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For other characters that appear in the Fallout series named Ed, see Ed.

You see Ed. Ed's dead.— In-game description.

Ed is a skeleton in a vault suit which lies just outside the exterior door of Vault 13 in 2161.


Ed is a deceased human found initially outside of Vault 13. Little, if anything is known about his past prior to this. From his apparel though, it is visible that he too was a resident of Vault 13.

Interactions with the player character

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This character offers miscellaneous services.

Ed's purpose is twofold: to immediately show that the outside world is dangerous, and to tell the Vault Dweller that they weren't the first person to leave the vault.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Vault 13 jumpsuit Knife 10mm AP x24


Ed's corpse appears only in Fallout. The sprite is reused several times in Fallout 2 and also is mentioned in the Fallout Bible and Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

Zed's Dead, baby, Zed's dead. From Pulp Fiction. That's part of the reference. Ed was twofold: to immediately show the player that the outside world was dangerous, and to tell the player that he wasn't the first choice of someone to send out. Ed was sent out before the waterchip malfunction, however, since he's just bones.Chris Taylor, Fallout Bible 6
  • This references a line from the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, spoken by Bruce Willis' character, Butch, differing by a single letter ("Zed's dead").