He's fast and he's brutal. Killed about a dozen of my men with a goddamn driver iron. Hence his name.Major Dhatri

Driver Nephi is a leading member of the Fiends, serving under Motor-Runner. He lives in the southwest corner of the Fiend compound around the South Vegas ruins east entrance in 2281.


Driver Nephi can be found alongside six other Fiends in a burned-out building north of the Samson rock crushing plant, and south of the South Vegas Ruins East Entrance. He is nicknamed for the unique golf club he carries with him into battle: Nephi's golf driver.

Nephi is on Major Dhatri's hit list for the quest Three-Card Bounty. Dhatri states that 1st Recon had previously been sent to kill Nephi, but proved unsuccessful after multiple attempts, as Nephi tends to use his own men as meat-shields to protect himself, and is also tough enough to have managed to survive despite 1st Recon snipers having managed to land at least a couple confirmed shots on him.

Major Dhatri also warns that Nephi is exceptionally fast, having earned his nickname by managing to kill a dozen armed NCR troopers in melee combat before they even knew what hit them. In fact, he moves 25% faster than a normal human non-player character. Bert Gunnarsson will comment on Driver Nephi's passing after his death, but will not elaborate further on any prior relationship he had to Nephi or the Followers of the Apocalypse.

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Cut dialogue suggests that they are both former Mormons from New Canaan.

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Three-Card Bounty: Driver Nephi is one of the Fiend leaders that Dhatri tasks the player with killing.



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  • Driver Nephi has an unused unique dialogue tree in the GECK, in which the player can ask him basic questions about himself, his golf club, Violet, and Cook-Cook. This dialogue also reveals that Nephi is from Utah, and was once a friend of Bert Gunnarsson and a member of the Mormon Church before he fell under the influence of the Fiends and became Driver Nephi. It was also possible to inform Nephi that the Courier wanted to check on him on the behalf of Bert, in which Nephi stated he would never go back to the church.
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  • Driver Nephi's headless corpse will not disappear as a regular fiend's corpse will.
  • He is one of the few named characters that are affected by the Sneering Imperialist perk.


Driver Nephi appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Driver Nephi's name may be a reference to Nephi (pronounced /ˈniːfaɪ/) which is the name of four prominent individuals in the Book of Mormon, the religious text read by the Mormons, and also the name of a city in Juab County, Utah. Driver Nephi may have received his name because of his affiliation with the Mormons at New Canaan prior to becoming a Fiend (mentioned in the cut dialogue found in the GECK).
  • In dialogue with Major Dhatri he says "let him get close and he'll take your head off" this is in reference to the Book of Mormon story where Nephi beheads his foe, Laban.


xbox360Icon xbox360 Driver Nephi is not marked as a respawning non-player character in the GECK, but scripting issues may rarely cause him to respawn some time after killing him. [verified]