Tumbleweeds are world objects in Fallout: New Vegas.


In New Vegas, tumbleweeds appear as balls of golden brown weeds that roll around the Mojave Desert. Often they can get stuck on things, such as the buildings of Goodsprings.

Tumbleweeds travel west, which could imply that there is a slight westward breeze in the Mojave Wasteland.

A tumbleweed is very light, so shooting it will make it fly several feet. Because a shotgun shoots many pellets at once, shooting it with one will commonly send the tumbleweed flying into the sky so far that it usually disappears from sight before it can be seen landing.

If you jump on top of one, it strangely makes the same noise as walking on a metallic platform.


Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Radioactive tumbleweedEdit

  • A radioactive version of the tumbleweed exists within the resources of Fallout: New Vegas, but remains unused. Identified as Radioactive Tumbleweed, it emits radiation similar to a glowing one, is classified as a creature, consequently moves under its own power, and can be killed.

Wind BrahminEdit

  • A creature version of the tumbleweed also exists but remains unused. It is identified as "Wind brahmin."
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.


  • They are called Wind-Brahmin by the nightkin at Brooks Tumbleweed Ranch.
  • Tumbleweeds have a script which makes them roll.
  • Tumbleweeds can be picked up and moved around.
  • Tumbleweeds make the same sound as metal when shot.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Occasionally tumbleweeds may be found frozen in place almost as if they were scenery or partly sunken into the ground and stuck, jumping on top of them still yields a metallic sound, but they will not move. Sunken tumbleweeds will remain that way indefinitely, with no known way to free them. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc If picked up and shot with a high powered weapon, it will fly high enough that it gets stuck in the sky, appearing as a tiny grey smudge easily mistaken for dirt on the screen.[verified]


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