Recruit Ian

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Recruit 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 walkthrough

  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 join you for free, through a Speech check.

Detailed walkthrough

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:

  • If the Vault Dweller's Intelligence is 6 or greater, you can offer him "a piece of the action." and if you pass the Speech check, he will join you for free.
  • You can pay him 100 bottle caps to join you.


  • Stealing from your companions is not treated as a crime or hostile action, so if you weren't able to convince Ian, give him the money and steal it right back.
  • The XP reward is the same, regardless of the method chosen.
  • This is not given as a quest by anyone, but it is something you can do for additional experience and a new companion.


  • 100 XP.
  • Ian as a companion.

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