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First I get my legs smashed, and then in walks the Powder Gangers' grim fucking reaper! What the fuck have you got against us man?

— Boxcars

Boxcars is an ex-Powder Ganger residing in Nipton General Store in 2281.


Boxcars was a criminal in Nipton who was planning to kidnap some NCR soldiers. Instead, they found Caesar's Legion who forced him and the other townspeople of Nipton to enter a lottery. The winner was let go, while Boxcars got second place and, although, he was allowed to keep his life, he had his legs crippled by Legionnaires. The rest of the gang members were either enslaved, crucified, or killed along with Nipton's mayor Joseph B. Steyn.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

General Services Quests
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  • Booted: When asked about what happened to the people that got enslaved in the lottery Boxcars tells the player they went east.
  • Wheel of Fortune: The player can find out where the Hidden Supply Cave is with Boxcars help.

Effects of the player's actions

  • If the player has a bad reputation with the Powder Gangers, Boxcars will give the player a not so warm welcome when first talking to him, referring to him as "the Powder Ganger's grim fucking reaper".

Other interactions

  • The player can give him some Med-X for his legs which, depending on how many doses given, will boost the Courier's Karma but will not affect reputation with the Powder Gangers. You can only give him Med-X once in one transaction, from 1 to 5 doses.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Powder Gang soldier outfit - - -


  • Boxcars will not attack if you are wearing Legion or NCR armor.
  • It is notable that while giving him Med-X, regardless of his evil reputation, will reward you positive Karma, killing him will also result in positive Karma.
  • Attacking Boxcars reveals that he is in fact able to stand, and indeed able to fight, although he limps on one leg.
  • He curses frequently and has one of the foulest mouths in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • Also, his name may be a reference to the fact that he was working on a railroad team, on which cargo cars, or "Boxcars," will eventually run.
  • He claims to have his legs broken, but when targeted in V.A.T.S., his legs are in perfect condition.
    • This is no longer the case with the Lonesome Road add-on. His legs are shown to have almost completely depleted health.

Notable quotes

  • "First I get my legs smashed, then in walks the Powder Gangers' grim fucking reaper? What the fuck have you got against us, man/bitch?"
  • "Jesus fucking Christ, if you want me dead, just gimme 15 Med-X and I'll fucking O.D. for ya, okay? Fuck!"
  • "Prize for second place was I got to live, but they beat my fucking legs with hammers. I'm fucking crippled, get it?"


Boxcars appears in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Due to a scripting error, Boxcars' legs are not crippled, allowing him full normal movement if engaged in combat.
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Boxcars is set to respawn within the game. Respawning occurs every three days, and will reset his inventory (possibly changing his worn clothing) and resurrect him if he was previously killed.
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes after giving or not giving him Med-X doses he will no longer have a dialog option other than "Good bye", thereby breaking the Wheel of Fortune quest.

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