You weren't there. At the Switchboard. One day the Institute's gonna kill us all, I tell ya.

The Caretaker is a Railroad agent operating within the Commonwealth in 2287.


An agent of the Railroad, he appears at whichever settlement becomes the Mercer Safehouse upon completion of the quest. He is very jumpy and appears to have PTSD from the Switchboard incident when the Institute laid siege to the Railroad's former headquarters.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
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Emergent Behavior


  • Concierge: The Caretaker asks the Sole Survivor to find and kill a designated enemy of the Railroad.
  • Emergent Behavior: If the quest Road to Freedom is not completed yet or if Glory has been killed beforehand, the Caretaker will take her role during the quest. Unlike Glory, the Caretaker will already be convinced to donate G5-19's body to Curie and no persuasion will be required.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Surveyor outfit


  • He does not count as a settler and cannot be assigned to tasks.
  • He will not become hostile if the player turns hostile to the Railroad.
  • If the Railroad is destroyed, he'll vanish from the Mercer Safehouse and later can be found in a random encounter, where he's about to be executed by a raider. He won't be hostile to the player if he's saved, and will speak his usual lines instead.


The Caretaker appears only in Fallout 4.


  • pcIcon pc xboxoneIcon xboxone ps4Icon ps4 Though he is assigned to Mercer Safehouse, he can wander to other settlements and remain there permanently.[verified]