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Vault 92

A Bloatfly in one of the Vault's corridors.
map marker: Vault 92
(Old Olney)
quests: Agatha's Song
cell name: Vault92a
Vault92b (Living Quarters)
Vault92c (Sound Testing)
Vault92d (Reactor Room)
ref id: 0001852B
000A3977 (Overseer's Office)
00018532 (Living Quarters)
00018538 (Sound Testing)
0003ABF8 (Reactor Room)

Vault 92 was one of the Vaults created by Vault-Tec, and part of the Vault Experiment. The world's best musicians were invited to this Vault to "preserve artistic talent" during the Great War. In reality, the Vault was geared specifically for experimenting on its resident population through the use of white noise generators that implanted subliminal messages. It is located northwest of the Deathclaw-infested ruins of Old Olney.



The true purpose of Vault 92 was an experimental study in the creation of "super soldiers" by way of subliminal suggestion. By exposing the citizens of the Vault to white noise that contained hidden subconscious messages, the Vault Overseer hoped to create soldiers that could be controlled through a form of hypnosis. This research was then to be used for a project to create super soldiers who would be completely obedient and fight far more ferociously than normal humans. Though the experiment showed great promise initially, the most promising subject began exhibiting extreme, uncontrollable aggression and tore three people apart before Vault security was forced to subdue him. It took 23 gunshots to finally take him down. The Vault doctor was initially unaware that the overseer intended to use their work to create soldiers. He thought he was researching their musical talents, etc. This is made clear by a series of his recordings you can pick up throughout the Vault.

This rage soon manifested in other subjects. One computer terminal contains the diary of one of the inhabitants, Zoe Hammerstein, who went mad because of the white noise. The diary shows her writing (specifically her spelling and grammar) degenerate, until her final entry, where she begs her friends for help in a sentence that is barely comprehensible.

Attempts by the Vault Overseer to contain the situation (such as by programming code words into the subjects' implants in order to stop them) only worked briefly. Professor Malleus, the expert in charge of the white noise experiment, soon lost hope in the project and attempted several times to convince the Overseer, Richard Rubin, to take the situation more seriously and even consider abandoning the vault in light of the violent and savage behavior of the residents, not realizing what Rubin had done until it was too late. However it seems that Rubin had Professor Malleus killed, based on evidence from his computer terminal.

About one third of the Vault's population eventually became violently unstable and began slaughtering the rest of their fellow residents. A note titled "Feedback Loop" explains that the "normal" survivors of Vault 92 made one last push for the escape, possibly explaining why the vault door was left open. The "normal" vault citizens made an attempt to stave off the crazed group, so there are Frag Mines scattered around the vault. Sadly, the skeletons of the presumed young lovers Hilda Egglebrecht and Parker Livingsteen can be found locked into the Recording Studio, a place where they once enjoyed accompanying each other greatly, according to notes left by Parker.

The presence of the Mirelurks is explained by a computer terminal in the lower, flooded parts of the vault. Apparently, shortly before the "Crazies" incident, there was an issue with one of the walls in that area, which had cracked because of some body of water nearby. The wall was repaired and given some minor reinforcements, but the Chief Engineer of the vault, Carl Maynard, stated in this terminal that the repairs were only temporary and that a serious approach needed to be discussed. However nothing was done because of the mad inhabitants, and the wall there eventually broke, allowing the Mirelurks to gain access to the vault.


This Vault's upper levels are populated by an ample supply of Bloatflies, which are easily dispatched. The lower levels, however, are home to much more formidable opponents: Mirelurks. Depending on your level, this could include Mirelurk Hunters and even Mirelurk Kings.

If you activate the terminals in the Living Quarters and select "Noise Flush" it will instantly kill all of the Mirelurks in the area. NOTE: You do not get any experience for doing so. Please also note, this doesn't affect the bloatflies in other areas. The terminals are average, but can be used without hacking, if the entries in the computer terminal in the overseer's office are all read. They tell the password for the terminals.

Vault Characters

Notable loot


Vault 92 Entrance

Overseer's Office

Sound Testing

Living Quarters

  • D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine: To the very south of the area, in a room which looks like an operating bay, on a desk next to a computer.
  • Nuka-Cola Quantum: In a small room, on a desk next to a computer. You will see it through a glass window before you enter the room.
  • Sheet Music Book: In one of the bathroom stalls, in the furthest right toilet in the Male Dorms.
  • There is a "Key Code to Data Storage" next to Jon Adiglio's Body in the Male Dorm closet.

Location of The Professor Malleus Audio Log V92-0(1-6)

Just west of the farmhouse at night.

Nearby Locations of Note

  • Raider Farmhouse: Due west of the entrance to Vault 92. It is guarded by several Raiders and houses a nice stash of chems, a copy of Dean's Electronics on the metal shelf (far right, middle), and a Mini Nuke. A number of chems are also inside the overturned silo nearby, which serves as their bedroom with 3 mattresses.
  • Old Olney: A bit South-East of Vault 92; on the world map they are both in a "Lighter square" than the rest of the world (similar to the D.C area). Old Olney is infested with deathclaws, as are its sewers, which contain the Prototype Medic Power Armor.
  • There is a Major Enclave camp directly south of Vault 92's entrance on a road with a trailer. Consists of 2 officers and around 4-5 soldiers. Also has terminal governing Enclave interaction with the general populace.


Vault 92 appears only in Fallout 3.

Related Quests

Agatha's Song


  • There is a small room in the sound testing area whose door is jammed by a metal shelving unit and is accessible by using the terminal in the Overseer's office to open a secret passageway leading to the room. It contains 5 Metal Containers, 2 Ammunition Boxes, a Locked Safe (Easy), and a Laser Pistol. The terminal in the Overseer's office has the option on the PS3, XBox360 and the PC if everything works right, but it is possible to not have the option, on all three platforms. A workaround for this on PC is to use the "TCL" console command and float through the secret entrance.
    • It is possible (Xbox) to 'fall' from the Overseer's office into the secret passage and enter this room. The shelving unit prevents access to the sound testing area and it is not possible to get back up into the Overseer's office.
  • When you fast travel here and enter the door, you are facing west. After going through the door and after loading, you'll be facing south.

Behind the scenes

  • Richard Rubin is likely a reference to producer Rick Rubin; an intra-vault email from Professor Malleus refers to Richard Rubin as "Rick".
  • Professor Malleus' name may be a reference to the bone in the ear, more commonly referred to as "the hammer".
  • Zoe Hammerstein gets her name from Broadway lyricist and songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. The GNR song "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy" is from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
  • Hilda Egglebrecht may be a reference to the real life violinist Renate Eggebrecht.
  • Gordon Sumner is the real name of the musician Sting.
  • The phrase "Sanity is not statistical", is a reference to George Orwell's book 1984. This phrase is the codeword used to stop the "crazies", and is found on the Overseer's terminal.
  • Arts-oriented Vault 92 is just outside of Old Olney. The art school James Hubert Blake High School is located outside of Olney, Maryland.
Vault-Tec Vaults
Major locations in Fallout 3

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