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You see, it's all about getting your whole wee body to snap just like a whip...— John Sullivan on fighting

John L. Sullivan is a retired boxer of Irish descent in the Golden Gecko pub in Klamath.


A tall, older, man with muscular arms and a gray, but neatly groomed, handlebar mustache,[1] John Sullivan is a retired New Reno boxer, who settled down in Klamath and spends his time at the Golden Gecko tavern. John represents the Irishman stereotype, as it can be noticed through his drunkard behavior and his way of talking (notable quotes include "Here lad, have a drink on me, that's your ticket to the realms of the fay folk," or "When I was a wee young lad, an' dinnay have any sense in me thick head"). He is a warm, open fellow, who will gladly talk to people and drink a pint or two with them. He also has a knack for spotting talented fighters and teaching what he knows.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character has no special interactions.

Other interactions

Sullivan can raise the Chosen One's Unarmed and Melee Weapons skills each by 10%. If the Chosen One has at least $10, they can find out that Sullivan used to box in New Reno.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Leather armor (not lootable) Pipe rifle
10mm JHP x24


If he taught the Chosen One about the Unarmed arts and is offered money, he refuses. Still, the Chosen One gains a small amount of Karma.


John L. Sullivan appears only in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes

  • Sullivan is based on the Irish-American boxer John Lawrence Sullivan who was recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing and last heavyweight champ under London Prize Ring rules.
  • Sullivan also mentions the Gaelic phrase "Erin Go Bragh" which is translated as "Ireland Forever."


  1. Hcsulvan.msg, line 102