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This page is about the raiders faction. For the location in New California of the same name that appears in Fallout, see Raiders (base). For the location in Fallout 2, see Mercenaries' cave.
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For the raiders that appear in Fallout 3, see Raiders (Fallout 3). For the raider gangs that appear in Fallout 4, see Raiders (Fallout 4).
Raiders
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The emblem of the Khans, one of the largest and most long-lived raider tribes
Territory
Notable LocationsNew California
Capital Wasteland
Mojave Wasteland
Commonwealth
Texas Wasteland
Relations and associations
Child EntitiesWestern North America:

80s
Fiends
Jackals
Khans
Powder gangers
Vipers
White Legs
Yakuza

The Midwest


Reaver Movement
Texas raiders

Eastern North America


Ashur's Empire
Raiders (Fallout 3)
Gunners


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Raiders is a term used to describe groups of humans living outside regular social hierarchy established by the survivors of the Great War, which lead a parasitic lifestyle, stealing what they need from other survivors and often injuring or killing those they prey on. The term is loosely defined and is applied regardless of the presence or absence of law.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The term is used across the former United States, applied to various groups that are often wildly different. The common denominator is the fact that under pre-War law, raiders would be considered criminals. The conduct of raider groups differs greatly, as does their propensity for violence. However, they can be roughly divided according to the region they inhabit.

Western North America[edit | edit source]

The West is rife with various types of raider groups. The most well known are the three tribes that emerged from Vault 15, though there are plenty of other, smaller groups without a distinct style or history. The one common trait is that they are focused on getting rich quick, at the expense of others. These include the Morton brothers and their posses.

By 2241, a distinct type of raiders emerged, offering their services to the highest bidder. These paramilitary groups (Mercenary Raiders, Press Gangs, or robbers) are focused on fulfilling their employer's wishes, rather than raiding without regard.

Smaller gangs that technically fit the raider definition continue to exist, such as the Greasers and Scorpions in outer Vegas.

80s[edit | edit source]

Main article: 80s

A group of raiders claiming territory along Interstate 80 in the 23rd century. The 80s are known for raiding frontier towns for supplies and kidnapping people. They are rightly feared for their ability to cover large areas of land with very few men.[1] Beyond that, they are alleged to be cannibalistic in addition to the standard aggressive and self-destructive behavior.[2]

Fiends[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fiends

The fiends are one of the least organized, but perhaps most distinct raider tribes to emerge in the 23rd century. Made savage by excessive chem use, the chem fiends are essentially violent junkies, whose aggressive raids have nonetheless allowed them to amass a sizable stockpile of weapons and become a constant thorn in the NCR's side. They are easily distinguished by their headgear: a bighorner skull mounted on top of a leather helmet.[3]

Jackals[edit | edit source]

Main article: Jackals

A group of raiders that emerged from Vault 15, the Jackals were commonly considered insane cannibals, with every action they took subjugated to one rule: Survival. The Jackals commonly use group tactics to overwhelm their enemies, but due to a lack of coordination and cowardice, they will instantly retreat whenever they doubt they can win. Their bands shelter in various hideaways and fighting over spoils is not uncommon. Around 2131, the Jackals fled New California after the Khans defeated and brutalized them.[4]

Isolated groups of the Jackals would hold out on the fringes of the NCR, though the constant skirmishing with a militarily superior force reduced them to disorganized bands of petty bandits and highwaymen.[5]

Khans[edit | edit source]

Main articles: Khans, New Khans, Great Khans

One of the longest lived raider tribes to emerge out of Vault 15 in 2141, the Khans were among the most powerful raider tribes in New California. Their lifestyle was influenced by historical Mongol tribes, causing them to raid towns (Shady Sands was their common target), enslaving humans, and above all, respect strength.[4]

The Khans have a long history, with its major eras punctuated by major defeats. Around 2161, the primary war part of Khans was wiped out by the Vault Dweller, with only a single survivor, Darion.[6] Darion later dedicated his life to rebuilding the Khans. The New Khans were later wiped out by the NCR and the Chosen One around 2242.[7] The remainder of the New Khans migrated west, to the Mojave Wasteland. The Great Khans of the Mojave suffered further at the hands of the NCR, when the Bitter Springs Massacre happened in 2278, resulting in the deaths of their women, children, and the elderly, as well as forcing resettlement into the Red Rock Canyon.[8]

Powder Gangers[edit | edit source]

Main article: Powder Gangers

The youngest of raider groups, the Powder Gangers emerged when a prisoner riot at the New California Republic Correctional Facility in Nevada resulted in the loss of control over the prison. The gangers, dressed in inmate clothing and guard uniforms stripped off the NCR prison guards, terrorize Highway 93 with the use of their sizable stash of explosives.[9] Their attacks on Sloan and the caravans passing through the area shut down Highway 93, allowing deathclaws to move into Quarry Junction.[10]

Vipers[edit | edit source]

Main article: Vipers

The third of raider groups that originated in Vault 15. They are the most interesting of the three, as they are all followers of a religion worshiping mutated snakes. They emphasize stealth and night raids in their combat doctrine, and tend to use bone knives dipped in viper poison to paralyze and abduct their prey.[4] The Vipers were soundly defeated in their first attack on the Hub, and retreated into the wastes to build up their strength. By the 2150s, their growing numbers led them to launch a campaign of aggression against the Hub. Their religious fervor made them fearsome enemies. Their campaign drew attention from the Brotherhood. The order underestimated the religious fervor, which led to the death of High Elder Maxson II. His son, John Maxson, ascended to the post of High Elder and Rhombus became Head of the Paladins, conducting a campaign exterminate the Vipers. Ultimately, the strength of the Vipers was broken within a month and the bulk of survivors fled New California, following in the steps of the Jackals.[11] Just like the Jackals, they were gradually reduced to petty raiders, losing much of their unique culture as the pressure from the NCR and other survivors whittled their numbers down.[5]

White Legs[edit | edit source]

Main article: White Legs

One of the most primitive raider tribes, the White Legs originated in Utah, near Salt Lake City. They are scavengers, lacking the most basic skills necessary to sustain themselves. Normally considered violent, but harmless to larger communities, the collapse of the Desert Rangers led to their spread over the Utah stretch of Interstate 15.[12] Around 2281, the White Legs were provided with superior weapons by Ulysses and used to raze New Canaan on the orders from Caesar. Their pursuit of Canaanites led them to mount an attack on Zion Canyon. However, they were ultimately unsuccessful in their pursuit and eventually exterminated.

Yakuza[edit | edit source]

Main article: Yakuza

A small group of opportunistic raiders preying on survivors around New Reno in 2241. Although they profess adherence to the ancient doctrine of Bushido, they are very similar to the Jackals, fleeing easily. They do, however, use an unique melee weapon: The wakizashi.

The Midwest[edit | edit source]

Gray paragraphs are based on Fallout Tactics and may not be entirely canon The great plains of the Midwest were home to various settlements and varied groups of raiders, all distinctly different. However, the arrival of Gammorin's Army and subsequent onslaught of Calculator's robots. By 2197, the raiders were forced into a full-on retreat east, banding together into a loosely organized confederation under the strongest raider chieftains (Luke Daniels, Bo Duffy, Daisy-May Gomer, and Jesse Gomer). Their plan was to solidify their position near the Great Lakes and then push back west.[13] The raider campaign was met with decisive retaliation by the Brotherhood, destroying their hold over the region.[14]

Smaller groups of raiders would persist as a nuisance, but they had no distinguishing characteristics and were swiftly exterminated. Only two were more notable: The Red Stingers, Quincy rebels who tried to establish their rule in Coldwater, only to be destroyed by the Brotherhood. The other was the Reaver Movement.

Reaver Movement[edit | edit source]

Main article: Reaver Movement

The Reaver Movement was founded many decades before 2197 in the Midwest. They were originally garden variety raiders, but their discovery of a large military cache[15] led to their gradual transformation into a group of violent religious fanatics obsessed with the procurement of technology. Operating out of Newton, Kansas, they spread throughout the Midwest, clashing with survivors, robots, and the Brotherhood of Steel in their zealous pursuit of tech. By 2197, they were forced to call out to the Brotherhood for help in return for their knowledge. The Reavers were absorbed by the Eastern Brotherhood and ceased to exist as a separate organization.[16][17]

Texas raiders[edit | edit source]

Gray paragraphs are based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and were not confirmed by primary sourcesThe former state of Texas hosted an unique, matriarchal group of raiders under Jane. Operating out of the Carbon mill with the Mayor as their puppet, the raiders acted as puppets to Attis, used to gather slaves for his attempt to resurrect the Unity's FEV program.[18]

Eastern North America[edit | edit source]

Capital Wasteland[edit | edit source]

Raider groups that infest the eastern seaboard are some of the most primitive human groups to emerge in the wastelands. They are anarchic bands of violent outcasts, preying on anything and anyone weaker than themselves in an attempt to see the light of another day. There are a few exceptions: The largest group of raiders founded Evergreen Mills, one of the largest settlements in the Capital Wasteland, ruled by raider despots and rumored to maintain trade relations with the slavers.[19] However, the largest organized group of raiders makes residence in the ruins of Pittsburgh.

Ashur's Empire[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Pitt

The raiders of the Pitt are an organized paramilitary force protecting the Pitt, ruled with an iron fist by Ishmael Ashur, a former Paladin of Lyon's expeditionary force, who was lost in the city during the Scourge. Ashur established his rule after he discovered that the steel mills of Pittsburgh could be made to work again.[20] He harnessed the raiders, pressing them into service and organizing them into an army. Those that couldn't fight were put to work as slaves, restoring the mill, and creating an economical basis for the city. By 2277, the Pitt and its raiders were one of the most powerful groups on the eastern seaboard, hardly even qualifying for this term, as they were the military arm of a city manufacturing its own goods.[21] Ashur continues to lord over the Pitt, building his vast raider army and the economical might of the Pitt, until he can fulfill his goals of freeing his people from the ravages of sickness and uniting the wastelands under his banner.[22]

The Commonwealth[edit | edit source]

Raider groups that infest this region are not just some of the most primitive human groups to emerge in the wastelands. They are small anarchic bands of violent outcasts, preying on anything and anyone weaker than themselves. They are plentiful, ruthless, and extremely aggressive—nether are they particularly bright. Large groups can be a handful, and some gangs contain particularly strong members, but most raiders are poorly equipped and all too accustomed to preying on the regions most vulnerable denizens. Although predominantly human, there are some Ghouls among their numbers. Many gangs also include one or more attack dogs.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Raiders appear in all Fallout games.

References[edit source]

  1. The Courier: "Were the 80s a gang, or a tribe?"
    Stella: "What's the difference? Raiders is raiders. Bunch of them swept in to town and dragged off two working girls. Deputies and me gave pursuit, straight into 80s territory. By the time we caught up with the girls, there wasn't much left of them. So we turned for home. Made it back to Caliente without further losses, but we was watched the whole way. Never seen so few people cover so much land. Goddamn creepy. If the 80s had wanted to kill us, we would've been dead. Guess they figured we weren't worth the trouble."
    (Stella's dialogue (Honest Hearts))
  2. The Courier: "I haven't been through Utah recently - what's the situation like?"
    Jed Masterson: "Well, it ain't good, I'll tell you that. It's not like the Mojave or the NCR - hell, even Arizona under Caesar is safer. You got raiders all over the damn place, tribes of degenerates that'll eat you as soon as look at you, regional warlords... the works. Not too many decent places to stop and trade. New Canaan's one of the only ones left I know about."
    The Courier: "Tell me about the raiders."
    Jed Masterson: "They're about what you'd expect - crazy, jacked up on chems, violent as hell, and not too bright. The worst are the 80s, but we won't be passing through their turf on this run."
    (Jed Masterson's dialogue)
  3. Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints: "Made savage by excessive chem use, the Fiends of New Vegas are the most numerous and troublesome raiders of the Mojave Wasteland."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fallout Bible 6 Raiders in general: "The Jackals: The first clan, the Jackals, is your typical group of crazies. They have no morals except one: survival. They use group tactics to overmatch their enemies. They are craven cowards, though, and will not attack unless they know they can win. They band together in their hideaway and fight over the spoils.
    The Vipers: The second clan, the Vipers, are mysterious followers of an ancient religion (or so they claim). They usually only come out at night to hunt for food or to conduct raids. They are very ruthless when it comes to combat. They prefer stealth to strength. They usually carry bone knives dipped in Pit Viper venom. This poison, when in the blood stream, paralyzes the victim. Most victims captured in this way are taken back to their hideout.
    The Khans: The last group, the Khans, is probably the most dangerous. They live the lifestyles of Mongol warriors, raiding towns, burning what they cannot take and capturing the survivors for use as slaves. They usually travel in small scouting bands, but sometimes they roam as full war parties. The Khans above all else respect strength. They are eager in combat to prove their worthiness to the clan by engaging in hand to hand combat with fists or clubs. The Khans carry very few firearms (since they are for cowards). Anyone showing superior strength is worthy of their respect. The leader of the Khans is so because no one has beaten him in combat.
    One interesting thing listed in the original documentation is that all raider bands were supposedly all from Vault 15 after it opened, but they all splintered off into different groups from the overpopulated Vault.
    All of these raider groups officially exist in the Fallout universe, though only the Khans are in southern California at the start of Fallout 1. The handful of Vipers that survived Rhombus' campaign of extermination in 2155 fled North and East, following the same path the Jackals took after they had their asses handed to them by the Khans thirty years before."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints: "Brutalized by the NCR, the once-legendary Vipers and Jackals gangs have become little more than opportunistic, petty raiders."
  6. Tandi's dialogue: "{183}{tand14a}{That's right. For scaring off the raiders. They kept clear of Shady Sands afterwards we got time to get ourselves set up. We made him a hero... even if we didn't believe a word about him coming from Vault 13.}"
  7. Fallout 2 canon endings.
  8. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.458: "Important Dates"
    "2278 Following the abduction and killing of four soldiers, NCR troops assault the Great Khans' settlement at Red Rock Canyon and massacre several dozen men, women, and children. This event goes unreported in NCR press."
    Note: the Guide erroneously states that Red Rock Canyon, rather than Bitter Springs, was attacked by the NCR.
  9. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.43-44: "Powder Gangers"
    "The NCR Correctional Facility is the dominant location of the central Mojave Wasteland. In the distant past, it was the Jean Conservancy, a low-security all-female prison. Under recent NCR control, it was used to house prisoners on work release. The prisoners worked the railroad parallel to the Long 15 under NCR trooper supervision, maintaining the vital land link between the Boneyard and New Vegas. Eventually, prison guards (NCR troopers) were pulled away to run Colorado River boarder patrol. When the guard staff was low, the prisoners executed a daring and violent escape."
    "Because the rail crews often used explosives (typically dynamite) to blast through rock or get rid of train cars that were locked/fixed to the line, the prisoners inevitably acquired small amounts that they hid in their cells. When they made their break, they blasted their way out. The interior of the prison was clearly the scene of a large riot where the prisoners used explosives, improvised weapons, and stolen NCR trooper equipment to break through multiple walls and scatter through the desert. A lot of the prisoners weren't in on the escape plan formally; they just got caught up in the moment. Consequently, a lot of them didn't really know where to go when the dust settled. A large contingent of Powder Gangers can be found in Vault 19 through many squatted in the prison and have been informally raiding since then."
  10. The Courier: "Where'd the Deathclaws come from?"
    Chomps Lewis: "They moved into the quarry after the Powder Gangers came through and made off with most of our dynamite. We shut the quarry down while we waited for the NCR to get us some more blasting sticks, but now the Deathclaws have shown up. The NCR's a no-show, and my men and I have got nothing to do but sit on our asses all day. It's damn frustrating."
    (Chomps Lewis' dialogue)
  11. Fallout Bible 6 The Vipers: "Defeat at the Hub in 2125: Their failed attempt to raid the Hub during the Hub's formative years, stopped almost solely by Angus, the founder of the Hub. Angus' defense caused the Vipers to retreat north, and they roamed the wastes for many, many years, occasionally attacking caravans and small settlements. Around the early 2150s, however, the Vipers had grown to their former strength from captured slaves and caravan drivers and had begun to establish a power base in the badlands to the North of the Hub (and south of the Lost Hills Bunker). Driven by a religious frenzy (and the need to provide for their much larger numbers of soldiers and disciples), they began raiding more frequently than before, attracting the attention of the Brotherhood of Steel. The Brotherhood sent out a few squads of scouts to track the raiders down - it was more of a training exercise conducted by John Maxson's father, as the Brotherhood was convinced that small detachment of troops in Power Armor would be sufficient to deal with a group of raiders, no matter how large.
    Near Extermination by the Brotherhood of Steel in 2155: One Brotherhood squad found the Vipers, and during the firefight, John Maxson's father (who was leading the squad) was killed with a poisoned arrow. The response from the Brotherhood was immediate. The Paladins, now led by Rhombus, began a full scale campaign against the Vipers, tracking them down and wiping out almost all of their members within the span of a month. A handful of Vipers were able to flee north and east into the mountain range, but they were never heard from again.
    During the campaign, the Brotherhood sent a few scouts and emissaries to the Hub to track down Vipers members, and from these beginnings, the Hub and the Brotherhood began full trade relations (caravans had delivered to the Brotherhood before, but not long after the destruction of the Vipers, caravan trains ran directly from the Hub to the Brotherhood on a regular basis). So some good did come out of the Vipers' presence in the wastes, for what it's worth."
  12. The Courier: "What do you know about the White Legs?"
    Stella: "Used to be they raided northeast of Caliente, time to time. But then the Desert Rangers fell apart ten years ago, absorbed into the NCR. Soon enough the White Legs were swarming all over that stretch of I-15. Folks learned not to head north if they wanted to keep their scalps. Eventually the White Legs destroyed the bridges across the Virgin River, over in Arizona. End of discussion."
    (Stella's dialogue (Honest Hearts))
  13. Freeport debriefing: "One bit of information was learned. It seems some bandit groups are meeting some kind of opposition in the West. We didn't get any details, but the raiders have never won a conflict with this new presence. This could be just fearful mutterings of superstitious raiders, but it would give reason to their heightened activities in this region. The Brotherhood must investigate this new possible threat."
  14. Brahmin Wood mission briefing: "Two nights ago, raiders invaded the resource rich tribal village of Brahmin Wood. Their losses have been heavy and they are now ready to accept the Brotherhood's conditions for protection. We will return their lands and rescue these primitive people in exchange for food and a portion of their older children for new recruits. We must expand our ranks to meet our objectives, which makes every village count.
    I don't know what is driving the raiders this close to our base of operations, but they have been punishing the surrounding area. Brahmin Wood is one of many villages that is now occupied by raiders. The inhabitants that did not escape, have been slain or imprisoned. Make no mistake Initiate, they have killed a fair amount of our Brothers. Do not underestimate them."
  15. A post by Gareth 'Section8' Davies on Duck and Cover forums. [1]
  16. MIS 19 Speech.txt: "A Reaver delegate arrived earlier today bringing news that a large robot force has all but annihilated the main Reaver camp in Newton. The Reaver's numbers have been devastated by relentless attacks and will soon be destroyed unless we intervene. Normally, the Brotherhood would gladly allow one enemy to destroy another, but the Reavers have something to offer."
  17. MIS 15 Speech.txt: "You'll have to excuse me, but we're having a bit more excitement here than we're used to. With that robot attacking, and now those Reavers bandits trying to get the robot parts, well, I'm getting pretty damn fed up."
  18. Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
  19. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.42: "Raiders"
    "Chaos and anarchy. Or if you prefer, anarchy and chaos. Raiders revel in both. Numerous Raider groups dot the wasteland. Most are no more than a handful of people scraping out a living by preying on anything weaker than them. They have no driving purpose or goal, other than to live to see tomorrow and raise as much hell as possible today.
    The largest known band of Raiders has set up a crude city in Evergreen Mills. This well-defended canyon gives them a base of operations. Rumor has it they trade with Slavers, selling their captives for cash."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  20. Diary 3: The Mill: "Marie, you know those fights in the Mill's arena? Well, its first fight was when I woke up to someone pulling me out from a pile of rubble. At first I thought it was my brothers pulling me to safety. Instead, it was a scavenger trying to steal my armor. She didn't get it. But I learned she had a whole family of scavengers. They'd make raids into the city for gear from the Mill. And that gave me an idea. This was the only working steel mill we'd ever seen. In a world of leftovers, it was a chance to build again. And that was worth any price. The scavengers saw me as a god, so along with my Brotherhood know-how, it was easy to set up the basics. We started to build a city."
  21. Diary 4: The Cure: "As word of a new settlement got out, the city started growing, and fast. When Raiders attacked, I'd kill the leader and recruit the rest. I had to. The city's disease meant we couldn't have children, so recruiting was the only way to grow. And as we grew, the Mill needed more workers. And, yes, that meant recruiting workers by force. I'm not proud of it, but it's the only way to keep the city supplied and armed. But it was always a temporary solution, until our best scientist found a way to cure the city's epidemic. Sandra and I worked on it day and night. And after one, particularly late night of work, we were blessed with a cure. It's the cure inside you, Marie. Even now, we're doing everything we can to figure out how to share your gift with the city - while keeping you safe, of course! So by the time you're old enough to hear this, you'll already be a hero. Congratulations, Marie. You've already saved us all. I knew you would."
  22. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.61: "Ashur
    Leader of the Pitt Raiders, Ashur is an imposing force in The Pitt, commanding respect through fear and accomplishments and his part in past atrocities. He was part of the Brotherhood of Steel forces that tore through The Pitt in a cataclysmic clash known as the Scourge. He remained, ruling the masses while seeking technological breakthroughs that could help heal the population from the ravages of "the sickness." His secondary plan is to continue to build up his army of Pitt Raiders, weaning out the infirm or incompetent in the Arena, and then march on the Wasteland, reuniting it and The Pitt. He is married to Sandra, who has recently given birth to a beautiful baby daughter."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)