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This page lists all special encounters in the original Fallout.
  • The content is not described in full detail on this page. For details, please see the respective articles.
  • For special encounters in other Fallout games, please see "Special encounter".
  • For an overview of Fallout content, please refer to "Portal:Fallout".

Special encounters in Fallout are, as the name suggests, extraordinary occurrences the player may stumble upon during their travels through the wastelands. For regular random encounters, see this article.

General information

Special encounters occur with a frequency determined by Luck and any special perks the player has. Most of these are for entertainment purposes only.

Alien ship

"Hey! They're really out there."

Main article: Alien Ship

This encounter features a crashed flying saucer marked as the property of Area-51, with two dead aliens. The bodies carry the Alien Blaster and a fuzzy painting of Elvis. It's a reference to classic 50s movies and conspiracy theories surrounding the military base.

Bob's Pre-owned Car Mart

"You stumble across some wrecked cars in the middle of the wasteland."

A junkyard featuring junked vehicles for sale. Bob's not much help, but his house contains two air rifles: The Red Ryder BB Gun and its limited variant. The rifles are a double reference to Wasteland and A Christmas Story.

Brahmin herd

"You come across a heard of wild Brahmin. You feel there is something wrong..." Quoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png

A herd of six talking brahmin, referencing Tim Cain's MUD prank, wherein he'd teleport talking cows into another player's chambers.

Unusual call box

"You see a bright blue police box in the distance."

Main article: Unusual Call Box

A blue police box that will activate and disappear upon coming closer, leaving behind a motion sensor. It's a reference to the British sci-fi series, Doctor Who.

Giant footprint


Main article: Giant Footprint

Godzilla's footprint with a crushed peasant underneath, carrying a Stealth Boy. References an animated short called Godzilla vs. Bambi.

Nuka-Cola truck

"You see an overturned truck in the distance."

A Nuka-Cola delivery truck that crashed long before the Great War. The crate carries a Luck-dependent bounty of bottle caps, doubled by the Fortune Finder perk.