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Cindy's dad always told her to stay away from old refrigerators. Told her they were dangerous. Boy was he right.Billy Peabody

Kid in a Fridge is a side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Side quest: Kid in a Fridge
Talk to Billy.
Sell Billy to Bullet
Take Billy to Peabody House
Reward: 150 XP
200/250/300/350 caps
Let Bullet take the family
(Optional) Kill Bullet
Reward: 150 XP
Take Billy to Peabody House
Convince Bullet that house is empty
Kill Bullet and his crew
Talk to Matt Peabody
Talk to Matt Peabody
Reward: 500 caps
Reward: 150 XP
250 caps

Detailed walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  • Investigate the voice: A child will be calling from a refrigerator near a ruined house south of University Point, east of Jamaica Plain. Upon shooting the handle off the refrigerator a child ghoul by the name of Billy will step out.
  • Talk to Billy: He will inform the Sole Survivor that he had fled to the fridge when the Great War started and that he had been trapped in the fridge for two hundred years. He tells them that he wants to find his family and return to his home in Quincy.
  • Escort Billy to his house or sell him: One can either choose to help him get there or sell him to a member of the Gunners named Bullet for caps. Billy's house is not far, but the fastest way there requires swimming to the peninsula with the Atom Cats garage and skirting the outskirts of Quincy, which can attract the attention of enemies in a random encounter spot nearby and the Gunners on the overpass at Quincy.
    • After talking to Billy, the Survivor will encounter the Gunner that wants to buy him, Bullet, on the road to Quincy. If the Sole Survivor passes the charisma checks, Billy can be sold for a total of 350 caps. To get the charisma checks one may need to ask Bullet how much Billy would be worth. Receiving the caps from Bullet will end the quest. If one kills Bullet afterwards they can talk to Billy again and then take him to his house for an extra 500 caps from the father, which also bypasses the fight in front of the house.
  • Ending: If one chooses to help Billy get to the house they will find his parents survived the war and are happy to see him. Bullet and some other Gunners will arrive shortly thereafter and demand Billy and his parents step outside.
    • If one chooses to fight Bullet, Billy's father will give them 250 caps for saving them.
    • If they chose to lie to Bullet and say the house is empty (very hard speech check), Bullet and his gang will leave the Sole Survivor and the Peabodys alone. Billy's father will award 250 caps for saving them.

Quest stages[edit | edit source]

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
12 Left Billy to fend for himselfAfter releasing Billy the ghoul child from an abandoned refrigerator, I decided to leave him to fend for himself.
45 Leave or Ambush Bullet
100 Talk to BillyI found a ghoul child locked in an abandoned refrigerator on the side of the road.
200 Take Billy homeI rescued Billy the ghoul child from an abandoned refrigerator on the side of the road. I've agreed to help him find his former home.
400 Sell Billy to BulletI rescued Billy from an abandoned refrigerator. He asked me to take him to his old home. A gunner named Bullet has offered to buy him from me instead.
500Quest finishedQuest complete - Billy sold to BulletI rescued Billy from an abandoned refrigerator. He asked me to take him to his old home. Instead I sold him to a gunner named Bullet.
900 ?I rescued Billy from an abandoned refrigerator. We found his old home and miraculously his parents are still living there. They were turned into ghouls just like Billy.
1000 Talk to Matt PeabodyI rescued Billy from an abandoned refrigerator. We found his old home and miraculously his parents are still living there. They were turned into ghouls just like Billy.
1050 Talk to Bullet
1100Quest finishedQuest complete
1200Quest failedQuest failed - killed Billy's parentsI killed Billy's parents.
1300Quest finishedQuest EndI rescued Billy from an abandoned refrigerator. We found his old home and miraculously his parents are still living there.

Companion reactions[edit | edit source]

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EventCaitCodsworthCurieDanseDeaconHancockMacCreadyPiperPrestonStrongValentineX6-88LongfellowGage
Take Billy homeDislikesLoveLikeLikeLikeLikeLikeLoveLoveDislikesLoveNo reaction??
Tell Billy his parents are deadLikeNo reactionNo reactionDislikesLikeLikeDislikesNo reactionLikeNo reactionNo reactionNo reaction??
Tell Billy that's his problemLikeDislikesDislikesDislikesDislikesHatesDislikesHatesHatesLikeHatesLike??
Ask Bullet what kind of person is heLikeLoveLikeLikeLikeLoveLoveLoveLoveLikeLoveNo reaction??
Tell Bullet Billy stays with youLikeLoveLikeLikeLikeLoveLikeLoveLoveLikeLoveDislikes?Hates
Ask Bullet for more moneyHatesHatesDislikesDislikesHatesHatesDislikesHatesHatesDislikesHatesLike??
Sell Billy to BulletHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesHatesHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesLike??
Lie to Bullet that the Peabody family is goneLikeLikeLikeLikeLoveLoveLikeLoveLoveDislikesLoveNo reaction??
Tell Bullet the Peabody family is under your protectionLikeLikeLikeLikeLikeLoveLikeLoveLoveLikeLoveDislikes?Hates
Offer to sell the Peabody family to BulletHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesHatesHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesLike??
Tell Bullet he can take the Peabody family (1)HatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesHatesHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesLike?Love
Tell Bullet he can take the Peabody family (2)HatesHatesHatesHatesHatesHatesDislikesHatesHatesDislikesHatesLike?Love

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Strong's dialogue contradicts his reactions. He will say that he doesn't like leaving Billy but his reaction will show as a like. He will also approve of taking Billy home yet his reaction is a dislike.
  • Telling Bullet he can take the Peabody family will lead to two reactions in the same conversation. The first occurs when Bullet tells his men to take the family away, and the second when Carol calls the Sole Survivor a coward.
  • There may be a Brotherhood member in the house Billy's parents are in. If the Sole Survivor is allied with the Brotherhood of Steel, he will assist in fighting the Gunners.
  • If Bullet is killed after declining to sell Billy, the Gunners will not appear at the Peabody house, but the parents will still pay.
  • If Bullet is killed after passing his Charisma checks, Billy can still be taken to his house for extra caps (500 total).
  • Bullet and the Gunners can be convinced that Billy and his parents had fled the building and they will search elsewhere provided the Sole Survivor has enough Charisma. The parents will still award the caps.
  • Tessa and the high-level Gunners from Quincy Ruins may join Bullet and his lower level henchmen when they attack the house if the Sole Survivor is defending the Peabodys, which makes the fight extremely difficult (if not near impossible) for low level characters. Clearing out Quincy Ruins before taking Billy back to his house seems to solve this problem.
  • Directly across the road from the fridge where Billy is found there is a small pond containing a leveled suit of power armor.
  • Although Billy insists that the Sole Survivor must shoot the fridge door to release him, bashing or punching the door will break it, thus saving ammunition.
  • The Peabodys cannot be killed by Bullet and his men, even though the player character can fail the quest by killing the parents directly.
  • Some time after killing Bullet there will be a random encounter where the Sole Survivor will be confronted by someone who says, "Remember Bullet? He was my friend." They will then turn hostile and attack. This person may or may not have backup and may be a raider.
  • This quest can be triggered by stray bullets hitting the fridge and accidentally releasing Billy.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • This quest is a reference to a scene from Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where Indiana Jones survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator. This is the second time in which this is referenced. In Fallout: New Vegas, an explorer hat and skeleton can be found in a fridge if one has the Wild Wasteland trait.
  • Billy says he hid in the refrigerator to escape the bombs. This is a direct reference to the 1963 Cold War commentary film Ladybug Ladybug. The film opens with a rural elementary school facing a warning alert for an impending nuclear attack. Near the end of the film, one child, separated from the others, gets inside an old abandoned refrigerator to hide from the bombs.
FB8 deco 301 color.pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and is speculative and may not be accurate.
  • Billy being stuck in the fridge may be a reference to real life deaths caused by children being locked in refrigerators prior to an act passed by Congress in the 1950s.
FB8 deco 301 color.pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png If this quest is started before the player has encountered Tessa or Clint in Quincy, they will not drop their respective unique items, making them impossible to acquire.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Asking Bullet "what's he worth" will freeze the conversation after Bullet stops talking, resulting in the Sole Survivor either staring at him endlessly or having to walk away.[verified]
  • Playstation 4Icon ps4.png When prompted to "talk to Bullet," dialogue may not appear. This can be fixed by reloading or killing him.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Bullet may not correctly appear at the Peabodys' house to confront the player. Instead, he will spawn at the center of Quincy, which makes talking to him difficult since Quincy is protected by a large amount of Gunners. PC users may summon him with the console using the command 00028db8.moveto player. Otherwise, fast traveling away and back may resolve the issue. Another simple workaround is to kill Bullet on the first encounter.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png After the quest is completed, there is a chance that some Gunners will spawn inside the Peabody residence. They will not interact with the Peabodys, and if the Sole Survivor kills them it will not be acknowledged.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Strong's verbal approval or disapproval is switched with a dislike and like, respectively, for choosing whether or not to help Billy.[verified]
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