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Another stray coming in from the rain. 'Fraid you're too late. Office is closed.— Ellie Perkins to the Sole Survivor when they first enter Valentine Detective Agency

Ellie Perkins is the secretary of private investigator Nick Valentine, operating out of the Valentine Detective Agency located in Diamond City in 2287.


Having grown up in Goodneighbor, Ellie is used to seeing people from all walks of life, something that she occasionally misses.[1] She left Goodneighbor at a young age, eventually moving to Diamond City and becoming secretary of private detective Nick Valentine.[2] As such, she handles his appointments, papers,[3] and even the consoling of distraught clients.[4]

Because she has worked with Nick for years, Ellie has seen Valentine's partners come and go. One such partner was Marty Bullfinch, whom Ellie did not enjoy the company of.[5][6][7][8] Regarding her relationships with other Diamond City residents, Ellie is also a patient of Doc Crocker, having at one point visited him for a consultation. Crocker wanted to follow up on this consultation over drinks.[9] In a similar vein, she believes Earl Sterling may have, before his disappearance, had a crush on her. She will sardonically comment that she is not surprised he ran off.[10] After learning that Doc Crocker was behind Earl's disappearance, she will joke that she is glad that they never followed up on said consultation.[11] Myrna distrusts Ellie, believing her to be a synth and claiming that it is "obvious" she is not human[12] (though Myrna's suspicions are completely unfounded).[13]

After Nick decided to investigate the supposed kidnapping of Darla by Skinny Malone's Triggermen, he became imprisoned in Vault 114.[14] Ellie had warned Nick that the rumors of the Triggermen occupying the Vault were most likely a trap, but Nick, in his usual fashion, just smiled and walked out of the door.[15] Nick has since been declared missing, and Ellie is heartbroken that her employer and close friend is gone, and possibly deceased. She is frustrated with herself that she does not have the combat abilities to "charge across the Commonwealth" and rescue Nick herself without ending up dead.[16] Upon the Sole Survivor's arrival in Diamond City, Ellie is packing up Nick's belongings from the office, assuming the worst and preparing to close the agency for good.[17][18]

Once the Sole Survivor brings Nick back home safely, Ellie will express gratefulness towards the Sole Survivor and excitement that Nick has returned, as well as thankfulness that her job has been saved.[19] From this point on, Ellie will assist the Sole Survivor and Nick into their investigation of Conrad Kellogg and Shaun's kidnapping, providing feedback during the interview with the Sole Survivor. She will also direct the two of them to Kellogg's house in the abandoned West Stands of Diamond City.[20]


Ellie is a gentle and kind person[4][21] who truly cares for Nick.[22] Nick, similarly, cares for Ellie and appreciates her hard work,[23] though this concern for Ellie goes to the point of withholding some details from her, so as to not worry her.[24] Ellie's concern for Nick's well-being usually stems from his frequently non-chalant reaction to warnings of danger, usually given to him by Ellie.[25][26] However, she shares Nick's unique sense of humor, leading to banter between the two of them around the office.[19][27][2] She has thought about Nick's status as a synth before, but it has never truly bothered her, and the thought never enters her mind anymore.[28]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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Other interactions

During conversation with Ellie during Unlikely Valentine, four Charisma checks are available. For the first (asking for help), CHR 6 is sufficient. For the second (asking for 125 caps), CHR 6 is required. For the third (asking for 150 caps), CHR 7 is required. For the fourth (asking for 200 caps), CHR 7 is also needed.



Ellie Perkins appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

Voice actress Jan Johns stated that her performance as Ellie was cathartic because it brought her back to the time that her father went missing for a two-day period. Performing the lines where Ellie is heartbroken over Nick's disappearance in Vault 114 was very memorable for her, as it gave her the opportunity to confront such a difficult topic. She had a similar experience when recording lines for Colette Cooke, who is looking for her own father.[29]


  1. Ellie Perkins: "I grew up in Goodneighbor. I'm sure you've been? You get used to seeing people from all walks of life. I miss it sometimes."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Sole Survivor: "I tracked Kenji's daughter to a synth refuge up north near Far Harbor. She's made a life there. She ended up deciding to stay."
    Ellie Perkins: "I can relate. I left home pretty young, and look at the low-lifes I've ended up with... Thanks for coming in for this one. I knew something good was happening when you and Nick started working together. Don't be a stranger, gumshoe."
    Nick Valentine: "If I didn't know better, I'd say you're giving our friend here all the credit..."
    Ellie Perkins: "Just keeping you on your toes, Nick."
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  3. The Sole Survivor: "Wait. Who are you? You the detective?"
    Ellie Perkins: "Me? No, I'm Nick's secretary. Handle his appointments, his papers, that sort of thing. Well, that's what I used to do anyway, but now Nick's disappeared, and I can't keep a detective agency open without a detective."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Sole Survivor: "My wife was... murdered. She was trying to keep them from taking Shaun and they... they just..."
    Ellie Perkins: "It's okay. You don't need to say anything more."
    Nick Valentine: "So we're talking about a group of cold-hearted killers, but they waited until something went wrong to resort to violence. What else can you tell me?"
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  5. Ellie Perkins: "If you see him, tell Marty I say, "Hey. Where's my twenty caps, you old lech?" Also, 'Hi.'"
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  6. Ellie Perkins: "The Marty Bullfinch case. Marty was Nick's partner. Emphasis on the "was." He must've been some kind of desperate to come to us for help after all this time."
    Nick Valentine: "Marty and I never exactly saw eye to eye. Mostly because he was usually passed out on the barroom floor."
    Ellie Perkins: "Oh come on, Nick. Think of the good times."
    Nick Valentine: "What? When he quit?"
    Ellie Perkins: "Heh. That's the one I'm thinking of."
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  7. Ellie Perkins: "Did you ever find what Marty was looking for? That man didn't get out of bed for free, so I have to imagine it was a pretty nice haul."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  8. Ellie Perkins: "Can't believe Marty made it all the way to the Grasshopper. Seems I never gave him enough credit."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  9. Diamond City terminal entries; Doc Crocker's terminal, Patient: Ellie Perkins
  10. Ellie Perkins: "You know, I always got the sense Earl was interested in me... figures he'd be the one to run off."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  11. Ellie Perkins: "Guess it's good I never visited Doc Crocker to get that touch up I'd been thinking about."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  12. Diamond City terminal entries; Myrna's terminal, Suspected Synths
  13. Ellie Perkins is a human and there is no indication that she is a synth.
  14. Events of Unlikely Valentine.
  15. The Sole Survivor: "Picture on milk carton time?"
    Ellie Perkins: "If only it was that simple, right? *sigh* Nick disappeared working a case. Skinny Malone's gang had kidnapped a young woman, and he tracked them down to their hideout in Park Street Station. There's an old Vault down there they use as a base. I told Nick he was walking into a trap, but he just smiled and walked out the door like he always does."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  16. The Sole Survivor: "I'm not getting mixed up in this."
    Ellie Perkins: "Looking out for yourself, huh? Guess I can't blame you. Not like I could charge across the Commonwealth and find Nick without getting myself killed. Look, I gotta pack up. Just go."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  17. Ellie Perkins: "Told you your luck wouldn't last forever."
    "His ties? *sigh* Oh Nick."
    "The bills? Oh, forget the bills."
    "The photographs. *sad chuckle* He never did photograph well."
    "Detective's secretary. I'll never find another job..."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  18. The Sole Survivor: "Sorry. I'll come back later."
    Ellie Perkins: "No, that's not what I mean. We're not just closed for the day. We're closed permanently. The detective's gone missing."
    Piper Wright: "Nicky's missing? What has he gotten himself into this time?"
    (Ellie Perkins' and Piper Wright's dialogue)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Nick Valentine: "Ellie? Are you here?"
    Ellie Perkins: "Nick!? Oh god, it's really you!"
    Nick Valentine: "Well, it's hard to mistake this mug for anyone else."
    Ellie Perkins: "Hmph. You keep laughing at death, some day, death's going to laugh back."
    Nick Valentine: "Not as long as I got a few friends to back me up."
    Ellie Perkins: "You saved Nick, this agency, and my job. Thank you."
    The Sole Survivor: "Happy to do it."
    Ellie Perkins: "Yeah? Go diving into scary prewar ruins all the time then, do ya?"
    Ellie Perkins: "Here. From our rainy day fund. Plus a little something extra. You know, if you're looking for work, and don't mind putting on the detective hat, Nick sure could use a new partner..."
    Nick Valentine: "Whoa. One case at a time, Ellie. Our new friend needs our help, first."
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  20. Nick Valentine: "Hmm... it's way too big of a coincidence... Ellie, what notes do we have about the Kellogg case?"
    Ellie Perkins: "The description matches. Bald head. Scar. Reputation for dangerous mercenary work, but no one knows who his employer is."
    Nick Valentine: "And he bought a house here in town, right? And he had a kid with him, didn't he?"
    Ellie Perkins: "Yeah, that's right. The house in the abandoned West Stands. The boy with him was around ten years old."
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  21. Ellie Perkins: "Are you okay, honey?"
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  22. The Sole Survivor: "I'll find him. You have my word."
    Ellie Perkins: "Thank you. Nick should be easy to spot. He's always wearing that old hat and trench coat getup. Please, hurry!"
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  23. The Sole Survivor: "Your secretary, Ellie. She sent me."
    Nick Valentine: "She did? I should give her a raise. Now, you mentioned something about your son, Shaun, and how he went missing. I want you to come to my office in Diamond City. Give me all the details. Besides, I think you've earned a chance to sit down and clear your head."
    (Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  24. Nick Valentine: "I didn't want Ellie to hear this, but I think you should know. Everything I dug up about Kellogg before his disappearance is bad news. He's more than just a mercenary. He's a professional. Quick, clean, thorough. Has no enemies, because they're all dead... Except you. But nine to one odds says he's our man. It's more than just you identifying his distinguishing features. The MO is all him as well. Leading a small team to kidnap a baby, and leaving one of the parents alive for later? Not many mercs in the Commonwealth can pull that off."
    (Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  25. The Sole Survivor: "It's Shaun! ... It has to be... S-somehow..."
    Nick Valentine: "Don't jump the gun on me. You said you were looking for an infant, remember? That's over nine years difference by my count. Look, maybe he has a son of his own. Maybe it's someone else's kid. Either way, they both vanished a while back. Let's you and I take a walk over to Kellogg's last known address. See if we can snoop out where he went."
    Ellie Perkins: "Security doesn't really go to that part of town, but you two should still be careful."
    Nick Valentine: "I always am..."
    (Ellie Perkins and Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  26. Ellie Perkins: "You've really gone through a lot, haven't ya? I hope you and Nick find that monster. You two be careful..."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  27. Ellie Perkins: "Now that we're back in business, this girl needs a day off and a drink."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  28. Ellie Perkins: "Nick being a synth has never really bothered me. Honestly, I don't even think about it anymore."
    (Ellie Perkins' dialogue)
  29. Fallout Off The Record Podcast - Episode 57: Jan Johns (reference starts at 56:50)