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race: Human, Caucasian
affiliation: The Institute, Commonwealth
role: Scientist
location: Rivet City Science Lab
appearances: Fallout 3
quests: The Replicated Man
SPECIAL: 3ST, 6PE, 3EN, 4CH, 8IN, 6AG, 5LK
base id: 000156B9
ref id: 0001E753

Dr. Zimmer is a 58-year old[1] scientist in Fallout 3 who is temporarily staying at Rivet City, searching for his prized escaped android in the year 2277.



Not much is known about Dr. Zimmer except that he is a scientist from the Commonwealth, formerly the pre-War state of Massachusetts, who specializes in robotics, specifically androids. He is from the Institute, a mysterious organization with advanced technology and technological skills that was probably once the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sometime in 2277 Dr. Zimmer left the Commonwealth and headed south to the Capital Wasteland in search of a missing android. Accompanied by another android, Armitage, who served as his bodyguard, he made his way to Rivet City in the hopes that fellow scientist Dr. Madison Li could assist him in his search for his missing android. On arrival in Rivet City's science lab he is refused the right to speak with Li by Anna Holt, Li's assistant. Despite being refused assistance he remains within the lab, refusing to leave and demanding he speak directly with Li. Zimmer refuses to leave until Li "stops playing with her chemistry set and starts talking real science".

Interactions with the player character

Main Article: The Replicated Man

Zimmer offers you the The Replicated Man quest. You can give him an android component that will make him think Harkness, the android he's looking for, is dead, and he will leave Rivet City and go back to the Institute. You can also tell him that Harkness is the android, and he'll go to Harkness and reset him and will head back to the Institute.

  • If the player chooses to warn Harkness of Zimmer's plan to capture him, Harkness will either kill Zimmer and his android bodyguard, Armitage, or evict them from Rivet City (depending on the player's responses to dialog).
  • Warning: Harkness will also yield the option of killing Zimmer yourself.


Apparel Weapon Other item On death
Grimy Pre-War Businesswear
Chinese Pistol Zimmer's Key Finger
Android Component


  • If Dr. Zimmer is killed you will find that he has an android component on his body.
  • He can be knocked unconscious infinitely so long as you hit him in the head, usually with a sledgehammer, but it must be a one hitter and not cripple him otherwise Armitage will attack.
  • If you have the Lawbringer perk and knock Dr. Zimmer unconscious, you will be able to pickpocket a Finger from him. Knocking him unconscious again will place another finger on him so you can continuously knock him unconscious to get unlimited Fingers. (Tested on Xbox 360, GOTY Edition)

Behind the scenes

  • The name Dr. Zimmer is possibly a reference to the movie Mandroid (1993), in which the character Dr. Karl Zimmer is the creator of a humanoid robot.
  • The Institute is most likely a reference to MIT, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Zimmer only appears in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
Rivet City

This article uses material from the "Zimmer" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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