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The escaped convicts are two groups of the Powder Gangers living in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


The larger group is led by the escaped convict leader and has taken up residence within the town of Primm within the Bison Steve Hotel. The NCR 5th Battalion 1st Company has taken up residence outside of Primm to hold back the flow of Powder Gangers in the area.[1] However, they are unable to retake Primm due to a lack of supplies and manpower, thus allowing the convicts holed up in the hotel to continue residing there.

The second group, led by Samuel Cooke, traveled to Vault 19 to take advantage of the sulfur deposits found there. They are attempting to form an alliance with the Great Khans. Both groups of escaped convicts were originally detained at the NCR Correctional Facility, but when Cooke's coup was successful they splintered off on their own. One group invaded the poorly defended town of Primm, killing its sheriff and capturing Deputy Beagle. If Joe Cobb is aided in Run Goodsprings Run, afterward he will tell the player character that the guys in Primm aren't friends of his and they will still shoot on sight.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


Convicts' equipment in Primm

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Merc outfits and goggles helmet or trooper helmet or authority glasses Varmint rifle or
9mm pistol or
cleaver and dynamite

Convicts' equipment in Vault 19


  • The leader of the gang, found inside the Bison Steve Hotel, is equipped with an incinerator.
  • The convicts in the streets of Primm are labeled escaped convicts, while those inside the Bison Steve hotel are labeled as convicts.
  • The Vault 19 escaped convicts level with the player character, and have higher than normal health at higher levels.
  • Although they are called "Powder Gangers," they do not wear Powder Ganger armor.
  • If one takes Veronica, Boone, or ED-E into Vault 19 they will comment about them.[citation needed]


Escaped convicts appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. McGee "I'm Sergeant McGee of the New California Republic Army, 5th Battalion, 1st Company. If you want to talk about something, speak to Lieutenant Hayes."
    (McGee's dialogue)