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For a cross-game overview, see yao guai.

Yao guai are creatures found in Appalachia.

Background

Named by descendants of those held in Chinese internment camps before the Great War, yao guai are mutated American black bears[1][2] and one of the more vicious creatures of the wasteland, sporting 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]

Characteristics

Biology

The physical build of the Appalachian variant does not seem to drastically deviate from pre-War bears as much as the yao guai in the Capital Wasteland and Zion Canyon. Comparatively, they are overall less dog-like in their posture and movement and sport thicker patches of fur and more body fat. Since their upper body, chest and arms are not as massive, the Appalachian yao guai have a more traditional bear-like posture and gait. These yao guai are generally larger than their unmutated predecessors and are more aggressive.

Gameplay attributes

When yao guai are encountered, there are typically two or three in the area. Yao guai can outrun a player character unless the player character is sprinting. They have a powerful melee attack, and their strikes frequently stun the player character for a few seconds. They will pursue a player character into an open sided shed but not into a shed or building with a doorway, even if the doorway is open. When the player character enters the building, they will retreat to the edge of the area; when they detect the player character exiting the building, they will again pursue. They are sensitive to explosives and flamers.

Variants

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Stunted yao guai
000295A0
Attack
Unarmed (50 Damage)
Yao guai
000A0F33
Attack
Unarmed (75 Damage)
Yao guai ghoul
00110CC9
Attack
Unarmed (90 Damage)
Shaggy yao guai
001437F2
Attack
Unarmed (105 Damage)
Irradiated yao guai
00110CC8
Attack
Unarmed (125 Damage)
Albino yao guai
001437F4
Attack
Unarmed (150 Damage)
Rabid yao guai
001437F5
Attack
Unarmed (175 Damage)
Dusky yao guai
001437F6
Attack
Unarmed (200 Damage)
Glowing yao guai
001437F3
Attack
Unarmed (225 Damage)
Savage yao guai
003F4CCB
Attack
Unarmed (250 Damage)
Frenzied yao guai
003F4CCC
Attack
Unarmed (275 Damage)
Deadly yao guai
003F4CCB
Attack
Unarmed (300 Damage)
Scorched yao guai
003AFE15
Attack
Unarmed (50 Damage)
Prime yao guai
Fallout 76 seasonal content Primal Cuts (The Forest)

0054E30D
Attack
Unarmed (225 Damage)

Locations

Named yao guai

Notes

  • Yao guai are a potential candidate for taming. If found alone in a random encounter, the player character can send the tamed beast to their C.A.M.P. for defense.
  • The yao guai's melee attack inflicts a large stagger on the player, which may be followed up in rapid succession to stun-lock the player. This can be managed by equipping a pneumatic torso mod.

Appearances

Yao guai appear in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

  • 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.
  • In early concept art for Fallout 3, the yao guai's name was spelled "yaogwai."
  • The black bear from which the yao guai mutated is the official state mammal of West Virginia.

Gallery

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
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