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You can't stop the press. Oh, but they try. They try...

Piper Wright is a reporter living in Diamond City in 2287 and possible companion of the Sole Survivor. She runs her own newspaper called Publick Occurrences, which she operates with her younger sister, Nat.


Piper grew up in a small community on the outskirts of the Commonwealth with Nat and their father, a member of the local militia. After her father was found dead under suspicious circumstances, Piper learned that he had discovered a raider plot to sack the town. His superior, Captain Mayburn, arranged to leave the main gate open and unguarded one night to allow raiders access in exchange for a cut of the loot and had Piper's father murdered to keep him silent.[1]

The local authorities did not believe her claims and refused to investigate. Piper then created and circulated wanted posters featuring the captain and a list of his crimes. The conspicuously public accusation got the attention of the town's mayor, who accepted Piper's evidence. The settlers, outraged by the story, exiled Mayburn. When the raiders eventually showed up expecting the gate to be wide open, they instead encountered prepared defenses by alerted townsfolk and were driven away.[1]

Eventually, Piper and Nat saved enough money to relocate to Diamond City,[2] where she began her career as an investigative journalist. Her fervor for discovering the truth made her popular for a while, but eventually, public opinion turned against her because her articles were seen as being "too negative" which caused her to get into a lot of trouble. Despite multiple death threats and an assassination attempt, finding herself in sticky situations is a point of pride for Piper, who feels getting into trouble is just part of chasing the truth.[3]

Recently, Piper has written a controversial article containing an interview with Eustace Hawthorne called The Synthetic Truth accusing Diamond City's mayor McDonough of secretly being a synth, although she has no concrete evidence, only speculation about events such as where the mayor has eaten his noodles. In response, McDonough banned Piper from the city, saying the article is all lies, although Piper is determined to get back inside the city.

Piper has a rapport with Nick Valentine as they both are investigators. She is sympathetic to the plight of synths and has an open dislike for the Brotherhood of Steel due to their self-serving nature, technology hoarding, anti-synth policies, and in her eyes, lousy fashion sense.[4][5]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is a permanent companion. They grant the Gift of Gab perk.
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character is romanceable.

Requires romance


  • Jewel of the Commonwealth: Piper is encountered stuck outside Diamond City after Danny Sullivan closed the gate by order of the mayor. She makes up a story about the Sole Survivor being a trader in order to be let back in.
  • Story of the Century: Piper asks the Sole Survivor to join her in her office after meeting them at the gate, as she wants to interview them for an article in Publick Occurrences. The result is the three-part story View from the Vault.
  • Reunions: Piper and Nick Valentine have a conversation with the Sole Survivor about what to do next in the search for Shaun after Kellogg is killed.
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Piper can be found attempting to apprehend McDonough after shooting Danny Sullivan when his identity as a synth is discovered.
  • The Enemy of My Enemy Cut content

Effects of player's actions

  • When the Sole Survivor first encounters Piper she is on the verge of exile from Diamond City for writing an article suggesting that Mayor McDonough is a synth. While arguing with the gate guard to be let back in, she asks for the Sole Survivor's assistance in bluffing past security. Once inside, Piper gets into an argument with the mayor who accuses her of spreading lies. When the dialogue is complete Piper asks the Sole Survivor to stop by her office. Completing an interview with her leads to Piper offering to travel with the player character and watch their back as they adjust to life in the wasteland.
  • Piper becomes available as a companion after completion of Reunions, even when the player character has not completed Story of the Century beforehand.
  • At maximum affinity Piper awards the Gift of Gab perk, which doubles experience from persuasion successes and finding new locations.
  • Piper is a potential candidate for romance, an option that unlocks after reaching the highest level of affinity.
  • Piper can be caught talking to Nick Valentine about "one of his clients" as Nick refers to you, as after hearing this conversation, Piper will say, "Well, well. Speak of the devil...'
  • If Piper is the Sole Survivor's traveling companion, she is neutral on initiating an attack and killing the Children of Atom in the Crater of Atom. She is still negative on taking any items from their settlement after killing them, though.
Range of interests
Approvals Disapprovals

Other interactions

  • If the Sole Survivor has found Nick Valentine before traveling to Diamond City, the gate will already be open and the mayor will be interacting with Piper inside.
  • Paladin Danse has a line of unique dialogue during the introduction with the mayor at Diamond City gate, despite his normally being unavailable as a companion until later in the main quest. If the Sole Survivor states that they believe in freedom of the press, Danse will comment, "I believe the press often manipulates the truth in order to deliver their agenda."
  • Diamond City security will tell the player character to be careful about having her as a companion because of the trouble between her and the mayor.
  • If the Sole Survivor hasn't done her interview yet, then exits Diamond City and enters again later, Piper can be found in Mayor McDonough's office accusing his secretary of sleeping with him.
  • As the Sole Survivor's companion, she will often offer aid in the form of "sweet" food and drink (bubblegum, gumdrops, Nuka-Cola, Sugar Bombs or sweet rolls). This is similar to Strong who offers food as well, but in the form of meats.
  • Bringing Piper back to Diamond City may cause Nat to run up to her and relate a story about being given detention at school. Piper may then tell her she is grounded, much to Nat's chagrin; however, another conversation has Piper congratulate Nat on getting detention (due to punching a boy who was annoying her), telling her never to change.
  • She also has an interaction with the Sole Survivor about how she believes Nat idolizes her too much, hoping that time apart will prevent Nat from growing up to be like her. The Sole Survivor can choose to offer advice on how to deal with the situation.
  • Occasionally, when passing Takahashi, Piper will tell the Sole Survivor she wants to introduce them to her informant. She will jokingly interrogate Takahashi, finishing by saying that Takahashi "spilled the beans, I bet your name isn't even really Blue."
  • Visiting the upper levels with Piper will cause Wellingham to pretend to loudly throw her out, while secretly sharing a bit of gossip and intrigue with her.
  • If the player character ends the main quest by siding with the Institute and then talks to Piper, she might be distraught and angry at the player character for the world thus created, though the player character can still have her travel with them as a companion. However, if the player character's affinity with Piper is high enough (or grows high enough), she will write an article titled Fear the Future? where she is revealed to be more optimistic, though still wary, of the future.
  • If the player character ends the main quest by siding with the Railroad, the Brotherhood of Steel or the Minutemen and talks to Piper afterward, she will express relief that the Institute is gone, and will write an article titled The Boogeyman banished?.
  • She has a unique line during Boston After Dark, chastising the Sole Survivor if they ask what a dead drop is.[6]


Piper Wright's location comments
Location/Requirement Comment
Fallon's department store (West Roxbury township) "I'd take Diamond City Market over this place any day."
Diamond City, entrance "It's big, loud, full of corrupt officials and brown-nosing citizens. But it's home."
Goodneighbor, entrance "Goodneighbor, huh? You lookin' to get stoned or stabbed?"
Combat Zone, exterior "Ah, the Combat Zone. No finer place to get murdered in all the Commonwealth."
Boston Airport, before the barricades "The mystery. The intrigue. The airport."
Boston Airport, before the barricades after the Brotherhood of Steel arrive "Cold steel, angry scowls, lousy hair cuts. All the touches I've come to expect from the Brotherhood."
Cabot House, exterior by the shrubbery "Place gives me the creeps."
Parsons State Insane Asylum, entrance foyer on the rug just past the front door; during the quest The Secret of Cabot House. "Parsons. Even the name sounds vaguely macabre."
Jamaica Plain, northwest road entrance, by the diner "Jamaica Plain, huh? We gonna look for the treasure? Personally, I always worried it was some metaphorical crap. "The real treasure is you." Pfft."
Vault 81, entrance walkway "Vault 81. Have I got some questions for the folks down here..."
Covenant, gate exterior "Always thought something was a bit... off, about Covenant. I mean, what good's an entry exam against Raiders?"
Bunker Hill, base of stairs to the monument - before the gate "All routes and rumors lead to Bunker Hill."
Parking garage, after entering the parking garage "No sign of Ghouls in here. We must be getting close."
Public Works maintenance area "God. Looks like no one's been in here for years."
Sentinel site, bomb storage room entrance "They destroyed the world and still had all this left over?"
Sentinel site, gantry just inside the main entrance "Oh my god. Are those... nukes?"
Sentinel site, exterior entrance "Is, is that a tomb?"
Ticonderoga, penthouse foyer "I always pictured the Railroad slinking through sewers. This I could get used to."
Old North Church, catacombs "How far down you think these go?"
Old North Church, nave "Real shame to see a place like this neglected."
Hubris Comics, shop floor "You see any back issues of "Grognak the Barbarian?" I could use them for, uh, research purposes."
Hubris Comics, top floor studio "Looks like we've uncovered the secret lair of the Silver Shroud."
Yangtze, bridge "Oh, you've got to be kidding me. Just one second. Need to get this all down."
Starlight Drive-In, in the projection room "Wonder how long he was living up here."
Starlight Drive-In, at the screen "No one even tried to get away. Must've been a good flick."
Wilson Atomatoys corporate HQ, Arlen Glass' office "It's like something out of a museum."
Wilson Atomatoys corporate HQ, foyer display "You gotta be kidding me. I thought these were all gone. Might come back and get you later."
Wildwood Cemetery "Reminds me of Diamond City. Rich folks up top, everyone else down below."
West Everett Estates, backyard bunker "Well, isn't this clever."
Walden Pond, just in front of said cabin. "You know the guy who owned this place wrote the book "On Civil Disobedience." Like, literally."
Milton General Hospital, basement morgue "Oh, lovely. The morgue."
Milton General Hospital, waiting foyer "I find the quality of care at this facility to be lacking. At best."
Vault 95, Overseer's office "A real shame. They still had a lot more rounds of musical chairs left."
Museum of Witchcraft "Blue."
Museum of Witchcraft "Blue. What the hell's up there?"
Vault 75, combat training room "This is just creepy."
Vault 75, entrance "Is that what I think it is?"
Vault 114, entrance construction "It's like where old excavators go to die."
Vault 111, cryonic stasis room "Is, is that who I think it is? You okay?"
Vault 114, exterior tunnel construction "Isn't this where Nick was trapped? I can imagine worse places to be holed up."
Trinity Church, theatrical rigging "Fancy set up for a house of worship."
Trinity Church, nursery "Goodness."
Thicket Excavations, near the waters edge; before the conclusion of the quest Pull the Plug. "Goodness. That could be hiding a lot of Mirelurks."
Gwinnett Brewery, brewing floor "Do you know where your suds have been?"
Combat Zone, front row "Animals on either side of this cage."
Boston Common, just in front of the infantry fighting vehicle "Blue, we're walking right into Boston Common. People don't come back from here."
South Boston military checkpoint "Yes, yes, we hear you."
Skylanes Flight 1981 "Can't believe the shape this thing is in."
Sandy Coves Convalescent Home, captain's room "You think these folks died in the blasts?"
Rocky Narrows Park, at the playground "Kids didn't have to worry about much back then, did they?"
Robotics disposal ground, in front of the sentry bot "Huh. Now why hasn't anyone scavenged you?"
Revere Beach station, end tunnel raider encampment "Damn. Raiders. So, around? Or through?"
Reeb Marina "Guess these folks just couldn't get along."
Ranger cabin, inside, next to the skeleton "How long do you think she's been here?"
Quincy ruins, Freeway stronghold bridge to roof catwalks "Oh, it's nicer from up here... I think."
Quincy ruins, southeast entrance "See scenic Quincy, home to... uh... gimme a minute..."
Boston Police rationing site, in front of the trailer kiosk "Desperate times."
Pickman's Gallery "Oh, are these abstra... Oh god."
Fiddler's Green Trailer Estates, entrance "All the dangers of the wilderness, all the privacy of downtown."
Neponset Park "I mean the area's nice, but I'm not sure about the neighbors."
Natick power station "Hope none of this is still live."
Nahant Oceanological Society, second floor "Can't believe someone hasn't put that thing out of its misery."
Nahant Oceanological Society, research laboratory "Someone was not a fan of the aquarium."
Gorski Cabin, root cellar workshop "Please tell me that's not what I think it is."
University Point, just inside the gate "All this destruction. All the work of the Institute."
Mass Fusion disposal site "Well, would you look that. Such majesty."
Mahkra Fishpacking, basement store room "How can someplace smell this bad two hundred years after the fact?"
Vault 81, observation room "Now this is creepy."
Libertalia "Blue, that's Libertalia. They're not exactly known for their hospitality."
Libertalia, at the top of the main structure "Place is nicer without the Raiders. Not much, but nicer."
Kingsport Lighthouse, at the top beacon "What a view."
WRVR broadcast station, control room "Oh, this is where the Charles River Trio "performs." Come on, let's get out of here before they ask us to watch."
Jamaica Plain, treasure room "And now the story of a lifetime, the fabled treasure of Jamaica... Oh."
Jamaica Plain, security room "You getting the feeling we're on the right trail?"
Jalbert Brothers Disposal, at the barn with the barrels "Radiation sure did a number on these folks. Probably best if we didn't linger."
Super-Duper Mart, front counters "And now it's time for every Commonwealther's favorite game: is it still structurally sound?"
Irish Pride Industries shipyard, at the corpse of Rory Rigwell "Nasty way to go."
Cambridge crater, edge "Goodness, Blue. Do you have a deathwish? Let's get out of here."
Hub City Auto Wreckers, while on the crane "Where'd the Gunners get the brains to build something like this?"
Hester's Consumer Robotics, entrance: showroom floor "So, are these beyond repair or just lying in wait?"
College Square, the square "To have been in this place in its prime."
Fort Hagen, command center – outside the gated main room, next to the door "Place is in surprisingly good shape, considering."
Greater Mass blood clinic, basement storage "Warm, two-century-old bags of blood. Lovely."
Bugged Atom Cats garage, unable to determine due to bugged content. Bugged "It's certainly the most benign use of Power Armor I've come across, that's for sure."
Gunners plaza, cafeteria – before the staircase "Spared no expense it would seem."
Gunners plaza, main entrance of the atrium writer's room "So many people dedicated to finding out the truth."
When walking on a mirelurk infested beach, between Reeb Marina and Gibson Point Pier. "Uh, Blue. If you're looking to commune with the Mirelurks, next time, count me out."
General Atomics factory, quality assurance test chamber "Huh. They actually tried to train Mister Handy's. Could've fooled me."
Back Alley Bowling, at the lanes "My god. They were teaching the robots to bowl? So, these were the men who doomed the world."
General Atomics Galleria, at the gate "Can, can we get inside that thing?"
Fort Strong, sublevel in the room before the main mini nuke storage room. "That is a lot of death."
West Roxbury station, platform "Hello. Who got the train running?"
Federal Surveillance Center K-21B, gantry overlook "How far down does this place go?"
Faneuil Hall, the hall "Blech. You could nuke this place a second time and you'd still never get that smell out."
Concord civic access, main pipe room "You think we're under Concord proper yet?"
Fairline Hill Estates, at the fortified house "A silent neighborhood. A fortified homestead. This is how you start a good story... or a horror novel."
Fairline Hill Estates, at the entrance to the cul-de-sac "Something's not right. Where are the people?"
Easy City Downs "Inside Easy City Downs."
Easy City Downs, northern corner fence hole to the racetrack, next to the stands "Now this, this is funny."
East Boston Preparatory School, third floor torture chamber "Oh my god."
USS Constitution, after quest the completion of the quest Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution "So, that's progress. Not a lot."
Weatherby Savings & Loan, before the completion of the quest Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution "I'm confused. This didn't sail up here, right?"
D.B. Technical High School, basement – after killing Bosco or at the throne "Well, there goes any restful sleep I was planning for in the near future."
Croup Manor, basement "Basement full of Ghouls. And just when I thought I'd smelled everything."
Crater House, edge of crater "What kind of nuts would want to live in a blast crater? This kind, I guess."
Corvega assembly plant, entrance of the assembly line room "I've seen birds land on Corvegas and go up in flames. Can't believe people used to drive these things."
Bugged Coast Guard Pier, either at the corner of the pier by the tower, or the center of the building. The super mutants were supposed to be wearing Coast Guard hats. Bugged "God, I hope they don't start singing."
Chestnut Hillock Reservoir "Be a nice view, if it weren't for that wreck out there."
Shaw High School, cafeteria "And I've lost my appetite."
Charles View Amphitheater "Might be a while till the next show."
Cabot House, laboratory "No, this doesn't feel like a trap at all..."
Cabot House, living room "The stuff in here's older than you, Blue."
Bunker Hill, base of the monument "Worst part of being lookout in the Obelisk? Forgetting your lunch."
Breakheart Banks, at the building "Hope these folks didn't suffer. Course, knowing Super Mutants..."
Boston Public Library, hall where defenses are "So many books. I'd live in this place if it weren't for all the Mutants."
Boston Public Library, main entrance "You think there might still be real lions out there somewhere?"
Boston mayoral shelter, at the basketball court "I'll never understand the games of the past. Give me Red Menace any day of the week."
Beantown Brewery, bottling room floor "Hell of a set-up to just get people sauced."
Fallon's Department Store (West Roxbury township), by the fountain "Was there a ban on depicting anything other than an old general, a lion, or an angry-looking naked lady back then?"
Fallon's Department Store (West Roxbury township), by the escalators "Bet this was where all the fashionable folks of Boston came in its day."
Joe's Spuckies sandwich shop, speakeasy stairway "You know, if you're looking to get a drink, I can think of worse places."
The Switchboard, the foyer of the agency "Could probably spend a lifetime sorting through all this old intel."
BADTFL regional office, evidence lockup "Looks like Raider heaven in here."

Fallout: The Board Game

  • Piper can be found randomly when taking a card from the loot deck. While Piper is the active companion, the player character can exhaust her to explore an adjacent tile.
  • When the player character performs the camp action, she will become unexhausted. However, if the player character does not have the Vilified trait, she must be discarded.


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Piper's outfit


  • Piper briefly joined the Church of the Children of Atom by faking a vision of Atom as a ruse to prevent her own execution. She was able to escape the cult before being discovered as an imposter.[7]
  • Piper will call the player character "Blue," referring to the Sole Survivor's blue jumpsuit. If the Sole Survivor is not wearing the jumpsuit, Piper will simply say "I know you're not wearing the jumpsuit right now but the Pip-Boy and the 'fish out of water' look? Dead giveaways."
  • Piper's article The Synthetic Truth, which correctly identifies Mayor McDonough as a synth, causes Alana Secord of the Synth Retention Bureau to disavow him. This is likely the cause of the quest In Sheep's Clothing.
  • If Piper is present when the player character talks to Magnolia, she will clumsily compliment her, saying "Nice set this evening, ma'am... of songs that is. Is it warm in here?"
  • In the quest The Secret of Cabot House it's best to dismiss Piper before choosing the outcome of Lorenzo Cabot. She dislikes both choices, so it's a lose/lose situation with her. This can be avoided by choosing neither, and instead letting Lorenzo break free due to inaction. Successfully siding with the family through speech checks later in the quest also prevents her from disliking the player character.
  • If taken to Nate/Nora's corpse in Vault 111, she will say "Is, is that who I think it is? You okay?"
  • Piper has a death quote. Upon being killed, she will utter either "Blue..." or “Take care... of Nat...”
  • Piper may become hostile if the player character assaults a traveling doctor or their brahmin, even when romanced.
    • She will become instantly hostile toward the player character if one has killed a Diamond City security officer. Escaping the area and waiting three days should cease hostilities.
  • When asked about her thoughts directly after accepting the quest Blind Betrayal, Piper will react as if the quest has already been completed, thus delivering a massive spoiler.
  • If the player character has Strong as a follower, and then decides to travel with Piper, Strong will comment "This human weak, soft, not live long" to which Piper responds "Not so fast big boy, I know a few of your brothers that would disagree."
  • As a journalist, Piper can be found interviewing other NPCs about various subjects, such as life in the Commonwealth, their opinions about the Institute and hope for the future.
  • When at the South Boston military checkpoint, as the pre-recorded message repeats she will sarcastically comment to it, "Ugh! Yes, we hear you!"
  • Piper's terminal in Publick Occurrences contains every available article depending on how far one is into the main questline. It also contains reader complaints on how her articles are always negative and just trying to drum up fear for increased sales or how the Wall doesn't contribute anything to Diamond City's safety. To every complaint, there is a published response for the public and a personal response which she keeps to herself. There are also anonymous messages that are sent to Publick Occurrences for advice on a certain situation. Every one of these messages is responded to by Piper herself. Some of these situations include letting their children go and live their own life, talking to girls, and how to handle stress. One of the message's writers says that they are lonely and even asks Piper out on a date, but she declined.
  • Piper had been arrested by Diamond City security so many times that, up until recently, Diamond City's jail had been called the "Piper Suite."[3]
  • If dismissed as a companion without ever specifying a destination, Piper will go to the Publick Occurrences building.
  • After completing the interview for the Story of the Century quest, all items and containers within Publick Occurrences cell, including Piper's terminal, will no longer be marked as owned, and can be freely used or taken. The only exception to this is the two beds (bed and sleeping bag). Available items may include a fusion core in the suitcase under Piper's bed.

Notable quotes

  • "Now, now. Don't start what you can't finish."
  • "Nice to be on the move again. Fewer paper cuts than back home"
  • "Watch your digits, Blue! Ferals!" – when engaging feral ghouls
  • "Catch!" – when throwing a grenade
  • "You really do have a talent for finding trouble, don't you."
  • "Come on, Nicky. I'm just asking for your opinion. It'd be a great quote." to Nick Valentine, to which he replies with "S/he's my client Piper. Why don't you learn not to snoop on a woman's/man's private affairs?"
  • "I've heard crazier plans to do this." – When Sole Survivor tells Kent Connolly "Good for you" during The Silver Shroud.
  • "I guess everyone deserves a chance at life. Even if it is life as a walking meat grinder." – If the pristine deathclaw egg is returned to the nest during The Devil's Due.
  • "Oh, angry robot lady!" – When combating an Assaultron
  • "Real great set this evening, ma'am. Of songs, that is. Is it warm in here?" – When talking to Magnolia and complimenting her music at the Third Rail
  • "I am Handy, Destroyer of Worlds!" – While fighting the Mr. Handies at the General Atomics Galleria
  • "Whose bright idea was it to arm the gardener?" – While fighting a Mr. Handy or Mr. Gutsy
  • "Doing the right thing rarely makes you popular... But I don't think I could live with myself otherwise."
  • "Is, is that who I think it is? You okay?" – If taken to Nate/Nora's corpse in Vault 111.
  • After romancing her:
    • "I'm with the person I love, helping those in need. I couldn't imagine a better life."
    • "What did I ever do to deserve you?"
    • "Nat always said I was the lucky one. Seems Sis was right."
    • "Hey doll." – Female Sole Survivor
    • "Hey handsome." – Male Sole Survivor
  • When Lover's Embrace is activated:
    • "Hey."
    • "Lovely night."
    • "Can't believe we slept this late."
    • "We really have to get up?"
    • "Wakey wakey, Blue. Come on. Time to move."
  • When being radiated:
    • "You wanna get out of here? I don't think we'd make pretty Ghouls."
    • "Ugh. You feel that too? Rads."
    • "Sooner we get out of this radiation, the better."
    • "We're not going to stay smoothskins much longer if we don't get a move on."
    • "Gonna have a lot more limbs and a lot less hair if we stick around here too much longer."
  • Dying words:
    • "Blue..."
    • "Take care... of Nat"
  • Comments on locations:
    • "A real shame. They still had a lot more rounds of musical chairs left." – When seeing what's left of the support group meeting in Vault 95.
    • "Looks like we have found the secret lair of the Silver Shroud." – On the top floor of Hubris Comics.
    • "Goodneighbor, huh? You lookin' to get stoned or stabbed?" – When Piper arrives for the first time in Goodneighbor.
    • "Ah, the Combat Zone. No finer place to get murdered in all Commonwealth." – When arrive at the Combat Zone
    • "I'm so confused. This didn't sail up here... right?" – Upon seeing the USS Constitution.
    • "Place reminds me of Diamond City. Rich folks up top, everyone else down below." – Upon entering the Wildwood Cemetery.
    • "Goodness, Blue, do you have a death wish? Let's get out of here!" – When approaching the Cambridge crater.
    • "Blue. Something's not right here." – When arriving at Croup Manor.
  • When the Brotherhood of Steel arrives in the Commonwealth:
    • "I don't believe it." – When witnessing the Prydwen's arrival.
    • "Have you ever seen anything like that? The airship? God, they must have an entire army on that thing." – When commenting on the Brotherhood of Steel.
  • When swapping Piper with:
    • Danse: "You two play nice out there.", to which Danse replies: "Only if it "plays nice" back, citizen."
    • Hancock: "If it isn't my second least favorite Mayor in the Commonwealth".
    • "If it isn't my second least...I guess now least favorite Mayor in the Commonwealth" – After Mayor McDonough is killed In Sheep's Clothing.
    • Codsworth: "Hey Codsworth. You sure you're up for this?", to which Codsworth replies: "Ms. Piper, I can think of no greater honor."
    • Preston Garvey: "Well, if it ain't the pride of the Minutemen. Be safe, you two.", to which Preston replies: "We'll do our best, Piper."
    • Curie: "Have fun you two. Don't pick any fights I wouldn't.", to which Curie replies: "Well I hope to not pick any at all."
    • Cait: "So, no one's managed to put you in the ground yet, Cait?", to which Cait replies: "Not yet, though it isn't for a lack of tryin'."
    • Deacon: "You two are heading out together? Not sure the Commonwealth's ready for that.", to which Deacon replies: "What's there to worry about? How much trouble could two people really get into?"
    • Strong: "Jeez, you Mutants are not much prettier up close.", to which Strong replies: "Strong say same about little lady."
    • Valentine: "So, any stories you two come across out there, I get the exclusive, right?", to which Valentine replies: "Piper, I wouldn't know who else to tell."
    • MacCready: "Maybe just try not to get each other killed out there?", to which MacCready replies: "Getting us killed is the farthest thing from my mind, angel."
  • When someone else is the current companion and Piper is chosen:


Piper appears in Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, Fallout Shelter Online and Fallout: The Board Game.

Behind the scenes

  • In the Creation Kit, the road goggles have the editor ID "ClothesPiperGoggles." She is only ever seen wearing them pushed upon her forehead.
  • In her concept art, it appears Piper would have had shorter hair. She also would have worn a fedora rather than her reporter cap. One other concept design shows her with what appears to be an aviator's cap and camera equipment on her.
  • In Fallout 76, players can wear Piper's press cap, Piper's road goggles and Piper's trench coat.
  • Piper's interactions with Mayor McDonough seem to be inspired by Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's reporting of the Watergate scandal which eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. This is further lampshaded by Mayor McDonough's "I Am Not a Synth" speech.


  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One Piper will not move even if she is standing, near an enemy, shot at or interacted with at all. She can still be spoken to. She may be locked in a single position and just slide around. Fast traveling fixes this.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One Cannot romance Piper after she idolizes you (max affinity), even if the player character's charisma is maxed. The key/button to select is there, but the option to romance is blank. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One Piper will mysteriously disappear from the game completely. However, starting the quest In Sheep's Clothing will seemingly fix this.[verified] Also, she may reappear at the end of the quest Reunions, trying to get an interview from Nick Valentine.[verified]
  • Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One Piper will randomly dislike something out of nowhere, such as fast traveling, killing hostile enemies, picking unowned locks, and simply exploring. It is quite rare, but frequency increases after fast traveling to an area populated with enemies, and especially when the player is in power armor (specifically the X-01 Power Armor), although these messages take an unusually long time to appear.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Sometimes when heavily injured, Piper will remain in the downed position indefinitely. She can still be spoken to, and will teleport with the Sole Survivor when traveling, via a loading zone or fast travel, but will not get up or walk. (Possibly caused by fall damage outside of combat, encountered at the Garden Terrace) Depleting her health (tested using the PC Kill command) then stimpaking her seems to fix the problem. Alternatively, loading a save prior to her injury solves this.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 If Piper is your romantic partner and is your companion and is wearing power armor when you are sleeping, her power armor sometimes has disappeared when you wake up. This seems to happen when you sleep in a narrow location where there is not enough space for her to step out of the armor. If you make her leave the armor before you sleep, the problem will not occur. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One If Piper is not made a romantic partner prior to the finishing conversation with her and Nick Valentine at the end of Reunions, she sometimes cannot become a romantic partner because the conversation assumes you have not already met her. It is best to make her a romantic partner before starting Reunions.[verified]
  • Xbox OneXbox One There is an unfixable bug upon receiving Story of the Century and speaking to Piper, upon agreeing to do the interview. Piper will immediately skip the first question and instead ask the second and once the player gives their answer, Piper will exit the conversation rendering the quest incompletable and unable to gain Piper as a companion. Alternatively, Piper can still become a companion at the end of Reunions however due to the bugged quest, the player will be unable to dismiss Piper because all she'll want to do is the interview. The only work-around for this is to ask another companion to travel with you and have Piper return back to Publick Occurrences or any other settlements set as her home.[verification overdue]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Piper Wright: "Always on good behavior, aren't ya?"
    The Sole Survivor: "I try to be."
    Piper Wright: "Seems like you're doing better than "trying." I appreciate it. Too few folks can be bothered. Course, in my experience, if you want to do real good, playing nice only gets ya so far. I mean, look at Diamond City, a place I've been trying to warn of real danger. But every issue I publish, all I hear is: "Oh, Piper, why don't you ever publish anything happy? Piper, why can't you write something nice for a change?" It's enough to make me wanna to hang up my hat some days."
    The Sole Survivor: "Is Diamond City really in danger? It's not like there's Raiders pounding on the gate."
    Piper Wright: "Are you kidding me? There is a very real chance that the city leadership has been infiltrated by an Institute Synth. A synth under the control of an organization widely known to kidnap or murder anyone that stands up to them. I'd take Raiders at the gate any day of the week over that. Course, making sure folks are actually listening... that's a battle in itself..."
    The Sole Survivor: "Sounds like it must be exhausting."
    Piper Wright: "Heh, no kidding. But people, they deserve to know the truth. Sure, it can be scary, knowing what's really out there. A night doesn't go by I'm not afraid some Institute drone'll decide today's the day to pay 'ol Piper and family a visit. But it's worth it. Because I know the truth, that's what protects us."
    The Sole Survivor: "Scared, huh? Could've fooled me."
    Piper Wright: "I'm pushy, not crazy. Honestly, these days, I'm more scared for my sister. I don't know what I'd do if something happened to her. But I'm not the only one with something to lose. That's why people deserve to know what's out there, good or bad."
    The Sole Survivor: "Couldn't agree more. How can you protect you and yours if you don't know what you're facing?"
    Piper Wright: "Exactly. Most folks, though, they'd prefer a comforting lie. Not me. I've seen firsthand what the truth can do. My sister and I, we grew up way out in the Commonwealth. Tiny little settlement. Our Dad, he was part of the local militia. "Keeping the Raiders off our backs and the Mirelurks out of our latrines," as he'd describe it. Well one day, our Dad turns up dead. His captain, asshole named Mayburn, claims Raiders must've gotten him on watch. Well, I didn't buy it. I start making inquiries. Turns out, the captain, he'd sold out. Thought he wasn't getting paid enough to babysit the town. He was going to leave the gates open one night, let a group of Raiders sack the place, and take a cut of the profits. My dad found out and was going to turn Mayburn in, but Mayburn got to him first. And I wasn't about to let that bastard get away with murder. I tried talking to the Mayor but he wouldn't listen. So I papered the entire town in posters, "Wanted for Gross Dereliction of Duty. Captain Mayburn." The Mayor sure wanted to talk after that. The town threw Mayburn out on his ass and were dug-in when a very surprised group of Raiders finally showed."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  2. The Sole Survivor: "What happened after that?"
    Piper Wright: "We made due. Sis was still pretty young at the time and mom was... out of the picture, so we got by on the kindness of others for a while. Eventually I saved up enough to book us both passage with a caravan and then we moved on up to the big city. Called it home ever since."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Piper Wright: "You really do have a talent for finding trouble, don't you?"
    The Sole Survivor: "I suppose so."
    Piper Wright: "Hey, I'm not one to judge. Honestly, it's just nice to not be doing it alone for a change. In my line of work, things tend to get pretty hairy. I've been shot at, poisoned, nearly executed. Heck, until recently, they called the lock-up in Diamond City the "Piper Suite." Anything for a story, I suppose."
    The Sole Survivor: "Someone poisoned you?"
    Piper Wright: "You kidding me? I barely had the paper going before I got poisoned. First time, I'd just published an article about this cartel of caravans that had been driving up food prices in the city. Article went over well, even got a boycott of their goods started in town, so I figured I'd pop over to the Dugout Inn for a victory drink. I'd already taken a swig by the time I realized something was... wrong. Vadim, he wasn't at the bar. The beer tasted off... even so more than usual. And I start feeling real woozy. I don't know what he slipped me, but I knew I had to get it out. I'm looking around for something... And there it is. The still. And I just start chugging moonshine. Honestly, I'm still not totally convinced it was better than just dying from the poison. But it worked. And while I was passed out on the floor, security managed to grab the bartender. He eventually ratted on his bosses and they all got to share some time in the pen."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  4. The Sole Survivor: "That Brotherhood airship is hard to miss."
    Piper Wright: "The Brotherhood of Steel doesn't do subtle. From what I've heard, they take whatever they want. Especially if it's high-tech. They just might have the muscle to give the Institute a run for their money, but they're... let's just say they have their own agenda."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  5. Piper Wright: "Brotherhood sure knows how to take all the fun out of dressing in rivets and leather."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  6. Piper Wright: "Come on, Blue. This isn't amateur hour."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
  7. The Sole Survivor: "Seems that execution didn't quite take, huh?"
    Piper Wright: "Thank god. I'd been working on this story about irradiated drinking water in Bunker Hill. I traced the water back to its source, through these old sewer tunnels, and what do I find? The Children of Atom, setting up like they own the place. Unfortunately, they found me just as quick. Turns out they were not fond of reporters. So to atone for my trespassing, they decided to make a sacrifice to Atom - me. I'm kneeling there, about to get the boot into this huge sewer pipe... ...when I suddenly blurt out: "Atom! He reveals himself!" And they buy it. They pulled me back from the ledge... and then gave me their induction ceremony. You are looking at an official acolyte of Atom. Took me a couple more days before I managed to sneak away, get Bunker Hill security to finally clean the place up."
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)