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For an overview of yao guai, see yao guai.

 
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Don't feed the yao guai! That is all.Three Dog

Yao guai are a species of mutated black bear that inhabit the Capital Wasteland in 2277.[1] There is also a unique yao guai, Ruzka, located in Point Lookout.

Background[edit | edit source]

Named by descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, yao guai are mutated American black bears[1][2][3] and one of the more vicious creatures of the wasteland, sporting razor sharp claws and teeth, and a nasty temperament.[4]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Yao guai are large, mutated ursines that are descended from the bears that lived across America before the Great War. They are able to reproduce, as evidenced by the presence of cubs and some have extended lifespans, such as the pre-War circus bear, Ruzka. Wild yao guai will attack nearly any other animals or people they encounter, including deathclaws. Despite this, yao guai exhibit a gentle, familial bond toward one another when found together and can even be domesticated.[5] They are sometimes friendly towards bloatflies.

They can be encountered across the entire Capital Wasteland in and around craggy, hilly places, or in caverns. There are two spots where one is guaranteed to come across concentrated populations of yao guai, including the yao guai tunnels and the yao guai cave. Yao guai are generally found in pairs or sometimes wandering alone, frequently at night. Some wasteland scavengers travel with a yao guai companion. They will not attack on sight and can be approached safely, although they will defend themselves and their ally if threatened.

Gameplay attributes[edit | edit source]

Yao guai attack by using running pounces followed by slashes and bites after closing the distance to their target. Like all creatures with pounce attacks, the yao guai can't pounce with a crippled hind leg. However, even with a crippled limb it will resume charging after a split second. Yao guai have a high Perception, and do not require a direct line of sight to notice the presence of others. Yao guai are affected by the Animal Friend perk.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Yao guai[edit | edit source]

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The standard yao guai with all characteristics listed above. Prime locations are in the cliffside cavern and the yao guai tunnels, but they can also be found across most of the wasteland.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai
0001CFA0
Level
7
Experience Points
?
Perception
7
Hit Points
220
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps friends: Will help friends and allies.Icon required.pngIcon required.png
Attack
Melee (75 Damage)

Scavenger's yao guai[edit | edit source]

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These yao guai seem domesticated. They travel alongside scavenger-merchants, defending them against any threat that may arise.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Scavenger's yao guai
00073243
Level
7
Experience Points
?
Perception
7
Hit Points
220
Damage Resistance
0%
Aggression
Unaggressive: Will not initiate combat.Icon optional.pngIcon optional.pngIcon optional.png
Confidence
Foolhardy: Will never flee or avoid anyone.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon required.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#Assistance
Helps allies: Will help allies.Icon required.pngIcon optional.png
Attack
Melee (75 Damage)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When one is extremely close to a passive yao guai, they can be heard to have a wheezing, raspy breath. This can also be heard by entering the Pip-Boy menu whenever a yao guai approaches or nears the Lone Wanderer.
  • Three Dog's advice on yao guai is simply: "Don't feed the yao guai." This is a reference to the adage "Please don't feed the bears," a saying commonly found on signs in parks, zoos and other areas populated by bears.
  • Though yao guai are not as deadly as deathclaws or some of the wasteland's other inhabitants, they are formidable opponents, occasionally appearing southeast of Megaton near the crossing into Washington, D.C.
  • Yao guai can sometimes be seen taking out some Talon Company mercs in a random encounter. Sometimes after the Lone Wanderer encounters this, they won't attack.
  • If a yao guai and an Outcast patrol cross paths under the overpass closest to Megaton and the Outcasts kill the yao guai there, it can become a recurring encounter approximately every three in-game days.
  • Yao guai meat is more contaminated by radiation than other meats, but grants a unique temporary damage bonus when eaten.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Yao guai appear in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • The black bear from which the yao guai mutated is the official state mammal of West Virginia.
  • The yao guai model was created by Jonah Lobe, though he considers it one of his worst works, as he was not proud with how the final version turned out.[6]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Playstation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Yao guai seem to be unusually prone to physics glitches, which may cause them to fly or launch when killed. This is most common when one is killed mid-air, usually with a combat shotgun.[verified]

Sounds[edit | edit source]

  • Sniffing yao guai
  • Forward attacking yao guai
  • Swing attacking yao guai

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 loading screens: "Yao Guai are fast, powerful predators, and are descended from the area's black bears."
  2. Quercus: "Oh, how wonderful! It's a real yao guai, descended from the American black bear. "[verification needed]
  3. 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."
  4. Tenpenny Tower terminal entries; exploration database, yao guai
  5. Scavengers' yao guai
  6. JonahLobe on Reddit: "Thank you Will! I think the two worst pieces of art that I ever contributed to those games were the Yao Guai in F3 and the Skinned Hounds from Shivering Isles! Not at all proud with how either of those turned out, but hey you cant win em all!!"
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