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Regulator (Fallout 3)

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Biography and appearance
LocationCapital Wasteland
Dialogue File[[]]
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
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ActorShari Elliker (female)

We're the Regulators. We've dedicated our lives to bringing the evil to justice. And out here in the Wasteland, there's only one brand of justice: the gun.

The Regulators are a group of vigilantes who wear cowboy-style hats and Regulator dusters in the fashion of pre-war gunslingers and outlaws.


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Regulators wear unique dusters. They are usually equipped with combat shotguns, chinese assault rifles, and combat knives, though they occasionally also use Laser pistols and Laser rifles. They deal roughly the same amount of damage as Talon Company Mercs, though their lack of armor makes them easier to kill. If you have Evil or Very Evil Karma, three-man Regulator patrols will occasionally ambush and attack you.

Known members


  • There is a creature spawn point near the HQ. If you find Sonora fleeing, it is because there is a dangerous creature nearby.
  • If you have the Lawbringer perk, a dead Regulator will be found outside of the entrance to Arlington/Wasteland Metro in Arlington Cemetery North. He will have a bounty note for Junders Plunkett.
  • Regulators will target you if your Karma ever goes to "evil". You will also be likely to encounter hostile Regulators as a "good" character, if your karma has previously dipped into evil territory. This can result in squads of Regulators appearing alongside squads of Talon Company Mercs seeking to fight you.
  • Regulators carry bounty notices against you, regardless of whether your karma is good or evil.
  • According to the Fallout 3 Official Game Guide, super mutants also drop fingers. This was scrapped from the final game, although there is a similar Blood Brotherhood quest.
  • The Regulator hit squads can be enslaved for the unmarked quest Strictly Profitable.
  • Regulators are considered the alternative to Talon Company in terms of actions. Just as with the Talon Company, you can trade human appendages for profit, and can be targeted for elimination if you are on the opposite side of karma.
  • Almost every Regulator has a very light/fair facial skin color, even though they have another skin color entirely on the rest of the body due to a missing line in the FALLOUT.ini.
  • They are unrelated to the Regulators of Adytum.


If you have bad karma, the Regulators will come for you. They will usually spawn nearby your location. Below is a list of locations where Regulators are known to ambush fast traveling players. Regulators will not respawn after they have spawned in one of these locations; their bodies will lie there indefinitely.

Behind the scenes

  • The regulators of Fallout 3 are a separate entity from that of the Boneyard Regulators met in the first Fallout.
  • Regulator is the actual term for an official who maintains control and supervision of an area of public interest.[2] As a result, many armed groups, both vigilante and official, have been named "Regulators" throughout American history. One of the most notable groups in American history were the Regulators of the Carolinas around the time of the American Revolution.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If you have access to the Regulator HQ and murder all of its regulator inhabitants, Sonora Cruz will remain friendly and act as if nothing has happened.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes, regulator patrols will go through their dialogue as if they are hostile, but will not turn hostile afterward.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The regulators sent out after the player may have skin problems, where the skin colors of their heads differ from those of their bodies.


Sonora's Regulators appear only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.82: "Lucas Simms
    He grew up in Megaton and understands better than anyone what it takes to survive and thrive in the Wasteland. Big and imposing yet warm and friendly, Lucas won his position by a unanimous vote of the people of Megaton (most of whom genuinely love him). He serves as mayor, sheriff, judge and just about any other position that's needed. It's also no secret around Megaton that Lucas Simms is fulfilling some weird childhood cowboy fantasy. He named his son Harden after the Old West outlaw John Wesley Harden. Simms is also a member of a secret society known only as "the Regulators.""
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
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