Damn Initiates...

Paladin Gunny is a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin stationed at the Citadel in 2277, and is tasked as the drill instructor for new initiates.


Paladin Gunny was involved in Elder Lyons' original expedition to the Capital Wasteland. He is in charge of training initiates and turning them into hard-nosed Knights and Paladins. He is unhappy with Elder Lyons's method of taking on volunteers from the wasteland, but still performs his duty to the best of his abilities.[1]

Daily scheduleEdit

He can be found in the A ring just outside the lab in the council room, outside in the courtyard training recruits during the daytime, or inside a dormitory in ring B.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon check
  • Until player is taught Power Armor training
Enslavable: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Bounty: Icon check
Merchant: Icon cross
Repairman: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon cross

Other interactionsEdit

  • If permission is granted by Elder Lyons, Gunny can train the Lone Wanderer to properly use and wear power armor. However, Gunny does not like it as he clearly states, "Yeah, I can train you. But don't ask me to like it. My initiates sweat blood, and you just get a free pass?"
  • He has a low opinion of the Enclave and their tactics, and will readily voice these opinions if inquired about them.


Notable quotesEdit

  • "I am charged with the duty of turning these maggots into Brothers of Steel. With the threat of the Enclave, they're likely going to be pressed into service before they've taken the oath. So, I've got a lot of work to do."
  • "The weapon isn't the problem, Initiate. You just shoot like my goddamn grandmother. Actually, strike that, my Mrs. Gunny was a deadeye."
  • "Damn Initiates..."
  • "Killing unarmed civilians... Makes me sick. Come over here, try fighting someone who shoots back. Fucking cowards." (speaking of the Enclave)


Paladin Gunny appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenesEdit

"Gunny" is a play on the common nickname for United States Marine Corps personnel holding the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Sometimes, when talking to him, the subtitles will say, "Nothing to report here," but he will say, "We've got this area locked down." This can also happen to unnamed Brotherhood of Steel members. This bug appears only if Broken Steel is installed. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Paladin Gunny will cease to move and become frozen in place in the courtyard of the Citadel during the Broken Steel questline. He will remain this way for the life of the game. This can also occur after being asked for power armor training.


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