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For the water beggar met in a random encounter in Fallout 4, see The Water Beggar.
I've been drinking this irradiated shit and... I can't do it. I just throw it up now. I need purified water... please...— Water beggar

Water Beggars is an unmarked and repeatable quest in Fallout 3.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Unmarked Quest: Water Beggars
While exploring the wastes find, and talk to, a water begging wastelander.
Refuse to give the beggar water.
Give the beggar some water.
+50 Karma

Detailed walkthroughEdit

A lot of wastelanders are suffering dehydration and need purified water, which when given to them rewards the Lone Wanderer with positive Karma (+50). Denying them water causes them to die at the next map change, even if they were given purified water before. However, telling them to find their own water, and then giving them water is fine, and they live on. They do not die if they are not explicitly told to find their own water, however, and their death inflicts no karmic penalty on the player character.

Water beggars locationsEdit


  • Karma +50
  • Karma -50 (With Modified FEV in Aqua Pura)


  • Giving them Aqua Pura with the FEV will incur -50 Karma.
  • Strangely, they never actually drink the water they are given and it can be pickpocketed back.
  • Ben Canning, a wastelander who appears in a random encounter, can be given purified water or dirty water in exchange for good Karma as well. In his case, repeating the action is not possible which is why he is not considered part of this unmarked quest.
  • Even though the beggars are apparently too weak to get water for themselves, they have no problem getting up and running away from a potential conflict.
  • Individuals can be heard saying that the beggars are scammers and trick people into giving them money.
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