Born in 2255, Craig Boone joined the New California Republic Army at an unknown date and served until some time after the Bitter Springs Massacre. He completed the majority of his Army service with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, an infantry unit which has a reputation for having the best marksmen in the NCR Army.
In 2278, Boone was present with the rest of the 1st Recon at the Bitter Springs Massacre. At the direction of the major in command, an NCR Army force surrounded Bitter Springs and took up positions to ensure no one could leave. The Great Khans occupying Bitter Springs were not the well-armed force of raiders and warriors that the major had anticipated. Many of the Khans were non-combatants, including women, children, the elderly, the wounded and the sick. Confused about what to do, NCR troops radioed command to confirm their orders. Command reaffirmed their order to fire upon everyone, and the NCR force followed those orders. Then-Captain Dhatri, the second-in-command of the NCR force, took command after the major froze up, and did what he could to stop the killings. Bad planning and poor communication from up-top, in Boone's view, caused the massacre.
Sometime after Bitter Springs, Boone was discharged from the NCR Army, but not before meeting a woman named Carla while on leave. Carla was the only thing in the world who made him feel calm and happy in life. When he listened to her, she made him forget about everything he did in the military. He left the military, married Carla, and moved to Novac at the invitation of his 1st Recon friend, Manny Vargas. It was apparent that Carla was not pleased with living in Novac and made her opinions known. Jeannie May Crawford describes Carla as a "cactus flower," in that she is pretty to look at, but hard to get close to. She was never content with the ordinary life of the small town. Carla's attitude toward the town caused distance between Boone and Manny, which continued after Carla's disappearance. She had been kidnapped by the Legion, and Boone suspected she was betrayed by one of the townsfolk.
When Carla was kidnapped, Boone tracked the slaving party to Cottonwood Cove in hopes of rescuing her, only to find her being auctioned off in a camp of hundreds of Legion soldiers. All Boone had was his rifle and the distance between them. Instead of subjecting her to the horrors of Legion slavery, he chose to take her life in a mercy killing, knowing that a rescue wasn't possible. As a result of the psychological trauma Boone endured, he has become suicidal. He has no goal, purpose, or desire in life but to slaughter legionaries until fate finally catches up to him.
When the Courier first meets him, Boone is bitterly whiling away the hours until he can find out who is responsible for the disappearance of his wife and killing them. Hardened and psychologically troubled from his time in the NCR military, Boone vacillates between being a stone-cold killer and a decent human being. Venturing out from the relative safety of Novac brings Boone into close contact with his old life until he is forced to deal with the tragic events that caused him to leave the military.
Craig Boone, despite being out of the NCR military, is still an NCR soldier at heart. He refuses to work with a terrorist against the NCR and will not tolerate the Courier working with Caesar's Legion. In fact, if the Courier enters the Fort with Boone, all Legion members will become immediately hostile, regardless of the one's previous standing with them.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed. Status expires when Hardcore mode begins.|
|This character is a permanent companion. They grant the Spotter perk.|
|This character starts quests.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
- One for My Baby: Help Boone take care of the person responsible for his wife's kidnapping. The successful completion of this quest makes him available as a companion for the Courier.
- I Forgot to Remember to Forget: Help Boone deal with the psychological trauma still haunting him. The successful completion of this quest upgrades his armor.
- Beyond the Beef: One can offer Boone, or any other human companion, as a substitute to Mortimer for the banquet.
- You'll Know It When It Happens: Boone will tell the player character three ways in which president Aaron Kimball can be assassinated. Two of his suggestions are attempted by the Legion.
Effects of player's actions
- If one has Boone kill Manny Vargas during One for My Baby and pass a Speech check to convince him that Manny was guilty, he will tell the Courier to "Never say that name again." when asked about Vargas again.
- If one arranges for Boone to kill someone who is "responsible" for the death of his wife, he'll later ask you what gave them away. If the Courier responds with "I had a hunch," he will be hostile towards them and won't talk to them anymore. He will also do this if the Courier tells him that Jeannie May Crawford's story "just didn't add up" and then fail the Speech check.
- If Boone kills someone during the aforementioned quest and then the player character tells him that they just wanted him to kill the assigned target, he will immediately turn hostile and attack.
- If the player character has not yet recruited Boone, he will refuse to speak to them if their overall NCR reputation is significantly below neutral, or if they have a significant positive reputation with Caesar's Legion. The reputation can be temporarily swayed by wearing any NCR armor, enabling that faction's relations and reputation. Though, ironically, Caesar's Legion armor (or any other faction armor) works just as well.
- Gaining NCR infamy with Boone as a companion will cause him to demand that "this stops now." One has the option of attacking Boone or persuading him to stand down and agree with him on stopping the killings. Afterward, if the player character again kills NCR troops, with Boone following them, he will immediately turn hostile.
- Sneak killing NCR soldiers in Boone's presence without being seen by other non-companion NPCs won't cause his immediate hostility.
- If asked if he ever takes off his beret, he will say "No."
- If the player character takes his beret, Boone says "I would really like my beret back, please." However, not returning it causes no significant results. He will still say this even if it is traded back to him before closing the inventory window.
- If the player character enters Boone's hotel room after sending him back to Novac, Boone says "You need to leave." However, staying in the room or stealing items while being noticed by Boone causes no hostility, but one will still lose Karma.
- If the Courier travels near Cottonwood Cove or Nelson with Boone, he will mention his grudge against the Legion and the option will be given to continue on with him or not.
- When near the boat in Cottonwood Cove, Boone will say that this would "probably be the last boat you take."
- After killing Caesar, Boone will say, "Thumbs-down, you son of a bitch!", in reference to the gladiatorial games. He will also talk about the kill next time the player character speaks to him.
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|1||Tired of waiting for the world to be done with him, Boone ventured into the wastes to make his own way out. Unable to clear his mind of the past, he was at last granted the death he'd awaited, bringing final rest to a life that had ended long ago.||Boone dies.
|2||Looking for a place where he could be of some use, Boone found himself re-enlisting with his old unit. Though his regrets remained in his thoughts, they coalesced into a purpose, and Boone embraced it. He spent his leave time hunting down slavers in the desert, his First Recon beret the last thing they never saw.||Complete Eureka! for the NCR; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by convincing Boone to make amends over Bitter Springs.|
|3||As the Battle of Hoover Dam ended, Boone confirmed what he had always suspected - that revenge would never quiet his troubled mind. Side arm in hand, he journeyed back to California in search of the NCR officer who had led the attack on Bitter Springs. There, with only two bullets loaded, Boone did the only thing he believed would put an end to his suffering.||Complete Eureka! for the NCR; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by making Boone vengeful over Bitter Springs.|
|4||Though NCR was withdrawing from the region, Boone remained in New Vegas, finding work as a security guard and caravan scout along the highways. While he might've preferred rejoining his old unit, Boone couldn't bring himself to abandon the city where he'd met his wife.||Complete No Gods, No Masters for an Independent New Vegas or All or Nothing for Mr. House; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by convincing Boone to make amends over Bitter Springs.|
|5||No longer held in check by his conscience, Boone found lucrative work as a mercenary and assassin. No job was too violent, no target too innocent. As long as the caps were good, Boone would take the job.||Complete No Gods, No Masters for an Independent New Vegas or All or Nothing for Mr. House; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by making Boone vengeful over Bitter Springs.|
|6||Boone refused to take the Legion's victory lying down. Heading to the hills with his rifle, he began a deadly campaign against high-ranking Legion officers. And though the price on his head rose to levels unheard of, few pursued it, fearing it would be the last thing they'd never see.||Complete Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by making Boone make amends over Bitter Springs.
|7||Driven mad by Caesar's victory at Hoover Dam, and unable to escape his memories, Boone staged a suicide mission against the Legate. Fighting as he wished he would've fought on the day of his wife's death, he brought down scores of Legionaries before being caught. Before his crucifixion, he was brought before the Legate, who expressed his admiration for Boone's reckless abandon. Boone spat tobacco in his eye, for all of Caesar's armies to see.||Complete Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion; complete I Forgot to Remember to Forget by making Boone vengeful over Bitter Springs.|
|Apparel||Weapon||Other items||On death|
|1st Recon beret
Merc grunt outfit
|Boone's scoped hunting rifle
- Boone specializes in rifles, carrying his own scoped hunting rifle, and is one of only two 1st Recon members to use a scoped rifle.
- Being 26 years old, Boone is the youngest humanoid companion in New Vegas.
- Boone has excellent Guns skill and provides the Spotter perk, while also being deadly with a melee weapon. He is also surprisingly resistant to damage for a non-mutant companion.
- Though Boone states that melee isn't his "strong suit" and that he wasn't given much close combat training, Melee Weapons is one of his tag skills.
- Boone has the second-lowest Intelligence stat, tied with Lily's and smarter than Rex.
- Boone is automatically hostile to any Legion faction members. Likewise, Legion members are always hostile to Boone, as well as to the Courier while Boone is serving as a companion. This only applies if the Legion can see him, however; if told to wait out of sight, Legion members will not turn hostile.
- Boone will not talk to the Courier if they are "shunned" or worse by the NCR unless the Courier is wearing NCR gear that turns their reputation to neutral. Once recruited, Boone will follow unless the Courier puts on Legion gear.
- Boone will return to Novac after a few days if "lost."
- The 1st Recon are known throughout the wastes. When Boone is a companion:
- NCR soldiers and 1st Recon Sharpshooters say "Wish I had a 1st Recon guy looking after me..." or "That red beret's looking good, soldier."
- Great Khans say "Do you know you're traveling with a fucking murderer?" referring to the Bitter Springs Massacre.
- Brotherhood of Steel members say "Why is your companion glaring at me? Did I bump into him or something?"
- Freeside residents say the Courier "isn't doing [themselves] a favor by having him around!", or "Another NCR grunt."
- Escaped convicts and Powder Gangers say "That man has cold eyes. Definitely ex-military."
- Gun Runners will say "1st Recon's a top-notch unit, they're always buying sniper rifles from us."
- Followers of the Apocalypse will say "That's a 1st Recon beret. They're the best marksmen in the NCR."
- The Kings will say "Is that guy NCR? He looks NCR."
- Drunks in Freeside will say "Hey, nice hat there, fancy pants!"
- Omerta thugs in Gomorrah will say "Big tough ranger better not start any trouble in here."
- Some NPCs will incorrectly refer to Boone as a Ranger, such as one NCR trooper in the Las Vegas Boulevard Station, who will regard Boone incorrectly as a ranger but also "fine company", or "NCR Rangers deserve all my praise".
- Boone has unique comments for a variety of game locations and situations:
- Boone will say "I need a bigger caliber" or "I'm not punching through" if his weapons aren't getting through the enemy's armor DT.
- When the Courier shoots while not engaged with a target, he'll say, "Let me aim that for you next time." This comment can occur when attacking a target at long range, even if the Courier hits it, which is ironic since Boone is supposedly spotting the target.
- When entering the REPCONN test site basement with Boone for the first time, he will mention that it's "dark here" and that if you plan on using a weapon with a scope, he was trained as a spotter, and he could help you find your targets.
- When freeing NCR soldiers at Nelson from the crucifixes during the quest Restoring Hope, Boone remarks "Mercy killing is a last resort. Glad you recognized we had options." If the player character speaks with Boone after this, he will go more in-depth about how he was told to kill NCR troops on crucifixes as a "mercy killing" when he was still part of the NCR 1st Recon. He laments that "sometimes following orders is what kills men."
- James Marsden is incorrectly credited as the actor instead of Jason Marsden.
- Mortimer will comment on Boone being in good shape and looking healthy while insulting Boone as being a little gamey and rugged when offering to sacrifice him to Mortimer during Beyond the Beef.
- After wiping out the Legion at Cottonwood Cove, Boone will say, "Wish there was more of them, I wasn't done yet."
- After killing Oscar Velasco, Boone will say, "Great Khan looks like. Guess he fought at Bitter Springs, or saw it happen."
- Boone will give the Courier one warning before leaving permanently (similar to when Caesar sends Vulpes Inculta to the Strip to wipe their Infamy slate clean) if they work with the Legion and gain a positive reputation with them. Even leaving Boone in the Lucky 38 presidential suite will still cause him to leave, if enough Legion quests have been done and fame acquired; as speaking to him will trigger the warning and his choice to leave upon speaking again. If one elects to follow the Legion path through the end it will be impossible to take Boone to the battle at Hoover Dam.
- Care must be taken if bringing Boone to the Red Rock drug lab as he may start a fight (especially if Climb Ev'ry Mountain is completed, and Oscar Velasco is alive) and ruin your reputation with the Great Khans.
- At the Bitter Springs supply cave visited in Climb Ev'ry Mountain inhabited by the Great Khan, Oscar Velasco, Oscar will attack the Courier after shouting "Die NCR Scum!" if Boone is their companion. The Courier must make Boone wait outside the cave if they do not want to kill Oscar.
- If the Courier chooses not to tell The King about the messenger during the quest G.I. Blues, Boone will sometimes attack the missionaries. The Courier will not lose him as a companion or even get a warning.
- Before completing I Forgot to Remember to Forget, where afterward he obtains permanent armor, Boone is the only companion whose clothes are an actual item that can be removed. As such, he can be made to wear any type of clothing or armor (barring most faction armor) before completing said quest.
- Although Boone claims to never remove his signature beret, he does so by giving it to the Courier when finding the culprit for his wife's slavery. Furthermore, he may swap it out for another headset if a suitable helmet is placed into his inventory.
- Boone and Dean Domino are the only companions who allow their clothes to be taken.
- "You take out a debt, it's only a matter of time before someone comes collecting. Things just finally caught up with me."
- "Life has a way of punishing you for the mistakes you make."
- "She talked a lot. Suited me fine - I never know what to say. And listening to her, it could... make you forget."
- "Maybe looking back you'd do things differently, but that's not how it works. In the field, you hesitate, you or someone you care about will die. They teach that from day one. [...] You don't come out of a tour of duty without regrets."
Craig Boone appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- Craig Boone was written by Eric Fenstermaker.
- Boone was voiced by Jason Marsden, but is incorrectly credited as his friend, James Marsden.
- Content in the audio files of Fallout: New Vegas suggests Liam O'Brien was going to voice Boone at some point, as there are many of Boone's lines recorded in his voice.
|The following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.|
- "Drop it. Now why the hell are you here"
- "Yeah well, you see anyone wearing crimson, or a lot of sports equipment, you just let me know"
- "You still haven't answered my question"
- "That goes both ways. I joined up with you to kill legionaries. The sooner we get back to that, the sooner we can have an understanding."
- "Fine. How do I know she's dead? Here it is."
- "She... I... I tracked her down, southeast, by the river. They were selling her. Saw it through my scope."
- "Whole place was swarming with legion, hundreds of them, bidding for things no man had a right to."
- "I just had my rifle with me. Just me. Against all of them, so... What else could I do?"
- "I don't see what this helps. She's dead."
- "You got no right asking me that. Drop it."
- "You don't know what you're asking. Just let it go for now."
- "The legion's the only thing I want on my mind right now."
- "It's just not something that I;m ready to discuss. With you or anybody."
- "Mercy killing is a last resort. Glad you recognized we had options."
- "To hell with mercy killing. We're getting those guys out of there."
- "God dammit. We could have gotten them out."
- "I should never have trusted you."
- "Alright. But we'd better not have to have this talk again."
- "Then we're finished here."
- "Good thing I'm still alive then."
- "Then this is over. Next time I see you, it'll be through my scope."
- "Any legion with you and I'm pulling the trigger."
- "I should never have worked with you in the first place."
- "If you want me to stick around, that ends now. I don't care what the reasons are I will not help the legion. Ever. Got it."
- "You're right. You wont."
- "Bullshit. You're a god damn coward trying to pick the winning side."
- "We will never work together again."
- "They got what they had coming. Glad we were the ones to deliver it."
|End of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.|
- patch 220.127.116.11x Boone may no longer move his head to track nearby targets, and will holster his weapon while in combat approximately every five seconds. This error is caused by a code added to his main dialogue script, which causes him to re-evaluate his current AI package every five seconds. [verified] After applying
- Due to a glitch regarding armor stats, every time Boone switches equipment, the PER bonus from his beret gets added again and again, which leads to Boone having over 10 Perception. This can be reset by taking his beret away, and then giving it back to him. [verified]
If the player takes Boone's beret, then give it back to him, it may disappear from his inventory. If you give him the one remaining in your inventory, it will disappear upon transfer. [verified]
- This can be done by giving to him any apparel does not allow face or headgear. As such, he'll also take his sunglasses off. [verified]
- Boone seems to occasionally switch to melee (or if unavailable, unarmed) without prompt. This can be fixed by changing his combat style to melee in the companion wheel, and then back to ranged. [verified]
- I Forgot to Remember to Forget, but before Boone asks you to return to Bitter Springs with him, Boone will not fast travel with you. You may correct this by loading the auto-save file if you have not changed the game's default auto-save settings. [verified] If you fast travel after earning enough history points to unlock the quest
- If Boone has NCR faction armor AND a better set of armor in his inventory, he will sometimes switch between them for seemingly no reason. [verified]
If Boone is a companion and you part ways with him, say to meet up at the Lucky 38, and eventually accept him as a companion again, he will repeatedly talk to you without prompt. On the Xbox 360, he won't leave the Presidential Suite either, and fast traveling also causes him to disappear from the game permanently. This can be fixed only by going to The Fort and killing Caesar, although Boone will not appear. Upon killing Caesar, fast traveling to Cottonwood Cove will fix the glitch, provided there are enemies nearby. [verified]
- This may be caused by firing Boone and then gaining some fame with the Legion (to being Accepted, or a mostly positive mixed reputation) and then rehiring Boone seems to cause this bug.
- Nevada Highway Patrol station and fighting 10+ Jackal gang members. [verified]
After a fight Boone may get stuck at reloading his weapon endlessly and not following you anymore. Let him switch to melee and back to ranged gets him out of that loop. Yet only confirmed for PC, happened after fast traveling to
- You can fix this bug by closing out of the game or turning off your console then back on.
- authority glasses they turn out misshapen on his face. His rifle also will glitch out, and either disappear off his back or be inside of him. This also causes him to switch equipment. This can be fixed by taking the glasses, completely leaving the companion wheel, then going back and giving them back. [verified] Sometimes when giving Boone a pair of
- Mark of Caesar to boat your way to The Fort Boone may appear on the dock next to you even if asked to wait far away. He will spawn in water therefore unable to fight the boat guard. [verified] If Boone is a companion while using the
- If Boone is wearing gear that the player has given him, and then receives another set of apparel (not necessarily better than his current armor) he may remove his sunglasses and beret despite them being the only headwear he has. [verified]
- Sometimes during combat, Boone will randomly stop attacking enemies and will turn around. Then he will run in a specific direction, not stopping unless if he runs into a wall. To counteract this, the player must catch up with him to open dialogue. tell him to keep his distance, and then tell him to keep close again. [verified]
- radiation suit, he will remove his headgear, but he won't wear the suit. [verified] If you give him armor like
- If Boone is following you and you are accepted with the Legion, Boone will comment on it. Afterward he will talk to you every 10 seconds, even if you did not engage him in conversation. [verified]
- Ultra-Luxe, gives up his weapons and then steals them back from the locker, Boone will lose his rifle for the rest of the game. [verified] Sometimes, when the player enters the
- Sometimes, the weapons you give to Boone may disappear after exiting a casino. [verified]
- Boone may lose armor suits you gave to him after you reload a save. The armor simply disappears from inventory.