Pickman is a serial killer and self-described artist living in Pickman Gallery in the Commonwealth.


Pickman is a man with a strong dislike for raiders, killing anyone that wanders into his home. While generally presenting himself as collected and polite, he's extremely disturbed; casually mentioning his hobby of collecting the raiders' heads.[1]

The Sole Survivor first meets Pickman deep within the tunnels of Pickman Gallery while he is being attacked by Slab, a raider who wants to take revenge on Pickman for killing his men.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Perk: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon check
Pickman's Gift
Involved in quests: Icon check
Art Appreciation

Other interactionsEdit

If the Sole Survivor kills Slab and the two raiders on either side of Pickman and then speaks to him after, they are rewarded with Pickman's key, which opens a safe on the ground floor of the Gallery, containing Pickman's Blade and Pickman's thank you note. If the Sole Survivor opts to kill him, or let the raiders kill him, his corpse can still be looted, but the note will not be in the safe.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Patched suit Pickman's key


  • It is possible to first learn of Pickman by looting a murdered raider previously killed near Pickman gallery, as well as a random encounter of bodies placed elsewhere in the Commonwealth. His calling card is in the form of a note and left in the raider's inventory. Reading it shows him taunting other raiders and attempting to make them come to Pickman Gallery and depicts an image of a heart drawn in blood, presumably of said raiders. If the player character hasn't discovered Pickman Gallery yet, opening the note will mark its location on the map and give them a misc objective to investigate the location.
  • Most companions (except for Cait and Strong) dislike accepting Pickman's Gift.
  • Alongside killing him to get the key, the Sole Survivor will not receive the thank you note if they have not spoken to Pickman before looting the safe.
  • No matter what the Sole Survivor says to Pickman after saving his life, he will still hand over the key and begin Pickman's Gift.
  • After being saved from the raiders, Pickman will fondly nickname the Sole Survivor "Killer."
  • Pickman's Blade can be picked by looting the safe behind the painting he directs the player character to. If they grab the knife and go back, the thank you letter still appears.


Pickman appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Pickman is named after and based on the uncanny artist Richard Upton Pickman from the short story Pickman's Model by H. P. Lovecraft.
  • This character also makes an appearance in Lovecraft's story "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," and this Pickman is described as having become a ghoul (though the description has little in common with the Fallout variety).



  1. Pickman's dialogue - line 8:{Very casual, conversational, amused.} A small disagreement. They objected to my hobby of collecting their heads.
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