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For other characters in the Fallout universe named Ben, see Ben.
I was good at it too. But after a while I just felt like a piece of meat and had to quit.— Old Ben when asked about being an escort

Old Ben is a local living in Freeside in 2281.


Old Ben is right outside the entrance to the New Vegas Strip in Freeside when the Courier first meets him. He warns the player not to go to the gate of the Strip without talking with the Securitron gatekeeper first, or they'll get vaporized. After further questioning, he tells the Courier that he used to be in many jobs, such as a bodyguard, male escort, a gun-for-hire, courier, as well as a butcher.

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Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Grimy pre-War businesswear .44 Magnum revolver - -


  • If he is killed, you gain Freeside infamy.
  • Unlike Santiago, you cannot have sex with him after Wang Dang Atomic Tango has been completed.
  • It is possible to get unlimited XP (in the form of 35 per check) by recruiting him after you have recruited Santiago through the Confirmed Bachelor/Black Widow dialogue option.
  • Old Ben, The King and Santiago permanently smile, even in combat.


Old Ben appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 After being recruited for the Atomic Wrangler, he cannot be hired. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 He can sometimes, after you talk to him, run to the Strip's gate where he will be obliterated by the Securitrons. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 If you recruit Santiago and go to the Atomic Wrangler to tell James then go back to Ben and pass the Speech check you will be awarded 50 XP and he will run to the Atomic Wrangler. Then when you go back to the Wrangler you can speak to Ben again to pass the Speech check infinitely. Speaking to James will not bring the option to recruit Ben. You can also still use the black widow perk if you have it. [verified]