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Here for a laugh, or did you want a cold beverage?

Drinkin' Buddy, also called Buddy, is a modified Protectron, located in the basement of the Shamrock Taphouse in 2287.


The owner of the Shamrock Taphouse, Patrick Merryweather, created a mobile microbrewery from a Protectron. Once he had a working prototype, he contracted with the Hotel Rexford with the intent of serving ice cold beer to hotel patrons. The project was fronted by Jack West, the manager of the establishment.[1]

To build the robot, the entrepreneur started with a consumer RobCo Protectron, stripped out the robot's main assembly and replaced it with a custom miniaturized micro brewing unit fabricated with unlicensed parts (thus voiding its warranty) that was capable of flash-fermenting mash, producing alcohol at a faster rate and ice cold. He designed the robot to accept recipe holotapes, thus allowing it to brew a wide range of different types of beer, also programming in a wide variety of jokes to be told for the customer's amusement.[2]

However, the Hotel Rexford was under contractual obligations to only serve Gwinnett beer. As a result, Patrick was unable to use his own recipes. However, he managed to get in contact with a person who was able to illegally crack the encryption on one of the brewery's proprietary brewing holotapes. This allowed the robot to produce Gwinnett pale ale by default.[3]

After days of tinkering and perfecting, Patrick managed to finish the robot. He knew Gwinnett had copyright to their alcohol, but he hoped to be in full production or work something out with Gwinnett before the Gwinnett Brewery's lawyers caught up with him. The final product was Drinkin' Buddy, the ultimate automated drinking experience. He designed the robot to be ready for mass-production with the main customers being bars and restaurants. Patrick had the original prototype unit scheduled for delivery to the Hotel Rexford, thinking he should rent a truck because Drinkin' Buddy walked slow.[4] However, this was cut short by the Great War, leaving Buddy still inactive in his charging pod, his delivery 210 years behind schedule.[5]

Character overview

He can be given holotapes containing alcohol recipes that he will store in his inventory. He can also change regular beers and soft drinks into their ice cold variants granting 35 AP in addition to the usual STR/CHR +1, INT -1; this is done by following the dialogue option to request a beer but instead placing drinks into his inventory. Alternatively, the recipes may also be removed just by trying to talk to him. Drinks that one can give to him to make ice cold are any Gwinnett beverage, any Nuka-Cola and any Vim.


Giving Buddy any "Gwinnett," "Nuka" or "Vim" will cause it to become ice cold after about 12 hours in-game time. This increases the benefits of the item upon consumption by a variable amount but does not remove the rads present in the beverage.

Buddy cannot make generic beer ice cold.

List of Gwinnett recipes

To give Buddy recipes, one must play the recipe holotape on their Pip-Boy. Once this is done, the Sole Survivor automatically initiates dialogue by stating "Buddy, I have some recipes for ya...," after which they are removed from the inventory and Buddy will be able to produce them in the future. If this dialogue doesn't trigger when speaking to him with a recipe in one's inventory, try dropping the recipe from the inventory and picking it up again. This especially helps with recipes obtained prior to meeting Buddy.


Buddy is equipped with a flamer and a laser gun. Buddy alternates between them when in combat.

  • These weapons are not apparent when viewing Buddy's inventory.
  • Buddy's ammunition appears alongside the brewed beer; these munitions are needed for the weapons. If these are looted with the beer, Buddy will only use melee attacks.


  • Buddy will gravitate toward the left side of a bar, provided one is present. If a trade caravan post is available, Buddy then will patrol between the two.
  • Automatron (add-on) Buddy cannot be changed in a robot workbench.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character can modify weapons.

Beer, soft drinks


Effects of player's actions

  • Buddy is found in the basement of the Shamrock Taphouse. The Sole Survivor can choose to keep him or send him to the Hotel Rexford at the request of Rufus.
    • If selecting to keep him, he will ask for his default "HOME" which will be any of the settlements the player character selects.
    • If the Sole Survivor elects to send Buddy to Hotel Rexford, he will be found in the hotel near the bar upon arrival.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Built-in flamer
Built-in off-hand laser gun
Flamer fuel
Fusion cells
Ice cold Gwinnett pale
Shamrock Taphouse key


  • Unlike other Protectrons and robots in the game, Buddy cannot be hacked into with the Robotics perk.
  • Strong likes destroying Buddy, whereas Cait will hate doing this.

Notable quotes



Buddy appears only in Fallout 4.


  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One If Buddy still provides the dialogue choice to be sold to Rufus after choosing to keep him, one can fix this with the command setstage 1761c7 120. The player character will respond "No thanks" from then on.[verified]
  • Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One If deciding to keep him, the quest remains active. The Sole Survivor cannot finish the quest and keep Drinkin' Buddy. Since the quest continues, when sending Buddy somewhere, the player character will be able to track his movements using the quest marker on the map.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 If the player attempts to remedy the quest remaining active after keeping Buddy by killing Rufus, the "No thanks" dialogue option will work the same as the "I've sold you" option, causing Buddy to leave the player's settlement and go to the Hotel Rexford.[verified]
  • PCPC Xbox OneXbox One If Buddy is sent to Sanctuary Hills he may try to reach the settlement by crossing the river and will stop halfway across the river. If this happens, send him to a different settlement (preferably the Red Rocket truck stop due to its proximity) and then send him back to Sanctuary.[verified]
  • PCPC Xbox OneXbox One After sending Buddy to Hotel Rexford, he may not leave the Shamrock Taphouse and instead continuously greet the player character.[verified]
    • This can be fixed on PC by using the console. First, reset the Trouble Brewin' quest using ResetQuest 0017d18c, then meet up with Rufus and accept the quest again. After doing so, head back to the Taphouse and in the console, enter setStage 1761c7 10. This should reset the dialogue and allow to re-do the quest from that point onward.
  • Playstation 4Playstation 4 Attempting to send Buddy to Hotel Rexford results in Buddy accepting request but not going. Talk to Buddy again and tell him you're keeping him for yourself, give settlement destination, then do Hotel Rexford dialogue again will get him to go.[verified]
  • Playstation 4Playstation 4 Overfilling Buddy's inventory with various drinks can cause some of them to double in quantity when being made ice cold (16 brew, 23 pilsner, etc. came back as 32 brew, 46 pilsner, etc.).[verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes after having sent Buddy to a settlement and having him there for a while, without further instructions he will start walking towards the Hotel Rexford and will remain there.[verified]


  1. The Shamrock Taphouse terminal entries; Patrick's terminal, Investor
  2. The Sole Survivor: "What are you?"
    Drinkin' Buddy: "I am a modified RobCo Protectron, designation Drinkin' Buddy. My internal microbrewers allows for the internal brewing, bottling and dispensing of beer at an accelerated rate. I am also programmed to tell a wide variety of jokes for the customer's amusement. How would you describe the testing sample provided?"
  3. The Shamrock Taphouse terminal entries; Patrick's terminal, Recipes
  4. The Shamrock Taphouse terminal entries; Patrick's terminal, Delivery
  5. The Sole Survivor: "Where is the Hotel Rexford?"
    Drinkin' Buddy: "The Hotel Rexford is located on State Street near the Old State House. Delivery is currently 210 years behind schedule. Shall we commence delivery to the Hotel Rexford?"