Smell that air! Couldn't you just drink it like booze?

Oliver Swanick is a former Powder Ganger who won "the only lottery that matters." He is found during the Courier's first arrival at Nipton in 2281.


A former Powder Ganger, Oliver Swanick was captured in the Legion's "cleansing" of the town of Nipton. As the winner of Nipton's lottery, he was the only person allowed to leave the town alive and unharmed. When first encountered, he is excessively jubilant over this fact.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Plays Caravan: 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

  • When first entering Nipton, Swanick will run toward the Courier and initiate conversation.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Random Powder Ganger apparel
Reading glasses
- Lottery ticket -


  • After first meeting the Courier, Oliver Swanick may run directly to the scorpion burrow's entrance and remain there forever. If panicked by nearby radscorpions, he may sometimes flee into the nest, and will most likely be killed by the radscorpion queen residing in the area. Swanick may also run to the Nipton Road pit stop, where he will almost certainly be killed by the Jackals camping there.
  • Swanick had previously been set as a respawning non-player character, resulting in him resurrecting every 3 days if killed. This has been corrected in the most recent patch of the game. The patch also seems to cause Swanick to simply keel over dead once he reaches his destination. The patch causes many previously permanent minor non-player characters to die or disappear from the game world once their role in the story is finished, to free up resources due to the added burden of the DLC content on the game's cache.

Notable quotesEdit


Oliver Swanick appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

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