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For an overview of yao guai, see yao guai.

 
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Yao guai are a species of mutated bear. These creatures can be found in Zion Canyon in 2281, and include a unique yao guai named Ghost of She.

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]

Biology[edit | edit source]

The physical build of the Zion variant does not drastically deviate from pre-War bears as much as the yao guai in the Capital Wasteland and the Commonwealth. 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[edit | edit source]

Yao guai are extremely fast and powerful creatures, second only to deathclaws in terms of raw strength and speed. Unlike deathclaws, they are less alert, as the player character may come in contact with one when it is asleep or lying down. Yao guai do not attack bighorners in Zion Canyon. The Animal Friend perk does not affect them and they will become hostile towards the player character upon detection.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Yao guai[edit | edit source]

Yao guai.png

These creatures are nearly identical to the yao guai found in the Capital Wasteland. They are also normally found in groups of two to four.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai
xx0116ad
Level
18
Experience Points
?
Perception
6
Hit Points
215
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (70 Damage)
Yao guai
xx009f5b
Level
22
Experience Points
?
Perception
7
Hit Points
300
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (85 Damage)

Yao guai cub[edit | edit source]

Yao guai.png

Yao guai cubs are smaller, weaker and less deadly versions of their parents, of whom they stay in close proximity to.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai cub
xx0116ab
Level
5
Experience Points
?
Perception
4
Hit Points
65
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (25 Damage)
Yao guai cub
xx0116ac
Level
10
Experience Points
?
Perception
5
Hit Points
105
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (45 Damage)
Yao guai cub
xx00b624
Level
14
Experience Points
?
Perception
5
Hit Points
145
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (60 Damage)

Giant yao guai[edit | edit source]

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Giant yao guai are larger versions of yao guai. A giant yao guai is a sigficicant threat to low level player characters. Early in the Honest Hearts add-on, a giant yao guai attacks and kills a green gecko on top of a rock while the player approaches the Dead Horses camp. A few of these can be found near the Red Gate.

Name (Base ID)StatisticsBehaviorAbilitiesItems
Yao guai
xx010dac
Level
16
Experience Points
?
Perception
2
Hit Points
300
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (60 Damage)
Yao guai
xx00dd6e
Level
32
Experience Points
?
Perception
8
Hit Points
475
Damage Threshold
0
Damage Resistance
0%
Gamebryo AI attributes#Aggression
Very aggressive: Will attack enemies and neutrals on sight.Icon required.pngIcon required.pngIcon optional.png
Gamebryo AI attributes#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 (120 Damage)

Notes[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Yao guai appear in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.

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.

References[edit | edit source]

  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
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