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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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For the character, see Mysterious Stranger (character).
Mysterious Stranger
Fallout, Fallout 2
requirements: Level 6, Luck 7 (Fallout)
Level 9, Luck 4 (Fallout 2)
ranks: 1
benefit: Chance (30% + (2x Luck)) that your character will gain a temporary ally in random encounters
Fallout 3
requirements: Level 10, Luck 6
ranks: 1
benefit: Mysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. mode to lend a hand...with deadly efficiency.
base id: 31DBC
Fallout & Fallout 2 Era

Fallout 3 Era

Mysterious Stranger is a Perk in Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout 3.


Fallout and Fallout 2

When you select this perk, there is a chance (30% + (2x Luck)) that your character will gain a temporary ally, but only in random encounters.

Details depend on the player's level:

Fallout 3

You've gained your own personal guardian angel... armed with a fully loaded .44 Magnum. The Mysterious stranger wears a fedora and overcoat, resembling a 1940s detective such as Dick Tracy. With this perk, the Mysterious Stranger will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. mode to lend a hand, with deadly efficiency. His magnum deals 9000 damage per shot and will kill any enemy in one hit, including Super Mutant Behemoths.

If you can get an opponent down to 150 health or less in V.A.T.S., there is a 10% chance the stranger will show up and finish them off with his highly accurate magnum (His shots can still hit team mates or obstructions and not kill a target), regardless of whether you can still see them or if you hit.

The Lawbringer, Contract Killer, or Grim Reaper's Sprint perks will not grant their benefits if the Stranger finishes your target because technically you did not make the kill. If you are a slaver, be aware that mezzing NPCs in V.A.T.S will sometimes make Mysterious Stranger appear, resulting in the death of your victim.



  • His appearances have a counter called "Mysterious Stranger Visits" that is displayed during the loading screen of the game and on the Pip-Boy 3000 under the Stats tab - General.
  • The Mysterious Stranger will, at times, seek out other hostile targets while in V.A.T.S. after he has killed the one you were shooting at.

Additional Dialogue

  • Having the Mysterious Stranger perk opens up a new line of dialogue with Somah when you first arrive aboard Mothership Zeta.


A full body shot of the Stranger.
  • A rare glitch might occur when the Stranger appears. If the Stranger appears behind the player character or even your possible Follower, he might actually murder all of you. This has happened to a few players on occasion, but is only most common in small confined spaces, such as a house in Megaton.
  • The game may randomly freeze after the appearance of the Stranger. (confirmed on 360)
  • The Stranger can often fail to kill a character or creature if they are positioned unfavorably (i.e. in an attempt to assassinate an enemy he can easily fall off a bridge or cliff or get stuck outside a building - which usually results in him running around pointlessly for a while until V.A.T.S. ends).
  • During V.A.T.S., it isn't uncommon to hear the Mysterious Stranger music, even if he does not appear. This most likely happens at times when he would have appeared to finish off your enemy, but you killed the enemy instead.
  • On the PS3 version, if the mysterious stranger appears whilst you are using V.A.T.S. at a distance with a sniper rifle the display will corrupt and the game will freeze. Best way round this is to save before you use V.A.T.S. with a sniper rifle.
  • If you are attacking a swimming enemy (Mirelurks, for example) and the Stranger appears, he will fall into the water with the enemy and will swim in place, unable to attack because he is in water.(confirmed xbox 360).
  • Sometimes when the Mysterious Stranger appears, he doesn't shoot. He'll just stand there, leaving you helpless. Another variant causes the Stranger to reload his magnum for the duration of his attack. If it jams, he may not attack at all.
  • Sometimes the Mysterious Stranger may appear in front of you when firing one shot in V.A.T.S., and do the opposite of what he is supposed to do; Save your target instead of killing it. This happens because he appeared before your bullet even left the gun, and he takes a bullet for the enemy. However, you do not see him because he disappears after being shot and the only evidence that this would have happened is by crippling one of his limbs or getting a critical strike on him.
  • When you enter V.A.T.S.. it will be the slow motion scene as usual, but for some reason you get stuck in it once you're done shooting. The enemies and your followers (if you have any) will keep fighting each other but you can't leave V.A.T.S.. This is probably where the Mysterious Stranger is to appear, and for some reason he didn't.
  • While in the Operation Anchorage simulation, the Mysterious Stranger still appears from time to time. This is unusual given the nature of the simulation based environment, then again, he is the "Mysterious" Stranger. This has also been seen in Tranquility Lane while chasing residents as the Pint-Sized Slasher in V.A.T.S..
  • While in the Operation Anchorage simulation, the Mysterious Stranger will sometimes appear and then ragdoll, you will then receive a message that the Mysterious Stranger is unconscious. When V.A.T.S.. ends game play will resume as normal. (Confirmed on Xbox 360).
  • The Mysterious Stranger can kill enemies underwater, like Mirelurks (confirmed on PC).
  • The Mysterious Stranger will bug and stuck inside walls or even filling canbinets rarely if you are on a certain point of view and small rooms in V.A.T.S. (Confirmed on Xbox 360).
  • It is possible that while in V.A.T.S and in a confined space, you may actually be able to hit the Mysterious Stranger. This editor was attacking a raider with bare fists in V.A.T.S when the Mysterious Stranger showed up and ended up with a crippled head. This glitch occured while in the same tunnel as the Explosives Bobblehead.
  • Unkown if this is a bug or not, but often in V.A.T.S a very short guitar twang is heard and a random .44 Magnum shot (presumably from the Mysterious Stranger's .44 Magnum) will fly out from near by and kill your target, but he will not actually appear (happened with an albino radscorpion inside Rockopolis for this user), or all six shots will be fired. And rarely if you have the Grim Reaper's Sprint perk this bug will restore all your action points and experience points will be awarded. This does not count as a 'Mysterious Stranger visit' and is EXTREMELY common (appearing in almost every V.A.T.S attack) for this user and generally is beneficial.


Unwanted Visit [1]

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

"All hail the Mysterious Stranger, the greatest duelist in the history of Taris!"
―Duel announcer after Revan kills Bendak Starkiller

The Mysterious Stranger was a nickname given to Revan by Ajuur the Hutt when he participated in the dueling tournament on Taris held within the Taris dueling ring in one of the Upper City's cantina. The name was inspired by Revan's current lack of history on that world, having only just come to the planetary city in the wake of his and Carth Onasi's escape from the Attack on the Endar Spire.

Revan, with a reprogrammed identity, preferred to compete under his presumed birth name, but Ajuur thought that "Mysterious Stranger" sounded much better; in addition, Carth suggested this anonymity in case the Sith forces occupying Taris had come upon a crew manifest aboard the Endar Spire before its destruction. As the Mysterious Stranger, Revan would go on to fight and defeat Deadeye Duncan, Gerlon Two-Fingers, Ice, Marl, and then Twitch. Once he won that fight he was named Taris Dueling Champion and was deemed worthy of a duel to the death by Bendak Starkiller.

Behind the scenes

Though it comes from a canonical source, the dueling sequence is an optional sidequest within the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The player does not have to compete in the events there; in addition, dueling Starkiller to the death is also a dark side option and therefore, perhaps non-canon.

The player can give his character any name he (or she) likes, however plot-wise, Ajuur always insists that the player duels under the moniker 'Mysterious Stranger' as more 'catchy'; this is because the announcer's voice (during the duels) is pre-recorded, thus making the use of a custom name impossible. In the German version, Revan is called "Mysterio" instead of "Mysterious Stranger."


  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)

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