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Powder Ganger
Powder ganger
Biography
raceHuman
sexMale
affiliationPowder Gangers
locationGoodsprings (potentially)
NCR Correctional Facility
Powder Ganger camp north
Powder Ganger camp east
Powder Ganger camp south
Powder Ganger camp west
Whittaker Farmstead
Long 15 Highway
Hunter's farm
Gameplay
appearancesFallout: New Vegas
questsGhost Town Gunfight
Run Goodsprings Run
I Fought the Law
Why Can't We Be Friends?
Statistics
karmaEvil
base SPECIAL5 ST, 6 PE, 5 EN, 3 CH, 3 IN, 5 AG, 4 LK
derived statsDefault:
Hit Points: 40
DT: 0 → 2 (Uniform)
DT: 4 → 7 (Guard armor)
NCR CF:
Hit Points: 55
DT: 0 → 2 (Uniform)
DT: 4 → 7 (Guard armor)
South Vegas:
Hit Points: 110
DT: 0 → 2 (Uniform)
DT: 4 → 7 (Guard armor)
Powder Ganger bodyguard:
Hit Points: 85
DT: 5
tag skillsDefault:
Explosives: 38
Melee Weapons: 36
Guns: 36
NCR CF:
Explosives: 38
Melee Weapons: 36
Guns: 36
South Vegas:
Explosives: 60
Melee Weapons: 58
Guns: 58
Powder Ganger bodyguard:
Explosives: 42
Melee Weapons: 40
Guns: 40
levelDefault:
3
NCR CF:
3
South Vegas:
9
Powder Ganger bodyguard:
4
voice actorYuri Lowenthal
Avery K. Waddell
Emerson Brooks
Ari Rubin
Alex Mendoza
base id0008d371 (melee)
0008d372 (guns)
0008f115 (NCR CF guns)
00090b87 (NCR CF melee)
0015f310 (Goodsprings)
dialogue fileNCRCFPowderGangerGun.txt (NCR CF)
PowderGangerGun.txt (Mojave)
 
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I'd kill you right now if I could.

Powder Gangers are members of the Powder Gangers gang living in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

BackgroundEdit

The Powder Gangers were prisoners brought into Nevada by the NCR to rebuild the railroads. Housed in the NCR Correctional Facility, the prisoners were subjected to extremely harsh discipline, leading some to plan a revolt. Having been supplied with dynamite for the purposes of breaking up rocks on the railroad, a small number of prisoners proceeded to sneak small portions back into their cells and used it to start a prison riot. The revolt was successful and the prisoners took over the facility, killing most of the former guards. Since then, they have set up numerous camps that shake down or kill unsuspecting passers-by. They have taken to calling themselves "Powder Gangers", in reference to the explosives they use as weapons.

Ringo, a caravan trader, once escaped an attack by Powder Gangers, killing three of their men in the process. He then beat a hasty retreat to Goodsprings to escape their overwhelming numbers. Trudy let him take shelter at an abandoned gas station in the town. The Ganger Joe Cobb followed him to Goodsprings, but has not been successful in finding his hideout. While Ringo is not afraid to face the Powder Gangers again, he knows that he needs some support to ensure success. There are two options for the Courier to choose from: help the Powder Gangers take over Goodsprings or get the town together and fight off the invaders.

Killing a Powder Ganger at one of the camps, or at most of the other locations, is likely to garner the Courier some infamy with the faction unless it is performed quietly (or loudly but from extreme sneak attack ranges). The player should be careful of this course of action if they wish to side with Gangers against Goodsprings or to complete some of the Gangers' missions at NCRCF. The normal powder ganger is very weak, considering their weapons are usually weak and their very low health. The choice of tactics for these thugs are melee weapons at close combat while the riflemen usually stay a distance to shoot the player down.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
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Companion: noIcon cross
Plays Caravan: noIcon cross
Merchant: noIcon cross
Repairman: noIcon cross
Doctor: noIcon cross
Rents bed/room: noIcon cross
Starts quests: noIcon cross
Involved in quests: yesIcon check

Other interactionsEdit

Prior to the most recent patch, Powder Gangers encountered at Powder Ganger camps or at random in the Wasteland would initially be hostile towards the player, unless the player receives a positive reputation with the Powder Gangers. The Powder Gangers at their NCRCF headquarters would initially be neutral, as would Powder Gangers at certain other locations, such as the traincars south of Sloan. Note that killing Powder Gangers, even those who attack unprovoked, will cause infamy with the faction unless done from sneak mode or at long range.

After the most recent patch, all Powder Gangers in the Mojave Wasteland will start out neutral towards the player at the beginning of the game, although they will turn hostile if the player garners negative reputation with the faction.

Combat notesEdit

Powder Gangers are glorified raiders. Their defense is rather weak, unless the Ganger in question is fortunate enough to be wearing the somewhat more uncommon Powder Gang guard armor, which possesses a bulletproof vest and is superior to many early-game forms of armor (most notably the raider armor favored by Fiends). Their offense is similarly unremarkable, as most of them are armed with fairly low-level weapons. The noteworthy parts of combat with Powder Gangers are two-fold: 1) their extensive use of gunpowder weapons (such as dynamite and powder charges); and 2) their tendency to appear in sizable groups. The Powder Gangers are likely to be the first organized and armed group that the player encounters.

Powder Gangers are easily dealt with by most weapons, and are especially vulnerable to explosives and hollow-point rounds. Early-game players are advised to avoid using these rounds on ones with Guard Armor early on, however, as the damage reduction from the target's armor will often eclipse and outperform the damage bonus the ammunition type gives to early guns. Late-game weapons, however, can cheerfully ignore this drawback.

Gangers at Vault 19 and the NCR Correctional Facility are better equipped. Most of the personnel at these sites will have the aforementioned Guard Armor, and will be positioned better with better weapons. Expect guard-tower snipers armed with varmint rifles and the errant cowboy repeater or hunting rifle. Grunts in these places are more-likely to carry guns like the .357 magnum revolver, 9mm SMG, and 10mm SMG, while melee combatants are more likely to trade-up their knifes and tire iron for the likes of machetes and combat knives. Commanders and bodyguard units will be even better-armed, packing plasma pistols and rippers.

InventoryEdit

Notable membersEdit

NCRCF

Vault 19

Nipton

Notable quotesEdit

AppearancesEdit

The Powder Gangers appear only in Fallout: New Vegas. They were originally going to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 project by Black Isle Studios.

BugsEdit

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 It is occasionally possible for Powder Gangers to be invisible and friendly when approached, providing only a "Talk" option if you happen to get close enough to one of the unseen enemies. When spoken to they will instantly appear and begin attacking. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Two hostile Powder Gangers can randomly spawn at the Lucky 38 presidential suite; however, any companions waiting at the Lucky 38 will not engage combat with them. [verified]

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