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Feral ghouls have lost the ability to reason, and will attack any human on sight.— Loading screen

Feral Ghouls are Ghouls that have lost their ability to reason and have become aggressive.

Background

Also referred to as mindless zombies, ghoul crazies, ferals, and feral necrotic post-humans, prejudice against non-feral ghouls by Humans is due to the widespread assumption that a feral state is the inevitable condition of every ghoul.[1] Feral ghouls are irradiated human beings that have experienced brain degeneration.[2][3] Feral ghouls have no body heat and emit lethal levels of radiation.[4]

According to Three Dog and Diamond City security, ghouls prefer dark areas, often underground or under the cover of the night sky.[5][6] Feral ghouls screech when enemies are nearby, and attack using their hands. Some feral ghouls, such as those in Camp Searchlight, utilize weapons. They usually do not attack non-feral ghouls and may flee combat.[7] Wearing a Ghoul mask will fool feral ghouls, making them remain non-hostile.

Some feral ghouls have lost their ability to communicate but are non-hostile, including Meat, Ethyl, Atom's Champion, and Sun of Atom.

By Game

Image Name Game
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Charred Painted Ghoul

Nuka-World

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Feral Ghoul

Fallout 3

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Feral Ghoul

Fallout 76

FoS Ghoul.png

Feral ghoul

Fallout Shelter

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Feral Ghoul

Fallout: New Vegas

Fh-fog-ghoul.png

Fog Ghoul

Far Harbor

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Ghoul crazy

Fallout 2

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Mindless ghoul

Fallout

FO4NW-painted-ghoul.png

Painted Ghoul

Nuka-World

Named

Named
Fallout 3
Ethyl Mr. Keller Meat
Samuel Stefan Atom's Champion Broken Steel
Mother Curie III Broken Steel Sun of Atom Broken Steel
Fallout: New Vegas
Overseer
Fallout 4
Bob Stanson Bradley Ramone First mate
John Hatfield Jon Elwood Tim Shoots
Wayne Gorski Pre-War Sanctuary residents Frederick Gibbons Far Harbor (add-on)
Patrick Gibbons Far Harbor (add-on) Steven Gibbons Far Harbor (add-on) Victoria Gibbons Far Harbor (add-on)
Security Chief Andersen Vault-Tec Workshop (add-on) Julian Vault-Tec Workshop (add-on) Johnny Morton Creation Club
Rod Stoddard Creation Club Roy Ward Baker Creation Club Wally Mack Creation Club
Fallout 76
Agent Kensington Freddie Lang Harvey Tinley
J47 Billy Fallout 76 removed content Cole Fallout 76 removed content
Lucas Fallout 76 removed content Red Fallout 76 removed content

Notes

  • A bugged terminal in Fallout 3 contains entries about feral ghouls, the content of which is not accessible in game.[8]
  • Endless walkers are variants of feral ghouls planned for Van Buren.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Feral Ghouls in Fallout 3 were textured using "pictures of packaged meat".[Dev 1]

Gallery

Fallout 3

Fallout 4

Fallout 76

References

  1. The Lone Wanderer: "What the hell's a Ghoul anyway? Some kind of diseased human?"
    Gustavo: "You serious? You don't know what a Ghoul is? A goddamn disaster waiting to happen that's what they are. Sure, maybe you can get over the fact they look like someone took a cheese grater to their face. But it's what you don't see that's the problem. The radiation slowly eats away their brain, then they go zombie on you. It's better for everyone to kill them before all that, if you ask me."
    (Gustavo's dialogue)
  2. Fallout 4 loading screens: "While they can easily be mistaken for zombies, Feral Ghouls are actually horribly irradiated humans whose brains have rotted away, causing madness."
  3. Tenpenny Tower terminals; Exploration Database, Feral Ghouls
  4. Lone Wanderer: "I need more details... What's the breach all about?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "Internal visual sensing equipment is detecting numerous unidentified persons in the southeast tunnels area. The individuals have damaged metro equipment and refused dialogue with our security units. In accordance with U.S. Security Statute A567/B, the use of deadly force has been authorized."
    Lone Wanderer: "Can you tell me more about these unidentified persons?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "My apologies. My sensing equipment in that area must be damaged. My equipment indicates the persons possess no internal body heat and are emitting lethal levels of radiation."
    (M.A.R.Go.T.'s dialogue)
  5. Three Dog: "Those Feral Ghouls that prefer the dark, dank underground? They ARE basically mindless zombies. So kill as many as you damn well please."
    (Three Dog on GNR)
  6. Diamond City security officer: "Feral Ghouls like to hide in the dark. Makes night patrol a real fright-fest."
    (Diamond City security; Exterior dialogue)
  7. Initiate Clarke: "But during the battle for the airport, the ghouls... they just kept coming. I... I killed... I don't even know how many. They... they were just running away. Why did they have to die? We slaughtered them. Like animals."
    (BoSInitiateClarke.txt)
  8. Underworld terminals; research terminal, Study Of Ferocious Post-Necrotic Dystrophy
Developer Statements
  1. Jonah Lobe: "Because #fallout3 is trending, I just wanted to remind everyone that I textured the Feral Ghouls using pictures of packaged meat"
    (Fallout 3 developer statements/Creatures and enemies; Jonah Lobe: Feral Ghoul texture, 2023 January 16)