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Dwellers sent to explore the wasteland may find locations to explore as random encounters. When they do find a location, an icon appears in the upper-left corner of the screen. Tapping it allows the player to order the dweller to explore or ignore the location. Exploring it opens a side-exploration area where the player directly commands the dweller, and a quest objective in exploring the area is given. A dweller's chance to find a random encounter while in the wasteland is increased by their perception.

Random encounters will only trigger once the Overseer's office is built.

List of random encounters FoS random encounters icon.png

Encounter name Location Objective Description Enemies Reward
A Cry for Help Red Rocket Investigate the Red Rocket Truck Stop. Someone in a Red Rocket Truck Stop is calling for help. None Dweller
Misery Loathes Company Red Rocket Eliminate the Raider Boss. Challenge a Raider Boss holed up in a Red Rocket Truck Stop. Raider Rare item
Pit Stop Red Rocket Investigate the Red Rocket Truck Stop. Search the Red Rocket Truck Stop for supplies. Deathclaw, radscorpion, or feral ghoul Stimpak
Pest Control Red Rocket Clear out the Radroach infestation. There's a nest of nasty Radroaches at a Red Rocket Truck Stop. Radroach Rare junk
Bottle caps
Fashion Statement Red Rocket Explore the Red Rocket. You came across an old Red Rocket! Raider Random loot
Gas 'N Go Red Rocket Eliminate the Raider. Eliminate the Raider in the Red Rocket. Raider Nuka-Cola Quantum x2
Clean-Up on Aisle Five Super-Duper Mart Kill the Raider Boss at the Super Duper Mart. Kill the Raider Boss at the Super Duper Mart. Raider Nuka-Cola Quantum x2
junk items
Crossing Paths Super-Duper Mart Provide fire support for Star-Paladin Cross. Provide fire support for Star-Paladin Cross. Deathclaw Mister Handy
One Ghoul Customer Super-Duper Mart Rescue Sierra Petrovita. Rescue Sierra Petrovita from Ghouls. Feral ghoul Nuka-Cola Quantum x2
Food Fight! Super-Duper Mart Eliminate the Raiders. Eliminate the Raiders in the Super-Duper Mart. Raider Lunchbox
Rare junk
Bottle caps
Get in Line Super-Duper Mart Eliminate the Raiders. Battle the Raiders in the Super-Duper Mart. Raider Lunchbox
Rare junk
Bottle caps
Pest-Case Scenario Super-Duper Mart Kill the Mole rat Brood Mother. Kill the Mole rat Brood Mother at the Super Duper Mart. Mole rat Random loot
Express Checkout Super-Duper Mart Search the Super-Duper Mart. Clear out the Super-Duper Mart. Feral ghoul Nuka-Cola Quantum
Rare junk
Legendary junk
Bottle caps
Post-Apocalyptic World Problems Super-Duper Mart Explore the Super-Duper Mart. You've found a Super-Duper Mart while out exploring! Feral ghoul Nuka-Cola Quantum x2
Legendary junk
Rare outfit
Rare weapon
Uninvited Guests Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. You've discovered an old Cabin out in the Wasteland. Raider Pet
Rare outfit
Rare weapon
Wasteland Getaway Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. You found a secluded Cabin in the Wasteland. Radroach
Mole rat
Random loot
Family Matters Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. You've discovered an old Cabin out in the Wasteland. Feral ghoul Rare/legendary junk
Anybody Home? Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. You found a Cabin in the Wasteland. Deathclaw
Mole rat
Rare loot
Cabin Without the Woods Abandoned cabin Eliminate the Ghouls. Eliminate the Ghouls in the Abandoned Cabin. Feral ghoul Rare loot
The Scenic Route Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. Who, or what is lurking in that cabin? Only one way to find out... Feral ghoul Rare dweller
Party Crasher Abandoned cabin Explore the Cabin. You found an old cabin out in the Wasteland! 5 Raiders with costumes Stimpak
Big Trouble Red Rocket Defeat the Alpha Deathclaw. Defeat the Alpha Deathclaw. Alpha deathclaw Stimpak
Legendary junk
Dibs at the Red Rocket Red Rocket Look for valuable junk. Look through Red Rocket for useful junk. Brotherhood of Steel (Fallout 3) x3 (optional) Legendary junk
Cabin Fever Abandoned cabin Investigate the noises coming from the cabin. Investigate strange sounds coming from a derelict cabin. Radroach or Deathclaw or Feral ghoul and Raider Uncommon junk
Super-Duper Trooper Super-Duper Mart Talk to both sides of the stand-off. Investigate a stand-off at the Super-Duper Mart. Brotherhood of Steel x2 (optional) Institute division head & Institute soldier (optional) Nuka-Cola Quantum
Rare junk
A Nice Ghoul Like You Red Rocket Deal with a group of testy Ghouls. Check out a Red Rocket fueling station for parts. Rare weapon
Legendary junk
Bottle caps
Infested! Abandoned cabin Eradicate the Radroach infestation. Help a nice lady with her pest problem. Radroach Nuka-Cola Quantum
Legendary junk
Bottle caps
Hop on the Roach Coach Super-Duper Mart Look for loot in the Super-Duper Mart. Check out the Super-Duper Mart for loot. Radroach and glowing radroach Dweller, rare outfit, Legendary recipe


  • The enemies found in certain quests may vary, as they aren't all static.
  • During A Cry for Help, the player has no choice but to let the dweller join the vault. If the vault is full, the dweller will wait at the entrance until room is made.
  • No legendary dwellers are found in random encounters.


Single-stage quests
Main questsA Gathering of Ghouls · A Pale Imitation · A Poorly Thought-Out Plan · Against the Odds · Animal Rescue · Argh, Matey! · Arms Race · Beware of Over-dog! · Burnout · Can't Stop the Signal · Captured Critter · Choo-Choo! · Collector's Edition · CoveWatch! · Death and Denial · Den of Thieves · Diplomatic Mission! · Divide and Conquer · Dog Gone · Dog Shelter · Firestarter · Game of Vaults · Getting Started · Ghooooooooooooooooooul! · Honeymoon Horror · Hostage Negotiations · Hot Tub Slime Machine · Humans Like Us · Little Miss Wasteland · Little Red Radium Hood · Mall Madness · Monday Night Brawl · Monster Under the Bed · My Metal Pony · My Weird Science Project · Out of the Vault, Into the Shadows · Overwhelming Force · Queen of the Deathclaws! · Radiation Leak! · Raiding Party · Reign of Radroach Rodney! · Revenge of the Geeks · Robot Retrieval · Scientific Progress · Shotgun Wedding · Signal Failure · Take Me out to the Ball Game · Target Practice · The Abyss · The Brothers Grime · The Cat Burglar · The De-Buggers · The Scorpion... King? · The Secret of [REDACTED] · Time to Wake Up! · Too Good to Be True · War of the Nerds · Wasteland Doctoring · Wasteland: The Musical · Wedding Crashers · Wonders of Nature · Wonders of Science · Wonders of Technology
Daily questsBounty: 'Ol One-Eye · Bounty: Bash · Bounty: Butcher · Bounty: Shiner · Bounty: Snips · Bounty: Yak · Caps Run · Duo of Destruction: Alpha Deathclaws · Duo of Destruction: Glowing One (x2!) · Duo of Destruction: Glowing Radroaches · Duo of Destruction: Glowing Radscorpions · Duo of Destruction: Mole Rat Brood Mothers · Friendly Settlement! · Guardian of the Wastes: Deathclaws! · Guardian of the Wastes: Feral Ghouls! · Guardian of the Wastes: Mole Rats! · Guardian of the Wastes: Radroaches! · Guardian of the Wastes: Radscorpions! · Junk Run · Lunchbox Run · Nuka-Cola Quantum Run · Outfit Run · Rescue Operation · Science Cooperative! · Spelun-King Training · Spy on Raiders! · Weapons Run
Weekly questsGame Show Gauntlet · Vault-Tec Experiment Review
Limited time questsGhostly Gag · Horror Movie Night! · The Door Buster · The Haunting of Mass Chemical · The Spirit of Taking · To Grandmother's House We Go · Who's Carving the Turkey?
Special questsFactory Floor of Fear · The Mystery of Vault 666  · Vault 789 · Welcome to Paradise · With Friends Like These
Random questsA Cry for Help · A Nice Ghoul Like You · Anybody Home? · Big Trouble · Cabin Fever · Cabin Without the Woods · Clean-Up on Aisle Five · Crossing Paths · Dibs at the Red Rocket · Express Checkout · Family Matters · Fashion Statement · Food Fight! · Gas 'N Go · Get in Line · Hop on the Roach Coach · Infested! · Misery Loathes Company · One Ghoul Customer · Party Crasher · Pest Control · Pest-Case Scenario · Pit Stop · Post-Apocalyptic World Problems · Super-Duper Trooper · The Scenic Route · Uninvited Guests · Wasteland Getaway
Multi-stage questlines
A Settler Needs Your HelpFollowing His First Steps · Raider Troubles at Corvega · When Preston Calls · Kidnapping at Vault 778 · A Settler Needs Your Help
A Wasteland TailSOS! · Canine Recovery · Vault 199 · In Another Vault · The Tail Continues · No Time for Paws
Almost HumanOff the Rails · Synth in a Pinch · Not-so-Safehouse · Synths for Sale
Climbing the RanksClearing a Path · Taking out the Trash · Heat of the Knight · In Shining Armor
Detective Case FilesThe Case of the Captured Canine · The Case of the Missing Mitt · The Case of the Quantum Creeper · The Case of the Lost Lunch · The Bigsby Brown Case
Echoes of SteelHave Gun, Will Travel · Toy Soldiers · No Stone Unturned · Slash and Burn · Mission of Mercy · The Final Push
Food, Glowrious FoodAll Sales Final · Thyme is Money · Cheese, Please! · The Yolk's on You · High Steaks · The Towering Il Forno · By Hook or by Cook
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 1Radroach Roundup · Undercover Operations · Dogs of War · Springing the Trap · Beat Reporting · Matters to Settle
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 2Parley Time · Crime Scene Investigation · Death Revealed? · Give me Liberty and/or Death · Operation: Sandman · Release the Raiders!
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 3Set 'em Up: Pestilence · Set 'em Up: Famine · Run, Three Dog, Run! · Knock 'Em Down · At Death's Door · Just Deserts
Journey to the Center of VaultopolisThe Path of Paula Plumbkin · A Thirst for Adventure · Paula's in a Pickle! · Into Vault 333! · Tankbusting · Return to Vault 333 · Truth Among the Ashes · Overrun · Powered Up! · The Road to Vaultopolis · The Vault-Tec Vantage · The Quest for Vault 525 · Playing Politics · The Red Rocket Reveal! · Vaultopolis Awaits!
Secret Agent PersonLive Dead Drop · The Infiltration Game · Secret Weapon Test · Sabotage! · Dart of Harkness · Extreme Prejudice
The Great Tato FamineThe Mysterious Disappearing Spuds · The Spreading Blight · The Night Watch · Spear Fishing · The Shadow Wolf · The Mole Rat Man
The Search for Jobinson's Jersey!Man on First · Man on Second · Man on Third · Time for a Grand Slam? · Worst. Coach. Ever. · Picked off at Second! · Seventh Inning Stretch · Getcha' Peanuts Here! · Last Inning! Or not... · There's no Crying in Baseball! · Runners in Scoring Position! · Conference on the Mound · Here's the Pitch... · Homerun! · Here's to You, Rackie Jobinson
The Thrill of the HuntBug Hunt · Whack-a-Mole · Aim for the Head! · Rock Them Like a Hurricane · The Most Dangerous Game · 12-Point Buck · The Final Hunt
The Wizard of WaterFons Vivus · Our Cups Runneth Over... WITH FAILURE · Half Full, Half Empty · Water into Brine · Aqua Nuka-Cola · Aqua-schema · The Reluctant Shill · Snake Water
When Irish Eyes are GlowingShamrock the Casbah · Driving the Snakes Out · The End of the Rainbow · It's Not Easy Being Green · The Banshee's Keen
Zines from the CommonwealthBroadsides · Headshots · A Map to the Stars · The (Thinly Veiled) Plot Thickens · Collateral Murder · Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy · Stop the Presses!
Limited time multi-stage questlines
Labor Dispute!Power to the People? · No Rest for the Wicked · All Work and No Play · Working Overtime · Rubarb's Reckoning
Nabbed from Nuka-WorldBottlecap Blues · In Hot Pursuit · Playing Catch-up · Pet Peeve · A Refreshing Rescue
No Thanks for the Gobbler!Gobble Gobbler! · A Delicious Trail of Danger! · The Last Gobble!
Springtime for AtomThe Rite of Spr(ay)ing · Spring Forward, Fall Back · E-Ster is Coming · The Sixth Sun · E-Ster Egg Hunt · Saving Daylight
The Book of WuvAll's Fair in Love and Nuclear War · This Golden Ring · A Labor of Love · Groom for Doubt
The Gridiron GangFirst Down · Second-Stringers · Third and Goal
The Mystery of Vault 31Halloween (Non)Fiction · Go West · Days Gone Bye · Mask Hysteria · Scare Tactics
The Party at the End of the WorldBlackout · A Special Brand · Walk of Shame · Jack Ain't Back · Human Bean Juice · KHAAANNNNN!!!!
Vault-Tec Saves Christmas!Santa's Helpers · Christmas at the Raider Camp · Cheer for the Ghouls · Rescue Santa!