Eastern Cree, Saulteaux, Westmain Swampy Cree, Naskapi and Innu peoples. Though the folklore among cultures varies somewhat, the wendigo is commonly seen as an evil, cannibalistic, supernatural entity.

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Fallout 76 – Tales from The West Virginia Hills Curse of the Wendigo! Video

Fallout 76 – Tales from The West Virginia Hills Curse of the Wendigo! Video

References

  1. Fallout 76 loading screen hints
  2. Cryptid sighting: Wendigo 10/25
  3. Key to the Past has the player hunt down a wendigo stated to be the progenitor wendigo, indicating the source of the mutants.
  4. Morris's end
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