Video games would be nothing without their enemies, and it's almost always about stopping the bad guys. Every once in a while, someone creates a fictional enemy that requires further analysis. Although Deathclaws are enemies, we can sympathize with them, for reasons explained later. These beasts are mighty, resourceful, and can even speak!
Deathclaws are similar in appearance to the demons from Doom. This is likely not by chance, since the same development company developed both Doom and Fallout. By the end of this article, you may have grown to fear or respect these magnificent creatures. They are the result of a cataclysmic event, but beneath the surface, they are extraordinary. Here are some facts about the Deathclaws you may not have known.
10 Deathclaws Have Poor Vision
Deathclaws rely on their excellent sense of smell and hearing to locate prey. They have limited vision, and one type of Deathclaw --called the Blind Deathclaw, logically enough-- cannot see at all.
Blind Deathclaws are wounded creatures that are found in the Mojave. They are weaker than the average Deathclaw but are remarkable at tracking targets. At least Bethesda Softworks gave Deathclaws poor eyesight. With proper eyesight, Deathclaws would become the harbinger of doom and one of Fallout's fiercest enemies would be unstoppable.
9 There Are Various Types Of Deathclaws
In Fallout 4, eight different types of Deathclaws appear. Variants include the plain old Deathclaw, the Alpha Deatchclaw, Glowing Deathclaw, Deathclaw Matriarch, Savage Deathclaw, Albino Deathclaw, Chameleon Deathclaw, and Mythic Deathclaw. None of them are going to be pleased to see you.
You may be a bigger fan of Fallout 3's story, but one thing Fallout 4 did was improve the appearance of Deathclaws. They're more menacing than ever.
8 Deathclaws Are 9-10 Feet Tall
The appearance of a Deathclaw is startling at first, and that first impression you form is absolutely correct. They are aggressive animals of intimidating stature. Although they are said to be 9-10 feet tall, they might be taller than that.
In the photo above, we see a human standing next to a Deathclaw. It appears to be nearly triple the height of the human being. This would put the Deathclaw at approximately 15 feet tall. Its claws alone are twelve inches long, which is one foot. It's not surprising that a Deathclaw can defeat almost any opponent with a couple of swipes of their razor-sharp claws.
7 They Are Mutant Forms Of A Jackson's Chameleon (Essentially)
During the mutation process, Deathclaws lost their ability to blend into their environment. Color-changing is a trait held by almost all of Jackson's chameleons. They can change color to blend into their environment and will change colors if they're in an aggressive state.
How Jackson's chameleon grew more than tenfold in size through the mutation process is a Fallout mystery. Perhaps it was genetic engineering that led to their drastic shift in appearance? Their change in behavior and other mannerisms make Deathclaws some of the most bizarre creatures in video games.
6 The Baby Deathclaw Is The Weakest Form Of Deathclaw
Since they aren't fully developed, it's not surprising to learn that Baby Deathclaws are the weakest form of Deathclaws. Interestingly enough, Baby Deathclaws create a circle around their mother if she is killed.
On the other hand, the mother will go into a blind rage if one of her babies is killed. However, the mother won't harm other Deathclaws. Just watch out for their mother! There's no telling when she might appear and attack!
5 Intelligent Deathclaws Can Speak
Intelligent Deathclaws are, as their name would imply, intelligent. Although Intelligent Deathclaws have many of the same features as a normal Deathclaw, they became super-intelligent after being exposed to FEV. They can speak and learn at an accelerated rate.
Next time you encounter an Intelligent Deathclaw, remember that it might stop attacking if you put your weapon away. Fights in Intelligent Deathclaw packs are a rarity since they've transcended the mental capacity of a normal Deathclaw.
4 A Creature With The Appearance Of A Deathclaw Is Exclusive To Fallout: New Vegas
It's called Stripe and it is found in the Fallout: New Vegas DLC, Old World Blues. Don't be fooled by its size; it is about as strong as an Alpha Male Deathclaw. It's comparable to the size of a dog, so many will confuse it for a less powerful being.
Luckily, you've read this and have learned of its wrath. They are small and aggressive and are exclusive to Fallout: New Vegas. Despite being super strong, Stripe cannot run as fast as the Courier, which makes it easier to defeat.
3 Deathclaws Appear In Every Fallout Game
Deathclaws do indeed appear in every Fallout game, including Fallout Shelter and Fallout Tactics. They are pervasive throughout Fallout games, wreaking havoc on every enemy they encounter. As a recurring Fallout enemy, their appearance has changed in later releases. They started out with a brown hue, but are more often a hue of black in newer games such as Fallout 4.
The game with the most variations of Deathclaw is Fallout: New Vegas. Deathclaw, Deathclaw Baby, Young Deathclaw, Blind Deathclaw, Deathclaw Alpha Male, Deathclaw Mother, Legendary Deathclaw, Deathclaw Lonesome Road, Irradiated Deathclaw Lonesome Road, and Stripe can all be found in Fallout: New Vegas.
2 They Live In Packs, Sometimes Consisting Of Over Twenty Deathclaws
Ranging from packs of eight to twenty, Deathclaw groups are typically led by an alpha male. The alpha male is the only one who mates with the females, and they give birth to offspring known as Young Deathclaws.
They must hunt alone, since Deathclaws are rarely found in packs outside of their sheltered homes. They are, as any Fallout fan will tell you, aggressive, territorial creatures that will protect their offspring to the death (usually the intruder's). Their behavior is fairly predictable, but even with the toughest armor, defeating one is not a cakewalk.
1 You'll Probably Need Power Armor To Kill One
Deathclaws have a ton of health, so you'll either need Power Armor, a whole hecking lot of firepower or both if you plan on defeating one. Since Deathclaws are encountered early in Fallout 4, players will likely not have the means to defeat one.
Power Armor comes in handy during the most arduous Fallout battles. It seems like a no-brainer to make use of the Fallout Power Armor to combat one of this post-apocalyptic game's most iconic and dangerous foes. Good luck!