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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 hint

Yao guai are a species of mutated bears that inhabit the Commonwealth, the Island and Nuka-World in 2287.

Background[]

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

Characteristics[]

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. 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.[4]

Gameplay attributes[]

They seem to appear as often during the daytime as they do during the night. This is a primary difference between the Commonwealth yao guai compared to the Capital Wasteland variants which are more nocturnal in nature.

These creatures also have the ability to cause, unlike their Capital Wasteland counterparts, the staggering effect on every one of their attacks, even if the player character is quick enough to block them. For this reason, melee fighting against yao guai might be difficult, especially with slow weapons or if fighting against a group. Attacks must be properly timed, otherwise, the player character might get stuck in the stagger effect, giving yao guai enough time to strike once again.

Unlike many other creatures, yao guai do not take increased damage from being shot in the head.

Variants[]

Stunted yao guai[]

Fo4 stunted yao guai

Not as physically imposing as normal yao guai due to minor malformations, past injuries, or arrested development. As a result, they are less of a threat compared to other variants. Wherever they are found with another yao guai it is usually one with a similar affliction.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Stunted yao guai
000295A0
Level
16
Perception
14
Hit Points
350
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
25
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
55
Experience Points
24
Aggression
Very aggressiveIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps friendsIcon requiredIcon required
Attack
Melee (50 Damage)
Attack
empty

Young yao guai[]

The young yao guai is a variant of the yao guai cut from Nuka-World. Based on the name in the editor (DLC04POISC11_EncYaoGuai), it was planned to appear at the yao guai cave to the northwest of the Nuka-World junkyard. The young yao guai is identical in appearance to a fully grown yao guai.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Young yao guai
xx042EDD Cut contentNuka-World (add-on)
Level
16
Perception
14
Hit Points
350
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
25
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
55
Experience Points
24
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps friendsIcon requiredIcon required
Attack
Melee (50 Damage)
Attack
empty

Pack yao guai[]

Pack yao guai

Found in a cage in Nuka-Town backstage, this yao guai is kept by the Pack.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Pack yao guai Nuka-World (add-on)
xx051E2B
Level
16
Perception
13
Hit Points
350
Damage Resistance
40
Energy Resistance
25
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
55
Experience Points
24
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee ( Damage)
Attack
empty

Yao guai[]

The typical form of a yao guai, they are stronger than their stunted counterparts and can prove a difficult fight for low level player characters due to their considerable strength and aggressive nature.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai
000A0F33
Level
26
Perception
13
Hit Points
550
Damage Resistance
60
Energy Resistance
40
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
60
Experience Points
37
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (100 Damage)
Attack
empty

Yao guai ghoul[]

Fo4FH yao guai ghoul

A ghoulified version of the yao guai, added to the game with the Far Harbor add-on. Its sensory organs seem to be heavily damaged due to radiation poisoning, age and past injuries, as they have 7 less perception than their non-ghoulified variant.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai ghoul Far Harbor (add-on)
xx02175D
Level
31
Perception
4
Hit Points
625
Damage Resistance
70
Energy Resistance
50
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
60
Experience Points
?
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (115 Damage)
Attack
Empty

Shaggy yao guai[]

Fo4 shaggy yao guai

Larger in size with longer, more shaggy fur than the average yao guai, these variants have greater resilience and more power behind their attacks.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Shaggy yao guai
001437F2
Level
36
Perception
15
Hit Points
700
Damage Resistance
75
Energy Resistance
55
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
70
Experience Points
51
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps friendsIcon requiredIcon required
Attack
Melee (130 Damage)
Attack
empty

Irradiated yao guai[]

Fo4FH irradiated yao guai

This variant of yao guai was an addition included in Far Harbor. These yao guai are sickly green in color with hard, bony growths sprouting from their bodies, including near their eyes. Irradiated yao guai are more perceptive than their other yao guai, rendering them a capable enemy.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Irradiated yao guai Far Harbor (add-on)
xx02175C
Level
41
Perception
15
Hit Points
800
Damage Resistance
85
Energy Resistance
60
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
70
Experience Points
51
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps friendsIcon requiredIcon required
Attack
  • Damage)

Glowing yao guai[]

Fo4 glowing yao guai

Similar looking to standard yao guai. However, it glows due to an excess of radiation absorbed by its body and is considerably tougher than its counterparts.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Glowing yao guai
001437F3
Level
46
Perception
13
Hit Points
900
Damage Resistance
90
Energy Resistance
60
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
80
Experience Points
51
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (165 Damage)
Attack
empty

Albino yao guai[]

Fo4 albino yao guai

These yao guai are much lighter in coloration than a typical yao guai due to a genetic defect causing albinism. They are significantly tougher than their standard counterparts.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Albino yao guai
001437F4
Level
56
Perception
13
Hit Points
1000
Damage Resistance
100
Energy Resistance
70
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
90
Experience Points
80
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (175 Damage)
Attack
empty

Rabid yao guai[]

Rabid Yao Guai

The rabid yao guai is a yao guai that has been infected with rabies or a similar illness. In appearance, it has red welts dominating its sides and face, giving it a diseased look. Despite its unhealthy appearance, it can prove to be a deadly adversary in combat.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Rabid yao guai
001437F5
Level
66
Perception
14
Hit Points
1100
Damage Resistance
100
Energy Resistance
85
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
100
Experience Points
94
Aggression
AggressiveIcon requiredIcon optionalIcon optional
Confidence
FoolhardyIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon required
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (185 Damage)
Attack
empty

Dusky yao guai[]

Fo4 dusky yao guai

The deadliest yao guai variant in the Commonwealth, it has a darker coloration compared to typical yao guai. Additionally, it has more pronounced scars on its body. Sporting a large health pool and powerful attacks, it can be an issue for the player character at any level. Those unprepared for such an encounter can meet a swift death in just a few strikes. Dusky yao guai level with the player character and are therefore immune to the Animal Friend perk.

Name (Form ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Dusky yao guai
001437F6
Level
76+
Perception
15
Hit Points
1175+
Damage Resistance
100
Energy Resistance
100
Radiation Resistance
Immune
Poison Resistance
125
Experience Points
109
Aggression
Very aggressiveIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Confidence
BraveIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon requiredIcon optional
Assistance
Helps alliesIcon requiredIcon optional
Attack
Melee (200 Damage)
Attack
empty

Locations[]

Appearances[]

Yao guai appear in Fallout 4, its add-ons Far Harbor and Nuka-World, and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.

Behind the scenes[]

  • In Mandarin, yāo guài (妖怪) translates as "monster" or "demon." In Chinese mythology, "yaoguai" are usually physical manifestations of the spirits of mistreated animals or fallen divine animals.
  • In early concept art for Fallout 3, the yao guai's name was spelled "yaogwai."[5]
  • The Fallout 4 yao guai were modeled by Christiane Meister.[6]
  • The black bear from which the yao guai mutated is the official state mammal of West Virginia.

Gallery[]

Fallout 4[]

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare[]

References[]

  1. Fallout 3 loading screens: "Yao Guai are fast, powerful predators, and are descended from the area's black bears."
  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. Tenpenny Tower terminal entries; exploration database, Yao Guai
  4. Scavengers' yao guai
  5. The Art of Fallout 3, p.37
  6. Portfolio on Zerply
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