Keep your distance. Who are you, and what do you want?

— Carlyle St. Clair III upon meeting the Courier

Carlyle St. Clair III is a hermit living in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


Carlyle St. Clair III is a wastelander who was the original candidate for the dish the White Glove Society would dine on for Mortimer's banquet. Before he could get captured by the White Gloves, Carlyle escaped and headed to a shack which became his house. He is very suspicious about outsiders coming to his doorstep and has never left his house since he escaped from the Ultra-Luxe.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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  • Beyond the Beef: The player needs to find him in order to use him as an acceptable replacement for Ted Gunderson, if you chose to take the path of saving Ted Gunderson.
    • With the Confirmed Bachelor/Black Widow perk, he can be lured into the dumpster by proposing that you will have sex with him there.
    • If you have 7 Strength you can apply a sleeper hold.
    • If you have 45 Medicine skill you can tell him to breathe deeply three times then blow on his thumb, which causes him to pass out.
    • If you have 45 Guns skill you can pistol whip him.
    • If you have 45 Unarmed skill you can knock him out by striking a nerve in his neck.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Dirty pre-War spring outfit
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  • Carlyle St. Clair's house is very well camouflaged against the mountain, and can be difficult to find if you don't know where to look. The shack is the same color as the mountain range and is nearly flush up against the mountain. If you have trouble finding the shack where Carlyle St. Clair lives, just follow close to the edge of the east side of the mountain range, beginning just north of North Vegas Square. Fast travel to Freeside's Northern Gate and head northeast until you see a set of power lines at the base of the mountain range. Follow these power lines until you reach St. Clair's house.
  • He will disappear after Beyond the Beef.
  • Although implied to be merely unconscious if knocked out, the Courier can loot and eat his body as a cannibal as if he was dead.
    • Feasting on his body with the Cannibal perk will cause the quest "Beyond the Beef" to fail.

Notable quotesEdit

  • "Keep your distance. Who are you, and what do you want?" – Carlyle St. Clair III upon meeting the Courier
  • "Really? Is that some kind of ancient Chinese secret or something? Well, what the hell. I'll try anything once. Here goes..."
  • "That obvious, huh? Yeah I'm not from around here. But where I'm from, they don't want me, so that's just as well. Really with my reputation, there aren't many places I can go that'll have me. My own family's blackballed me, and they've got a lot of clout."


Carlyle St. Clair III appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind The ScenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Carlyle St. Clair III says "is that some kind of ancient Chinese secret or something?" This may be interpreted as a reference to a 1970s advertisement for the cleaning product Calgon where it is stated that Calgon is a "ancient Chinese secret". [verification overdue]

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.


  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Once you get to the shack, he usually is not there. One solution has worked on PC, but you still may not have access to Carlyle's dialogue tree. Enter the following into the console: prid 127dd7, disable, enable. [verified]
    • Try knocking out Carlyle, drag his body to the dumpster, and see if the dumpster will let you put his body in. If this doesn't work, enter resetquest 0010d2c6 into the console just after the lines above and then go try knocking him out again after starting the quest over again. This means that you will have to go back to Mortimer and start the events over, and the characters that may have died previously will still be dead.
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 Choosing to pistol whip Carlyle St. Clair can sometimes kill him, causing you to immediately fail Beyond the Beef. [verified]