Fallout 76: Complete Cryptids Guide

Cryptids are creatures that are believed to exist, but no scientific proof has surfaced. Fallout 76 is packed with Cryptids, particularly ones based off of Applachian folklore. As Season 12 is titled “Rip Daring, the Cryptid Hunter,” we can expect plenty of content surrounding these mysterious beings. In this guide we’re going to go over all the Cryptids you can come across in Fallout 76 as well as where you can find them.

Fallout 76 All Cryptids Guide

The Beast of Beckley

Rumored to be a creature living outside of the woods of Beckley, WV, you learn about this white wolf cryptid during the “Unsolved: Death and Taxidermy” quest. To start the quest, read a note that can be found at Monongah police department, on the Van Lowe Taxidermy bulletin board, or on the Lewisburg Station bulletin board. 

The Beast of Beckley is immune to radiation, and will attack you with her pups. She doesn’t have any weaknesses, so use what you are most comfortable with to take her down. Once she is dead the “Unsolved: Death and Taxidermy” quest line will complete. 

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The Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster isn’t a monster at all, but an alien. It emits a purple light and wears a protective suit with a clear helmet. It’s a random nighttime-only spawn, but it doesn’t despawn if you’re dealing with it into the daylight.

There are a couple locations where the Flatwoods Monster has been previously sighted:

  • Harpers Ferry, the river between Harpers Ferry and Thunder Mountain Power Plant Yard.
  • The small valley in the north between North Mountain Lookout and Converted Munitions Factory.

They can be found during the seasonal event “Invaders from Beyond”, and will sometimes spawn for the daily events “Making Sacrifices” and “Queen of the Hunt”. They may show up at the end of  the “Campfire Tales” event.

Flatwoods Monsters have the ability to teleport as well as control the mind of every non-player character in the game, including other cryptids and C.A.M.P turrets. They are not resistant to radiation damage so use a gamma gun, or radium rifle to take it down quickly. 



The Grafton Monster

Based on popular folklore of Grafton, West Tek continued their experimentation of the FEV Snallygaster strain. The headless Grafton Monster is a massive creature who packs a punch if you get too close.

The easiest way to guarantee finding the Grafton Monster is to take part in the Grafton Day event. Another quest that it makes an appearance in is “The Ol’ Weston Shuffle.” Other locations it spawns are:

  • Near the Charleston Trainyard.
  • South of Hemlock Holes.
  • East of the Charleston Capitol Building by the dam.

Sometimes it will spawn: 

  • At one of the sites for the “Queen of the Hunt” daily quest.
  • During the “Project Paradise” event.
  • Garden area between the Whitespring Resort and the Whitespring Golf Club.
  • In the Toxic Dried Lakebed.

You will want to aim for the blowholes on its shoulders, as that is the weakest area on its body. Any perks or weapons that deal extra damage to Cryptids, such as the Cold Shoulder, will come in handy here. You will want to stay away from it as its melee attacks are brutal and it can stun you. 

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The Mega Sloth

Mutated from sloths that escaped from Garrahan Estate, Mega Sloths are huge, fungus-adorned creatures. Often docile upon first stumbling upon them, they will defend themselves once attacked. 

To find one of these gentle giants, check out the following spawning areas:

  • Southeast of the Southern Belle Motel (look for it dangling in the trees)
  • South of Fissure Site Omicron
  • Treetops
  • Tangara Town
  • Between KMAX Transmission and Camp Venture
  • North of the Monorail Elevator
  • Across the river East of  Watoga Shopping Plaza
  • Creekside Sundew Grove
  • During the seasonal event “Fasnacht Day”

Since Mega Sloths are non hostile on approach, you can easily sneak up on them for a large chunk of damage off the bat. Once in combat, you will want to stay away as it releases a spore cloud that will blur your vision. 

The Mothman

Mothman has been featured in a variety of pop culture media, as well as in Fallout 76. With a cult worshipping it, as well as a museum and a couple events, Mothman is pretty iconic. Check out our full Mothman guide for more information. 

The Sheepsquatch

Ah the Sheepsquatch, a cryptid of lore with multiple sightings in WV’s Morgan’s Ridge area. With shaggy, white fur and a piercing scream, this creature is of avid fascination for Fallout 76 cryptid hunters. 

Sheepsquatch will not spawn in Toxic Valley. There are a couple events and locations, however, where they can spawn.

  • During the “Free Range” event.
  • During the “Primal Cuts” event.
  • During the “Perfect Paradise” event.
  • During the “Sleeping Sheepsquatch” random encounter when you stumble upon a Sheepsquatch snoozing in its nest.

Sheepsquatch are difficult to take down. From their high hit points to their mobility, ability to stun you as well as mix of melee and ranged attacks, you are in for a fight. Stock on stimpaks, boost your stats and try to stay away from its swipe and headbutt combo.

The Smiling Man

The Smiling Man, also known as Indrid Cold, is a human appearing cryptid associated with Mothman. Mysterious and creepy, this random encounter can leave you scratching your head. For more on the Smiling Man check out our guide

The Snallygaster

Snallygaster are another human created cryptid. The result of a failed FEV experiment, the many eyed, long necked creature is a sight to behold. Learn where to find it here

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The Wendigo

Once human, the Wendigo is now mutated and cursed for going cannibal. Its arms are now elongated and nails long and sharp like talons.

There are a few named Wendigo that can be traced back to their human origin in Fallout 76, including a member of the Gourmands. They are among the most common of the cryptids, spawning in a variety of locations. 

  • Wendigo Cave
  • Pylon Ambush Site
  • Willard Corporate Housing
  • Garrahan Estate
  • Fort Defiance
  • Solitary Confinement Block of Eastern Regional Penitentiary
  • Haven Church
  • Lewisburg
  • Freddy Fear’s House of Scares
  • R&D section of Garrahan Mining Headquarters
  • Mountainside Bed & Breakfast
  • Big B’s Rest Stop
  • KMAX Transmission
  • Seneca Rocks Visitor Center
  • Watoga Emergency Services
  • Drop Site C2
  • Drop Site G3
  • Firebase LT
  • Sal’s Grinders
  • South of Abbie’s Bunker
  • At the end of “One Violent Night” event, the Nightstalker, a glowing, legendary Wendigo will appear

Numerous Wendigo will spawn during the “A Colossal Problem” event, and they will continue to do so until the boss is defeated.

You want to watch out for their shriek when in combat, as it can cause you to be staggered. They are resistant to radiation damage so avoid using the radium rifle or other radiation based weapons.

Those are all the Cryptids currently in game for Fallout 76. The Season 12 scoreboard, however, includes images for an Ogua, The Jersey Devil, The Kentucky Hellhound, a Squonk, and female ghost, and the Vegetable Man. These all derive from folklore in the area of Appalachia or near Pennsylvania. Could these be hints at new Cryptids to come? Check out our other Fallout 76 guides.

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