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Josh Laurence

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Josh Laurence
FO2 Redding Josh.PNG
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
LocationLast Gasp Saloon and Funeral Parlor, Mining camp, Redding
Dialogue FileRCJOSH.MSG
SPECIALStrength: 6
Perception: 5
Endurance: 7
Charisma: 4
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 6
Luck: 4
Derived StatsHit points: 36
Armor class: 6
Action points: 8
Carry weight: 175
Unarmed damage: 0
Melee damage: 1
Sequence: 10
Healing rate: 2
Experience points: 55
Normal DT/DR: 0/0%
Laser DT/DR: 0/0%
Fire DT/DR: 0/0%
Plasma DT/DR: 0/0%
Electrical DT/DR: 0/0%
EMP DT/DR: 0/500%
Explode DT/DR: 0/0%
Tag SkillsNone
Proto id00000067 (Strong Peasant)

I couldn't make ends meet just burying people - you might say business was dead. Oh, it was a grave matter. So I undertook the job of fixing up my place to sell drinks, too.

Josh Laurence is the proprietor of the Last Gasp Saloon and Funeral Parlor in Redding in Fallout 2.


Tall and thin, Laurence reflexively sizes everyone up for coffins, even if they are a long way away from the grave. Ever since his business has gained a bad rep due to the wanamingos/Mutated Pig Rats digging up buried bodies, Laurence expanded the offer of his funeral parlor and now offers drinks,[1] competing with the Malamute Saloon. He brings a lifetime of experience into this undertaking, mostly in the form of atrocious puns.

Josh is fairly prejudiced against tribal peoples and considers them cannibals who eat their dead. Despite the fact that he rummages the corpses he buries for valuables himself, this is a grave matter and cannot be simply buried and left alone. He also has a fetish for cute dead people.[2]

Interactions with the player character

interactions overview

This character is a merchant. Sells: Alcohol

Effects of player actions

  • If the player has a Grave Digger reputation, Josh will refuse to have anything to do with them.
  • An intelligent player character can remark that Josh's establishment would do Lucretia Borgia proud.
  • Asking how he knows the bodies don't have anything valuable on them will result in him giving the Chosen One a beer.


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Assault carbine icon.png
+ 20 12 gauge shells
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Carried items
Various amount of $
4 Morningstar mine scrips
5 Kokoweef mine scrips
Pocket lint
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Drops on death


Josh Laurence appears only in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes

In regards to Josh Laurence's sense of humor in his unique profession, mortician/bartender of the Last Gasp Saloon and Funeral Parlor, the Chosen One can tell him that he finds him creepy. In response Josh Laurence, offended, makes a comment about tribals eating their dead, to which the Chosen One can remark "How else could we grok their essence?". This is an allusion to Grok in the 1961 science-fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.


  1. The Chosen One: "{110}{}{What is this place, exactly?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{121}{}{This is the Last Gasp Saloon and Funeral Parlor. A full service establishment. Bottle to Grave is our motto.}"
    The Chosen One: "{122}{}{That seems like a bizarre combination, Josh.}"
    Josh Laurence: "{139}{}{That it is. But I couldn't make ends meet just burying people - you might say business was dead. Oh, it was a grave matter. So I undertook the job of fixing up my place to sell drinks, too.}"
    The Chosen One: "{140}{}{Uh-huh. I'm almost afraid to ask you anything else now. But I guess I will anyway.}"
    The Chosen One: "{141}{}{Uh, doesn't it throw people off their feed to see all the stiffs in here?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{143}{}{Well, it would, if they was all real. But they ain't. Not all of 'em, anyway. 'Sides, the miners kinda like it. Makes 'em feel lucky to be alive.}"
  2. The Chosen One:"{114}{}{What's going on in town lately?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{137}{}{Well, not a whole lot that I pay attention too. Mostly my business is kinda quiet. Still as the grave, you might say. Although, lately, that don't mean so much.}"
    The Chosen One: "{138}{}{Huh? What do you mean?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{160}{}{I've been spending time reburying people in the graveyard next door. Someone - or something - keeps diggin' 'em up. Dunno why. I mean, it ain't like they have anything valuable on 'em.}"
    The Chosen One: "{162}{}{How do you know that they don't have anything valuable on them?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{164}{}{Well, I don't know fer certain like…Uh, um. I was just guessin'. Yeah, that's it. Hey, have a free beer.}"
    The Chosen One: "{166}{}{Thanks for the beer. What do you mean that something's digging them up?}"
    Josh Laurence: "{170}{}{Disturbin' is what it is. Now miners are tellin' me that they'd rather rest out their final days here inside, rather than get planted only to be pulled back up like an overripe turnip. Hell, I wouldn't mind saving the cute ones inside, but not everyone. I don't know what all to do about it.}"
    The Chosen One: "{171}{}{What a pleasant image that is. I'm sure that I'll wake up in a cold sweat thinking about that one. Let me ask you something else.}"