Their colors are red and grey, their symbol is a mushroom cloud and they always wear baseball caps. It is led by a dwarven adept, a former shadowrunner, called Grinder, who has strong anti-corporate feelings and sees himself as a neo-anarchist. Their initiation rite consists of having to defuse a bomb built by Grinder. If the newcomer succeeds, he's in. If not, then the blast usually kills them.
They excel in explosives and use self constructed bombs as a tool for extortion of protection money or for destroying buildings in order to help locals to commit insurance fraud. Sometimes they hire their explosive skills even for terrorist attacks or wetwork. The gang also does a bit of smuggling.
The Red Hot Nukes are long-time enemies of the Rusted Stilettos gang, but - following Grinders neo-anarchist view - they have the tendency to call any other gang in the Redmond Barrens - like the Crimson Crush, the Brain Eaters or even the feared Spiders - "enemies of the people" and tend to feuding with them sometimes.
- Shadowrun Companion, 129-130
- Emerald Shadows, 59