You weren't there. At the Switchboard. One day the Institute's gonna kill us all, I tell ya.

The Caretaker is a Railroad agent operating within the Commonwealth in 2287.


An agent of the Railroad, he appears at whichever settlement becomes the Mercer Safehouse upon completion of the quest. He is very jumpy and appears to have PTSD from the Switchboard incident[1] when the Institute laid siege to the Railroad's former headquarters. Desdemona expresses hope that running Mercer Safehouse along with the Sole Survivor will help him get back on track after the incident.[2]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

This character starts quests.


Perk empathy synthesizer
This character is involved in quests.

Emergent Behavior


  • Concierge: The Caretaker asks the Sole Survivor to find and kill a designated enemy of the Railroad.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Surveyor outfit


  • He does not count as a settler and cannot be assigned to tasks.
  • He will not become hostile if the player turns hostile to the Railroad.
  • If the Railroad is destroyed, he'll vanish from the Mercer Safehouse and later can be found in a random encounter, where he's about to be executed by a raider. He won't be hostile to the player if he's saved, and will speak his usual lines instead.


The Caretaker appears only in Fallout 4.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 Xbox OneIcon xboxone Though he is assigned to Mercer Safehouse, he can wander to other settlements and remain there permanently.[verified]


  1. "You weren't there. At the Switchboard. One day the Institute's gonna kill us all, I tell ya."
    (Caretaker's dialogue)
  2. "Caretaker used to work HQ. After Switchboard... Well, I'm hoping running your safehouse will be good for both of you."
    (Desdemona's dialogue)
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