You're my hero, mister. I want to be just like you when I grow up.— Requires good Karma and/or disarming the bomb in Megaton)

Harden Simms is an inhabitant of Megaton in 2277.


Harden was born in 2267. He is Lucas Simms's 10-year-old son. His father has instructed him not to talk to strangers in Megaton, and he reluctantly obeys. He goes to sleep early and rises early, which gives him enough time to meet up with Maggie and play.[1]

By 2297, Harden was the sheriff of Megaton. When drunk, he would often speak about his father's death, and blame it on the Lone Wanderer. It is unknown if Lucas Simms died because of Burke or died at some unknown point between 2277 and 2297.[2]

Daily scheduleEdit

He's a good friend of Maggie and is usually seen near her in the mid-morning to late afternoon. It is implied by his father, Lucas Simms that Harden also polishes Deputy Steel on a regular basis, but this is idle chatter as the child is not scripted to enter the Megaton armory.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon check
  • Always
Enslavable: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Bounty: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Repairman: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon check


  • The Power of the Atom: If Lucas Simms is dead when you disarm the bomb, Harden will reward you with a home in Megaton and any caps you requested at the beginning of the quest. He exhibits little emotion despite his father's death. If the bomb is detonated, he and Maggie supposedly die, making him one of the only 2 killable children in the game.

Other interactionsEdit

  • The Child at Heart perk has no effect on this character.
  • Sometimes it may be impossible to engage Harden in a regular dialogue, as he will say something like "I'm not supposed to talk with strangers" and continue walking or standing.
  • If Lucas Simms dies, Harden will claim to be the new self appointed sheriff.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Junior officer outfit - -

Notable quotesEdit


Harden Simms appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenesEdit

His dad named him after the Old West outlaw John Wesley Hardin.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Like all other Megaton characters, Harden Simms might go missing. See Recovering missing NPC in Fallout 3 on how to resolve this issue. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Even after his father dies, Harden still says they eat together at the Brass Lantern. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Regardless of your Karma level, Harden will occasionally say "What do you want meanie?" [verified]


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
  2. Afterword - Moira Brown: "Just shipped out another crate of survival guides, and the caravans just can't seem to get enough of them. Sheriff Simms says they've really put Megaton on the map—pretty ironic, since I've had to redraw that map about a million times since the first edition came out 20 years ago."
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