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Freeside thugs are wastelanders found in the Mojave Wasteland's Freeside district.


Thugs operate in Freeside as thieves, pickpockets and muggers, always looking for a victim.[1]

The thugs are armed with only basic melee weapons such as knives, baseball bats and tools. They can't be interacted with and if killed, new thugs will take their place.

They may be hostile depending on the Courier's reputation with Freeside and will attack in groups of up to four. If the Courier is Vilified in Freeside, they will not attack. Upon reaching this level of reputation, a thug will approach them and start a conversation, but realize who they are speaking with and flee. They will remain neutral until the Courier's reputation changes, or if the player character attacks a thug first. Other Freeside residents will flee during these instances of violence with the thugs.

If the Courier is walking along the northern side of Freeside, they may be flagged down by a thug, who leads them down an alleyway into an ambush. Additionally, if Orris is escorting the Courier across Freeside, a detour will result in coming into contact with four thugs, working at the behest of the mercenary. If thugs attack near the New Vegas Strip gate, they will be fired on by the Securitrons. Members of the Kings will also assist in fighting thugs if they witness a skirmish underway.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.


  • Flogging a Dead Corpse: When walking through Freeside, a thug may stop the Courier and lead them into an alley for an ambush.
  • G.I. Blues: Orris will go on a detour while escorting the Courier. Four thugs working with Orris will attack while on the detour.



  • They are affected by the Sneering Imperialist perk.
  • It seems their headwear (glasses, hats, etc.) are always in full condition.


Freeside thugs appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

Two thugs were cut from the game, intended on accompanying the chem dealer Dixon during the quest High Times.Cut content


  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 The thugs may sometimes spawn with different skin colors, such as having purple skin.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 The thugs may not spawn at all.[verified]


  1. Courier: "Things seem pretty rough here in Freeside."
    Julie Farkas: "More than rough, it's a damn mess. Freeside townies are constantly picking fights with NCR civilians. Thugs and thieves are always looking for a victim, and the local families are just sitting back making caps on the mess."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)