NCR trooper

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NCR troopers are the main foot soldiers for the NCR in the Mojave wasteland during 2281.


The foundation of the New California Republic Army, the troopers are men and women who have either volunteered or have been conscripted to serve in the NCR military as the hammer of the Republic. Their backgrounds, level of training, equipment, and even loyalty vary widely amongst the thousands of troopers. However, the fact that the NCR fields a substantial army all equipped with firearms has given the NCR the edge in numerous wars. Unfortunately, the Mojave Campaign pitted the NCR against a determined foe: Caesar's Legion. Though the bulk of Caesar's warriors were forced to do battle with crude blades against NCR riflemen, their superior conditioning, fearlessness, and greater numbers have forced the NCR into defensive positions.

The Republic has been hard pressed to deploy enough troops to the Mojave, where the sheer size of the territory requires a great number of personnel to properly secure it. Coupled with the rising death toll at the hand of the legionaries, the NCR's position is swiftly becoming tenuous. To make matters worse, the NCR's most experienced soldiers are being killed daily, leaving naught but recruits rushed out of training into battle. As a result, the NCR is forced to deal with sagging morale and daily reductions in their troop strength.


The standard NCR trooper's uniform is one of the several variants of NCR armor. Composed of a khaki tunic with bellowed hip pockets and khaki breeches, worn with a desert facewrap and hardened leather pauldrons, black leather fingerless gloves, arm wraps, brown boots and khaki puttees. The uniform was designed to resist the rigors of the desert and long campaigns.

The main protection provided by their uniform comes from the thick leather breastplate that covers the torso and the layers of fabric over the arms and legs. Their armor is robust enough to withstand knife strikes and small-caliber firearms.

An average soldier in the NCR army is issued with a service rifle. A 9mm pistol is provided as a sidearm. Given its reliability, ease of manufacture, and firepower, the service rifle is ideal for the grueling war in the Mojave. However, due to logistical troubles and supply shortages, not all troopers can be issued with a service rifle, and instead, they must make do with whatever firearm is available.



Troopers concept

NCR trooper concept art

  • The Courier can call an NCR trooper in as backup through the NCR Emergency Radio (good reputation with the NCR is needed).
  • They may rarely use the Marksman carbine, such as one of the NCR troopers guarding President Kimball during his speech.
  • In All Roads, NCR troopers that attack Great Khans at Bitter Springs (in Chance's flashback) are seen riding horses, which are never seen in this or any other Fallout game (this is most likely another continuity error between the graphic novel and the game).
  • An NCR trooper called "NCR trooper MP" may approach you in the Strip and attack you, claiming that no-one messes with the NCR and gets away with it, even if you have a good reputation with the NCR and have done nothing to antagonize them. Stealing from the embassy, even if you do it without getting caught, seems to attract his attention, but not always. Triggering the quest Don't Tread on the Bear! also seems to draw his ire, even if you haven't actually failed it. Killing him has no adverse affect so long as you do it out of sight. It can be somewhat more problematic if he appears in a crowded area, you can bypass him to avoid having a fight with him.
    • Sometimes the NCR trooper MP may just appear and trigger dialogue with you, all you can say is "I need to get going." Without turning him hostile.
  • On very rare occasions, the corpse of a trooper that you may or may not have killed won't have an NCR Dogtag. Instead, the corpse will contain two different sets of NCR armor.
  • NCR troops are far more dangerous in combat with the service rifle as of patch, due to its increased rate of fire and accuracy. Squads can quickly overwhelm lower level characters, and could even surprise those in their higher levels due to the sheer volume of fire they can project.
  • At the strip NCR troops will sometimes say "just lost a month's worth of caps" although they carry NCR money.
  • During the Second Battle of Hoover Dam troopers can have stimpaks.
  • The drunk NCR troopers on the Strip can sometimes be found puking on the wall. The Courier can still interact with them, and the trooper will say one of their phrases they would normally say.
  • It is possible for the drunk troopers on the strip to have Rattan cowboy hats or other such non-uniform headwear on.
  • Troopers stationed at Hoover dam usually have more health and are much better equipped than their regular counterparts. Examples of the weapons they may use include Riot shotguns, Sniper rifles, Marksman carbines, 12.7mm pistols, Frag grenades and even Assault Carbines.
  • Near Camp Forlorn Hope, a trooper may randomly spawn on the ground. His legs have been cut off, and he will beg the player to kill him. If the player does so, they will gain 75XP.
  • When you start the game there are 250+ NCR soldiers stationed across the Mojave.
  • An NCR trooper at Camp McCarran may sometimes spawn with a combat helmet instead of the typical helmet most troops wear.

Notable quotes

  • "Patrolling the Mojave almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter."
  • "When I got this assignment I was hoping there would be more gambling."
  • "It's been a long tour, all I can think about now is going home."
  • "You know, if you were serving, you'd be halfway to general by now." - if player has a reputation of 'Liked' or higher.
  • "You should think about enlisting, we need someone like you." - if player has a reputation of 'Liked' or higher.


NCR troopers appear in Fallout: New Vegas.


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