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The ghoul mask is a unique piece of headwear in Fallout 3. It is a mask which completely covers the face and appears to consist of multiple patches of feral ghoul skin sewn together.


It provides a Damage Resistance of 3. The primary benefit of wearing this mask is that it keeps feral ghouls friendly to the player and companions.

Although it is stated in-game by Roy Phillips that feral ghouls will attack despite the mask if you stay too close to them for too long, this is not true. You can stand next to them indefinitely, follow them around or even try to talk to them.

Despite the mask being considered headwear, it is counted as a piece of eyewear and not as "full" headwear like the hockey mask. As such, certain headwear can be worn with it. In addition, your helmet does not receive any durability damage while wearing this mask. However, the ghoul mask will take the damage instead and has fairly low item HP, and it will have to be repaired by a merchant.


Main article: Tenpenny Tower

This unique item may be obtained by completing Tenpenny Tower in favor of Roy Phillips.


  • Feral ghouls will not set off mines set while the player character is wearing the mask. They will when turned hostile while wearing the mask and then removing it.
  • Once the quest is complete, Three Dog will comment at the end of his news report on the quest that "you look like a complete freak show in that mask."
  • If one is wearing the mask while escorting Doctor Li during the quest The Waters of Life, feral ghouls will still attack Li and the others. When they do attack, the escorts will simply run away; companions will not attack the feral ghouls and they will still appear friendly regardless.
  • Putting the mask on will not affect ghouls who are already hostile and aware of the player character.
  • The mask is not detailed enough to fool non-feral ghouls, who will continue to refer to the Lone Wanderer as a smoothskin.
  • While the player character is wearing the mask, feral ghouls will be friendly to companions, even though they are not disguised.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Equipping the mask while it is broken will tell you that you cannot equip broken items. However, you permanently gain the effect of the mask, but if you unequip it you will be unable to equip it again until you repair it. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you enter the tower after the ghouls have taken over, but before speaking to Roy, and if any feral ghouls are killed, Roy will not give you the mask. [verified]