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Gives you your own personal guardian angel... armed with a fully loaded .44 Magnum. With this perk, the Mysterious Stranger appears occasionally in V.A.T.S. mode to lend a hand, with deadly efficiency.— In-game description

Mysterious Stranger is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.


The Mysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. to help you.


  • If the last target at the end of V.A.T.S. sequence has 150 health or less, there is a 10% chance that the character will gain a temporary ally in a fedora and overcoat that will finish off that target using his unique .44 Magnum.
  • The Mysterious Stranger will sometimes seek out other hostiles while in V.A.T.S., after he has killed the targeted one.
  • His appearances have a counter on the Pip-Boy 3000 under the "Stats tab - General".
  • The Miss Fortune perk functions in the same way as this perk, but with different effects in combat.
  • Both the Mysterious Stranger and Miss Fortune perks can be chosen by the player character, but the characters will not appear together in the same V.A.T.S. sequence and taking both perks will not increase the chances of either one appearing.
  • When interrogating Silus at Camp McCarran, if he is being attacked by the Courier using V.A.T.S., Silus will be killed by the Mysterious Stranger should he appear. In this event, Carrie Boyd will not respond in any way to Silus' death.
  • It is possible to attack and even cripple the Mysterious Stranger by accident in V.A.T.S, but this seems to have no effect whatsoever.
  • The Mysterious Stranger can be incapacitated by nearby explosions, sending him flailing about.
  • If the Mysterious Stranger/Miss Fortune appears in gas-filled area, their gunfire will ignite the gas and hurt everyone caught in the conflagration.
  • After the Mysterious Stranger or Miss Fortune appears 15 times, the Friendly Help challenge is completed, increasing the probability for them to appear in combat.
  • There is a chance for the Mysterious Stranger to miss all 6 shots from his .44 Magnum and the target will be completely unharmed.
  • He may be seen reloading his weapon if he runs out of ammo. However, the Mysterious Stranger is never given the chance to finish.


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Behind the scenes

  • The Mysterious Stranger wields a revolver and wears a fedora and overcoat, like a protagonist of 1950s film noir.
  • There were several unfinished drafts of a book by Mark Twain titled "The Mysterious Stranger," in which the title character claims to be Satan's nephew, and which contain various references to the number 44.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The Stranger will sometimes be positioned unfavorably. This can include being stuck in a wall, being placed in water, being placed near a cliff, etc. This can result in his "death" (unconsciousness) or inability to effectively attack the enemy, or even in some cases to kill the player character if they are between him and his target. Because the Mysterious Stranger never attacks, even if all enemies have died, he will be forever trapped inside the level geometry and the trigger to return the game to normal never happens. The only choice is to load a previous save.[verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 During V.A.T.S., it is common to hear the Mysterious Stranger jingle, even if he does not appear. This most likely happens at times when he would have appeared to finish off your enemy, but you killed the enemy instead. He may also have been affected by the bug above in some of these cases.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes when the Mysterious Stranger appears, he does not shoot. He will just stand there, leaving you helpless. Another variant makes the Mysterious Stranger reload his Magnum for the duration of his attack. If it jams, he may not attack at all. This also happens if his target is killed prematurely by an explosion or by you or a companion. V.A.T.S. will remain active for an extended time, leaving you open for attacks by any surrounding enemies.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 While in the Operation: Anchorage simulation, the Mysterious Stranger will sometimes appear and then lie unconscious. When the V.A.T.S. sequence ends, gameplay will return to normal.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 At times, the Mysterious Stranger will aid you during V.A.T.S., but there will be a 5-10 second delay between killing the target and returning to normal gameplay. This can pose problems when fighting multiple enemies, as they will continue to attack both you and your companions during the delay. On occasion, this bug may cause normal play to not resume.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, the game can freeze in the zoomed-in style of V.A.T.S. when the Mysterious Stranger appears, making him stand there and watch.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, the game may register that the Mysterious Stranger has appeared (you receive a progress update) but he does not, nor does the opponent die. You remain frozen in V.A.T.S. unable to move or die.[verified]
  • PCPC In Fallout 3, when being dressed as the Pint-Sized Slasher in the Tranquility Lane simulation, the game may soft-lock if the the Mysterious Stranger kills somebody in V.A.T.S.[verification overdue] This can be avoided by not using V.A.T.S.