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He's trying to come up with a cure. A way to stop the human to Ghoul transition. Perhaps even one day to reverse it!

Nurse Graves is a ghoul who helps Doctor Barrows in Underworld in 2277.


Young by ghoul standards, Doctor Barrows' assistant Nurse Graves is knowledgeable and keen. She helps in Barrows' experiments to diagnose and treat the various brand-new ailments that ghouls are always complaining about. Happy with her lot in life, she spends her time cutting up corpses, inspecting brain tissue samples, and poking feral ghouls with a variety of (mainly sharp) implements.[1]

Unlike other ghouls in the Fallout universe, she sympathizes with humans as much as ghouls (stating they were all the same once) while most other ghouls and humans are on non-friendly terms. She will mention that Doctor Barrows performed experiments on Reilly while she was in her coma[2] and that he believes that if they can study the human body, then they may be able to stop or even reverse the effect of human to ghoul transformations.[3]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).



Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Wasteland doctor fatigues


  • Despite her assuring the Lone Wanderer that she can help them if they need stimpaks or blood packs, there is no actual way to get medical supplies from her.
  • If one kills Doctor Barrows, she seems to do nothing about it. When asking her about medical help, she will direct the player character to Barrows, even if he is lying dead beside her.
  • When asking about Mister Crowley, she says that Barrows is friendly with him.
  • Nurse Graves actually has a higher Medicine skill than Doctor Barrows; 100 (according to the console), compared with Barrows' 63.
  • When asking for medical help, she states that they do not take barter, even though they do.

Notable quotes


Nurse Graves appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

Her name "Graves" refers to burial graves, a reference to the Underworld's theme of death.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Why does Doctor Barrows care so much about humans, anyway?"
    Nurse Graves: "The doctor is convinced that the key to curing our... appearance is locked within the human body. When Reilly was brought in here he saw a chance to put that theory to the test."
    (Nurse Graves' dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "What exactly is the doctor trying to do? You can tell me."
    Nurse Graves: "He's trying to come up with a cure. A way to stop the human to Ghoul transition. Perhaps even one day to reverse it!"
    (Nurse Graves' dialogue)