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Merchants can be found at various locations throughout the Capital Wasteland, the Pitt, and Point Lookout in 2277.

Merchant empire

Caravan Merchants from the Capital Wasteland.

BackgroundEdit

Caravan Routes

Merchant caravan routes.

Most towns in the wasteland have merchants selling food and drinks, with those in more prosperous settlements also offering weapons, armor, and clothing. Doctors can treat various ailments for a fee, and certain traders can repair the player's equipment.

In addition to these traders, there are also four caravan merchants traveling the DC wastes, with one dedicated to food and chems, one to weapons, a third to armor, and a fourth to junk items. Other wastelanders can be found selling random, and sometimes rare, items. Special encounters with doctors, chem vendors, and hunters (food vendors) are also possible when traveling. Due to the transient and vulnerable nature of traveling wasteland, it is advisable to consider the caravan merchants and wasteland scavengers a temporary system of bartering meant to be used early in the game.

Merchant inventories will scale with the player's level, although certain advanced items such as power armor and plasma weapons will not normally be available. Prices are the same from store to store, but can also be affected by the player's Barter skill.

Merchants will have a new inventory after a period of three days, and then again after four days, in order to correspond with the length of a week. Their inventories update at 12:00 AM, although the days these updates occur vary from player to player.

Any caps paid to merchants can be found in their inventories should they be killed.

MerchantsEdit

  • Merchants are not affected by any SPECIAL bonuses from equipment or items they use. However, they are affected by equipment they use that directly adjusts a specific skill, such as Barter or Repair.
  • Any items sold to merchants by the player will remain in their inventories until they restock.
  • Though merchants will buy any items the player offers, most specialized merchants(such as doctors) will not display items sold to them by the player where those items fall outside the category of their specialty. The consequence of this is that items sold in error will not be able to be bought back if the item being bartered for is outside the merchant's item specialty category.

Merchant overviewEdit

Merchant name Location Business Hours Medical services Rents bed/room Repair services Aid Ammo Apparel Misc Weapons
Ahzrukhal The Ninth Circle 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Angela Staley Gary's Galley  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Anthony Ling New Urban Apparel 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Bannon Potomac Attire 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 49% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Barrows The Chop Shop 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Belle Bonny The Muddy Rudder 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Bessie Lynn New Urban Apparel 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Buckingham Weatherly Hotel 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon check Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Carol Carol's Place 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon check Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Doc Church Megaton clinic 24hrs Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Cindy Cantelli A Quick Fix 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Cutter Cutter's clinic 24hrs Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Durga The Citadel 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 50% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Eclair Spelunkers 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Flak Flak 'N Shrapnel's  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 49% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Friday fo3tpGametitle-FO3 TP The Pitt Downtown 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 47% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Gary Staley Gary's Galley  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Gob Moriarty's Saloon  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Greta Carol's place  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon check Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Grouse Paradise Falls 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check1 ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Gustavo Tenpenny Tower 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Haley fo3plGametitle-FO3 PL Haley's Hardware 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 100% 2 AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Harris fo3tpGametitle-FO3 TP The Pitt Downtown 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Jenny Stahl The Brass Lantern 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Joe Porter Porter's Café 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Julius Banfield Tenpenny Tower  ? Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Karl Meresti Metro station 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Knick Knack Souvenir shop 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon cross
Leo Stahl Megaton  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Lucy Little Lamplight office building 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Lydia Montenegro Boutique Le Chic 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon cross
Margaret Primrose Café Beau Monde 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Michael Masters Boutique Le Chic 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Moira Brown Craterside Supply 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 72% AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Panada fo3plGametitle-FO3 PL House of Wares 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 41% AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Preston Rivet City clinic 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Pronto Lock and Load 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 51% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Red Red's clinic 24hrs Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon cross
Sawbones The Citadel 24hrs Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Seagrave Holmes Rivet City Supply  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Shakes Federalist Lounge 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Shrapnel Flak 'N Shrapnel's  ? Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 49% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Smiling Jack Evergreen Mills 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repairs to 49% AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Sparkle Wilhelm's Wharf 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check
Sydney The Ninth Circle 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon cross AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Tobar fo3plGametitle-FO3 PL Pilgrim's Landing 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Tulip Underworld Outfitters 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon check
Vera Weatherly Weatherly Hotel 8:00am to 8:00pm Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon check Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Wasteland doctor Random encounter 24hrs Medical servicesIcon check Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon cross ApparelIcon cross MiscellaneousIcon cross WeaponsIcon cross
Wasteland junkie Random encounter 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon cross AidIcon check AmmoIcon question ApparelIcon question MiscellaneousIcon question WeaponsIcon question
Wasteland Scavenger Various locations. See below 24hrs Medical servicesIcon cross Rents bed/roomIcon cross Repair servicesIcon check AidIcon check AmmoIcon check ApparelIcon check MiscellaneousIcon check WeaponsIcon check

1 Sells Mesmetron power cells only. 2 Glitched, see Haley's page.

Caravan merchantsEdit

Caravan merchants are named roving salesmen that carry goods across the wasteland. They travel accompanied by a single armed caravan guard, and a pack brahmin.

Crazy Wolfgang, Crow, Doc Hoff, and Lucky Harith can be encountered on their trade routes, stopping to sell their wares at various locations. Each merchant specializes in a specific category of item, and also offers repair services. Attacking any caravan merchant will result in all four caravan merchants refusing to trade with the player.

Caravan investmentEdit

Main article: Merchant Empire

At Canterbury Commons, Uncle Roe offers the player a map showing the paths of the merchants and their various trade stops. He also gives the option of investing in any of the caravans. The player can choose to invest twice in each merchant, with 200 and then 500 caps (or 100 and then 250 with the Master Trader perk).

Investing in a caravan allows that merchant to sell a wider variety and higher quality of items, and increases the number of caps they have available when trading. It also raises their Repair skill (up to 75 in one case, with the second investment), allowing them to restore the player's equipment (i.e. weapons and apparel) to near perfect condition.

Caravan merchant overviewEdit

Caravan merchant name Goods sold Schematics sold Base Repair skill Repair skill after full investment Repairs equipment up to:
Crazy Wolfgang Junk Rock-It Launcher 15 75 85%
Crow Armor - 15 65 79%
Doc Hoff Chems Nuka grenade 15 65 79%
Lucky Harith Weapons & Ammunition Shishkebab 20
(incl. + 5 from outfit)
70
(incl. + 5 from outfit)
82%

Caravan guard overviewEdit

All caravan guards are equipped with R91 assault rifles and leather armor. They are significantly better combatants than most other human non-player characters, and are roughly on par with a non-player character companion or super mutant master in terms of durability.

Caravan routesEdit

Caravan Routes

Caravans' route

Each caravan follows the same route across the wastelands. They often use roads even though the roads are dilapidated. In order of travel, the merchants stop just outside each of the following areas:

The merchants cycle through the caravan waypoints in the same order: Doc Hoff, Crazy Wolfgang, Crow, then Lucky Harith. They move around the game world at different rates depending on whether time passes in real game-time, or wait-time. For example, if you are looking at Doc Hoff and use the Wait feature to jump ahead 2–3 hours, Crazy Wolfgang will appear there instead. However, if you do not use the Wait feature and actually stand there in real game-time, no one will appear for the next 5+ hours.

Even if the caravan owner and bodyguard are dead, their pack brahmin will still follow the trade route. However, the brahmin offers no interaction options. Even if the key to the merchant's inventory is looted from his body, the dead merchant's inventory will never restock on the brahmin.

Caravan death and injuryEdit

Caravan merchants have more health than standard non-player characters, and their caravan guard bodyguards are significantly tougher than normal, even wearing their basic leather armor. Both the merchants and their guards also carry a couple of stimpaks for healing wounds in combat. Pack brahmin have a large amount of health, considerably more than a regular brahmin.

Nonetheless, caravan merchants are still susceptible to death due to the dangers of their routes: deathclaws, yao guai, Enclave soldiers, raiders and super mutants. Although the merchants usually slip by the danger if the player is not in the area, caravans may be attacked any time they are in the same area or cell as the player—regardless of whether they are visible or not. Certain areas of the route are extremely dangerous. For example, the route from Megaton to Rivet City goes past Arlington Library and the Citadel, through Central DC, and across the super mutant-infested bridge across the pipes leading into Jefferson Memorial. As the player progresses along the main quest and achieves higher levels, the more powerful monsters will take a toll on the caravan merchants. The Enclave will establish camps directly on the caravan route or near enough to produce an encounter, like the large camp controlling the crossroad south of the Temple of the Union, which will pose a problem if the Merchant approaches the camp while you are in the area. Late in the game, it is not uncommon to see a lone merchant without either their pack brahmin or guard.

You can check to see if a Merchant is dead by talking with Uncle Roe and asking to invest. You cannot invest in a dead Merchant. Any surviving bodyguard will hang around Uncle Roe's house in Canterbury Commons. A dead pack brahmin, however, has been known to respawn. If the caravan merchant's brahmin survived, you may still encounter it fully stocked wandering the Wasteland.

Increasing caravan survivabilityEdit

Players may be able to stave off the demise of a caravan merchant by various means. Methods by which players may do this include forcibly providing better equipment to the merchants and their bodyguards(see Pickpocketing and Planting items), pre-clearing areas where they travel of enemies(See locations that fall on caravan routes and Enclave camps), purposely spawning only friendly random encounters along their caravan routes(see random encounters and their locations), and avoiding entering map cells that they travel in altogether, when at all possible.

  • Caravan merchants travel regular routes that at times, take them dangerously close to hostile enemies. Care should be taken not to trigger hostile encounters at random encounter locations occurring along caravan routes.
  • Hostile human enemies enslaved via use of the Mesmetron and sent to Paradise Falls will not respawn. This allows the player to remove dangerous Enclave, raider, and Talon Company hostiles. The negative consequences of participating in the slave trade still apply however.
  • If the player sees a caravan near an unsafe place, fast-traveling away may prevent the threat from injuring the caravan.

NotesEdit

  • Most named merchants have an associated secure container for their goods that can only be opened via a key which only appears on their person in the event of their death.
  • If the player kills a named merchant and loots their key, everything that could be bought from them is located in their local inventory.
  • If a caravanner dies and the player takes the key to his brahmin off of their corpse, and then subsequently loots the brahmin, it will say at the end of the game that the player killed the merchant, whether or not the player actually caused the merchant's death.
  • Wasteland scavenger merchants generally carry their inventory on their person.
  • While merchants are neutral towards the player unless provoked, they will not drop ears (see Contract Killer for more details).
  • Wasteland scavenger merchants can make fairly deadly foes at early levels due to the pets and heavy weapons they occasionally have. Scavenger's yao guai are just as lethal as a regular wasteland yao guai, and a scavenger wielding a missile launcher can make short work of the unprepared. It is not recommended that a low-level character provoke them.
  • The Canterbury Commons caravan merchants can have the quality of the goods and services they provide improved by investing in each one's caravan(see the Merchant Empire unmarked quest for details).

BugsEdit

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 In some cases, the merchants will all stop moving along their routes. This appears to last the entire game, and does not prevent the player from trading with them if they can be found. While the player can no longer wait for the merchant they want, the advantage is that they will no longer have to pass enemy camps, greatly increasing the chance that the merchants will survive. [verified]
    • This bug was fixed at least once, on the 360, by finding the location of every merchant, then fast traveling rapidly between them and then to other areas (as quickly as possible). Eventually the merchants began to rotate through their routes again.
    • xbox360Icon xbox360 Another way to fix this bug is to meet Ben Canning and give him water. After 1–2 hours he will leave and take the same route as the merchants, thus unlocking all the subsequent caravans. On the other hand, if you don't want this bug to be fixed, don't talk to him and leave him alone.
  • pcIcon pc After installing the 1.4 patch and starting a new game, the merchants seem to appear alone without a guard or brahmin escort. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 When a caravan merchant is traveling alone, without a guard or brahmin, it may be a bug where the guard and/or brahmin is too far away from the caravan to spawn with it when the player waits outside of a city. In order to fix this simply run up to the caravan and wait for him to greet you. In the middle of the greeting click wait, then wait for 24 hours or so. The caravan guard and or brahmin should now be with the merchant and will travel and spawn with him. [verified]

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