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There's a guy on the main drag who sells second-hand adventuring gear. He's got an okay selection, but where does it come from?Rotface

Mister Holdout is a shady fellow living on the New Vegas Strip in 2281.


Mister Holdout is willing to sell holdout weapons to people looking to get into casinos on the New Vegas Strip. He is standing outside of the Gomorrah casino and will hail the Courier when they first pass him.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is a merchant. Sells: holdout weapons

Effects of player's actions

  • He will not sell his merchandise to the player if they have positive reputation with the Strip. Conversely, he offers a discount if the player has infamous reputation.
  • If one's reputation with the Strip is liked or higher, sometimes just standing or passing near him will cause him to spontaneously warn the player to stay away from him. If the player stays there, the warning will be repeated again and again.
  • Killing him will cause the player to accumulate negative reputation with the NCR, though not with the Strip itself.

Other interactions

During interactions with Mister Holdout, the player can pass a Sneak check of 50 for XP.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Grimy pre-War businesswear


  • Mister Holdout was first seen in the hands on demo shown at the E3 2010 trying to sell weapons to the player on the Strip.
  • Holdout wears the same suit as the Mysterious Stranger in the beta, but in the final version, he wears a pre-War business suit.
  • If the player character attacks Mister Holdout and chases him into the nearby gate leading to Freeside, he will run into the Securitrons guarding the entrance and be killed by them. As a result, his dismembered limbs will appear where he normally stood, which is inside the Strip.
  • If the player character has a Sneak skill of 50 or higher, they can convince him to sell bigger holdout guns.
  • He will sell items for true value if the player character is shunned with the Strip. He will then also buy items for true value if one is hated or more.

Notable quotes

  • "Heard the Dam finally got what's coming to it. Strange days ahead - and that's why it's best to face the day armed."
  • "You might - one fellow I knew was able to slip a pistol past the guards. You? I'm guessing you could get a machine gun by them."


Mister Holdout appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

Holdout is a term for concealing and hiding cards on one's body. Additionally, a holdout gun is another name used to refer to a pocket-pistol or derringer: handguns of very small size and caliber, making them easy to conceal, and meant to be used in emergencies or situations where conventional weapons are inaccessible.


Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you convince him to sell bigger holdout weapons with the Sneak check, his inventory may nevertheless not change. [verified]