These rare collectibles are a pre-War decorative item, available to executive-level employees for purchase and likely to a limited pool of consumers outside the corporation. After the war, their rarity increased even further, with only twenty unique bobbleheads (a single edition) that can be found across the entire Capital Wasteland.
Vault-Tec also commissioned the creation of custom displays for the bobbleheads. Each stand has space for twenty bobbleheads, one of each type, arranged for each statistic and skill in three rows. Only two stands are confirmed as surviving: One in a house in Megaton and another in a pre-War Tenpenny Tower Suite.
The Vault-Tec bobbleheads are collectibles that permanently boost statistics and skills when picked up.
Each SPECIAL bobblehead adds 1 point to a statistic, while each skill bobblehead adds 10 skill points to a skill. These bonuses cannot exceed the maximums (10 for statistics, 100 for skills). Collecting a bobblehead for a maxed out stat or skill will only count towards the achievements.
- Yes, I play with dolls: Awarded for collecting 10 of them.
- Vault-Tec C.E.O.: Awarded for finding all 20 of them.
Note that with the addition of Broken Steel, it is possible to max out all SPECIAL statistics. The level 30 perk, Almost Perfect, rises all SPECIAL statistics to 9, if below. If statistic bobbleheads are collected afterwards, it results in a character with perfect 10 in all statistics.
Bobbleheads marked with an asterisk (*) can become unobtainable. Please refer to the respective articles for detailed information.
|Bobblehead - Strength *||Megaton: Lucas Simms' house, on the desk in the bedroom (the door to your immediate left at the top of stairs) on the second floor. His house is directly to the right when you enter Megaton.||00038832|
|Bobblehead - Perception||Republic of Dave: In the Museum of Dave, on a bookshelf to the right of the room.||00038833|
|Bobblehead - Endurance||Deathclaw Sanctuary: Inside entrance, on a small platform next to the rotting brahmin corpse.||00038834|
|Bobblehead - Charisma||Vault 108: Cloning Lab, on top of a table in a large room with four beds and a copy of Lying, Congressional Style. The bobblehead is across the room from Lying, Congressional Style.||00038850|
|Bobblehead - Intelligence||Rivet City: Science Lab, downstairs on one of the tables in the center of the lab, next to the lockers. The Science Lab can be reached through the Midship Deck and the Upper Deck.||0003885c|
|Bobblehead - Agility||Greener Pastures Disposal: In the office, on the desk next to an Average locked terminal.||000388e5|
|Bobblehead - Luck||Arlington Cemetery North: In the Arlington House on a hill near the center of the cemetery. It is on a shelf in the basement.||000388e6|
|Bobblehead - Barter||Evergreen Mills: Bazaar, in a dark cave-nook in the corner of the room to the right of Smiling Jack. Jump over the work bench, it's on the right-most shelves.||000388f3|
|Bobblehead - Big Guns||Fort Constantine: CO Quarters (little bungalow), in the basement. It is in an open safe along with some caps, and the ICBM launchcode.||00038906|
|Bobblehead - Energy Weapons *||Raven Rock: On the right desk in Colonel Autumn's bedroom: after you pass the huge door from section 2B to 2C, when two Enclave soldiers come out of the right door, take the left door.||0003892f|
|Bobblehead - Explosives||WKML Broadcast Station: Sealed Cistern, the sewer (manhole cover) behind the station. The manhole cover is tucked into the rocks.||00038930|
|Bobblehead - Lockpick||Bethesda Ruins: Bethesda Offices East, second floor: on a desk under a safe, with an active lamp.||00038931|
|Bobblehead - Medicine *||Vault 101: Dad's medical desk. It can be obtained before you take your G.O.A.T., during Escape! or Trouble on the Homefront. If taken this way, it is in the clinic where you speak to Amata. It is in the clinic's back room on a desk.||00038950|
|Bobblehead - Melee Weapons||Dunwich Building: Go through the Forsaken Dunwich Ruins to get to the Virulant Underchambers. It will be in the center of a room near the exit to Dunwich Building.||00038951|
|Bobblehead - Repair *||Arefu: Evan King's House (requires 50 Lockpick, no karma cost). As soon as you enter, look to your left. It is on the white table.||00038952|
|Bobblehead - Science||Vault 106: After entering the Vault, move downstairs and enter the Living Quarters. Once in the Living Quarters take a left, cross the small bridge in the atrium, then take a right and enter the second door on your left. Follow this hall all the way to the end, kill the insane survivor and cross the room to where the Bobblehead is located.||00038953|
|Bobblehead - Small Guns||National Guard Depot: National Guard Armory, sitting on a shelf in the sealed storage room in the basement. The switch for the utility door to access the armory is found on the 3rd floor that can only be reached by going through the Depot Training Wing and Depot Offices.||00038954|
|Bobblehead - Sneak||Yao guai tunnels: yao guai den, on top of a metal box north east of the big pool of water.||00038955|
|Bobblehead - Speech||Paradise Falls: Eulogy's Pad, on the table right next to the terminal.||00038956|
|Bobblehead - Unarmed||Rockopolis: Due west of Smith Casey's Garage and due north of Girdershade. The entrance (a large boulder) is below a party banner that is lit up at night. The bobblehead is next to Argyle's body.||00038958|
In the Point Lookout add-on, several "fake" Bobbleheads appear (called Schmault-Tec Bubbleheads) during a hallucination sequence as part of the main questline (after you get sprayed with the Mother Punga fumes). These are identical in appearance to normal bobbleheads but are larger in size. They cannot be added to inventory but give the player sarcastic messages.
|Strength||This is one situation you're not going to be able to fight your way out of.|
|Perception||This doesn't look right, not right at all.|
|Endurance||Keep it up, you're almost there... wherever 'there' may be... probably nowhere.|
|Charisma||Blech. If my kid looked like that, I'd abandon it too.|
|Intelligence||Tsk. Tsk. Walked right into another trap. Exactly how stupid are you?|
|Agility||Isn't it funny how everything you get close to ends up leaving|
|Luck||Dead mother, life in a post-nuclear Wasteland and not a friend in it. Yeah, you aren’t exactly blessed.|
- In the Vault-Tec Headquarters, there is a terminal at which employees before the war could get bobbleheads for a deduction from their paycheck. However, by 2277, the bobbleheads have run out of stock. Furthermore, the terminal also says that bobbleheads can only be bought by executives.
- Bobbleheads acquired through console commands cannot be put on your Bobblehead stand, and do not count towards any of the Bobblehead related achievements.
- Bobbleheads from testQAitems can not be put on your bobblehead stand.
- Vault Boy Bobbleheads can be found in Rage, another game published by Bethesda Softworks, and is simply an item you can sell for $150. The item description is "Very rare promotional Vault-Tec item."
Behind the scenes
- The bobbleheads were also used as a Fallout 3 promotional item by Bethesda Softworks, included in the Collector's Edition of the game. They have a generic standing-with-arms-folded pose. A second version of the bobblehead, resembling the Charisma bobblehead was given away in limited quantities at press events prior to the launch of the game. See Fallout 3 promotional items for more information.
- A Vault-Tec bobblehead can be found in RAGE, a reference to Fallout 3.