Bobby pin (Fallout 3)

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The bobby pin a miscellaneous item in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It replaces the lock picks from Fallout and Fallout 2.


A flexible double-pronged hairpin, made of metal or plastic, normally used to hold hair in place. After the Great War its use also includes lockpicking.


Fallout 3Edit

  • In merchant's inventories.
  • On the dead bodies of feral ghouls, raiders, and other enemies.
  • The Pitt (add-on)Gametitle-FO3 TP On the bodies of trogs around the Pitt steelyard.
  • On tables inside intact houses across the Wasteland.
  • In first aid boxes.
  • In safes or other places where you have to pick the lock, so they will usually be replenished if 2 or 3 have been broken.
  • In some cash registers. There are several cash registers in the sub-basement of the National Archives.
  • In Amata's room during the quests Escape! and Trouble on the Homefront.
  • In ant refuse piles.
  • Directly west of Rockbreaker's Last Gas, on top of a large cliff, there's an abandoned shack. Inside the shack there are approximately 14-20 bobby pins on the bedside table near the average locked ammunition box.
  • Point Lookout (add-on)Gametitle-FO3 PL In Calvert Mansion at least ten bobby pins can be found in wardrobes around the house.
  • The Pitt (add-on)Gametitle-FO3 TP In the supply plant of the steelyard there is an average locked door with 6 steel ingots inside. In front of the door, there are multiple packs with bobby pins.
  • Lying next to corpses/skeletons. (They look like match-stick boxes)
  • Inside Evergreen Mills Foundry, there are several dressers, each containing 3, along with various bottles of alcohol.

Fallout: New VegasEdit


  • When out of bobby pins, the game will notify the player that they are "all out of lockpicks" instead of bobby pins. This is because bobby pins are only used for lock picking.
  • To avoid losing a bobby pin that is about to break, a player may exit the lock pick attempt, and then go back into it. The bobby pin will be as good as new, but the lock will also be reset, meaning the same solution likely won't work.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, bobby pins are harder to snap. This is because extra bobby pin HP is added to the base health of the pin based on the player's Lockpick skill.