Lucy proposing marriage to vault 32 candidate in the Prime series.
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How Fallout Season 1 Creatures Compare to the Games

Many of the creatures we've grown to love from the Fallout video game franchise made an appearance in the Prime series.

The Fallout franchise is filled with creatures mutated from radiation exposure, created by experimentation, or from another world entirely. Some of these creatures appeared in Amazon Prime’s Fallout series. This is how Fallout season one creatures compare to the video games.

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There are a handful of enemy creatures that attack various characters in the Prime show.

  • Radroach.
  • Yao Guai.
  • Brahmin.
  • Deer/Radstag.
  • Gulper.
  • Feral Ghouls.

Radroach

The giant cockroach is the first wasteland creature Lucy runs into when she leaves the vault. The size of all radroaches is spot on, along with their clumsy attempt at flight, and overall design. They’re scavengers of the wasteland, which is showcased as they try to dismantle power armor to get the meal inside.

Yao Guai

The yao guai is a mutated bear covered with mange, patches of hair, and sores. The only thing that can rival its hideous appearance is its ferocious nature. The design team nailed the show’s yao guai, from the roar to the scarring on its face to its ability to take down someone in power armor.

Brahmin

In Filly, Lucy sees brahmin for the first time. Cows with two heads remain livestock beasts after the apocalypse. The brown hide matches those often found in Fallout 76, though there are color variations seen throughout the games.

Deer/Radstag

One of the animals I had an issue with was the fawn Lucy sees near the pond. All deer in the game were irradiated and mutated in a similar way to Brahmin, becoming two-headed. In Fallout 4 and Fo76, you do come across adolescent radstag that have two heads. The normal fawn doesn’t match the apocalyptic world around it.

Gulper

Glowing Gulper in Fallout 76.
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The gulper, at least this West Coast version, is the one new addition to the creature roster from the series. Originally introduced in Fallout 4 as a new enemy in the “Far Harbor” DLC, gulpers are mutated hellbender salamanders. Found in water as well as hanging from trees by their tails, they’re a territorial creature that can swallow you whole.

In the series, the gulper is a genetic experiment gone wrong. Splicing genes of humans with radiation resistant creatures, in this case an axolotl, created the subspecies of gulper that attacks Lucy. It bears the same frilled facial appendages as the axolotl, which is a type of salamander. The most disturbing thing about it is the human fingers instead of teeth, which fall along similar lines to the snallygaster being covered in eyes.

The west coast gulper being the result of scientific experimentation conducted without moral guidelines is confirmed by the oversee of Vault 4 when Lucy ventures to level 12. Gulper designer Ben Carnow tweeted his appreciation for the design, noting his love of regional differences.

Feral Ghouls

The final creature we see in Los Angeles is the Feral Ghoul. Unlike The Ghoul who has his faculties and sense of self intact, these poor souls were irradiated beyond their humanity. Similar to the traditional horror monster the zombie, feral ghouls will attack anything that moves. Ghouls can go feral after extremely long periods of time, though that wasn’t fully confirmed until the show.

Iconic Creatures Missing in Fallout Season 1

Some very well-known creatures didn’t make an appearance in the first season of Fallout. From the low level Mole Rat to killer Deathclaw, these franchise staples were missing in action. However, there were some indications that two species may pop up to destroy Lucy and The Ghoul in season 2.

Super Mutant Hints in Season 1

There are two times that the Super Mutant race graces the screen in the show. In episode two, a covered corpse on a gurney is being wheeled away, which catches the eye of Siggi Wilzig. A green-gray hand slips off the edge, into sight. The hand is larger than usual, and given the green skin tone, it’s safe to say that it belongs to a super mutant.

There’s a small chance the hand could belong to an alien, but there are no other indications so far that they are included in the show. The size of the hand, as well as it having the correct number of fingers, points to a super mutant.

In addition to this brief sighting, there’s another moment in the series that confirms the presence of the mutant race. During episode six when The Ghoul has been taken to the Govermint headquarters, there are multiple wanted posters hanging on the wall. One of them depicts a super mutant, with the larger head structure and rough features.

Deathclaw Hints in Season 1

At the very end of season 1, we’re shown the skull of a horned predator. This iconic skull belongs to the one and only Deathclaw. The mutated reptile is a killing machine that has caused me quite a few deaths. With a skull being on Lucy’s path, they’re sure to encounter one in season 2.

Those are all the creatures of Fallout season one and how they compare to their video game inspirations. The show stayed true to almost all of Bethesda’s original ideas, along with adding their own twist for the gulper. With season 2 confirmed, we’ll have to wait and see if any new creature designs remain faithful.


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