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{{Infobox Animal
|name=Rodent (Hamster)
|type= Mutated rodent
|weapons=Claws / Teeth
|abilities=Very fast
|health=Very Low
|locations='''Shadow of Chernobyl'''<br>
* [[Dark Valley]] <small>(Very rare)</small>
* [[Wild Territory]] <small>(Rare)</small>
* [[Lab X-16]] <small>(Rare)</small>
* [[Lab X-18]] <small>(Rare)</small>
* [[Pripyat]] <small>(Rare)</small>
'''Clear Sky'''
* [[Agroprom Underground]]
'''Call of Pripyat'''
* [[Yanov]] <small>(Rare-Common)</small>
* [[Pripyat]] <small>(Rare-Common)</small>
* [[Pripyat underground]] <small>(Common)</small>
* [[Lab X-8]] <small>(Common)</small>
'''Rodent''' (''Russian:'' Тушкан, Tuʂkan), also known as '''Hamster''' in [[Call of Pripyat]], is a type of mutant found in the [[Zone]]. Stalkers often referred to them as 'Tushkano'.
== Characteristics ==
=== Origin ===
Determining the species from which the Zone's rodents developed has so far proved impossible although it can be said with certainty that their ancestors were gregarious mammals. Although these animals are similar with [[wikipedia:Jerboas|jerboas]] in appearance, there is no relation between them. Although some stalkers like [[Inquisitor]], a mutant zoo keeper, refers to them as jerboas.
=== Physiology ===
Rodent is an quadrupedal animal reaching up to 40cm at the shoulder. They have large claws that can scratch big marks into Stalkers. Having frail and boney bodies, any weapon will do in disposing of them. Almost all hair has fallen out and only tightly wrapped skin can be seen.
=== Behavior and biotope ===
Rodents are more mobile, aggressive and ravenous than the normal desert animal. They live mainly in basements and destroyed buildings feeding on everything they can get their teeth in, from plants to careless stalkers. Sometimes rodents attack and kill big animals and mutants in a large group tearing them apart before they can escape.
== Appearances ==
=== Shadow of Chernobyl ===
During the events of [[Shadow of Chernobyl]], they tend to appear only in certain areas, such as the [[Wild Territory]] and the [[Dark Valley]]. They may inhabit [[Lab X-18]] and [[X-16]] after visiting the labs and deactivating the [[Brain Scorcher]]. They sometimes migrate to the [[Army Warehouses]]. Rodents may be also found in [[Pripyat]], mainly around the [[Pripyat|Pripyat Stadium]].
A small pack of them can usually be found hiding in and around the bus stop on the road to the railroad embankment in Cordon.
Note that if you revisit either the Dark Valley or the Wild Territory while running patch 1.0005 they are very common. You can also run into them near the Army Warehouses occasionally.
=== Clear Sky ===
During the events of [[Clear Sky]], they are almost only seen in the Agroprom underground hopelessly fleeing in droves when [[Scar]] flooded the underground at the request of [[General Krylov]]. They don't really attack Scar but prove to be a nuisance since they slow Scar down while making his way to the ladder.
Bodies of dead rodents have also been spotted in Agroprom, in the small camp on the hill south of the main duty outpost. They are most likely to have climbed up of the hole nearby.
=== Call of Pripyat ===
During the events of [[Call of Pripyat]], Rodents can be encountered in [[Pripyat]], most notably in the Department Store. They can also be seen around many places in [[Jupiter]], including the tunnels leading to [[The Oasis]]. They can be seen roaming in packs in Jupiter and Pripyat most notably during night. However, they are a rare sight in [[Zaton]].
== Combat Tips ==
=== Weapons ===
* Shotguns with [[12x70 Buckshot]].
* Well placed hand grenades and even impact grenades ([[VOG-25 Grenade|VOG-25]], [[VOG-25R Grenade|VOG-25R]], [[M209 Grenade]]) can easily kill one or more.
* Automatic rifle or machine gun bursts
== Background ==
=== Naming in different localizations ===
<table style="border: 1px solid white; background-color: #232F5B;" width="400" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"><tr>
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">'''Localization'''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">'''Shadow of Chernobyl''' <ref><small>S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl v1.0.0.4 Worldwide Patch</small></ref></td>
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">'''Clear Sky'''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">'''Call of Pripyat'''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''Czech''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''Spanish''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''French''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''German''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''Italian''
<td style="background-color: #18213f;">''Polish''
=== Appearance in Shadow of Chernobyl ===
In older versions of ''Shadow of Chernobyl'', namely and, an encounter with pack of rodents was a rarity. Patch addressed this issue, adding more spawn points for these mutants.
== Trivia ==
*A single shot from any weapon will kill a jerboa instantly. However, an automatic rifle is a better choice, since jerboas rarely travel alone.
== See also ==
* [[Rodents/Tips|Gameplay tips]]
== References ==
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== External links ==
* [ Rodent page on official SoC site]
== Gallery ==
Image:SoC rodent.jpg| Rodent image from the official site.
Image:1rodent.JPG| A dead specimen.
Tushkano_specimen.png|Another dead specimen seen in Lab X-18.
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[[Category:Clear Sky Mutants]]
[[Category:Call of Pripyat Mutants]]
[[Category:Shadow of Chernobyl Mutants]]
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