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Colin Putnam is a resident of Lewis & Sons Farming Supply in Appalachia, living there with the rest of his family in 2103.


Colin and his family returned to Appalachia in 2103 and made their home at the former farm supply store. The family first secured the barn before later returning to begin restoring the location. Colin's father, George, was a cousin of the store's previous owner Lewis, who had died alongside his family during the Great War, and Colin's family claimed the farm supply store as the rightful inheritors. Colin repaired the construction Protectron and Mr. Handy which assist with work at the farm.

Colin was not content with his life on the farm, and he expressed interest in joining the Brotherhood of Steel, believing he could help change the world with access to their technology. If recruited, Colin moves to Fort Atlas and begins training to become a scribe.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is a temporary companion.
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This character is involved in quests.

Field Testing


  • Field Testing: Marty and Colin are both looking to join the Brotherhood of Steel; however, their mother will only let the Vault Dweller take one of them. The Vault Dweller can choose through dialogue to have Colin join the Brotherhood of Steel and have him become a temporary companion for the rest of the quest when raiding the Orwell Orchards bomb shelter.

Effects of the player's actions

  • If Colin is recruited during Field Testing, he travels to Fort Atlas to await initiation in the lobby basement.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Green shirt and combat boots Tricentennial 10mm pistol


Colin Putnam appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Steel Dawn update.



  1. Vault Dweller: "How's the training going, Colin? They make you an initiate yet?"
    Colin Putnam: "No, still training. With everything that happened, it really put the brakes on the process. Nobody knew who to listen to, except Scribe Valdez."
    (Colin Putnam's dialogue)