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The Pitt is a raider-dominated city built in the ruins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It serves as the game world of the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt.


After the Great War, local gangs took over the area. Diseases such as Troglodyte Degeneration Contagion turned the populace into various types of hostile creatures such as trogs and wildmen.[1][2]

On their way to the Capital Wasteland, the Brotherhood's forces came across the ruins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] After the war, the city was inhabited by gangs, raiders, and slavers living amidst sickness and destroyed infrastructure.[4][5] Over the course of one night, the Brotherhood led by Paladin Lyons swept through the city from over Mount Wash, wiping out all hostiles.[3] Afterward, the Brotherhood referred to the operation as the Scourge.[6]

Lyons' contingent left the city with around 20 healthy children, who were initiated into the Brotherhood.[7] Greg Bear, one of the children rescued, remains the only one still stationed at the Citadel approximately 30 years later.[5][8][9]

During the Scourge, Lyons' forces had one casualty, Initiate Ishmael Ashur, who was buried in rubble during the fight and presumed dead.[10] He survived and subsequently established the Pitt.[11][12] Residents such as Wernher recount how the area used to be much worse before the Brotherhood cleaned up the city.[13] He explains that due to the actions of the Brotherhood, the area is much safer than before, but also allowing Ashur to exert control over the city.[14]

Ashur established himself as the leader of the Pitt and began his goal of rebuilding its industry utilizing slave labor.[15] The steel mills were restarted, the slaves instructed to break down metal and reforge it.[16] He considers the act of kidnapping and enslaving wastelanders for forced labor to be both a necessary a temporary measure until a solution to the city's health crisis is found.[17][18] He believes his infant daughter Marie is immune to the diseases of the area and can be studied in order to create a cure.[19][20] Meanwhile, the slaves make plans to revolt and escape from Ashur's control.


Image Name Description
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Train yard
The tunnel leading to the bridge is collapsed, preventing further journey on rails. A scouting party of Pitt raiders guards this yard, ready to report back to the main gate if any enemies are spotted or if slaves try to escape
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A trap-filled pathway with dogs and a sniper. A ramp leads up to the sniper's nest. The bridge leads the main gate to Downtown, guarded by Mex.
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Slaves work and live in this section of the Pitt. Raiders are located on the upper scaffold pathways and bridges.
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Slaves are ordered to collect steel ingots in this area, which consists of trogs and wildmen.
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A series of destroyed buildings that serve as home to the raiders. To the east are the main courtyard and the entrance to the power plant and Haven interior.
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A skyscraper with a large statue located in front of the doorway. A courtyard and scaffolding walkways are located around the front entryway. Inside there are two levels and an elevator that leads to Ashur's residence.
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A series of sewer pipes and abandoned utility tunnels running under the city, serving as a passage between the steelyard and Uptown. Can be entered from a power plant off of the main plaza in front of Haven and from a manhole next to a collapsed rail tunnel in the steelyard.



Related quests



The Pitt appears in the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt.

Behind the scenes


PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Upon first return from The Pitt, the player character's Pip-Boy may have an orange outline on it, this will be fixed if the player restarts the game. [verified]



  1. 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)
  2. Haven terminal entries: Research terminal; Trog studies
  3. 3.0 3.1 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... r--- 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)
  4. Lone Wanderer: "That's awful! How could the Brotherhood do that?"
    Kodiak: "Normally, that would get you a crack across the jaw. But since you didn't know what the Pitt was like, I'll let it go. I still have nightmares about the place. Thirty years and how many horrors later, and the Pitt is still the worst thing I've ever seen. It was ugly work, sure. Questionably moral? No doubt. But there was no other choice. That city had to go."
    (Kodiak's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. The Lone Wanderer: "What happened to the other kids from the Pitt?"
    Kodiak: "All of 'em became Initiates. Most of them went on to become Brothers. A lot fell in action. I'm the only survivor of the Scourge of the Pitt still stationed at the Citadel."
    (Kodiak's dialogue)
  9. 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 the 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)
  10. Diary 3: The Mill
  11. Lone Wanderer: "Do you ever miss the Brotherhood of Steel?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Not in the slightest. During the Scourge, we looted The Pitt and left the rest of it to rot. I was just a dumb convert who got stuck here afterwards. See, beneath it all, the Brotherhood's just lazy. It's easier to loot a dying city than work to bring it back to life, so that's what they did. They're so obsessed with the technology of the past, they don't care what needs to be done for today and tomorrow. It takes real work to rebuild and run a city. But there isn't a machine to do it for them, so the Brotherhood ain't interested. Good riddance."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  12. 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)
  13. 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. 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. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. Diary 4: The Cure
  20. 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)