Bighorners' my trade since I was a youngin. I confess it's hard living these days, kid. The Wasteland ain't the same anymore.

Walter Phebus is a former brahmin rancher visiting New Vegas in 2281.


Walter Phebus is a former brahmin rancher who was forced to sell his land to Heck Gunderson. Phebus, deciding that Gunderson needs to be taken down, has followed him to New Vegas seeking his revenge over the protests of his wife, Ethel Phebus.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

This character starts quests.


  • Pheeble Will: Walter Phebus wants Heck Gunderson to suffer because Heck has used threats of violence and intimidation to secure his ranching monopoly.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Well-heeled gambler suit
Desperado cowboy hat
Reading glasses


  • Walter and his wife will continue to mill around the Strip even after they choose to return to their ranch.
  • It's possible to pickpocket Walter Phebus infinitely. Each time you attempt to pickpocket him, you lose karma but the item is never removed from his inventory. If you have a high enough sneak skill, you can exploit this glitch and get the Artful Pocketer achievement very easily. The item you select is never actually added to your inventory, however each time you take the Karma loss then exit the inventory menu, it counts as a successful pickpocket. (confirmed on multiple characters)
  • If Walter is in the Las Vegas Boulevard Station, he will not react to any acts of violence committed, even against his wife.

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Walter Phebus appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

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