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A lone surviving dog

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A lone surviving dog

The Pariah[1] is a Fallout 2 special encounter.


A great misfortune has befallen those who fell here, and you would do well to leave before it falls upon you. Leave before 10 seconds have elapsed, and you should miss the Luck check. They are repeated every 10 seconds. Fail a check, and that harmless looking skinny dog named Pariah will join your party, over the party limit. It reduces your luck to one, or two if you have the Gifted trait, and gives you the Jinxed trait.


  • The requirement for this special encounter is Level 10.
  • Pariah will use all of its seven AP to run to the nearest exit of any map once combat starts, and it has 750 HP. Once it dies, both the perk and the stat decrease disappear, except in the truly rare case of it being killed with a zero damage critical.
  • He can be killed by luring him onto the electrified floor on level two of the Sierra Army Depot; his finely tuned survival sense only works in the specific context of combat. Or extract his brains, for this process yields two brains, in the organ extraction chamber on level 3, for a -200 to Karma.
  • Like the Masticator boxer in New Reno, Pariah gives a stat decrease that can actually be used exploitatively. Gain Luck and the mutually exclusive Hubologists' zeta scans, if they are received before encountering the dog, stop the decrease in Luck, but the increase in Luck that would normally occur to restore Luck, when the dog dies, instead adds Luck. NCR's zeta scan gives +2 Luck / -1 Luck, SF's, +1 Luck and +1 Intelligence / -1 Luck, depending on...luck. Save / reload.


A lone surviving dog appears in Fallout 2.


  1. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.118: "The Pariah
    Low luck isn't very fun, but it only gets worse if you adopt the craven canine that sulks near the wagons of these plague victims."