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The Pitt is a raider-dominated city built in the ruins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was established in the aftermath of the Great War by local gangs and by 2103, they had control over the raider settlement. Around 2255, its inhabitants were nearly wiped out by the Brotherhood of Steel, only to be revitalized by former Brotherhood Initiate Ishmael Ashur and his recently formed army of raiders. By 2277, the city's slave trade and steel industry had made it a major power on the East Coast.

The Pitt is the primary setting of the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt, as well as the Fallout 76 update Expeditions: The Pitt. This page serves as an overview of its lore and appearances in both games.


Great War and aftermath

The Pitt was once the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a major industrial center for the production of steel, Pittsburgh was a priority target for Chinese warheads. The warheads that landed near the metropolis would dramatically alter the environment around the city. The radioactive fallout mixed with the heavy industrial pollution from the steel mills created a hazardous environment entirely unique to the area. The devastation of the bombs did also provide ample room and raw materials for construction, and the river provided a seemingly-useful source of water. Unbeknownst to the city's inhabitants, however, the river had been heavily polluted with radioactive material, mutagenic agents, and dangerous carcinogens.[Non-game 1]

Following the Great War, the city fell into chaos, with various raider gangs establishing their own spheres of control in the city. These gangs began building a settlement they called "the Pitt" using conscripted and enslaved workers, at the point where the Ohio River diverges. By 2103, the gangs had established a system by which raider "enforcers" oversaw the enslaved civilian workers in the construction of the settlement.[1]

Seeking to escape the violence and oppression, as well as issues with the Pitt's rivers - the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio - becoming heavily irradiated,[2] a number of locals led by Paige banded together to flee the city.[3] During these events, Captain Oliver Fields, Sergeant Fred Radcliff and Sergeant Thompson of the U.S. Armed Forces unsuccessfully attempted to liberate the civilians located in the city, getting severely wounded in the process.[4] The locals that managed to flee the ruins of Pittsburgh with Paige became the Settlers, gathering up more survivors on their way as they traveled south towards Appalachia. They would go on to form the settlement of Foundation in the Savage Divide in 2103.[3]

The Union and the Fanatics

Later on, the Pitt became the scene of a bitter conflict between two factions vying for its control: the industrious survivors organizing themselves into the Union, and the vicious raider group known as the Fanatics. The Hellcat Company was hired at one point to deal with the Fanatics,[5] but the conflict continued to rage as the Vault Dwellers of Vault 76 came from Appalachia to intervene.


Over the following decades after the war, children would be born with deformities such as cancerous growths or vestigial limbs, and as the years passed, nearly the entire population became afflicted with genetic diseases and mutations caused by the polluted river waters.[Non-game 1] Mutation was the least of the inhabitants' concerns, however. Among the genetic diseases that spread in the inhabitants was a neurological condition that caused its victims to descend into a violent, primal state. Those who suffered from this condition came to be known as "wildmen," roaming in packs outside the Pitt and preying on anyone who crossed their path.[6] Worse off were those who suffered from what came to be known as the Troglodyte Degeneration Contagion, or "TDC"; victims of this pathogen would rapidly devolve into hunchbacked, animal-like creatures known as "trogs," with newborn infants being especially susceptible to the disease.[7]

As the population degenerated, so too did the order established by the city's raiders. Within 50 years of its establishment, warring tribes of cannibals and rapists had become the dominant power in the city, with what little order existed taking the form of the strong commanding the weak.[Non-game 1] While this eventually allowed the Pitt to settle into a state of brutal self-sufficiency, it left the city with a terrifying and infamous reputation, and travelers from across the East Coast came to avoid the place as a matter of common sense.[Non-game 1]

The Scourge

Main article: Scourge

Around 2255, an expeditionary force of the Brotherhood of Steel, led by then-Paladin Owyn Lyons, arrived at the outskirts of the Pitt on their journey to the Capital Wasteland. After reconnoitering the ruins, Lyons, for reasons unknown to his soldiers, ordered an attack on the city. More of a massacre than a military action, Brotherhood soldiers entered the city from Mount Wash, and in a single night slaughtered half of the city's population, sparing only those who surrendered immediately. This operation would come to be known as the Scourge.[8][9][10][11]

Shortly afterwards, the Brotherhood left the city, taking 21 healthy children, including one Greg Bear, and placing them into Initiate training.[12] Rumors claim that the Brotherhood also recovered an important asset of some kind from the ruins, but few if any know what it was. Having suffered only a single casualty, one Initiate Ishmael Ashur, the Brotherhood marked the operation as a success, albeit a harrowing one. However, while the Scourge succeeded in calming the city and clearing it of its most violent inhabitants, it also left a power vacuum that would be seized by an unlikely individual.[Non-game 1][13][14]

Lord Ashur's reign

While he had been reported as killed in action by his squadmates after they witnessed a building collapse beneath him, Initiate Ashur actually survived the Scourge.[15] However, while his power armor had protected him from death in the accident, he still sustained severe injuries that left him comatose for several days. When he was finally awoken, it was by a woman who had survived the purge, attempting to pry his armor off of what she believed was his corpse. After questioning the scavenger, he learned that she and her family were staging raids into other parts of the Pitt to gather supplies. Recalling recon data and his Brotherhood knowledge, he realized that the building that he had been trapped in was an operational steel mill, something that the Brotherhood had never seen before, and decided to help the locals restore their city. To this end, he recruited the scavengers, many of whom had come to see him as a god due to his miraculous survival and imposing armor, to aid him in the rebuilding process.[16][17] The rebuilding of the city was made easier by the Scourge, as when the Brotherhood swept through, their focus had been on looting intact assets, leaving behind a large amount of valuable salvage that they had written off as "damaged goods."[18]

The city grew rapidly under Lord Ashur, who ruled with an iron fist, pressing local raider gangs into his service and enslaving the weak to restore the steel industry, using the subsequent profits to recruit outsiders into his army and purchase healthier slaves from outside sources.[19][20][21] While he never expressly forbade it, procreation among the Pitt's citizens was highly discouraged both by Ashur and the people themselves due to the threats posed by the city's toxic environment and TDC, with the city relying almost entirely on recruitment and slave importation to sustain its population. Recognizing the precarious and volatile nature of such a system, Ashur made careful use of propaganda to keep his subjects docile and avoid a popular revolt. He would make frequent public appearances to the city's slaves, in which he spoke on his high-minded ideals and made promises of eventual emancipation. Among his most "progressive" policies was allowing slaves to earn their freedom and join the ranks of his army by competing in fights to the death at a gladiatorial arena known as The Hole, which doubled as a source of entertainment for slave and raider alike.

Ashur considered this brutal approach to governance to be both a necessary evil and a temporary measure until a solution to the city's rampant health crisis could be found.[22] While progress on this front at first seemed unlikely, an unexpected breakthrough came when Ashur's wife and chief scientist, Sandra Kundanika, gave birth to a daughter they named Marie. Not only did the infant show no symptoms of TDC, she seemed to be actively immune to the disease. Viewing the girl as a sign and a symbol of the Pitt's potential for the future, Ashur tasked Sandra with carefully studying their daughter's immunity, in the hopes of one day ridding the city of TDC and transforming it from a struggling autocracy into a prosperous regional empire.[23][24]

Wernher's uprising

At some point, a man named Wernher joined the ranks of Ashur's army, earning a reputation as one of the smarter members of the Pitt's raider class. Some time before 2277, Wernher started a coup and attempted to overthrow Ashur, but failed. Ashur had Wernher enslaved, and as punishment fitted him with a slave collar, something no other Pitt slave had to wear.[Non-game 2] Despite this setback, Wernher never gave up on his plans to take over the Pitt, and began laying the groundwork with another slave, Midea, for a second attempt. Eventually, he used his knowledge of electronics to disable his collar and fled the city to the Capital Wasteland.

Knowing his plan would need outside help, Wernher set up a radio broadcast to try and get assistance with his plan.[25] This signal would be intercepted by none other than the Lone Wanderer, who arrived just in time to save him from a group of Pitt raiders. After the fight he recruited the Wanderer, telling them his version of events, leaving out his role as a former Pitt raider. He then directed them to retrieve a disguise from a group of slaves being held near a train tunnel leading to the Pitt, in order to sneak into the city as a slave.[25] After reaching the Pitt, Wernher and the Wanderer were forced to fight a group of Pitt raiders in the trainyard, after one of them recognized Wernher. After the fight, Wernher split off from the Lone Wanderer, telling them to cross the Pitt bridge by pretending to be an escaped slave who had had second thoughts and to meet with Midea. Upon reaching the other side of the bridge, the Wanderer either stuck with the plan and entered the city as a slave, or attempted to enter the city undisguised and was beaten up by a group of raiders after heading through the gate to Downtown.[25]

Upon arrival in the Pitt, the Wanderer met with Midea, who told them to meet her in her quarters. Midea began explaining Wernher's plan further, and that in order to avoid the guards becoming suspicious of them that she is putting the Wanderer on one of the Pitt's most dangerous work assignments, steelyard duty. They are interrupted by Jackson, who asks Midea what the pair are doing, and Midea tells him she's informing the Wanderer of their new job.[26] The Wanderer then heads into the Mill to meet with the steelyard's foreman, Everett. Everett explains to the Wanderer what steelyard duty entails, and why so many slaves die trying to do it. He then orders them to retrieve steel ingots from the yard, and to not come back until they retrieve at least ten. After retrieving the ingots, the Wanderer returns to Midea, who tells them that Ashur plans to open the Hole, and whoever wins will earn their freedom and an audience with Ashur in Haven, where the Wanderer can acquire the cure. The pair then head outside, where Ashur is giving a speech to the assembled slaves from one of the catwalks. During the speech, Midea volunteers the Wanderer to fight in the Hole, which Ashur agrees to.[26]

After surviving several fights in the Hole, the Wanderer earns their freedom, and the audience with Ashur. Upon entering Haven, Ashur questions the Wanderer about Wernher, finding their arrival so soon after his escape suspicious. Depending on their answer, Ashur either attacks them, or allows them to go to his wife Sandra's lab to see the cure before he is called away to deal with a riot Wernher started to cover the Wanderer's retrieval of it.[27] The Wanderer heads into Sandra's lab, and speaks with her. Finding out that the cure is her daughter, Marie, the Wanderer either leaves without Marie to assist Ashur with putting down Wernher's riot, or steals Marie from her crib and flees Haven to take Marie to Midea. Making their way through the riot with Marie, the Wanderer meets Midea in her quarters, who tells them to take Marie to Wernher's hideout in the steelyard. If the Wanderer left without Marie, Midea can be killed or intimidated to learn the hideout's location.[27] The Wanderer then reaches Wernher's hideout, and if they don't have Marie either kill or convince him to leave the city, ending the riots with Ashur still in control of the Pitt. If they do have Marie with them, Wernher takes her off the Wanderer, and tells them of the final part of his plan - turning off the floodlights in Uptown, and letting the trogs massacre the Pitt raiders who survived the riot. The Wanderer then either agrees to the plan, heading through the Pitt underground to shut down the power plant running the floodlights, or disagrees with it, killing Wernher or convincing him to leave, and returns Marie to Ashur.[27]

After the uprising, Ashur either retains control over the Pitt, or Wernher succeeds in overthrowing him and takes control for himself. If Wernher failed, the status quo of the Pitt remains, with Ashur leading the city from Haven while Sandra attempts to find a usable cure for TDC from Marie in Haven. If Ashur was overthrown, the Pitt falls under Wernher's control, with the Pitt raiders wiped out while trogs overrun Uptown and Haven leaving them uninhabited. Midea researches a cure for TDC from her quarters in Downtown, and the slaves are nominally in charge of the Pitt, although Wernher keeps them working in the mill.[28]


As this page is an overview of the location's appearances in both the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt and the Fallout 76 update Expeditions: The Pitt, layout information for each respective game can be found on their game-specific pages. See The Pitt (Fallout 3) and The Pitt (Fallout 76).


See The Pitt (Fallout 3) and The Pitt (Fallout 76).

Related quests

Fallout 3

Fallout 76

  • The Pitt: Union Dues
  • The Pitt: From Ashes to Fire


  • Similar to the Fabulous New Vegas sign, the bridge's "Welcome to Pittsburgh" sign has been hand-modified to reflect the city's new name, having "sburgh" crossed out and "the" added to it.
  • In the Fallout 3 base game, Paladin Kodiak provides information regarding his upbringing in the Pitt if asked. Additionally, Rollings -- We're done, a holotape in Rockopolis, mentions the Pitt as the location where the settlement's former inhabitants have been sent to.
  • Unlike Operation: Anchorage, the player character can return to the Pitt after the completion of the Fallout 3 add-on.


The Pitt appears in the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt and Fallout 76, introduced in the update Expeditions: The Pitt. It is also mentioned in Fallout 3 and its add-on Point Lookout.[29] The pre-War city of Pittsburgh is mentioned in Fallout 76[30] and its update Wastelanders.[31]

Behind the scenes


Fallout 3

Fallout 76



  1. Elsie's story
  2. Vault Dweller: "[Lie] The Scorched Plague. And yes, it killed him."
    Paige: "*sigh* First the water in Pittsburgh, now this. God damn it. I can't just move these people again... You win. We'll hand out your inoculation whenever it's ready."
    (Paige's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paige's journal, entry 1
  4. The Old Guard, Vol 14: Ch 2
  5. Hellcat mercenary: "This sure is better than dealing with the Fanatics at the Pitt."
    (Hellcat mercenary's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "What happens to people who get sick?"
    Wernher: "It's hard to describe. It's nasty. And it affects everyone a little differently. But the longer you're there, the more it gets you. Some just get sick and die. Others go crazy, completely psycho. They live out in the city. We call 'em "Wildmen". And the worst... well... just hope you never have to see 'em. They turn into animals. They forget who they are. They just eat, sleep, fuck, and kill. But this cure, maybe it can stop all that."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  7. Haven terminal entries: Research terminal; Trog studies
  8. Ashur's diary, The Scourge
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "How did the city get started?"
    Wernher: "After the war, the place just turns into a shithole. The buildings start falling over and the sickness makes people just turn on each other. Some of them... change. They lose any sense of who they are. They just go around killing and fucking and eating. Like animals, man. Some people are still okay, but just... I don't know. Anyway, about 30 years ago, those Brotherhood guys come in and wipe the place out. They kill all of these sick fucks. Anything that looks like it's going to fight -- Bam! Then they take whatever they were looking for and leave."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  10. The Lone Wanderer: "How did you end up in the Brotherhood?"
    Kodiak:"Now that's a story... The only reason I'm here is because of Elder Lyons. You see, I grew up in the Pitt. Don't suppose you've ever been there, huh? It's about 500 klicks to the northwest. Place is a nightmare -- three irradiated rivers coming together. People there were... not well. But the Brotherhood of Steel came down on the place with a righteous hammer. They called it "The Scourge.""
    (Kodiak's dialogue)
  11. The Lone Wanderer: "What was the Scourge?"
    Kodiak:"It was a Brotherhood operation. They marched in and swept the place clean. Most of the people there were half-mutated, cancerous, vile things. And these people... rape gangs, torture squads... it was pure chaos there. The Scourge is the best thing that could have happened to it. This was way back, before the Citadel was fortified. Part of the early recon after the Brotherhood first arrived in this area. One night, a squad of Brothers led by Paladin Lyons swept into the city from over Mount Wash, tearing apart anyone who stood against them. They were completely outnumbered. And still they razed that place to the ground."
    (Kodiak's dialogue)
  12. The Lone Wanderer: "How did you escape?"
    Kodiak:"As they swept through, the Brotherhood policed up every non-mutie child they could find. Turns out, there weren't that many. Me and maybe twenty others. The younger we were, the less of a chance that we were mutated. It was ugly work, no doubt, but it had to be done. I'll never forget the sight of the Brotherhood of Steel breaching the breast of the mountain at dawn."
    (Kodiak's dialogue)
  13. The Lone Wanderer: "I remember hearing about The Pitt from a guy in the Citadel."
    Wernher: "The Citadel, huh? That's the Brotherhood of Steel fortress, right? Yeah, I know about those guys. He must have been part of the attack that cleaned up The Pitt. Well... it didn't so much clean it up as it calmed it down. No way that hellhole could ever be cleaned up without the cure. That's why those guys were after me."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  14. The Lone Wanderer: "Tell me about what the Brotherhood did."
    Wernher: "Well, as bad as The Pitt is, it used to be worse. Much worse. It was complete chaos. Every man for himself. About the time I was born, those Brotherhood guys swept through the place. Killed anything that put up a fight. More'n half the place was dead by the time they were done. It was a slaughter. But they got the worst of the worst. If it weren't for the Brotherhood sweeping the place, I doubt Ashur would have been able to get control of as much as he has."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  15. Diary 3: The Mill implies the first fight in the Hole was between Ashur and the scavenger trying to steal his armor.
  16. Diary 3: The Mill
  17. The Lone Wanderer: "How did The Pitt get started?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Believe it or not, it started when the Brotherhood decided to loot this hellhole and wipe it off the map. We called it the Scourge. Back then, I was "Initiate Ashur." But that ended when the Brotherhood left me behind, and I came to see The Pitt in a new light. I was found by tribals who thought I was a god. I didn't argue, and with my leadership and their divine dedication, we began rebuilding this city."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  18. The Lone Wanderer: "How did you rebuild after the Scourge?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "It wasn't actually that tough. The Scourge had cleared out a lot of Trogs, so we had space to move in. The Brotherhood had looted a lot, but they left even more behind as "damaged goods." And you can rebuild a lot out of "damaged goods." For example, they took one survivor, a kid they called "Kodiak". But they left his big brothers behind, because they were too wild and mean. But as it turns out, the Bear Brothers were some of my finest soldiers. At least, until they went up against you."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  19. The Lone Wanderer: "Where do your people come from?"
    Wernher: "Some of us are native to The Pitt, most of us are, really. People sometimes have kids before the sickness takes them. But the need for slaves has gotten bigger. Ashur's started importing them. Ever wonder why there are so many Slavers, but you hardly see any slaves? The Slaver operation in this area has been supplying The Pitt."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  20. The Lone Wanderer: "Who lives there?"
    Wernher: "The city is built on the backs of slaves. My people. We're diseased, and suffering. They've restarted the steel mills there. They have us breaking down metal and reforging it. No one knows why. But the guy in charge, Ashur, you can damn well bet your life that he has a plan."
    (Wernher's dialogue)
  21. The Lone Wanderer: "Wait, can you tell me more about what you're doing in The Pitt?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Ever since the city was scourged, we've done what everyone does: whatever's necessary to survive. I know my city seems barbaric to you, but it's the only way we can carve out a home in this hellhole, and it's kept these people alive. But that's enough stalling for time. So, do you know Wernher?"
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  22. The Lone Wanderer: "What's going to become of the workers?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Right now, nothing. Until we can reproduce a treatment from Marie, they'll have to keep working. Otherwise, this city falls apart. But once we do have a cure, things will be different. We won't need to kidnap people for our city. We'll be able to grow naturally. Until then, this is the way it has to be. It's just what has to be done."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  23. Diary 4: The Cure
  24. The Lone Wanderer: "Now that you have Marie back, please set the slaves free."
    Ishmael Ashur: "I wish I could, but you have to see things in the bigger picture. Without those workers, this city would fall apart. The city's disease means we can't have kids, so slaves and recruits are the only way we get new people in the city. But some day, soon, we'll have a cure, and we won't need forced labor. The workers will be free, and the city can grow naturally. Thanks to what you've done, that day is coming. But until then, this is the only way the city can survive."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Events of Into The Pitt
  26. 26.0 26.1 Events of Unsafe Working Conditions
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Events of Free Labor
  28. State of the Pitt following the events of Free Labor.
  29. Marcella's journal
  30. Blackwater Mine terminal entries; Blackwater Bandits terminal, Report: 8-13-77
  31. Holland Chase Invoice 9021


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition pp.43-44:
    "Pitt Raiders
    Pitt Slaves

    Following the Great War, survivors established a settlement on the remains of a city at the confluence of rivers. The rivers seem to provide a clear resource, and enough of the city was cleared by the bombs that a new settlement could be established. However, radioactive material and unidentified mutagens mixed into the groundwater, causing it to become slightly mutagenic and highly carcinogenic. As a result, the people in the new settlement began to change ever so slightly.
    The changes were subtle, not nearly to the degree of the Super Mutants or the various Wasteland creatures, but over the next 140 years, it became undeniable that something was affecting the people of The Pitt. Starting from the first few years, children were often born with strange growths or extra vestigial limbs. The mutations never went far beyond the occasional hunchback or cleft palate, but it wasn't long before the vast majority of the residents of The Pitt developed some sort of physical deformity in their lifetimes. Although many children were born "clean," the older they got, the more likely that a problem would develop.
    The most disturbing change that the environment caused was not nearly as noticeable as the physical deformities. The infected water and poisoned sky began to cause neurological damage to those exposed to it. People became more hostile, violent, and short-tempered; they became known as "Wildmen." Their emotions became out of control, and their actions often teetered on primal. In severe cases, mutated humans devolved into hunched, savage beasts nicknamed "Trogs." Over the first 50 years, The Pitt quickly degenerated into a dangerous den of murderers and rapists; even cannibalism was not uncommon. The only loyalty was in strength, and the only organization was between those who were strong enough to control others and those who were controlled.
    Rumors of the horrors of The Pitt spread throughout the Wasteland, and all travelers knew to avoid it at all costs. However, The Pitt became one of the most self-sufficient communities in the Wastes. Granted, their self-sufficiency relied on the citizens occasionally eating one another, but they functioned without trade or export.
    In 2042In-game spelling, Star Paladin Lyons of the Brotherhood of Steel led the Scourge, a large-scale military action that wiped out nearly the entire population of The Pitt. In a single night, the Brotherhood swept through the city, eliminating any resident who put up a fight. Although the intent of the Scourge remains unclear, several unmutated children were taken from The Pitt by the Brotherhood and placed into initiate training. The motivations for the Scourge are unclear to this day, but many in the Brotherhood note that it was a marked change in the way the Brotherhood operates. Additionally, it is known that something was recovered from The Pitt during the Scourge, although to date it would seem that only Elder Lyons knows what it was.
    It is said that a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin from the Scourge stayed on in The Pitt, seeking to bring law and order to the unwashed masses and creating an underclass of Pitt Slaves in the process, guarded by Pitt Raiders under his personal command. However, in the decades following the events of the Scourge, nobody has heard anything from The Pitt. Travelers who have gone to investigate have not returned, and no survivors have emerged."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.102-103: "Wernher
    Once one of the smarter raiders in The Pitt, Wernher was condemned to slavery after trying to stage a coup to overthrow Ashur. He used his knowledge of electronics to deactivate his collar and escape. He harbors a grudge against the city and against Ashur in particular. He has no particular love for the slaves, and he sees a plan to kidnap Ashur's baby as a way to get back at The Pitt's ruler and the city in general."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  3. Totally360 Interview