Are super mutants affected by the Black Widow perk?



  • In "Fallout 4", do super mutants have gender? I'm specifically interested in the context of the "Black Window" perk:

    Fallout 4 Perk chart

    Black Widow

    Come into my parlor ... Men suffer 5% damage in combat, and are easier to persuade in dialogue.

    (There's a female analog if you play as a male character; my character happens to be female in this play-through.)

    I'm curious if this perk's side effects only apply to human enemies (raiders, gunners, brotherhood of steel, etc.) or if non-humans have sufficient gender identity to be affected by this perk as well.



  • The article you had linked in your comment sort of alludes to this from a lore standpoint, but is also reflected in the game's data as well. Super mutants are actually considered genderless, so they would not be impacted by the Black Widow perk.

    Black Widow only works against enemies of the opposite gender. So, the enemy type has to have a gender set in the game files for this bonus to apply, https://steamcommunity.com/app/377160/discussions/0/2575445628469807671/ . Humans and non-feral ghouls (as well as gen 3 synths, https://www.reddit.com/r/fo4/comments/46xmn8/does_the_game_distinguish_between_synth_and_human/ ) are the NPCs that would have a gender applied in the game files, and thus would be applicable for Black Widow bonuses. Other NPC types (Feral ghouls, super mutants, wasteland creatures, gen 1/2 synths) would not have the gender attribute set, so no bonus would apply.


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