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Freeside thugs are bandits living in Freeside in 2281.


They are poorly equipped in both apparel and weapons, as well as being poorly organized, only working in groups consisting of two to six people, if not completely alone. They are locals that have gone completely hostile due to their abuse of chems. They attempt to mug people for caps.

Gamblers and travelers that go through Freeside to the Strip are often accompanied by a bodyguard to protect them from attacking thugs while on their way to the Strip.

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  • Flogging a Dead Corpse: When walking through Freeside, a thug may stop the Courier and lead them into an alley for an ambush.
  • G.I. Blues: Orris will go on a detour while escorting the Courier. Four thugs (who work together with Orris) will attack upon exiting the detour.

Other interactionsEdit

Freeside thugs will be hostile or friendly depending on the Courier's Reputation with Freeside. Either way, the Freeside thugs have little to no dialogue and interaction. New Freeside thugs appear, regardless of interactions with them or how they were killed.



  • If the Courier is Vilified in Freeside, a thug will approach them and start a conversation, but realize that it is them and flee. Afterwards, thugs will be neutral and completely idle. If attacked, they (and any other thugs around them) will fight back. If spoken to before attacked, a notification that they are fleeing appears.
  • They are affected by the Sneering Imperialist perk.
  • Sometimes Freeside thugs will spawn at New Vegas Strip gate and be fired on by the securitrons.
  • It seems their headwear (glasses, hats, etc.) are always in full condition.
  • The thugs will be enemies with the Courier as long as they have a non-negative reputation in Freeside. However, they are usually only armed with melee weapons (though in the rare case that they manage to kill a Kings member, one may loot their body and arm themselves with a pistol), and their protection consists of basic clothing. They are easily dispatched by their opponents, and will often flee during combat.
  • Kings will attack Freeside thugs. However, most other NPCs will panic and flee from them, and the securitrons at the gate will usually remain neutral and will not aid in combat outside of the gate.


Freeside thugs appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 The thugs may sometimes spawn with different skin colors, such as having purple skin. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 The thugs may not spawn at all. [verified]