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Permanent companions[]

Permanent companions require that a few requisites be met in order for them to join the player's party. For a few NPCs, there is more than one possible way to have them join. The possible conditions that must be met for each companion are listed below their names. Their locations are listed next to their names.

Companion controls[]

Once an NPC becomes a companion, their dialogue menu changes to a list of tactical and combat-oriented options. Unlike Fallout 2 there is no "Combat Control" menu added to the Pip-Boy interface. This means that in Fallout, the controls are rudimentary, at best.

There are no controls whatsoever for Dogmeat. For the human companions, the options are shown as follows:

You can leave now.

  • Orders the companion to leave the party, and return to their original location in the game world.

Draw your best weapon next time we go into battle.

  • At first, this does not seem to do anything, because the companions originally only carry their default weapon. However, they may be gifted with a better weapon (and ammunition, for guns), then the NPC will make use of that weapon instead. Alternatively, the companion can pick up weapons found on the ground.

I need to change formation.

  • Stay close to me. - NPC stays within a 2 hex vicinity.
  • Keep a moderate distance. - NPC stays within a 4 hex vicinity.
  • Move out to longer range. - NPC stays within a 4-6 hex vicinity.

Lacking the option to manage companions' inventory, other methods must be used:

  • Steal skill: It's possible to freely swap any item, as companions will not retaliate as long as this is done while they are recruited. The inventory space is limited to around 150-200.
  • Barter: The inventory can be filled indefinitely, but to retrieve an item, one or more with an equal or greater total value must be given, as any other barter.
  • Some of the items with the "Use on" label when placed in the interface slots, when used on an NPC, will be placed in their inventory if the item lacks any applicable effect to that NPC, e.g. stimpaks will be used and will vanish, while mentats, buffout or junk will be placed in the inventory.

Companions stick with whatever armor they were wearing when recruited, thus surplus armor can be sold.


Companion Default Armor Default Weapon S.P.E.C.I.A.L. HP DTK Notable Skills Usable Weapons
Dogmeat Leather armor Unarmed 7 7 7 2 3 10 8 50 92.09 Unarmed 91% N/A
Ian Leather jacket 10mm pistol 7 6 6 5 6 6 5 50 77.16 Unarmed 90%, Melee Weapons 85%, Small Guns 85%, Throwing 51% Unarmed weapons, knives°, all pistols, SMG
Katja Combat armor* Throwing knife 4 8 5 6 8 6 5 39 99.20 Unarmed 120%, Melee Weapons 110%, Throwing 110%, Small Guns 80% Unarmed weapons, knives°, Spear, 14mm and .223 pistols, SMG
Tycho Leather armor Shotgun 6 7 6 5 6 7 5 60 111.59 Melee Weapons 85%, Unarmed 80%, Small Guns 65%, Throwing 50% Unarmed weapons, Spear, 10mm pistol and Desert Eagle, rifles, BB guns, and shotguns
*Katja uses a leather jacket sprite, despite her armor.
°Includes Knife, Throwing knife, Combat knife, and Ripper

Temporary companions[]

Like permanent companions, there are a few conditions that must be met to have temporary companions recruited. A few events must unfold however. Their location is next to their names, while the requirements are listed below their names.

  • After passing one week of in-game time, the Vault Dweller must return to Shady Sands and initiate the quest Rescue Tandi from the Raiders.
  • She will automatically join once she is freed from her jail cell.
  • They will appear outside the Cathedral after talking to Nicole about infiltrating the place
  • These will appear on the maps after having scouted the northern wastes, but can be either convinced to attack the Cathedral by accessing the computer in Morpheus' room or the base, they will not go inside the Military Base, however.

Companion controls[]

Tandi and the aforementioned invaders have no means of control in their companion forms, similar to Dogmeat: instead of having a dialogue menu, they only yield floating text, e.g. Tandi expresses her amazement at the world outside Shady Sands.


Companion Default Armor Default Weapon S.P.E.C.I.A.L. HP Notable Skills Usable Weapons
Tandi Clothing Knife 5 6 6 8 6 7 8 35 Small Guns 42%, Unarmed 101%, Melee Weapons 81%, Throwing 47% Unarmed weapons, Knives, SMGs


If a companion is told to leave, they will stay at that exact point for the rest of the game. They will still engage in nearby combat, however.

Companions in Fallout