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You have a Guardian Angel, but with a deadly hand-cannon instead of wings. Meet the Mysterious Stranger, an odd and eldritch entity said to appear and aid you in combat before you draw your dying breath. Of course, it helps to have the Mysterious Stranger Perk first...Fallout 3 Official Game Guide

The Mysterious Stranger is an individual that may appear if the player character has the Mysterious Stranger perk (and also the Mysterious Savior in Fallout 76) and utilizes V.A.T.S. in combat.


Appearing suddenly if one has the namesake perk, the Mysterious Stranger can be spotted throughout the wasteland in his trademark trench coat, hat, and .44 Magnum to lend a helping hand in battles. After one's V.A.T.S. sequence finishes, he will vanish.


Fallout and Fallout 2

Mysterious Stranger
image proto affiliation dialogue base SPECIAL derived
Jacketguy.gif Jacketgirl.gif 00000304 Fallout
00000270 Fallout 2
00000271 Fallout 2
Vault Dweller (optional)
Chosen One (optional)
Ecmststr.msg Fallout 2
7 ST, 9 PE, 9 EN, 6 CH, 7 IN, 8 AG, 9 LK
9 ST, 7 PE, 7 EN, 5 CH, 6 IN, 6 AG, 5 LK
Fallout 2
7 ST, 8 PE, 7 EN, 5 CH, 7 IN, 7 AG, 6 LK
Fallout 2
Levels 9-14 :50 HP
Levels 15-18: 70 HP
Levels 19-22: 90 HP
Levels 23-26: 110 HP
Levels 27-99: 130 HP
derived apparel weapon
Levels 9-14 :50 HP
Levels 15-18: 70 HP
Levels 19-22: 90 HP
Levels 23-26: 110 HP
Levels 27-99: 130 HP
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
  • There is a chance that Mysterious Stranger will appear as a temporary ally during random encounters.
  • To calculate, the chance of appearance is equal to % = 30 + (2 x Luck)

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas

Mysterious Stranger
image formid affiliation tag skills base SPECIAL race
Mysterious Stranger GR.jpg
0005F9CE Lone Wanderer (optional)
Courier (optional)
Small Guns 100
Sneak 100
Explosives 100
6 ST, 7 PE, 5 EN, 3 CH, 3 IN, 6 AG, 5 LK
apparel weapon sounds
Mysterious Stranger outfit and hat Mysterious Stranger's .44 Magnum

  • A short guitar riff will play whenever he holsters or upholsters 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.
  • During the add-on Mothership Zeta, having the Mysterious Stranger perk opens up a unique dialogue option with Somah, where the Lone Wanderer mentions if they are lucky, a friend might show up and help them.[1]
  • The Lonesome Drifter remarks about his past when speaking to the Courier, mentioning his father was a "mysterious" man, and a "stranger" to his own family. The Drifter carries a unique .44 Magnum that looks similar to the Mysterious Stranger's .44 Magnum. When the Courier draws 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.
  • The Mysterious Stranger has a unique .44 Magnum called the 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 4

Mysterious Stranger
image formid affiliation weapon apparel sound
Mysterious Stranger on alert.jpg
00188AA7 Sole Survivor (optional) .44 pistol Dirty fedora
Dirty yellow trench coat
  • In Fallout 4, the Mysterious Stranger is middle-aged and has a mustache. His coat is buttoned shut rather than being tied. His outfit is also no longer unique to him and can be found in the wasteland.
  • The Mysterious Stranger uses the standard issue .44 pistol and possesses a 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 different from previous games.
  • The Mysterious Stranger is being investigated by the detective Nick Valentine, who has a short log containing everything he knows about them in his office. Nick will express incredulity when he appears, and frustration when he vanishes.[2][3]

Fallout 76

Mysterious Stranger
image formid affiliation weapon apparel otheritem
FO76 Mysterious stranger got my back.png
Vault Dwellers (optional) .44 pistol Dirty fedora
Dirty yellow trench coat
Pack of cigarettes
.44 round

In Appalachia, the Mysterious Stranger appears middle-aged, clean shaven, with sunken cheeks, and short, cropped hair. He wears a tan, worn trench coat that is buttoned down the middle, on top of a collared white shirt and red tie. He has a fedora that matches his coat, with a darker brown band. He wears olive green pants and brown shoes. There are two perks associated with him, one being his namesake perk and the other being Mysterious Savior. With Mysterious Savior, instead of appearing in VATS to attack enemies, he may appear when a player is downed to revive them.

Fallout Shelter

Mysterious Stranger
image sounds
FoS Mysterious Stranger.png

In Fallout Shelter, the Mysterious Stranger appears in vault rooms or elevators and a sound is played when he does so. 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 based on how quickly he is found. 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. He can spawn at anytime, appears with a smoke poof and leaves with one as well. He will spawn in intervals of at least 10 minutes.


The Mysterious Stranger appears in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and all its add-ons, Fallout: New Vegas and all its add-ons, Fallout 4 and all its add-ons, and Fallout 76. He also appears in Fallout Shelter.


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 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.
  • PCPC 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]
  • PCPC 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]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 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]
  • PCPC If the Mysterious Stranger appears and there is a wall or other obstacle between him and his target, he will not take a shot. Fallout 4 [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 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. Fallout 4 [verified]
    • If this happens try to put space between you and your target.


Perk art


  1. Lone Wanderer: "If we're lucky, a friend of mine might show up to help."
    Somah: "Uhh... okay... So, does that mean you're in?"
    (Somah's dialogue)
  2. Nick Valentine: "That was him! The Stranger! He was right here! Where'd he go? He was just here. You saw him, right?"
    (Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  3. Nick Valentine: "You! Sto... damn. Vanished. What the-- the Stranger... slipped right through our fingers."
    (Nick Valentine's dialogue)