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For the preacher randomly encountered in Fallout 4, see Preacher.
A great crack shall open in the earth and swallow the non-believers! And they shall weep. Weep! Weep! Tears of salt and earth and dirt!

The Preacher (simply called wastelander in-game) is a crazed inhabitant of Seward Square in 2277.


The Preacher is standing on the second floor of a building in an alleyway west of the Ranger compound entrance in Seward Square. From there he preaches mad "logic" to anyone that can hear him. He rants about the apocalypse, the sun, his headache and an evil worm that he plans to blow up. The alley he overlooks has been rigged with 5 frag mines and 5 mini nukes that he detonates if the Lone Wanderer tries to get close to him. There is a hostage (another wastelander) at the east end of the alley the Wanderer can talk to about the booby-trapped alley and the Preacher.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).

Other interactionsEdit

  • The Lone Wanderer can talk to the hostage and, with a Charisma 1 check, convince him to confront the Preacher for negative Karma. This will result in him running towards the Preacher but being blown up by the mini nukes and the Preacher dying as well.
  • Speaking to the hostage once the Preacher is dead (assuming he was killed before he could set off the explosion event) will result in no dialogue, but rather a comment regarding how quiet it is now. He will still stay in the same place however, as there is no way to "release" the hostage.
  • When the preacher is killed, the hostage immediately says "Good riddance" or "Better him than me."


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Random wasteland outfit


  • If the Lone Wanderer is looking at the Preacher when he detonates, he waves at them.
  • The player character can climb up to the Preacher's perch by piling barrels or other junk. There is nothing of value to loot though.
  • Even if all the mines and mini nukes are removed, approaching him will still cause a massive explosion, as the event is scripted.
  • He appears to have knowledge of Oasis.
  • If killed, his corpse will be in possession of an ear, suggesting he is a "good" character, although killing him does not affect Karma.
  • Dogmeat does not trigger the scripted explosion. This makes it easy to retrieve all of the mini nukes without using a Stealth Boy.
  • The wastelander states he can't leave because the detonation would kill him, even though he is out of the explosion area, and that he can simply take a different street that's not visible to the preacher.

Notable quotesEdit

  • "Hungry... hungry... so hungry. What? No. I'm not hungry. The worm is hungry. Hungry for me, for you, and for fire."
  • "Not one step further! Not one! Come no closer! I'll do it! I'll blow us all to hell! All of us! Me, you... and the worm..."
  • "Beware worm, I shall destroy you with the fire of this small sun before me. BEWARE WORM! Not one step further!"
  • "A great crack shall open in the earth and swallow the non-believers! And they shall weep. Weep! Weep! Tears of salt and earth and dirt!"
  • "THE SUN! IT BURNS! Why does it burn? Why have we put the sun into a jar? And what did we do with that jar? We broke it all over our little world..."
  • "Trees! So many trees! To the north! But be careful... the trees... are deadly, and the trees too will be consumed in the belly of the great fat worm!"
  • "In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, your mother and my mother were hanging up clothes around the mulberry bush..."
  • "Try new BLAMMO! Soap! Blasts stains out! Blasts the whole world out! We've all been BLAMMO'd!"
  • "The sky will fall! The Earth will rise! The stars will shine open their toothy grins and caress the sun with their love!"
  • "And the sun will rise in the north! No! The northwest! For forty-four days and sixty-seven nights! And we'll never notice!"
  • "You don't know, you can't know. Little fools. You wish you knew! You wish! But only I know! Only me... only me... only me..."
  • "Oh... God... it hurts. My head... why doesn't it ever stop hurting... why? Please... please... I can hear it! Moving! Pulsing! Just leave me alone!"
  • "Fire, fire, burning bright... burning... fire... pain, misery, peace, love, murder, death, death, death, death... love..."


The Preacher appears only in Fallout 3.


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The player may find the Preacher dead and the hostage missing, but all of the explosives still in place. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 The Preacher will finish his sentence even after you kill him. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 There is often a possibility that the Preacher may not be killed by the explosion (usually because the player has managed to disarm the mines while wearing a Stealth Boy). This may stop any interaction with either the preacher or hostage, and the message saying that they are fleeing will appear even though they are walking normally. [verified]


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