Recruit Ian

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Recruit Ian
Fo1 Ian
Ian (middle), who was working as a guard in Shady Sands in 2161.
locationShady Sands
given byIan
rewardIan as companion
100 XP

Hmm. Tempting offer, since this place gets boring. Tell ya what. Standard rates. 100 caps, and you've got a deal.


Recruit Ian is an unmarked quest in Fallout.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  1. Find Ian in the guard house in Shady Sands.
  2. Pay him 100 bottle caps for him to join you, or convince him to do so for free, through a Speech check.

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Go to the house in the northeast of Shady Sands and talk to Ian. There are two ways of convincing him to join the Vault Dweller:

  • With an Intelligence of at least 6, you can offer him "a piece of the action." and if you pass the Speech check, he will join you for free.
  • Paying him 100 bottle caps lets him join you.



  • Stealing from companions is not treated as a crime or hostile action, so Ian isn't really convinced to join for free, give him the money and steal it right back if needed.
  • The XP reward is the same, regardless of the method chosen.
  • This is not given as a quest by anyone, but it is something that can be done for additional experience and a new companion.
  • With an Intelligence of one, Ian cannot be recruited easily. A minimum Intelligence of 2 (maximum 4) will require the use of Mentats.

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