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Biography and appearance
raceHuman, Caucasian
roleFiend leader
4 of Spades
locationVault 3
appearancesFallout: New Vegas
questsAba Daba Honeymoon
Bounty Killer
SPECIALStrength: 7
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 3
Intelligence: 3
Agility: 6
Luck: 5
derived statsHit Points: 135 → 250 → 380 (DLCs only)
DT: 6
level14 → 37 → 63 (DLCs only) (Player Level x 1.25)
actorJesse Burch
base id000ef3abref id000ef3ad
dialogue fileMotor-Runner's dialogue

Dinnertime, boys!

— Motor-Runner

Motor-Runner is the leader of the Fiends, located in Vault 3 in 2281, currently fighting against the NCR.


Motor-Runner is described as being the sanest of the Fiends and infamous for taking the heads of people he has killed.[1] Motor-Runner was able to control the band of deranged, chemed-up psychotics and organize them into a credible fighting force, the Fiends, and even establish a base of operations out of Vault 3. Ranger Bryce Anders remarks that Motor-Runner has survived several previous NCR assassination attempts, which prompted Colonel Hsu to give Anders the mission of killing the Fiend leader personally. He can be found in his 'throne room' in the Vault 3 maintenance wing flanked by his two guard dogs, BoneGnash and GhashBone.

Interactions with the player character[edit]

Interactions overview[edit]

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This character is involved in quests.


Other interactions[edit]

  • The Courier can sell him various drugs (Jet, Psycho, etc.) for 20 caps (or 22 caps, if the player passes the barter check) if you pass a speech check at the entrance of Vault 3 when speaking to the Fiend at the door. 22 caps is more than the player will ever be able to receive from selling drugs valued at 20, with the exception of one instance involving Ricky.
  • If the player kill him and bring back his helmet to Colonel Hsu you get an extra speech option and you will receive additional reputation with NCR.


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Raider armor
Motor-Runner's helmet
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Carried items
44-56 Bottle caps
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Drops on death
No additional items


"The NCR sent me here to take care of you." "I was thinking we could make an arrangement." "I could just tell them you are dead. For a price." "I'll pay you, I'm sure I can make up the difference from NCR." "The NCR is leaving you alone, 150 seems like a small price to pay."

  • If you passed the speech check in the very beginning, then sell several drugs to him, then choose to follow the Colonel's orders, it is possible to kill him without going into sneak mode or even causing him to attack you.
  • Killing Motor-Runner is one of the few ways to obtain a chainsaw in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • Motor-Runner has the unique perk Motor Runner's Buff, which grants him 20% DR in addition to the 5 DT he receives from his armor and helmet. It also grants him +10 damage on all melee attacks. This unique perk is similar to the effects of the drug slasher.
  • If you kill Motor-Runner while the Fiends are hostile they will no longer attack unless provoked. This may be because they are lost without a leader and don't know what to do.


Motor-Runner appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • If you saved in front of him and asking for his helmet for the first time, reloading your save-game after he gave to you, sometimes you will see Motor-Runner without his helmet. This bug can be fixed reloading again.
  • If you try to kill him reverse-pickpocketing a live mine/granade the game will freeze (PS3)
  • Even if you ask him for his helmet every time, you will never give him caps. So enjoy having the helmets for free.
  • Another bug appears to be if you have more than 1 Motor-Runner's helmet in your inventory. The dialog about Motor-Runner death for Colonel Hsu will not appear. This bug can be fixed using SetQuestObject 000F3797 0, by dropping all the helmets and let only one to be in your inventory. After finishing the quest, you can take them back.
  • Trying to sell ALL of your jet/Buffout/Psycho from your personal stash to Motor-Runner might not work (option is available, but nothing happens). Selling single doses of jet/Buffout/Psycho still works, though. Possible reason for this: you might have stolen chems from the Vault 3 Fiends. Since you cannot sell items to the faction you stole it from this option doesn't work. It could also be possible that there is a problem with the player carrying "Dixon's jet" which is bought in Freeside. Tested on Xbox, the "sell All" options don't work regardless.
  • If you are able to unload your chems on him, be aware that you can't simply pick them back up off his body after killing him. Similarly, the caps he had available for buying your chems do not appear on his body if you choose not to sell to him. Plan accordingly.
  • If you exhaust all dialog options before approaching him for the Aba Daba Honeymoon he may have no dialog and simply respond like any other fiend in the vault rendering the quest incompletable.
  • Even if you ask him to give you caps with a high Speech skill, he still rejects the offer.


  1. "I can't tell you how many times we thought we'd taken him out, only to have him show up again later, taking more heads off of fallen troopers." - James Hsu