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Hey there. In from out of town, ain't you? Name's Dusty.

Dusty McBride is a rancher living in Novac in 2281.


Dusty and Alice, his wife, are the salt of Novac's earth. Honest, hardworking, and married for more than 50 years, they've seen much of what wasteland has to offer. Despite that, their love is as strong as ever as they continue to raise brahmin together in Novac.[1] Dusty's the man in charge of the brahmin, while Alice specializes in processing their meat into edible steaks - Dusty keeps joking it's the thing keeping him at her side - but their business recently ran into trouble. For the past several weeks, someone has been killing their brahmin each night.[2] They don't steal them, don't eat them, they just gun one brahmin down each night. And it seems to happen at the same time, around 12 AM, Dusty and his wife hear gunshots and mooing while in bed. When coming out to investigate what happened, Dusty finds the corpses of his livestock, riddled with bullet holes. The McBrides are at the end of their wits, especially since they're down to half their herd. Any longer and they'd be denied a livelihood.[3][4]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.


Effects of player's actions

  • After completing "The Screams of Brahmin," he will reward the Courier with caps and allow them access to the house fridge, which contains 9-10 brahmin steaks.
  • If Alice McBride is killed, Dusty will comment that it's not like her to be gone this long.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brahmin-skin outfit
Sheriff's hat
Midnight ranch attacks

Notable quotes


Dusty McBride appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes after killing the hostile nightkin, you'll be unable to collect the reward from Dusty. It simply doesn't give the dialogue option to speak to Dusty about it.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Dusty's face disappears after killing No-bark Noonan.[verified]


  1. The Courier: "What do you do here in Novac?"
    Dusty McBride: "Oh, I tend to my ranch, that's about it. Alice'll tell you. I don't get out a whole lot."
    (Dusty McBride's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "How is business lately?"
    Dusty McBride: "You must mean what's left of it. Somebody's been attacking our animals at night. We're down to less than half of what we had a few weeks back."
    (Dusty McBride's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Tell me what you know about the attacks."
    Dusty McBride: "Every night around midnight Alice and I'll wake up to some crazy hollering and gun shots. You'd think the world was ending all over again. But it's just one animal each night. They don't take it or carve it up or nothing. Just leave it there, all full of holes."
    (Dusty McBride's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Did you get a look at the attacker?"
    Dusty McBride: "Beg your pardon mister/ma'am, but them two-headed beeves ain't worth getting shot over. Not to mention what would happen if half of what No-bark says is true. Best we can hope is that whoever's doing this'll move on, or get tired of it. I just hope it happens while we still got animals left. Whoever it is, I don't think they're from around town. Seems like they've/they're taken to shooting from the west side."
    (Dusty McBride's dialogue)