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Originally named by the descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, the Yao Guai is a ferocious mutated bear.Fallout 4 loading screen

Yao guai are the mutated descendants of the American black bear.[1] These vicious creatures are found in the Capital Wasteland, the Commonwealth, the Island and Zion Canyon. They were named by the descendants of Chinese internment prisoners after the Great War.[2]

CharacteristicsEdit

Named by descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, yao guai are mutated black bears[3] and one of the more vicious creatures of the wasteland, sporting razor sharp claws and teeth and a nasty temperament.[4] Despite this, yao guai exhibit a gentle, familial bond toward one another when found together and can even be domesticated.[5]

Yao guai will attack nearly any other animals or people they encounter, including deathclaws. The mutation has greatly extended their lifespan, although practical immortality has only been achieved by ghoulified yao guai, limited to remote populations on the eastern seaboard in Point Lookout and on the Island. Some of these yao guai are bears that have been born before the Great War.[6][7]

BiologyEdit

Yao guai are large, ursine animals that are descended from the bears that lived across America before the War. Due to their zombie-like appearance, yao guai may be the bear equivalent of a ghoul, however unlike human ghouls they are not sterile, as evidenced by the presence of cubs. This is further supported by Ruzka, the only yao guai in Point Lookout, who seems to be a ghoulifed pre-War circus bear judging by the ball found in her lair and the posters around the Pilgrim's Landing boardwalk.

VariantsEdit

Yao guaiEdit

Yao guai

A common adult yao guai.

Scavengers' yao guaiEdit

Yao guai
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

A tamed variant of yao guai owned by scavengers, most likely for protection and companionship.

Yao guai cubEdit

Yao guai
Gameplay article: Honest Hearts

A younger specimen of the mutant bear.

Giant yao guaiEdit

Yao guai
Gameplay article: Honest Hearts

Larger versions of yao guai.

Stunted yao guaiEdit

Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76

Shaggy yao guaiEdit

Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76

Scorched yao guaiEdit

Gameplay article: Fallout 76

Unique yao guaiEdit

RuzkaEdit

Yao guai
Gameplay article: Point Lookout

A unique yao guai found in its lair in Point Lookout.

Ghost of SheEdit

GhostOfShe
Gameplay article: Honest Hearts

A unique yao guai that can be found in Zion Canyon. She is fought under the effects of hallucinations induced by Sacred datura root tea during Rite of Passage, and appears to be a giant Yao Guai with a flaming body as well as the ability to create several copies of herself.

Son of FluffyEdit

FO76WA Son of Fluffy
Gameplay article: Wild Appalachia

He is the child of Fluffy, a bear that was experimented on before the Great War by Dr. Frank. He can be encountered during Unsolved: Tracking Terror, in the Fallout 76 add-on Wild Appalachia

Behind the scenesEdit

In Mandarin, yāo guài (妖怪) translates as "monster" or "demon." In Chinese mythology, "yao guai" are usually physical manifestations of the spirits of mistreated animals or fallen divine animals.

GalleryEdit

References

  1. Of all species of bear that live in North America (black, brown, grizzly and polar), black bears are the only bears with populations in both Maryland and Utah.
  2. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Originally named by the descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, the Yao Guai is a ferocious mutated bear."
  3. Quercus: "Oh, how wonderful! It's a real yao guai, descended from the American black bear. "
  4. Tenpenny Tower terminal entries; exploration database, yao guai
  5. Scavengers' yao guai
  6. Ruzka
  7. Yao guai ghoul
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