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Well you don't live here. There's nothing interesting to do, and believe you me, brahmin tipping gets old real fast.Tandi in 2161

Shady Sands is a small settlement in New California around 2161, led by Aradesh, a multicultural former inhabitant of Vault 15, located five squares east of Vault 13. The town would eventually rise to become the most powerful faction on the West Coast: the New California Republic.


Many denizens of Shady Sands followed Dharma. Founded by a great ancestor of Aradesh belonging to one of the groups emerging from Vault 15, it was jump-started using the GECK,[1] which allowed the dwellers to establish a self-sufficient community and erect adobe buildings. In the 2240s, the small settlement grew and expanded, forming one of the most influential cities to emerge in the mid-23rd century, the New California Republic.

By 2161, it was a small, thriving, completely self-sufficient community, as they managed to adapt some of the wasteland soil to support crops (primarily corn and cabbage), drill a well to provide them with water, and even establish a brahmin herd. They kept mostly to themselves and proved large enough to deter most of the problems the wasteland presented, primarily the Khans raiders and the radscorpion attacks that plagued them. Both of these threats slowly escalated, as radscorpions were becoming more and more numerous and aggressive, while the raiders seemed hell bent on bringing them excitement at any cost. Their agriculture, while managing to sustain them in the arid region, was lacking as well.

These problems were alleviated by the Vault Dweller, who discovered the settlement en route to Vault 15. Initially distrusting, the inhabitants quickly warmed up to the hero as they proceeded to eliminate the radscorpion threat, and later rescued Tandi, Aradesh's daughter, from Khan captivity.

By 2241, Shady Sands had become one of the most significant settlements in New California, becoming the capital of the New California Republic with Aradesh as the nation's first president and Tandi as its second.[2]


Shady Sands is divided into three sections.

Shady Sands entrance
Shady Sands garden
Shady Sands brahmin pen


Fo1 Shady Sands Entrance.png

Main article: Shady Sands entrance

The only entrance into Shady Sands. People need to holster their weapons or they will not be accepted into the town.

Loot in Entrance


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Main article: Shady Sands garden

The garden is the field in which the inhabitants of Shady Sands grow their food.

Loot in Garden

Brahmin Pen

Fo1 Shady Sands Brahmin Pen.png

The brahmin pen is the fenced-off coral that holds a brahmin herd for Shady Sands.



  • The town is typically the first settlement after Vault 13's caves that most player characters visit, due to its location along the path between Vault 13 and Vault 15, the vault the player character is advised to travel to at the start of Fallout.
  • If the player character encounters the traveling merchant Duc outside of Vault 13, he will explain that he is traveling to Shady Sands, and asks if the player character would like to be escorted there.
  • Two of Fallout's "talking head" characters, Tandi and her father Aradesh, reside here.
  • The two children running around town may end up facing each other and become unable to move. If this happens in front of Razlo's house, one may be forced to kill them in order to interact with him.
  • Argyle mentions in a radio broadcast in Fallout 3 that the act of planting primed grenades in an enemy's clothing as part of a reverse pickpocket is called the "Shady Sands Shuffle."[3]
  • It's very hard to see, but the house/shed near the farm has a sledgehammer and rope for the player character to take. It's on the floor, near the pot used to "grind grain."


Shady Sands appears in Fallout and as the town New California Republic in Fallout 2. It is also mentioned in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4.


See also


  1. The Chosen One: "Do you have a GECK?"
    Mikey Frazier: "A GECK? Well, that's old history, so what the hell. You mean the old Garden of Eden Kit. We had one - I mean our grandparents had one. Used it when they came out of Vault 15. Got this place started, they say. It's all used up now."
    (Mikey Frazier's dialogue)
  2. Kellogg memory radio broadcast: "And that makes it official folks, the final vote count from the Hub is in: 55% in favor of joining the New California Republic. All five states have now signed on, which means that as of this moment, we are all citizens of the New California Republic. I'm sure that's going to take some getting used to for a lot of people. But here in Shady Sands, people have been waiting for this day for a long time."
  3. Argyle: "Heh heh. The old "Shady Sands Shuffle." It sure brings me back. You two smoothskins okay?"
    (The Adventures of Herbert 'Daring' Dashwood and his Ghoul Manservant Argyle)
Shady Sands