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Wonderful. What the hell am I going to do with less than 50 shots? That barely fills this puppy up. Come on, kid.

Donovan is the Reilly's Rangers engineer first seen on the rooftop of the Statesman Hotel in 2277.


Donovan was born in 2242, and at one point was recommended to Reilly by her contact in the Brotherhood of Steel.[1] He works as a full-time technical specialist, assisting the team with hacking, repairs and electronics. Despite his small build, he is as good as any fighter on the team.[Non-canon 1]

According to Reilly, he is an "absolute wizard" when it comes to maintaining weapons and armor, but can still improve on his knowledge of electrical systems.[1] When not on a mission, he frequently gets into verbal and physical fights with Brick.[2][3]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is a temporary companion.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character can repair items. Repair cap: 47
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).


Effects of player's actions

  • After completing the Reilly's Rangers quest, one may encounter Donovan while traveling through the Capital Wasteland. Soon after, he appears to be engaging in a firefight against three super mutants. When spoken to, he will either thank the Lone Wanderer for their assistance (if one helped him kill the super mutants) or lightly chastise them for just watching the fight (if one did not assist him or talk to him before the super mutants appeared). Regardless, he will give the player character a mini nuke and say that Reilly sent him (if he is killed, the mini nuke will be on his corpse). After speaking with the Lone Wanderer, Donovan will make his way back to the Ranger compound.



  • Donovan is the only member of Reilly's Rangers who wears the Ranger battle helmet.
  • The game guide contradicts in-game sources, instead stating that Donovan is 27 years of age.

Notable quotes


Donovan appears only in Fallout 3.


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If Donovan dies in the random encounter, the rest of the Rangers may turn hostile.[verified]



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide p. 432: "Donovan"
    "Currently trapped with Brick and Butcher, Donovan is 27, and the team 's technical specialist. He's an expert at hacking, repairs, and electronics. He is a smaller man, but his build is deceptive, and he can fight as well as the rest of the team."