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For the Iron Rivers chief, see Big Circle (character).
Big Circle
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FactionsNew California Republic
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The Big Circle is a caravan route in north California that loops through several settlements including Broken Hills, New Reno, Redding, the Den, Modoc and Vault City.[1][2] Gecko is also included, particularly when caravans from Broken Hills (before its collapse) or other uranium producing settlements are involved.[3]

Before 2242 the route was very dangerous,[1] but by 2281, the New California Republic's expansion northwards made it considerably safer.



There are many caravans on the trail, differing vastly in equipment, weapons and carried goods. By far the poorest are traders from Den, usually travelling only with two bodyguards armed with knives and submachine guns, on top of personal slaves. The Vault City, despite its wealth, typically dispatches merchant with a guard detail armed with hunting rifles, 10mm weapons and Desert Eagles, clad in metal. New Reno doesn't skimp on protection and typically outfits its caravaneers with assault rifles and automatic shotguns, although sledgehammers are also a choice. But by far the best equipped parties travel under the flag of Redding trading companies: automatic weapons, such as miniguns and assault rifles, are commonplace, as is the rare high-caliber 14mm pistol and the vintage Grease gun.

Caravans operating out of Broken Hills are well armed as well: the merchant is typically accompanied by guard carrying miniguns. By comparison, their trade partner, Gecko, sends out ghoul caravans with relatively light weapons: hunting rifles, assault rifles and shotguns.


The Big Circle appears only in Fallout 2. However, whilst not appearing in-game, the Big Circle is mentioned by Rose of Sharon Cassidy[4] & Ghost[5] in Fallout: New Vegas and by Ulysses in Lonesome Road.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Chosen One: "{128}{}{Brahmin drives?}"
    Ed: "{130}{}{When I was a lot younger, I used to drive brahmin through the 'Big Circle'... Broken Hills, New Reno, Redding, the Den, Modoc, then back here. It just got too dangerous after a while, so I settled here.}"
  2. The Chosen One: "{175}{}{Does Vault City have much contact with the outside world?}"
    Lydia: "{195}{}{Not much. Most contact we have with Outsiders is merchants travelling the Big Circle caravan trail from Broken Hills, New Reno, and Redding. Only other place outside the caravan trail that I know of is Gecko.}"
  4. The Courier: "There's other places to go."
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "Where? Like Vegas? Chewed and spit enough friends out. East? Get put in one of Caesar's little "camps?" No thanks. Head back West? I already know the Big Circle and everyone in it - 'cept now I go back there, ruined. Never really realized how small the Mojave's getting nowadays, hard to find a place to go to that's worthwhile."
    (Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "Hear any news from the West?"
    Ghost: "Kimball's Kimball, not sure which end is his ass or his head. Caravan families are causing trouble, Big Circle getting tense - the usual. Look, you want gossip, go to the bar downstairs and listen to a whole lot of nothing. Me, I got to keep watch, then fill out the daily log."
    (Ghost's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  6. The Courier: "Why would I have brought it here?"
    Ulysses: "I've walked the East. You've walked the West, more than I have. Circle Junction. Reno. Vault City. Word of you at Fort Aradesh... Fort Abandon. Even further West than that, Brahmin drives on the Big Circle. Whatever you saw out there, wasn't enough to make you stay. Maybe the markings on the package reminded you of the road home."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
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