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Chief Gustavo is the security chief of Tenpenny Tower in 2277.


Gustavo was born in 2235. Prior to becoming a security chief in Tenpenny Tower, Gustavo worked his way up to become the leader of a mercenary band of professional fighters. Mister Burke was rescued by Gustavo and his band, and quickly hired him and his men to form the security force at the Tower. His personality is gruff but good-natured in a, "Don't give me grief, I'm just doing my job, ma'am" kind of way. He soon develops a no-nonsense attitude when his team or his charges are in immediate danger. He is particularly hostile to ghouls. "The only good ghoul is a dead ghoul," he is fond of saying, particularly if ghouls are nearby. If it is pointed out that not all ghouls are mindless killing machines, he responds, "It's only a matter of time before they go zombie. Dead now or dead later. Why take the risk? Besides, you're doing them a favor."[Non-canon 1]

Daily schedule

After the Lone Wanderer's first encounter with Gustavo, he is found sitting in the lobby of the hotel or sleeping outside during the night, most of the time he will stand guard at the entrance.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character is a merchant. Bottle cap 160-390
Sells: weapons and ammunition
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This character drops a finger upon death (Lawbringer).


Tenpenny Tower: Gustavo will task the Wanderer with getting rid of the ghoul menace if asked.

Armory merchandise

Ammunition Armor and clothing Drugs and edibles Weapons Misc



  • Despite having his own locker, he does not have the key to it.
  • During the Tenpenny Tower quest, he will give the Lone Wanderer an assault rifle and a small amount of ammo, regardless of which side the Lone Wanderer decides to be on.
  • Occasionally he may give the Lone Wanderer a Chinese assault rifle instead of a regular one. This happens more often when the player character starts the quest at a higher level.
  • Gustavo will take over Tenpenny Tower if Allistair Tenpenny is killed. If he does, he hates the ghouls much more than Tenpenny and the player character will need to kill Gustavo for a 'diplomatic' solution on the quest.

Notable quotes


Chief Gustavo appears only in Fallout 3.


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If all humans and Chief Gustavo are killed and the ghouls are living in Tenpenny Tower, then the ghoul residents will still comment about Chief Gustavo as if he was still alive. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Chief Gustavo has been seen wandering around near Springvale. This was seen after the Megaton bomb was detonated and the ghouls were killed. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Talon Company mercs will sometimes attack Tenpenny Tower, and if this happens, Chief Gustavo can be killed. This will render the Tenpenny Tower quest unable to be completed even if you kill Roy Phillps and the ghouls in the tunnels. [verified]