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For the character, see Mysterious Stranger (character).
Mysterious Stranger
MysteriousStranger
Vault Boy image, as first appeared in Fallout
Fallout, Fallout 2
requirementsLevel 6, Luck 7 (Fallout)
Level 9, Luck 4 (Fallout 2)
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effectsMysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in hostile random encounters to help you
Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas
requirementsLevel 10
Luck 6
ranks1
effectsMysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. to help you
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Mysterious Stranger, Fallout

Mysterious Stranger is a perk in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

Fallout and Fallout 2

With this Perk, you have gained the attention of a Mysterious Stranger, who will appear to help you from time to time. If your ally is lost in combat, do not expect him or her to be replaced.

Fallout & Fallout 2 description

Only in hostile random encounters, there is a chance that your character will gain a temporary ally in leather jacket (male with a male character and female with a female character), details depend on the player's level.

\text{Chance of appearance }%=30+(2\times\text{Luck})

Fallout

The Mysterious Stranger remains on the map of the random encounter even after the end of the fight, until you leave. You can start a conversation with them but they will not say much.

Statistics

Level 9-21
HP 100
AC 18
Normal resistance 4/30%
Laser resistance 6/50%
Fire resistance 4/20%
Plasma resistance 4/20%
Explode resistance 4/25%

Weapon

Enemy Normal enemy Super mutant
weapons 10mm SMG or hunting rifle Plasma rifle

Fallout 2

Contrary to Fallout, the Mysterious Stranger will not say anything and they will leave the map of the random encounter directly after the end of the fight.

Statistics

Level 9-14 15-18 19-22 20-26 27-29
HP 50-52 (female) 70 90 110 130
AC 21-22 (female) 26-27 (female) 21-22 (female) 31-32 (female) 31-32 (female)
Normal resistance 2/25% 3/25% 4/35% 6/40% 12/40%
Laser resistance 0/20% 1/20% 4/20% 5/40% 12/40%
Fire resistance 0/20% 1/25% 4/15% 5/35% 12/40%
Plasma resistance 0/10% 1/10% 4/25% 5/50% 10/40%
Explode resistance 0/20% 1/25% 4/30% 9/45% 20/50%

Weapons

Level 9-13 14-19 20-26 27-29
weapons Hunting rifle or FN FAL Assault rifle or combat shotgun Laser rifle or H&K CAWS H&K G11

Notes

  • If you attack them, the Mysterious Stranger will become hostile toward you; however, they will become friendly during the next hostile random encounter.
  • The inventory of the Mysterious Stranger is replaced at each random encounter.
  • If the Mysterious Stranger ever dies, they will no longer spawn.
  • The Mysterious Stranger perk in Fallout is stronger than in Fallout 2 since the Mysterious Stranger is already at their maximum statistics and their plasma rifle is more powerful in Fallout than the H&K G11 that the Mysterious Stranger carries in Fallout 2.

Bugs

  • pcIcon pc The Mysterious Stranger with the hunting rifle actually spawns shotgun shells as ammunition instead of .223 FMJ. As such, the Mysterious Stranger only has the 10 shots already provided in the clip. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc In Fallout 2, if you save during a random encounter when the Mysterious Stranger is still on the map and then load that save they will remain frozen in place. [verified]

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas

Gives you your own personal guardian angel... armed with a fully loaded .44 magnum. With this perk, the Mysterious Stranger appears occasionally in V.A.T.S. mode to lend a hand, with deadly efficiency.

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas description
Mysterious Stranger Coming Mysterious Stranger Missing

Only in V.A.T.S., there is a flat 10% chance that your character will gain a temporary ally in fedora and overcoat armed with a powerful and unique .44 magnum, dealing exactly 18002 (9001 + 9001 critical damage with 100% critical multiplier) damage per shot and will kill any enemy in one hit. Regardless, he will still empty six shots into a chosen target.

Additional dialogue options

  • In the Fallout 3 add-on Mothership Zeta, when you first arrive aboard Zeta, having the Mysterious Stranger perk opens up a new line of dialogue with Somah, with you saying "maybe, if we're lucky, a friend of mine will show up to help us."

Notes

  • The Lawbringer, Contract Killer, and Grim Reaper's Sprint perks will not grant their benefits if the Mysterious Stranger finishes your target because technically, you did not make the kill.
  • In Fallout 3, be aware that "mesmerizing" non-player characters with a Mesmetron in V.A.T.S. will sometimes make the Mysterious Stranger appear, resulting in the death of your victim.
  • The Mysterious Stranger will sometimes seek out other hostiles while in V.A.T.S., after he has killed the one you were targeting.
  • His appearances have a counter called "Mysterious Stranger Visits" that is displayed randomly during the loading screens of Fallout 3, and on the Pip-Boy 3000 under the "Stats tab - General" in both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, the Miss Fortune perk functions in the same way as this perk, but with different effects in combat.
  • Both the Mysterious Stranger and Miss Fortune perks can be chosen by the player, but they will not appear together in the same V.A.T.S. sequence.
  • When interrogating Silus at Camp McCarran, if he is being attacked by the Courier using V.A.T.S., Silus will be killed by the Mysterious Stranger should he appear. In this event, Carrie Boyd will not respond in any way to Silus' death.
  • It is possible to attack and even cripple the Mysterious Stranger by accident in V.A.T.S, but this seems to have no effect whatsoever.
  • The Mysterious Stranger can be incapacitated by nearby explosions, sending him flailing about.
  • If the Mysterious Stranger/Miss Fortune appears in gas-filled area, their gunfire will accidentally ignite the gas and hurt the player and enemy alike.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, after the Mysterious Stranger or Miss Fortune appears 15 times, the Friendly Help challenge is completed, increasing the probability for them to appear in combat much more often.

Bugs

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc The Stranger will sometimes be positioned unfavorably. This can include being stuck in a wall or such, being placed in water, being placed near a cliff, etc. This can result in his death (unconsciousness) or inability to effectively attack the enemy, or even in some cases to kill the player if the player is between the Stranger and his target. NOTE THAT THIS WILL RESULT IN YOUR GAME ENDING. Because the Stranger never attacks, even if all enemies have died, he will be forever trapped inside the level geometry and the trigger to return the game to normal never happens. Your only choice is to load a previous save. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 During V.A.T.S., it isn't uncommon to hear the Mysterious Stranger music, even if he does not appear. This most likely happens at times when he would have appeared to finish off your enemy, but you killed the enemy instead. He may also have been affected by the bug above in some of these cases. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc Sometimes when the Mysterious Stranger appears, he doesn't shoot. He'll just stand there, leaving you helpless. Another variant causes the Stranger to reload his magnum for the duration of his attack. If it jams, he may not attack at all. This also happens if his target is killed prematurely by an explosion or by you or a companion. V.A.T.S. will remain active for an extended time, leaving you open for attacks by any surrounding enemies. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 While in the Operation: Anchorage simulation, the Mysterious Stranger will sometimes appear and then lie unconscious. When the V.A.T.S. sequence ends, gameplay will resume to normal. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc At times, the Mysterious Stranger will aid you during V.A.T.S., but there will be a 5-10 second delay between killing the target and returning to normal gameplay. This can pose problems when fighting multiple enemies, as they will continue to attack both you and your companions during the delay. On occasion, this bug may cause normal play to not resume. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc Sometimes, the game can freeze in the zoomed in style of V.A.T.S. when the Mysterious Stranger appears, making him stand there and watch. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Occasionally, the game may register that the Mysterious Stranger has appeared (you receive a progress update) but he does not appear, nor does the opponent die. You remain frozen in V.A.T.S. unable to move or die. [verified]

Behind the scenes

  • The Mysterious Stranger perk was originally designed by Scott Bennie.
  • The Mysterious Stranger in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas wears a fedora and overcoat, like the protagonists of 1950s film noir.

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