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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
AffiliationErnest Roe
RoleTraveling Doctor and Caravan Merchant
LocationLoops through Canterbury Commons, Temple of the Union, Agatha's house, Paradise Falls, Arefu, Evergreen Mills, Megaton, and Rivet City
Dialogue FileHoff's dialogue
QuestsMerchant Empire
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 7
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 135 → 185
Tag SkillsBarter: 54 → 100
Melee Weapons: 50 → 100
Speech: 54 → 100
Repair: 15 (65 after investment)
Level5 → 15 (1.5 times current player level)
Base ID00063bf7Ref ID00063c06
ActorJeff Baker

Let's see... what The Good Doctor has in his magic bag, shall we?

— Doc Hoff, Fallout 3.

Doc Hoff, or as he likes to call himself "The Good Doctor" (for his specialty in selling medicine and chems), is a caravan merchant in Fallout 3.


Sarcastic and pessimistic about humanity's survival, he sells food, medical supplies, and drugs, and may also repair your gear. Doc Hoff is convinced he's helping to ease humanity's suffering in its dying years, for a price.[1]

Daily schedule

Doc Hoff appears outside of frequent stops every time you fast travel to that location, go through a loading screen to that location, or wait at the site for a couple of hours. A good way to find him is to fast travel to Rivet City and go down the metal stairs. If he isn't there, wait for one or two hours so a merchant spawns. If the merchant isn't Doc Hoff, wait for one or two hours again. Repeat until you get him to spawn.

Related non-player characters RefID BaseID
Doc Hoff's Caravan Guard 00052bbf 00069c49
Doc Hoff's pack brahmin 0002d59a 00027ded

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character is a merchant. Caps: 483-1197*
Sells: drugs, Schematics - Nuka grenade
This character can repair items. Repair cap: 79*
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This character is involved in quests.

* After second investment.


  • Merchant Empire: After talking to Ernest Roe about caravan merchant investment, his repair skill jumps to 65 (allowing him to repair items to a max of 79%). His inventory (and the number of available caps) also improves, and after the second investment, he rewards you with 5-7 stimpaks, depending on your level.


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Pre-War businesswear
Reading glasses
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10mm submachine gun
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Carried items
Schematics - Nuka grenade
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Drops on death


Notable quotes

  • "Here to see the good doctor? Excellent."
  • "Tell me what you need, and maybe I've got your fix."


Doc Hoff only appears in Fallout 3.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Doc Hoff can appear at the Jefferson Memorial during the time of the quest "Take It Back". He is almost always instantly killed by Liberty Prime, and his body can be very difficult to find with all the dead Enclave soldiers. Fortunately, his corpse will take more time to disappear, making him easier to locate if you wait about five to seven days after you finish the mission.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When starting a new game, it is possible that Doc Hoff will spawn without his pack brahmin and caravan guard.
  • PCIcon pc.png Sometimes Doc Hoff and his guard will be separated from his pack brahmin and make rounds separately. One way to fix this is by finding the separated brahmin and using two console commands to move Doc and his guard to your position near the brahmin: moveto.player 63c06 (and) moveto.player 522bc1



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.69: "Doc Hoff
    Hoff is a cynic who makes bleak comments about humanity's chances of survival. Meanwhile, he knows that no buyer will stop purchasing from him, because they either need the medicine or are addicted to the chemicals. He likes to think that, in his own way, he's helping to ease humanity's suffering in its dying years."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)