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Biography and appearance
AffiliationPeople's Republic of China
People's Liberation Army Navy, Ghost Fleet
RoleSubmarine captain
Dialogue FileZao's dialogue
QuestsHere There Be Monsters
assistanceHelps allies
Tag SkillsCitizen
Editor RaceGhoulRace
Editor IDCaptainZao
Base ID000327b6Ref ID0003401c
Editor FactionsMS02ZaoFaction
ActorPing Wu

Bu xing. I hoped that after 200 years, we could forget past hatred.

Captain Zao is a stranded Chinese submarine captain in the Commonwealth in 2287.


The Captain of a Yangtze-class submarine stranded in the harbor is a surprisingly welcoming man, especially towards an American soldier. Perhaps the guilt over nuking the Commonwealth using the missiles on board his submarine did, in fact, change him.[1] And so did the isolation, after his Yangtze struck a sea mine not long after the Great War, the radiation from the damaged reactor ghoulified the captain and his crew. For two centuries, he eked out an existence scavenging what he could from the destroyed city and fighting off raiders, gathering intelligence and information that would, one day, help him repair the vessel and return it to Zhongguo, his home. There, he will rebuild or die. Whatever his fate, he wants to see his home, one last time. Trouble is, the Forged and other raider gangs might be a little too much to tackle for the ancient ghoul - submariner or not.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

His only companions during these two centuries were his crew mates. Unlike their captain, they have succumbed to radiation poisoning and turned feral. Zao couldn't bring himself to put them out of their misery.[8]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.

Here There Be Monsters



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Submariner hat
Submariner uniform
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Icon briefcase.png
Carried items
5x Fragmentation grenade
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Drops on death
No additional items


Captain Zao appears only in Fallout 4.


  1. Zao: "200 years ago, I launched all of Yangtze's high-yield nuclear missiles. As ordered. For 200 years, I have lived with that guilt. That shame. So much fire Such bei. But one missile failed to launch. You must go down. Remove the warhead. Then bring it to me."
  2. Zao: "Wa! It has been that long? Shi de. Yes. I suppose it has. Long ago. Just after the fire. Yangtze struck a mine. My qianting barely made it here into harbor. City already ruins by then. Few noticed us. Fewer cared. Too much tong ku."
  3. Zao: "Fushe! You say... radiation. From damaged reactor. Turn me into this guai wu. My crew... gone. I cannot think on their fate."
  4. Zao: "Zao! Captain of the Chinese Navy! I sail the Yangtze-31. This qianting. Submarine. My beautiful boat. Speak harsh words of me if you must. But my Yangtze... Speak of her with respect."
  5. Zao: "Trust is risk. But a man must plow with oxen he has. You are not like raiders that board my quianting. My Yangtze. You show peace. Xie xie."
  6. Zao: " "Ah. I sail for Zhongguo. Return to China. Where I belong. My jia. My home?"'
  7. Zao: "That is... sad. Um... unfortunate. Bu xing. I hoped that after 200 years, we could forget past hatred. I shall wait for someone more willing to help me."
  8. Zao: "But now I must... warn you. There is danger. Wei xian! Old crew... still down there. Not okay like their captain. Worse. They do not harm me. But they will kill you! I... I cannot kill them. Still, they are my crew. My family. Jia ren, all of us. But you must do what you must do."

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