I'm Ronnie Shaw. Commonwealth Minutemen. At least I was. Back before Joe Becker got himself killed and the idiots took over.

Ronnie Shaw is a veteran officer of the Minutemen living in the Commonwealth in 2287. She contacts the Sole Survivor at the Castle via Radio Freedom or in person after the mission Taking Independence.


Ronnie Shaw is one of the few remaining veterans of the Minutemen, and has been around since long before Preston Garvey, Colonel Ezra Hollis or even General Becker.

She explains to the Sole Survivor that, despite Preston's hasty decision to promote them to general, her respect must be earned and isn't going to come just because of a title, as she's seen many Minutemen leaders come and go already. She is presumed to be third-in-command after the Sole Survivor and Preston Garvey.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: Icon check
  • Always
Companion: Icon cross
Perk: Icon cross
Merchant: Icon check
Doctor: Icon cross
Rents bed/room: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon cross
Involved in quests: Icon check


  • Old Guns: Ronnie arrives at the Castle, curious about the current state of the Minutemen. She later accompanies the Sole Survivor in accessing the Castle's armory.
  • Defend the Castle: She can be the one to start the quest, if she is spoken to when arriving to the Castle after completing both Form Ranks and Banished from the Institute. After the battle, she will give a speech to the remaining minutemen.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Military fatigues
Military cap
Laser musket Plasma cartridge -


  • Once Ronnie becomes a merchant after completion of Old Guns, she sells The Last Minute, a legendary variant of the standard Gauss rifle.
  • Shaw will only sell items during the day. At night, talking to her will open her inventory like normal settlers, which allows the player character to change her gear.
  • When first meeting Ronnie, there is an option to brawl with her when asking "You were in the Minutemen?"
  • Ronnie Shaw is the only named Minuteman not to wear any form of Minutemen apparel.
  • Ronnie has Rank 3 of the Iron Fist perk, allowing her to deal 60% more damage with her fists, as well as giving her power attacks a 10% chance of crippling a limb.


Ronnie Shaw appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Ronnie Shaw is possibly a reference to famed American Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who was also a Boston native.

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 Xbox OneIcon xboxone The player character may be unable to assign or trade with Ronnie after completing Old Guns, talking to her only opening her inventory (like generic settlers). This bug may happen if the Radio Freedom bug occurred. [verified]
    • PCIcon pc If this occurs, it is possible to restore her shop functions by assigning her to a constructed weapon shop after using the console command setpv bCommandable 1 to allow to command her in the workshop view. Fast traveling away from the Castle and back may be required before the console command's effect works, but once it does, she will resume her former dialogue and still offer her unique inventory, including laser muskets and The Last Minute.
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 When choosing the option to brawl Ronnie may permanently become hostile. After about 5-10 seconds she will draw her weapon stating "You're no Minutemen." Ronnie and the settlement will become permanently hostile forcing the player character to kill them all. Ronnie cannot be killed as she is marked essential. She will go into downed state, but when she regains her health she will once again become hostile. If this happens the player character will not be able to continue the quest Old Guns.[verified]
    • Reloading a save will not prevent this bug from occurring. The game must be closed completely (quit to desktop) and restarted to prevent this bug from appearing again.
    • PCIcon pc It is advised not to build structures such as foundations before Old Guns, due to Ronnie's navmeshing not being aligned with what will be built to her final destination before throwing smoke grenades.