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Doesn't matter now. Only important thing is... Well, I guess it's revenge.

Paulson is an abducted cowboy found frozen aboard Mothership Zeta in 2277.


Paulson was a rancher who was abducted by aliens during one of their previous visits to Earth, long before the Great War. They kept him in suspended animation for hundreds of years. He is quiet, soft-spoken, and appears generally unfazed by his current situation. He offers little background information about himself, but expresses a deep hatred for the aliens. Not having seen his wife or his son since the three were abducted together, Paulson blames the aliens for the loss of his family. As he puts it, all he now wants is to "seek a lamentable but satisfying revenge on every last one of those bastards."[Non-canon 1] As such, after being thawed from stasis, he can be observed coldly killing a surrendering alien worker.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is a temporary companion.
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This character is involved in quests.


  • Among the Stars: The player character has the option of bringing Paulson with them as a companion to the hangar to help out.
  • This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...: If Paulson survived his section in Among the Stars, he will help in the last battle by keeping aliens off of the player character while they fight the other mothership.

Effects of player's actions

Following the events of Mothership Zeta, Paulson leaves the ship to wander the wastes. He will not become an active non-player character in the Capital Wasteland and does not appear again without the use of console commands.

Other interactions

  • The player character can ask him to accompany them in destroying the generator in the hangar area of the spaceship and to any of the optional areas connected to the engineering core.
  • The player character can pass a speech check or use the Black Widow perk to find out why he hates the aliens so much.
  • If the player character has found Alien captive recorded log 5, a speech check becomes available to convince him to talk about his family.
  • Paulson's outfit can be reverse pick-pocketed, but his revolver can only be obtained if he is killed, mainly due to the fact that he uses a different version of it than the one obtained off his dead body; this way, it is impossible to get his version of the gun, other than by utilizing console commands.
  • Killing Paulson will not result in any gain or loss of Karma and attacking him will not provoke other non-player characters, instead, they will come to the Lone Wanderer's aid or they will not react.
  • If the Lone Wanderer enters the cargo hold without Paulson and returns to the engineering area, a captured alien worker can be seen surrounded by the survivors. They discuss what to do with it and how can they communicate with it. Paulson is indifferent as he promptly kills it, simply remarking "it's no longer an issue now."
  • In front of an advertisement for Giddyup Buttercup Paulson may comment on finding the phrase "giddyup buttercup!" to be "catchy."
  • If Paulson sees the room with the life-size Giddyup Buttercup with the dead wastelanders lying around it, he remarks that his horse had never done something like that.
  • Sally tells Paulson that he can be "Jangles the Moon Monkey" on the bridge, which is a character seen on the "The Adventures of Captain Cosmos" pre-War adverts.
  • If the Lone Wanderer takes Paulson to the Cargo Hold area and passes a Nuka-Cola vending machine, he may remark, "Nuka... what?"[1]


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Paulson's outfit
Sheriff's hat
Paulson's revolver (non-player version) .44 Magnum rounds Paulson's revolver (player version)


  • Like Somah, Paulson does not crouch/sneak while he is a companion.
  • Paulson is one of the oldest living humans in the Fallout universe, following Toshiro Kago.

Notable quotes

Behind the scenes

Two of Paulson's dialog lines suggest that he may have been abducted in the mid 20th century. He shouts "yippie ki yay," which comes from the Bing Crosby single I'm an Old Cowhand, released in July 1936. Paulson also spots epoxy, a product that was not brought to market until after 1943.


Paulson appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Mothership Zeta.



  1. Paulson: "Nuka what?"
    (Paulson's dialogue)