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For the perk, see Free Radical (perk).

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The Free Radicals are a raider faction in Appalachia.


The Free Radicals are a band of ex-cons hailing from the Western Maryland Correctional Facility. Roper, the former head guard of the prison freed, them and become their leader.[1] Coming from Maryland,[2] they reached Appalachia looking for the treasure that had been brodcasted on the radio. Looking for a place to stay, the group set their eyes on the WV Lumber Co. facility in the shores of the Ohio River, on the northwestern corner of the region. The area was once inhabited by a garrison of super mutants, but the Free Radicals managed to clear them out and establish a new base of operations in Appalachia, throwing the mutant bodies into the river[3] or burning them up.[4] Ever since they have heavily fortified the lumber mill. They also have a good number of customized vehicles, including a limousine owned by Roper,[5] a Pick-R-Up, a truck, several construction vehicles, and a fishing boat.

Though weak at hunting and farming, they have found a solution in extorting settlements and businesses, such as Daniel's group in Anchor farm, for food in exchange for protection. They are also particularly interested in "The Treasure of Appalachia," and have men searching for it 24/7.

They have been a thorn in the side for The Wayward and Duchess, who enlists the Vault Dwellers to help shut down their interference with her business.


Known members

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Roper (leader)
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Jacky (Roper's bodyguard)
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Batter (treasure hunter)
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Davey (treasure hunter)
Dogbreath (musician) Lugnut (repairman) Razorhandle (musician)

Interactions with the player character

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This character is involved in quests.


Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Free Radical
00541A92 (hostile)
00541A95 (docile)
0058EA19 (docile; melee)
0040F683 (ganger01)
0040F682 (ganger02)
00563373 (bar patron)


The Free Radicals will give the player character the Radicals face mask if sided with during the Wayward questline.


Free Radicals appear only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Behind the scenes

The term "free radicals" is a term used in biochemistry to describe unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. Such radicals can be caused by ionizing radiation.


Icon ps4.png Free Radicals may appear headless, with nothing rendering from the neck up.[6][verified]



  1. Roper: "All these troublemakers are the last survivors of the Western Maryland Correctional Facility. Not me, though. I was the head guard. Ain't the end times something?"
  2. Freee Radical: "Man. Look at this place Most of us were holed up in the pen back in Maryland. Easy to forget what outside's like."
  3. Free Radical: "I'd avoid the river... 'less you like swimming in mutant guts."
  4. Super Mutants being burned right outside of the facility to the south.
  5. Lugnuts vehicle modifications
  6. Display of bug