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I've noticed that when I loot mantis legs off of some mantises they explode. Others (most in the wasteland, in fact) don't. Which mantises explode upon you looting their legs, and why is it different?

UPDATE

Going through Vault 22 again, this time as a goody-two-shoes for the NCR. What I've found is that not only do the Vault 22 mantises explode upon me looting their legs, but I also seem to get 20XP each time I do so. I still have not gotten a mantis to explode after looting it anywhere but Vault 22, so I'm beginning to think this is just a Vault 22 thing. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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This answer is pretty clearly not what John was looking for, but I'm going to leave it up, because it's a good excuse to post Pushy.gif.

I'm pretty sure this is just a randomly generated death animation from good ol' Havok., designed to infuriate you and ruin your loot.

See also: Pushy.gif
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It's post-death, though: It happens after looting. You take their legs, then they explode. It's pretty consistent around Vault 22, but otherwise it seems semi-random. Never happens early-game though. –  John Rudy Dec 18 '10 at 15:35
    
Oh that. I've had that happen in Goodsprings Schoolhouse too. So I'd dispute 'never happens early game'. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 18 '10 at 16:23
    
You've had it happen in Goodsprings Schoolhouse? I haven't, and I'm on my third run-through ... Wonder if it's a random thing then ... –  John Rudy Dec 18 '10 at 16:59
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I noticed that issue too, and I believe (but have not gone back to kill enough mantises in other areas to confirm), that the issue is how many legs they have on the corpse --

If you're only removing one leg, no explosion ... if you're removing two, then you get the spray of whatever it is.

update : my theory was wrong, but I'm not deleting this, so there's a record that this is not the correct answer.

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I've definitely removed 2, and even 3, without explosions, but thank you anyway. No downvote, just still looking for the answer. :/ Beginning to think it's something specific to the vault mantises ... –  John Rudy Jan 2 '11 at 23:22
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@John : I went through Vault 11 yesterday, and noticed that some with one leg on them were exploding ... so it's we've disproved my theory from both sides. –  Joe Jan 3 '11 at 5:38
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