Most colonies in nature have a central queen figure, something that creates new members and must be protected at all costs. The mutated mirelurks are no different – except their queen needs little protection from the colony.
Mirelurk queens are towering monstrosities. They drag themselves from their nests when the colony is under serious threat, huge dripping hulks made of pincers, claws and teeth. They dwarf even Super Mutant Behemoths, and are easily their equal in ferocity and speed.
Experience has shown that taking down a mirelurk queen requires a small army or very highly skilled individuals. This is not just because of their size and physical power, but also because of the multiple tricks they have in store for the unwary.
Oozing spouts allow them to spit and spray plums of caustic acid over a large area, eating into armor and liquifying exposed flesh. On top of this mirelurk queens can rapidly gestate and birth wave upon wave of mirelurk hatchings.
While they take some time to grow into full adult mirelurks, even as newly hatched swarms they are dangerous, rapidly overpowering the foe while their mother advances to feed.