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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 or changes random encounters or locations which would not appear the same in-game without the trait.

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


There are 15 major Wild Wasteland encounters throughout Fallout: 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. The Appendix XIV: Wild Wasteland Oddities section of the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide describes the main encounters in more detail.

Main encounters

Hovering Anomaly

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As one closes in on the area just north of the 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.

What Is It, Boy?

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This encounter will only appear with Rex as an active companion. At some point, Rex will speak to the Courier with an "aroo!", who then determines that Little Jimmy may have fallen into a well, the location of which is marked on the 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.

Granny’s Gang

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When leaving Cerulean Robotics, a group of three elderly women including Irate Ida, Rancorous Ruth and Malefic Maud wearing pre-War spring outfits, while armed with rolling pins or switchblades, will strike. They often have a small amount of caps. Freeside drunks may occasionally mention them.

We Named the Dog Indiana


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.

Getting Too Close

During the quest I Put a Spell on You, if the player divulges to Captain Curtis that they know a mole is using the control tower during the night and then stake it out, they are ambushed by him. Right before the ambush occurs, Curtis says "You're getting too close, shamus!"


In certain underground locations, such as the New Vegas sewers, the broc flower cave or Vault 11, there are rats 1.5x to 2x larger than normal. These are rodents of unusual size. They are mentioned by Lady Jane.[1]

Owen and Beru

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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 have been charred. Looking at the burned corpses will reveal the male to be named "Owen" and the female "Beru."

Holy Hand Grenades


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

Romanes Eunt Domus

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Scrawled on the north wall of Cottonwood Cove HQ in Cottonwood Cove, someone has added graffiti reading "Romanes Eunt Domus."

Crusoe Sucks as an Investigator


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 red hair, sunglasses and a business suit.

The Future of Law Enforcement

If Heck Gunderson is framed during the side quest Beyond the Beef, one of the arresting Securitrons says, "dead or alive, you're coming with me" and "your move, creep."

Stay Classy, Mr. New Vegas

Mr. New Vegas sometimes introduces music with phrases such as, “You know, I tried to measure my charisma on a Vit-o-matic Vigor Tester once. The machine burst into flames” and "stay classy, New Vegas."

The Big One

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Slightly northwest of [the Devil's Throat]] is a large, unexploded atomic bomb known as the One. Amid the crackle of their Geiger counter, one can open up the bomb and scavenge some energy weapon ammunition.

Johnny Five-Aces

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During the Barton the Fink quest, Barton Thorn instructs the player to investigate an overlook south of Goodsprings. There is a dead Prospector up there named Johnny, wearing glasses, with a glass pitcher next to him, five aces on the table, and four balls in a line on the cliff.

Game Over Man, Game Over!

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!" When searching the rooms near the control panels where Fantastic is met for the second time, one 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."

Other encounters

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Dammit, I'm an ambassador

Occurrence: During the quest Kings' Gambit, there is a dialogue option for the trait when discussing with Ambassador Crocker about how to deal with Pacer. Telling 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!"

Donnie and Marie

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

Pimp-Boy 3 Billion

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


While in combat, the Securitrons guarding the Strip North Gate will repeatedly shout, "Exterminate!"

Witch! Witch!

If the Courier's reputation with Freeside is Vilified, some Freeside residents may tell them "Witch! Witch! You should be burned for all the people you've turned into newts!"

Ain't nothing but a hound dog

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 her normal response of "somebody's asking for a boot in their fusebox."

Dead Money

G is for Ghost People

The companion Dog and God will say "OM NOM NOM" when eating ghost people.

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."

Are you my mummy?

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In the wine cellar near the bell tower from which the Gala Event is triggered, the phrase "I AM NOT YOUR MUMMY" is scrawled on the central pillar.

Honest Hearts


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A member of the Dead Horses named Two-Bears-High-Fiving will rush out of the Angel cave and pump the air with his fist.

Take drugs! Kill a bear!

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When speaking to White Bird during the Rite of Passage quest, he will shout, "Take drugs! Kill a bear!" when giving the Courier the quest objective.

Old World Blues

Walking eye

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In the magnetohydraulics complex, four robots are named 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.

Wash the walking eye!


While wandering through the crater, one may hear a message over the intercom from Doctor 0 shouting, "Attention: Lobotomites! Do not neglect to wash the walking eye!"



Behind Dr. Borous' house in Higgs Village is a dog house containing a miniature deathclaw named Stripe.

...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."

Dogs Playing Poker

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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 sitting around a table littered with cards, poker chips and alcohol.



In the X-8 research center's high school testing area, the word "Wolverines" has been spelled out on a wall.

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

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At the construction site, there are seven intact garden gnomes positioned around the large red crystals, along with pickaxes and lanterns.

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?!"

Rokit 88

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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."

Plan 9

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When speaking to Dr. Mobius, he will mention having to implement Plan 9. Without the trait, he says "Plan C."

Kilroy Was Here


As one exits 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."

Lonesome Road


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A petrified corpse 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.

North Rawr

When crafting the Fist of Rawr, it will be renamed Fist of the North Rawr.

Try "Guest"

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


The credits appear differently with the trait, listed in the game files as "CreditsWacky."


  • 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 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.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • We Named the Dog Indiana: 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.
  • What Is It, Boy?: 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. This, in turn, is a reference to the 1954 Lassie TV series, where Timmy was frequently rescued due to Lassie's efforts.
  • Granny’s Gang: This is a reference to a Monty Python sketch titled "Hell's Grannies."
  • Getting Too Close: A reference to the video game Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?[4]
  • R.O.U.S.: 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."
  • Owen and Beru: 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.
  • Holy Hand Grenades: A reference to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Romanes Eunt Domus: 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.[5][6]
  • Crusoe Sucks as an Investigator: A reference to the TV series CSI: Miami, and more specifically, its main character, Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso.
  • The Future of Law Enforcement: A reference to Paul Verhoeven's 1987 movie RoboCop when the protagonist confronts a criminal with whom he has a personal history.
  • Stay Classy, Mr. New Vegas: A reference to the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
  • Johnny Five-Aces: 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, becoming a Something Awful forum ongoing joke.
  • Game Over Man, Game Over!: 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.
  • Ambassador: 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.
  • Donnie and Marie: A reference to the 1976 TV series "Donnie and Marie."
  • Exterminate: A reference to the Daleks, recurring villains in the science fiction television series Doctor Who.
  • Witch! Witch!: A reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where a villager accuses a woman of witchcraft, turning him into a newt, despite the fact that he is still human.[7]
  • Hound Dog: A reference to the song of the same name by Big Mama Thornton, covered years later by Elvis Presley.
  • Ghost People: A reference to the sound Cookie Monster makes while eating cookies in the Sesame Street TV series.
  • Get an Axe: A reference to a scene near the beginning of Army of Darkness, where the movie's main character, Ash, cautions a knight against touching a seemingly deceased enemy.
  • Mummy: A reference to the ghosts' gas masks and the two-part episode of "Doctor Who" including "The Empty Child" and "the Doctor Dances."
  • Two Bears High Fiving: This refers to a mod from New Vegas Nexus that adds an option to select the dialogue "two bears high fiving" while being tested by Doc Mitchell at the beginning of Fallout: New Vegas.[8]

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  • Take Drugs, Kill a Bear: This is a reference to the "Advice Dog" Internet meme.
  • Stripe: Areference to the Gremlins movie series, as is the "chicken leg" lying on the ground in front of the dog house.
  • Walking Eye and Wash the Walking Eye: Two references to the "Walking Eye" in The Venture Bros. episode "Fallen Arches." Doctor 0 is voiced by James Urbaniak who also voices Dr. Venture in the TV show.
  • Dogs Playing Poker: 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. The Vault Girl image is from the Man's Best Friend perk image from the canceled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2.
  • Explode and Die: A reference to the film Serenity in which the same announcement is made over the ship's intercom.
  • Wolverines: This is a reference to the film Red Dawn, in which high school students fend off an invasion by Soviet forces.
  • Hi-ho!: A reference to the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Turned Out the Lights: 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.
  • Rockit 88: 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."
  • Plan 9: A reference to the film Plan 9 from Outer Space.
  • Kilroy: A reference to World War II graffiti.[9]

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  • Fallout 76 unused content An unused texture for wall graffiti is present in the game files. The static object NVDLC03GraffitiWW02 depicts the phrase "OH, YEAAHH!" in stylized red letters when viewed.


  • 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.

See also


  1. Lady Jane's dialogue: "But, what about the R O U S's?"
  2. Interview with Chris Avellone on Gametrailers
  3. 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.'"
  4. Screenshot, Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?
  5. Monty Python's The Life of Brian quotes at IMDB.com
  6. Life of Brian: Romans Go Home Latin Lesson on YouTube
  7. She's a witch! scene on YouTube
  8. JE Sawyer on Formspring
  9. Kilroy Was Here on Wikipedia