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That's nonsense. Vault City does extend special privileges to citizens, but only because they're better qualified to enjoy those things than brutish non-citizens. Besides, everyone can qualify for Vault City citizenship if they pass the tests.

"Painless" Doc Johnson is a Redding physician in 2241, running the local hospital together with his assistant Rattray.


"Painless" Doc Johnson is a thin, nervous man serving as Redding's primary doctor.[1] Apart from offering medical care and surgical procedures (up to and including Phoenix Armor Implants, dermal impact armor and their respective upgrades), he is also responsible for processing the Jet batches New Reno sends into user ampules. He rationalizes it as taking care of Redding's miners. Otherwise, some quack with rusty tools would be doing that, preventing the miners from being able to work and causing health problems.

Doc Johnson supports Vault City in its bid to control Redding and New California trade.[2] He ignores the mistreatment of non-citizens in the City. His turning of a blind eye is not surprising when one realizes his medical expertise could only come from Vault City, making him a mole planted in Redding to further the interest of the city.[3] As such, should he be provided the means to cure the Jet plague,[4] he will be elected mayor of Redding, replacing Ascorti and aligning it with Vault City, with all the benefits it entails.[5]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.
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This character installs implants.
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This character is a merchant. Sells: medical supplies




Doc Johnson appears only in Fallout 2.



  1. Johnson's character description: "{100}{}{You see a thin, nervous-looking man.}"
    "{101}{}{You see Painless Doc Johnson, Redding's Resident Physician.}"
    "{102}{}{You see a cadaverous, nervous fellow with bulging eyes.}"
  2. The Chosen One: "{222}{}{And who do you think that is?}"
    Johnson: "{223}{}{The way I see it, Redding's best chance is with Vault City controlling things here. That's where I'm from - so I might be biased - but I really do think that Vault City can do a better job of helping the citizens of Redding.}"
  3. The Chosen One: "{206}{}{Who's Doc Johnson?}"
    Modjeska: "{229}{}{Painless Doc Johnson's sort of a mystery man. I don't know where he came from, but he's a real M.D., all right. Only place he'd get training like that is Vault City. I'm betting he's been planted here to further their interests. He must've pissed off someone there to get the assignment, though; those VC'ers don't like the outside much.}"
  4. The Chosen One: "{247}{}{Here it is, Doc.}"
    Johnson: "{253}{}{Thank you. I'll make sure the miners get a little something *extra* with the next batch of Jet that they pick up.}"
    The Chosen One: "{254}{}{Aren't they going to be suspicious of you, Doc?}"
    Doc Johnson: "{218}{}{Not really. I guess they're so used to me processing the bulk batches of Jet into user-ampoules that they haven't even thought twice about it. I've been doing it for quite a while before this, and I've been the doctor here for a long time.}"
    (Johnson's dialogue)
  5. Fallout 2 endings#1. Redding annexed by Vault City
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