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Perk wild wasteland.pngThe following is based on the Wild Wasteland trait.
Wild Wasteland unleashes the most bizarre and silly elements of post-apocalyptic America. Not for the faint of heart or the serious of temperament.Fallout: New Vegas description

Wild Wasteland is a trait in Fallout: New Vegas. It adds (and in some cases changes) random encounters or locations which include dark humor more reminiscent of the special encounters in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. Not having this trait will make fewer humorous analogues in places of the Wild Wasteland encounters.

Events that are modified/triggered by Wild Wasteland are indicated by an "alienesque" sound and an on-screen "..." message with an image of the Vault Boy with spirals for eyes, identical to the Wild Wasteland image.

Wild Wasteland encounters

There are 15 major Wild Wasteland encounters throughout New Vegas. Besides encounters, Wild Wasteland also has a few effects on things that occur in the base game. Although these changes or events are specific to taking the Wild Wasteland trait, their occurrence is not accompanied by the "..." message.

That Fridge Was a Death Trap!


Occurrence: Slightly southeast of Goodsprings, along the road out of town, there is a refrigerator lying on the desert ground, wherein a curled up skeleton exists... and a Suave gambler hat.

This is a reference to the fourth Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which Jones survives a nuclear test facility blast by climbing into a lead-lined refrigerator and being catapulted miles away. Many consider this to be one of the silliest stunts in the history of the Indiana Jones franchise, and "Indy's" appearance here seems to suggest the more likely outcome of trying to survive nuclear Armageddon inside a fridge.

Additionally, the name of the incident is a reference to a line spoken by General Robert Ross to Indy a few minutes later in the movie: "Indy, thank goodness you're all right! Don't you know better than to climb into a refrigerator? Those things can be death traps!"

Hovering alien ship

Yes, clearly hovering!

As one closes in on the area just north of Horowitz farmstead, what looks like a mercenary camp from a distance turns into an extraterrestrial landing, complete with a broken spacecraft and three stranded aliens. Looking closely at the UFO, one can see cables and tubes hanging out from a hatch. The UFO is exactly the same in appearance as the crashed Recon craft Theta in Fallout 3 that initiates Mothership Zeta.

The alien captain has the unique alien blaster (though they cannot use it) along with over 100 alien power cells. Two other aliens carry tri-beam laser rifles along with some energy cells and drained small energy cells.

What Is It, Boy?

Little Jimmy's remains

Occurrence: This encounter will only appear with Rex in company. At some point, Rex will speak to you with an "aroo!" You then determine that Little Jimmy may have fallen into a well, the location of which is marked on your Pip-Boy's world map (east of New Vegas, underneath the overpass). The well contains a child's skeleton, a mole rat, an Abilene Kid LE BB gun, 200 BBs, a rawhide cowboy hat, as well as a super stimpak.

This is a reference to a similar quest in Fallout 2, where the Chosen One is looking for a boy named Jonny, and learns from his dog Laddie that Jonny may have fallen into the town well and likely been eaten by a mole rat, dropping his BB gun. (Jonny is later found to be alive at the end of the quest if the Chosen One discovers the truth about his disappearance.)

This, in turn, is a reference to the 1954 Lassie TV series, where Timmy was frequently rescued after Lassie warned somebody. On the TV show, Timmy never fell into a well, though he did get in a lot of similar predicaments.

Maud's Muggers

Maud's Muggers

Occurrence: When leaving Cerulean Robotics, a group of three elderly women (known as Maud's Muggers) named Irate Ida, Rancorous Ruth and Malefic Maud wearing pre-War spring outfits and armed with rolling pins and switchblades will strike. They often have a small amount of caps, showing the success of previous muggings.

This is a reference to a Monty Python sketch named "Hell's Grannies." Any resident of Freeside or drunk may occasionally mention them.

You're getting too close, shamus!

Occurrence: During the quest I Put a Spell on You, if you unwittingly divulge to Captain Curtis that you know a mole is using the control tower during the night and then stake it out, he ambushes you there. Right before the ambush occurs, Curtis says "You're getting too close, shamus!".

This phrase is taken directly from the Carmen Sandiego series of video games, where it would be said by in-game NPCs to indicate the player was close to apprehending a criminal. Shamus being early 20th-century slang for a private detective.


Occurrence: You may not think they exist, but in certain underground locations, such as the New Vegas sewers, the broc flower cave, or Vault 11, there are rats one-and-a-half to two-times larger than normal. These are rodents of unusual size. They are mentioned by Lady Jane.[1]

This is a reference to The Princess Bride and the R.O.U.S (Rodents of Unusual Size) that inhabit the Fire Swamp. Similarly, the town of Klamath in Fallout 2 had a problem with large rats that were referred to as "R.U.S," wherein "of" is simply omitted from the acronym.

Owen and Beru

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Occurrence: Located just in front of a ruined Nipton house containing a Mister Gutsy, to the right of the town hall, there are two corpses. One looks to be a male human, while the other is female, lying next to each other. They look like they've been charred. Looking at the burned corpses will reveal the male to be named "Owen" and the female "Beru."

This is a reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where Luke Skywalker's uncle and aunt, Owen and Beru Lars, are burned to death and their charred corpses are shown in the same pose as in the game.

Romanes Eunt Domus

Romanes Eunt Domus

Occurrence: Scrawled on the north wall of Cottonwood Cove HQ in Cottonwood Cove, some upstart has scrawled the graffiti Romanes Eunt Domus.

This is a reference to Monty Python's Life of Brian, where Brian is writing graffiti on the palace wall and uses the same incorrect inflection, trying to write "Romans go home" but instead writes "People called Romanes, they go, the house." He is then corrected by a Centurion (John Cleese), who forces him to write the correct version on the wall 100 times by next morning or he will "cut [his] balls off."[2][3][4]

Dead investigator


Occurrence: During the side quest Beyond the Beef, a dead investigator is discovered inside an Ultra-Luxe hotel room. Further investigation of this crime-scene reveals his name to be "Crusoe," with a shock of red hair, sunglasses and a business suit. This is a reference to the popular TV series CSI: Miami, and more specifically, its main character, Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso.

Dead or alive, you're coming with me

Occurrence: If you frame Heck Gunderson during the side quest Beyond the Beef you may hear the arresting Securitron say: "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."

and "Your move, creep"

. Players may also overhear the securitrons saying this instead of their usual banter on the Strip. This is a reference to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 movie RoboCop when the protagonist confronts a criminal with whom he has a personal history.

The One

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Occurrence: Slightly northwest of the Devil's Throat is a large, unexploded atomic bomb known as The One. Amid the crackle of your Geiger counter, you can open up the bomb, and scavenge some energy weapon ammunition. There is a super mutant encampment in very close vicinity to the bomb. Usually, there are 4-5 super mutant masters lingering around, plus a few assorted ghouls.

Johnny Five-Aces

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Occurrence: During Barton Thorn's quest, you're instructed to investigate an overlook south of Goodsprings. There's a dead Prospector up there named Johnny, wearing glasses, with a glass pitcher next to him, and five aces on the table. On the cliff are four balls in a line.

This is a reference to the failed game project Zybourne Clock, more specifically to one of its characters, "Johnny Five-Aces," as well as a metaphorical explanation of time-travel involving four balls placed on the edge of a cliff. Initially announced on the Something Awful forums, the project featured questionable artwork and somewhat convoluted plot material, and eventually became a forum inside joke.

The line formed by the 4 red balls besides Johnny is actually a sign pointing the exact direction of the Deathtrap Fridge (another Wild Wasteland scene) from there. (Note: Sometimes Johnny will not be there and there will only be 4 red balls. In this case, it is possible he has actually fallen off the cliff and is resting below. If this happens, a variant of Merc armor could be found beside him.)

Game over, man, game over!

Occurrence: If listening to the NCR emergency radio during the final battle for Hoover Dam, among the chatter about positioning snipers and reinforcing positions one may hear lines "They're coming out of the walls, man! They're coming outta the damn walls." and "Game Over, Man! GAME OVER!"

If you search the rooms near the control panels where you meet Fantastic for the second time, you may find three Legion centurions standing in a small room next to a hole in the wall. Three NCR soldiers are at their feet, dead, and one of them is named "Private Hudson."

This is a reference to Bill Paxton's character Private First Class William Hudson from James Cameron's 1986 movie Aliens, where Hudson says these lines [1] when inside the alien hive and after his team's drop-ship has crashed on an alien-infested planet.

Dammit, I'm an ambassador

Occurrence: During the quest Kings' Gambit, there is a dialogue option for the trait when discussing dealing with Pacer with Ambassador Crocker. You tell him that Pacer has a heart condition and is addicted to jet and insinuate that Crocker ought to be able to figure out what to do with that information. He responds with "Damn it, I'm an ambassador, not a doctor!"

This phrase is a permutation of the phrase "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a(n) {insert profession here}" often attributed to Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek.

Holy Frag Grenades

The Holy Frag Grenades

Occurrence: In the basement of the Searchlight east church of Camp Searchlight, there are 3 Holy Frag Grenades on a table. The writing on a box beside these grenades reads "Pull pin and count to 5 3"

These are a reference to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Donnie and Marie

Occurrence: If the Courier warns Motor-Runner that they are there to kill him, Motor-Runner will refer to his dogs (BoneGnash and GhashBone) as "Donnie and Marie" before engaging the Courier in combat.

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There is also a script that would cause BoneGnash and GhashBone to be renamed to Donnie and Marie, though it is unused.

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Pimp-Boy 3 Billion

After acquiring the Pimp-Boy 3 Billion from Mick in Mick & Ralph's, some disco music will play every time the Pimp-Boy is equipped.

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Mr. New Vegas

Mr. New Vegas has a number of special intro lines that only play with Wild Wasteland:


While in combat, the Freeside Securitrons guarding The Strip North Gate will repeatedly shout, "Exterminate!" This is a reference to the Daleks, a genocidal race of armor-encased aliens and recurring villains in the science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Witch! Witch!

Occurrence: If your reputation with Freeside is Vilified, some Freeside residents may harass you by saying, "Witch! Witch! You should be burned for all the people you've turned into newts!"

This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where a villager accuses a woman of witchcraft for turning him into a newt, despite the fact that he is still human.[5]

Ain't nothing but a hound dog

Occurrence: While in Freeside, Cass may be whistled at or otherwise hit on by members of the Kings, to which she will respond dismissively, "ain't nothing but a hound dog," instead of the normal response of "somebody's asking for a boot in their fusebox."

This is a reference to the song of the same name by Big Mama Thornton, covered years later by Elvis Presley.


The credits are significantly changed with Wild Wasteland. Most names will carry a rather silly nickname, and other nonsense messages from the developers are interjected semi-randomly. This is a holdover from the developer comment credits from the first two Fallout games. Also, most instances of the name Dead Money are replaced with "Dead Monkey." The "wacky" credits can be read without the perk inside the game's data file as "CreditsWacky.txt."

Dead Money

G is for ghost people

In the add-on Dead Money, the companion Dog and God will go "OM NOM NOM" when eating ghost people. This is a reference to the internet meme, where OM NOM NOM represents eating something. The meme originates from the sound Cookie Monster makes while eating cookies in the Sesame Street TV series.

Get an axe!

When Dean Domino kills his first Ghost Person he will say, "He's not dead... it's a trick. Get an axe." This is a reference to a scene near the beginning of Army of Darkness, wherein the movie's hero Ashley "Ash" Williams cautions a knight against touching a seemingly deceased Deadite who, true to his warning, proves to be merely faking. This, in turn, is a callback to the previous movie, with the same line.

Are you my mummy?

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In the wine cellar near the bell tower from which you trigger the Gala Event, the phrase "I AM NOT YOUR MUMMY" is scrawled on the central pillar. This is in reference to the ghosts' gas masks and the two-part episode of Doctor Who "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances."

Honest Hearts



A Dead Horses tribal named Two-Bears-High-Fiving will rush out of the Angel cave. This refers to a mod from New Vegas Nexus that makes it optional to select the dialogue "Two bears high fiving" during the beginning of Fallout: New Vegas, while being tested by Doc Mitchell.[6]

Take drugs! Kill a bear!

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When speaking to White Bird with the trait, during the Rite of Passage quest, he will shout, "Take drugs! Kill a bear!" when giving the Courier the quest objective. This is a reference to the "Advice Dog" internet meme.

Old World Blues

Walking eye

Walking eye

In the Magnetohydraulics complex, four robots are known as walking eyes and can be seen throughout the building. One can be seen directly to the left, on the ground; two others are in the flooded room to the left - one on the ceiling above the door frame and one on the desk; the last, perched on top of the flooded room on the left corner (if you leave the flooded area and are on the crosswalk, jump and you will see it). This scene is a reference to the "Walking Eye" in The Venture Bros. episode "Fallen Arches."

Wash the walking eye!


While wandering through the crater, you may hear a message over the intercom from Doctor 0 (voiced by James Urbaniak, who is Dr. Venture in the TV show The Venture Brothers) shouting: "Attention: Lobotomites! Do not neglect to wash the walking eye!" This is also a reference to The Venture Bros. episode "Fallen Arches" as mentioned above, in particular a scene where Dr. Venture seductively washes the before-mentioned eye. Four of these "walking eyes" can be found in the Magnetohydraulics complex.



Behind Dr. Borous' house in Higgs Village is a dog house containing a miniature deathclaw named Stripe that is roughly as tough as a legendary deathclaw. Its name is a reference to the Gremlins movie series, as is the "chicken leg" lying on the ground in front of the dog house.

...And then Explode and Die

Inside X-7a "Left Field" Artillery Launch, the Courier will hear a garbled intercom message that ends with "...and then explode and die." This is a reference to the film Serenity in which the same announcement is made over the ship's intercom.

Dogs Playing Poker


In the X-8 research center, after exiting the high school testing area, is a room with a window that looks into another room containing five police cyberdogs. Where they would normally be sitting, staring obediently at an image of Vault Girl petting a dog (which in itself is a reference to the Man's Best Friend perk image from the canceled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2), with Wild Wasteland they are sitting around a table littered with cards, poker chips and alcohol. This is a reference to the famous "Dogs Playing Poker" series of paintings. A similar scene appears in the Fallout Tactics special encounter Brahmin Poker.



In the X-8 research center's high school testing area, the word "Wolverines" has been spelled out on a wall. This is a reference to the film Red Dawn, where high school students fend off an invasion by Soviet forces.

Hi-ho! Hi-ho! It's off to work we go!


At the construction site, there are seven garden gnomes positioned around the large red crystals, along with pickaxes and lanterns. There is a grave nearby. This is a reference to the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Hey, who turned out the lights?!

At multiple locations, including the X-12 research center and the Z-43 innovative toxins plant, it is possible to hear a trauma override harness say "Hey, who turned out the lights?!" This is a reference to the Doctor Who episodes "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead."

The episodes featured a spacesuit being animated by a deadly alien after consuming its occupant, and continuing to utter this phrase (its victim's last thought).

Rokit 88

Slightly northeast of the Big MT west tunnel is an abandoned military truck that has been cut in half by a hill. The truck's cargo bed contains several barrels of radioactive waste and it has a New Jersey license plate that reads "Rokit 88." This is a reference to the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension in which the titular protagonist drives a vehicle with that plate through a solid mountain. The plate, in turn, is a reference to the Ike Turner song "Rocket 88," which was highly influential in the development of Rock & Roll as a genre.

Plan 9

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When speaking to Dr. Mobius, he will mention having to implement Plan 9 (instead of Plan C, as he would without Wild Wasteland). This is a reference to the infamous film Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Kilroy Was Here

"Kilroy Was Here"

As you exit The Think Tank or The Sink, turn left and follow the dome's wall. On the wall is a piece of graffiti that reads "Kilroy was here." This phrase was popular with Allied soldiers (usually the US) during World War II, who would leave the graffiti in various (occasionally unlikely) places as a sort of commemoration and marker to their progress .[7]


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An unused texture for wall graffiti is present in the game files of Old World Blues. The static object NVDLC03GraffitiWW02 depicts the phrase "OH, YEAAHH!" in stylized red letters when viewed. Since this is a wall texture, it's possible that this was meant to be next to a broken hole in the wall as a reference to the Kool Aid Man, or as a reference to the catchphrase of "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who died a few months prior to the add-on's release. There are no known indications as to where this graffiti was to be placed.

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Lonesome Road


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A petrified corpse, frozen in solid dolomite, of a dog named Seymour can be found in the Cave of the Abaddon on the right side from the entrance next to Sunflower Summers' corpse on top of a turned over cabinet.

This is a reference to Fry's petrified dog of the same name in Futurama from the episode "Jurassic Bark."

You're already dead

When crafting the Fist of Rawr, it will be renamed Fist of the North Rawr. This is a reference to the post-apocalyptic anime and manga Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken).

Damn you, you maniacs!

"The Couriers finally, really did it."

If the Courier launches Ulysses' missiles at both NCR and Caesar's Legion, there will be a slide during the ending slideshow of the Mojave Outpost Ranger monument shown half-way buried under sand and what looks like one NCR Trooper (on his knees) and one NCR Veteran Ranger viewing the scene.

This is a reference to the 1968 film Planet of the Apes where Charlton Heston's character is seen "damning them all to hell" as he witnesses the half-buried Statue of Liberty.

Try "Guest"

The password to the terminal at Third Street Municipal Building is "Guest."


  • If Wild Wasteland was taken by using the Auto-Doc in The Sink, rather than during initial character creation, all the encounters can still be experienced even if they were already visited earlier. However, the alien blaster cannot be obtained after taking the YCS/186. The mechanics still apply for some areas with the trait (e.g., the disco music will be played while equipped with Pimp-Boy 3 Billion during the encounter even if it was previously visited without the trait; and if the Abilene Kid LE BB gun was previously obtained, another one can be found in Jimmy's well).
  • If the Wild Wasteland was removed via the Auto-Doc in the Sink, then the previously visited sites of occurrence will stay in the Wild Wasteland form.
  • When at the alien landing site near Horowitz, the Wild Wasteland face and theme will not appear, even when the alien blaster is acquired.
  • The scarce mini nukes in the Searchlight church basement and YCS/186 unique Gauss rifle will be unobtainable in normal gameplay if the Wild Wasteland trait was chosen.
  • The "..." message cannot be turned off and will appear every time a new Wild Wasteland encounter is seen. It will not play upon encountering a Wild Wasteland encounter for the second time.

Behind the scenes

  • In an interview on Gametrailers, Chris Avellone noted that the Wild Wasteland trait adds more references to older content in Fallout and Fallout 2, in regards to special encounters.[8]
  • According to Joshua Sawyer, the trait was added as a compromise between members of the team who suggested "wacky" content and those who thought such content would be out of place within the game's tone. Sawyer was also worried that if it was flipped on and off through the use of console commands, it would cause bugs, so he made the decision to have Wild Wasteland as an optional trait.[9]


  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png The special dialogue on the NCR emergency radio channel may be processed while there are no radios tuned in to the station, causing the "..." message to appear for seemingly no reason.[verified]
  • Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png The "..." message will not appear when finding the 'I am not your mummy' message.[verified]
  • Icon xbox360.png After removing the Wild Wasteland perk in The Sink, the poker playing dogs will revert to the non-Wild Wasteland state, even if previously visited the X-8 facility.


  1. Lady Jane's dialogue: "But, what about the R O U S's?"
  2. Monty Python's The Life of Brian quotes at
  3. Life of Brian: Romans Go Home Latin Lesson on YouTube
  4. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide p. 423
    "The building has the grammatically incorrect “Romanes Eunt Domus” (“Romanes’ they go to the house” instead of “Romans go home”) daubed on the side."
    (Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  5. She's a witch! scene on YouTube
  6. JE Sawyer states 'Two Bears High-Fiving' is based on NV-Nexus mod.
  7. Kilroy Was Here on Wikipedia
  8. Interview with Chris Avellone on Gametrailers
  9. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 4:13:42)
    Joshua Sawyer: "'What was the motivation for making Wild Wasteland an optional trait and am I myself a fan of this decision?' I was worried about Wild Wasteland being something that you could flip on and off in the console, I thought it might cause bugs if you could just turn it on and off at random. Or not at random, but whenever you wanted. So we made it a trait, which... and the reason for making it optional in the first place is, um... some people on the team really wanted to do the wacky stuff, and other people really did not want it to be in the game and thought that it ruined the tone. So I said, 'well, you can put it in, but it'll all be sequestered behind this Wild Wasteland trait.'"
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