Rodent (Russian: Тушкан, Tuʂkan) is a type of mutant found in the Zone. Stalkers often referred to them as 'Tushkano'.
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 are these animals similar with jerboas in appearance, there is no relation between them.
Rodent is an quadrupedal animal reaching up to 40cm at the shoulder.
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.
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 X16 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 Stadium.
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
Naming in different localizations
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Appearance in Shadow of Chernobyl
In older versions of Shadow of Chernobyl game, namely 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206, an encounter with pack of rodents is rather rarity. Patch 220.127.116.11 addressed this issue, adding more spawning points for these mutants.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl v18.104.22.168 Worldwide Patch