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For the perk, see Mysterious Stranger.
You have a Guardian Angel, but with a deadly hand-cannon instead of wings. Meet the Mysterious Stranger, AKA real name- Farmer. An odd and eldritch entity said to appear and aid you in combat before you draw your dying breath. Of course, it helps if you have said a prayer to Farmer first.Fallout 3 Official Game Guide

The Mysterious Stranger is the individual that might appear if the player character has the Mysterious Stranger perk. They lend a helping hand in battles.


The Mysterious Stranger in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas is heavily implied to be the father of The Lonesome Drifter. In speech, the Drifter will state that his father was a "mysterious" man, and that he was a "stranger" to his own family. The word mysterious appears right above stranger in the dialogue box. The Drifter carries a unique .44 Magnum, which can be acquired by the Courier, that looks remarkably like the Mysterious Stranger's .44 Magnum; and when drawing it, the same guitar notes that are heard when the Mysterious Stranger shows up are played, and a chord is played when the weapon is holstered. As of Fallout 4, the Mysterious Stranger is currently being investigated by Nick Valentine, who has made note of his several appearances in other games of the series, and attempts to apprehend him when he appears.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Fallout, Fallout 2Edit

General Services Quests
Companion: Icon check
  • Temporary
Talking head: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Modifies items: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon cross

Other interactionsEdit

There is a chance that Mysterious Stranger will appear as a temporary ally during random encounters.

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Fallout 3, Fallout: New VegasEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon check
  • Always
Enslavable: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Bounty: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Repairman: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon cross

Other interactionsEdit

The Mysterious Stranger will appear out of nowhere to assist in battle by finishing off enemies. After the V.A.T.S. sequence finishes, he will disappear in a similarly abrupt manner.

Fallout ShelterEdit

The Mysterious Stranger appears in vault rooms or elevators. He does not aid in battles, but may appear in the vault regardless of if the vault is experiencing an incident. When selected, he disappears and the vault is awarded a random amount of caps. He must be tapped on to receive the caps. If any rooms are not powered he will not appear, even when the sound effect occurs. Finding him two, four, and five times, respectively, are three of the objectives.


Fallout, Fallout 2Edit

Apparel Weapon Other items
Levels 9-14: leather armor
Levels 15-18: Combat leather jacket
Levels 19-22 metal armor
Levels 23-26: combat armor
Levels 27-99: power armor
Levels 9-13: hunting rifle or FN FAL
Levels 14-19: assault rifle or combat shotgun
Levels 20-26: laser rifle or H&K CAWS
Levels 27-99: H&K G11

Fallout 3, Fallout: New VegasEdit

Fallout 4Edit

Fallout 76Edit


Fallout 3, Fallout: New VegasEdit

  • A short guitar riff will play whenever the Stranger holsters or unholsters his weapon, as does the Mysterious Magnum.
  • He circles around the enemy shooting several times.
  • He can appear in water, and swim around. He will not shoot when this occurs.
  • In Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, The Mysterious Stranger has a unique .44 Magnum; Mysterious Stranger's .44 magnum that can only be obtained via console commands. It deals up to 9000 damage, making it one of the strongest weapons in both games.

Fallout 3Edit

  • During the add-on Mothership Zeta, having the Mysterious Stranger perk opens up a unique dialogue option with Somah. "Maybe, if we're lucky, a friend of mine will show up to help us." To which she responds with confusion.
  • There have been cases of the stranger making movie-like entrances and exits. An example is on the Anacostia Crossing escalators near Rivet City; he will walk up the escalators and shoot the enemy. [citation needed]
  • The Fallout 3 Official Game Guide refers to his name being Farmer.

Fallout: New VegasEdit

  • He seems to have a son, The Lonesome Drifter, who wanders around the wasteland looking for his father.

Fallout 4Edit

  • Unlike Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, The Mysterious Stranger no longer appears to be Asian. He now also sports a mustache, appears older, and has his coat buttoned shut rather than being tied shut.
  • The Mysterious Stranger isn't bearing a Mysterious Stranger's .44 magnum as he did before in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. Instead he uses the standard issue .44 Magnum and possesses a special and unique perk, named "Mysterious Stranger Damage", which increases all the damage stats on all weapons except melee weapons. It can be obtained only through console commands using player.addperk 00188AAA.
  • The riff alerting to his upcoming presence is considerably different to previous games.
  • Nick Valentine is trying to arrest the Mysterious Stranger. Nick has a short log containing everything he knows about the Stranger in his office, and if the player character has Nick as a companion while the Stranger appears, Nick will exclaim in frustration as the Stranger slips away.


The Mysterious Stranger appears in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and all its add-ons, Fallout: New Vegas and all its add-ons and Fallout 4, making him the only character to appear in all canon Fallout games. He also appears in Fallout Shelter.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Mysterious Stranger is inspired by the trenchcoat-clad figures of 1940s and 1950s film noir.


Fallout 3, Fallout: New VegasEdit

  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 If the Mysterious Stranger appears and there is a wall or other obstacle between him and his target, he will not take a shot. This will sometimes lead to you being stuck in V.A.T.S. permanently, necessitating a reload of an earlier save. [verified]
    • This may also happen if your target is swimming as he will not be able to draw his weapon and will swim around possibly rendering you stuck in V.A.T.S.
  • PCIcon pc If the enemy is near a cliff and a weapon is used that knocks them off it without killing them, the Stranger may spawn in the air off the cliff and fall to his "death" as a result. As he is an "essential" character he will be rendered unconscious and the "Mysterious Stranger is unconscious" message will appear on screen like any other essential non-player character. This will not prevent him from appearing to aid the player at a later date. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc You can sometimes knock the Mysterious Stranger unconscious if you attack a nearby enemy in V.A.T.S. with an explosive such as a grenade. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 After the Mysterious Stranger has killed his target, there may be a considerable delay in V.A.T.S. before he goes away and normal play is resumed. You and companions can still be attacked and may be killed if there are other enemies around. [verified]

Fallout 4Edit

  • PCIcon pc If the Mysterious Stranger appears and there is a wall or other obstacle between him and his target, he will not take a shot. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 The Mysterious Stranger spawns either on top of the enemy or within touching distance and won't fire his shot. He continues doing this and resetting the game doesn't fix it, effectively making him useless. [verified]
    • If this happens try to put space between you and your target


Mysterious Stranger appearing in Fallout 4

Mysterious Stranger appearing in Fallout Shelter


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