You see a filthy trapper with torn and bloodstained clothing. He appears to be favoring one leg slightly.— In-game description when rescuing Smiley

Smiley is the main trapper to ask about geckos in 2241.


A filthy trapper with torn and bloodstained clothing,[1] Smiley is a popular, jovial fellow with decades of experience in hunting game of all sizes. Recently, as his age began to catch up with him, he caught the eye of Ardin Buckner. The feeling was mutual and the two planned to settle down together, but before Smiley could commit to it, he had to follow one promising lead, one that would've explained the origins of the golden gecko.

He found the toxic caves. However, a golden gecko got lucky and bit him, forcing him to take refuge in an old, pre-War military storage facility.[2] Forced to survive on whatever he could squeeze out of the place, the wounded trapper hopes for rescue, against all odds.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

Perk empathy synthesizer
This character is involved in quests.


Effects of player's actionsEdit

After having rescued Smiley, he goes to the Buckner House in Klamath. Smiley can teach the Chosen One about Gecko Skinning as a reward for saving his life. Other than that, he knows gecko lore.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Leather armor Rubber boots
Meat jerky x3
Golden gecko pelt x10


  • Though he is a companion that can be escorted from the caves, he does not actually count as one and the only way to give him any weaponry is to plant them on him.
  • After saving him, he may teach the Chosen One about geckos for an unlimited number of times. This will provide an unlimited point boost to the Outdoorsman skill. This is possibly a bug.


Smiley appears only in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Smiley is possibly referenced in Fallout: New Vegas by Sunny Smiles, who is also a gecko hunter and shares a similar name.

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.


  1. KCSMILEY.MSG, line 100
  2. The Chosen One: "{162}{}{Just one question, first. What do you know about these caves?}"
    Smiley: "{200}{}{These caves look like a prewar storage area. I think there must be more down below us but there’s some kind of fancy teck-no-logical lock on the door. Anyhow, I’ve had enough. Let’s git out of here.}"
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