Van Graff thugs are the footsoldiers of the Van Graff crime syndicate in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


Van Graff thugs are found solely inside the Silver Rush (except for the two who are found dead at Durable Dunn's sacked caravan), guarding the store's large inventory of energy weapons. They are extremely well-equipped, wielding plasma rifles and wearing black combat armor, similar to the Van Graff combat armor.

With powerful weaponry, a very high Energy Weapons skill, good armor, and a relatively high amount of hit points, Van Graff thugs are very potent combatants, especially since they will usually be fought all at once, alongside the very powerful Jean-Baptiste Cutting as well as Gloria Van Graff.

There are a total of 5 Van Graff thugs guarding the Silver Rush, as well as Simon, the front door bouncer.

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Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Black combat armor Van Graff plasma rifle Stimpak
Van Graff key


  • Their combat armor is unique, as it is black but not labeled as "Van Graff" combat armor. This includes Simon's armor as well.
  • All Van Graff thugs cannot be pickpocketed, as crouching and trying to "activate" their inventory does nothing.
  • The tied-up hostage that is seen when first entering the Silver Rush, is a Van Graff thug.


Van Graff thugs appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.