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Mirelurk King (Fallout 76)

FO76 publicteam xpd.pngFor an overview of the topic, see mirelurk.

Mirelurk Kings are creatures found in Appalachia.

Gameplay

Though usually alone, it is not uncommon to find more than one king at a mirelurk den. They will run up and swipe, as well as perform a powerful sonic blast attack from range, with a very high chance to stun. They also have a high HP pool and damage output.

Variants

Image Name Location HP Health Points (HP) FormID Game
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Deadly Mirelurk King

Appalachia

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Fallout 76

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Deadly Mirelurk King

Appalachia

003F3F53

Fallout 76

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Glowing Mirelurk King

Appalachia

00142385

Fallout 76

Infobox.webp

Mirelurk Deep King

Appalachia

00142382

Fallout 76

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Mirelurk High King

Appalachia

003AFDF9

Fallout 76

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Mirelurk High King

Appalachia

003F3F52

Fallout 76

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Mirelurk King

Appalachia

000B7F95

Fallout 76

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Savage Mirelurk

Appalachia

003F3F51

Fallout 76

Infobox.webp

Savage Mirelurk King

Appalachia

003AFDF9

Fallout 76

Infobox.webp

Scorched Mirelurk King

Appalachia

003AFDF9

Fallout 76


Locations

Mirelurk Kings can be found at the wendigo cave.

Notes

Mirelurk Kings are potential candidates for taming. If found alone in a random encounter, the player character can send the tamed creature to their C.A.M.P. for defense.

Appearances

Mirelurk Kings appear in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

  • When asked about why the Mirelurk King has lungs and gills, Jonah Lobe stated he "figured he might develop them independently, to be able to breathe in both land and water".[Dev 1]
  • Jonah Lobe provided pictures detailing the Mirelurk King's anatomy.[Dev 2]
  • The head of the Mirelurk King was inspired by the extinct Dunkleosteus,[Dev 3] the red gills were inspired by "ancient western kings" and the rest of the model was inspired by spiney fish.[Dev 3]

Quotes

Though it appears human in shape, the Mirelurk King evolved in non-sapien ways; namely, its upper and lower fins have developed joints and claws capable of flexion. Similarly, there is no evolutionary link between the Mirelurk Kings and the Mirelurks themselves; the story I told myself while building this Lovecraftian monstrosity was that his kind had evolved in ways that allowed them to dominate and perhaps control their less intelligent Mirelurk peers.

To reinforce this idea, I doubled down on the “Kingly” imagery by sculpting a hard-shelled crown (which was in the concept art to begin with) a la Dunkleosteus, as well as dressing him in long, sweeping red “gill robes,” like the ancient western kings (which was not in the concept art). I built him anticipating that he’d walk upright, proudly, with this chest out - like the Fallout 3 variety. Alas, the animator chose a more froggish route.

The model itself is 9.1K triangles, the textures 2048. It was created for Fallout 4.
Jonah Lobe on ArtStation.com
I like to post this every once in a while, because it’s fun to explain my process when designing fictional anatomy from scratch. The Mirelurk King from Fallout 4 is a very strange creature, and not one of its biological roots are derived from humans. To that end, I tried to imagine how fins might fuse and become jointed into limbs, or how lungs might manifest in multiple parts of the body. I also try to instill a little kingly reference into the body, to help make good on his name.Jonah Lobe on Instagram

Gallery

References

Developer Statements
  1. Question: "That's really interesting to give him both lungs and gills. Is that to imply the mirelurk king, at least in part, mutated from lung fish?"
    Jonah Lobe: "I figured he might develop them independently, to be able to breathe in both land and water!"
    (Jonah Lobe's Instagram)
  2. (Fallout 4 developer statements; Jonah Lobe: Mirelurk King Anatomy, 2023 March 16; Gallery)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Question: "What was the inspiration of this version? If it has a real world equivalent."
    Jonah Lobe: "Dunkleosteus for the head, spiney fish for the rest!"
    (Fallout 4 developer statements; Jonah Lobe: Mirelurk King Anatomy, 2023 March 16)