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My story's a long one, friend, and I can't say it's all that interesting.

The Lonesome Drifter is a solitary musician who has set up camp under a Sunset Sarsaparilla billboard a little north of El Dorado Gas & Service in 2281.


Born in Montana in 2253, the Lonesome Drifter was abandoned at a young age by his father, and was raised by his mother. After she died, he decided to find his father, although what he would do when they finally met he hadn't thought through yet; plans vary from simply asking him why he left to punching him in the face. His meager belongings include his guitar and gun that his father had left behind for him. He has traveled the wasteland for many years, passing through Dead Horse Point a few years back, and now finds himself in the Mojave Wasteland, growing tired of the lifestyle and looking to settle down somewhere with his guitar. He also mentions working in a coal mine at the age of 15.

When pressed, he is unable to provide clear details about his father, only that he was a "mysterious" man, who at times was almost like a "stranger".

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon cross
Companion: Icon cross
Plays Caravan: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon cross
Repairman: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon check


Talent Pool: The Courier has been tasked to recruit an act for Tommy Torini's Aces Theater located within The Tops casino.

Effects of player's actionsEdit

After recruiting him for the Aces, he can be seen at 10 PM and plays the songs "Streets of New Reno," "Home on the Wastes," or "New Vegas Valley".

Other interactionsEdit

If the Courier passes a Barter check of 50 during the quest Talent Pool, he will give them the Mysterious Magnum that his father left him with.


* Added to his inventory after giving Tommy Torini's business card to the drifter in Talent Pool.


  • The Lonesome Drifter's father is implied to be the Mysterious Stranger, as the Drifter might mention how his mother describes her husband as "mysterious" and a "stranger".[1]
  • In Honest Hearts, Follows-Chalk tells the Courier that he is interested in civilization because when he was a young boy, "a tall man with a moustache and guitar" came by his tribe and told Follows-Chalk that he would go from place to place as a singer. In response to that dialogue, the Courier can note "I think I know that guy. Small world." Or if the Courier has completed Talent Pool they will, instead, say "I know that guy, I got him a job."
  • If the Courier is male and has the Lady Killer perk, he can ask if the Lonesome Drifter is 17, implying the Courier impregnated a woman in Montana around 18 years ago. This happens regardless of age slider position even if it would make the courier certainly look too young to have sired children that long ago.
  • If the Courier fails the Barter check during the quest Talent Pool, the Mysterious Magnum can no longer be obtained without killing the Lonesome Drifter.
  • If a fire ant from the nearby location of El Dorado Dry Lake follows the Courier to where the Lonesome Drifter resides, the ant will not attack him, and he will simply run in the opposite direction until the ant dies.
  • If the Courier has the Mysterious Stranger perk and the Lonesome Drifter is targeted in V.A.T.S., the Mysterious Stranger has no qualms about killing him.


The Lonesome Drifter appears in Fallout: New Vegas and is mentioned in the add-on Honest Hearts.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 If the player kills or is caught stealing from him, they will lose reputation from the Strip, even if the Lonesome Drifter hasn't yet been recruited in the quest Talent Pool. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when it's his time to perform on stage, he will play his guitar and the music will play as normal, but he won't leave his seat. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 After completing Talent Pool, if you kill The Lonesome Drifter, the cycle in which The Aces Theater runs on will be broken. Whoever performs onstage next will do so constantly, meaning nobody else will EVER perform except them. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Sometimes he will start running randomly in the El Dorado Dry Lake. [verified]


  1. Courier: "Your father abandoned you?" Lonesome Drifter's dialogue: "That he did. Never did know why. Ma always said he was a real mysterious feller, even when he was with her. Like he was a stranger sometimes."
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