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There's no real equivalent to them in the NCR. Centurions are battle-born, elite officers who earn their rank with blood and sweat. They wear special outfits, too, pieced together from the armor of all their defeated enemies. Good commanders, tough opponents.”— Chief Hanlon describing the centurions., Fallout: New Vegas
Caesar based this rank on the centurion of the ancient Roman army. These legionaries are those whom have become battle-hardened and earned their rank through blood and sweat. These are Caesar's most trusted commanders, and they prove their worth on the field. Of particular note is the Red Okie Centuria consisting of Veteran legionaries. Although their main duty is to command centuria, they are also known to led teams of Legionary assassins.
Indoctrinated in the Cult of Mars since birth, these
Ancient Roman centurions were recognizable by the horizontal fanned plume on their helmets and the greave plates on their shins.
Centurions are the most skilled and experienced members of the Legion's military; a legionary must personally serve in many campaigns and kill numerous opponents before they can qualify to become a centurion. Each centurion leads a centuria of 80 men (which includes 8 to 16 Decanus officers). A group of 8 centurions leads a cohort of 480 men (the largest military unit in the Legion). Centurions are rarely encountered in the Mojave wasteland; due to their vast experience they are too valuable to squander on minor scouting skirmishes, and Caesar is saving most of his centurions for his climactic assault on Hoover Dam.
While centurions do not have quite as much health as specialist elite units such as Legionary Assassins, Legion Vexillarii, or Praetorian guards, their Legion centurion armor is by far the strongest armor available to Caesar's Legion; built from armor pieces taken from enemies that a centurion has personally killed (including components from super mutant armor and power armor), it offers virtually the same level of protection as NCR Ranger combat armor. They are also equipped with the best weaponry the Legion has available.
Two different types of centurions appear in Fallout: New Vegas. The first type, referred to as Legion centurion, will appear randomly in the Wasteland leading hit squads sent after the player if they have heavily negative factional reputation with Caesar's Legion. Their health and stats are actually identical to those of a Veteran decanus officer. However, their Legion centurion armor is vastly superior to the armor worn by lower-ranking Legion officers. They are also noticeably better equipped, carrying both a chainsaw and a hunting shotgun.
The second type of centurion, referred to as simply centurion, appears exclusively during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. Their level and stats are random, based primarily on the player's current level. They are equipped with thermic lances or super sledges as well as hunting rifles, Marksman carbines or anti-materiel rifles. Also, they carry several healing items on them, such as purified water, healing powder, and bitter drink.
Interactions with the player character
|This character has no special interactions.|
|Name (Base ID)||Statistics||Behavior||Abilities||Items|
|Legion centurion armor |
|Machete gladius or|
Thermic lance or
Hunting shotgun or
Marksman carbine or
Drops on death
Centurions appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- The Courier: "Tell me about centurions."
Hanlon: "There's no real equivalent to them in the NCR. Centurions are battle-born, elite officers who earned their rank with blood and sweat. They wear special outfits, too, pieced together from the armor of all their defeated enemies. Good commanders, tough opponents."
- Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints: "Caesar's most trusted commanders are the centurions: battle-hardened front-line officers who dress in patchwork armor pieced together from their fallen foes."
- The Courier: "What's the Legion been up to?"
Hanlon: "Word is that the Legion's old timers have shown up, Caesar's veterans from the Red Okie Centuria and what was the Painted Rock tribe. They're the best of the best and the baddest of the bad. Short of a centurion or praetorian, they don't come any tougher. You come across a pack of them, weigh your options carefully."