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Mysterious Stranger/Fallout: New Vegas

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Mysterious Stranger
Mysterious Stranger.png
Fallout: New Vegas
RequirementsLevel 10, Luck 6
EffectsThe Mysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. to help you
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For the various characters throughout the Fallout series, see Mysterious Stranger (character).

With this Perk, you have gained the attention of a Mysterious Stranger, who will appear to help you from time to time. If your ally is lost in combat, do not expect him or her to be replaced.

Fallout description

Mysterious Stranger is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.

Effect[edit | edit source]

Mysterious Stranger Coming Mysterious Stranger Missing

The perk activates a 10% chance for the Stranger to appear whenever they are using V.A.T.S. When the Mysterious ally appears in all his trenchcoat and fedora glory, he will empty his .44 Magnum revolver into the target, dealing 18 002 of damage (9 001 base + 9 001 critical damage at 100% multiplier) per shot. One shot is enough to kill any enemy, but the Stranger will always fire all six shots for a potential 108 012 points of damage. The game keeps track of the visits and will list them under the Stats/General tab in the Pip-Boy 3000.

Note that Grim Reaper's Sprint will not activate if the Mysterious Stranger appears, as they're dependent on the player character dealing the killing blow. Furthermore, as the Stranger dies not use a script, but is an actual NPC spawned by the game with a functioning weapon, it's possible for him to spawn stuck in a wall, submerged in water, or otherwise placed in a position where all six shots will miss or he will kill the player (if he spawns in a way that places the player in his line of fire). Player weapons that deal area of effect damage can affect the Stranger, but he cannot be killed.

The game features a companion perk, called Miss Fortune, which applies a variety of debuffs and fatigue damage to the target, rather than killing them outright.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • The spawning can also bug out in a number of ways, with the game correctly playing the jingle, but the Stranger not appearing, or him appearing, but not shooting the target (if the player has already killed it with the VATS attack). The Magnum can also jam, forcing the Stranger to reload, rather than fire. The VATS sequence can also stay active for several seconds, before resuming, during which enemies have a window of opportunity for an attack.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The Mysterious Stranger perk was originally designed by Scott Bennie.
  • The Mysterious Stranger in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas wears a fedora and overcoat, like the protagonists of 1950s film noir.

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