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James Hsu
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Asian
AffiliationNew California Republic
New California Republic Army
RoleCommander of Camp McCarran
7 of Hearts
LocationCamp McCarran, Terminal building
Dialogue FileJames Hsu's dialogue
QuestsI Put a Spell on You
King's Gambit
Bounty Killer
Rest and Resupply
Silus Treatment
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 175
Tag SkillsExplosives: 74
Melee Weapons: 74
Guns: 74
Editor IDColonelHsu
Base ID000e8992Ref ID000eea78
ActorWilliam Mapother

Calm is what you have to be when people look to you. And it's all you can be when things are out of your hands.

Colonel James[1] Hsu is a Californian commanding officer of Camp McCarran and New Vegas garrison units in Fallout: New Vegas. He's found at Camp McCarran terminal building, in his office in the northern section on the building's ground floor.


A level-headed, competent officer of the New California Republic Army, Colonel Hsu is the commanding officer of most of the New Vegas garrison and the nexus of NCRA's military efforts in the Mojave, Camp McCarran. Unlike Moore or General Oliver, Hsu is far more sympathetic to the locals and less of a war hawk.[2] He is a staunch believer in diplomacy over force of arms and cares a great deal about the soldiers under his command. In fact, were it not for Lee Oliver's interference, Hsu would long since reached the rank of colonel. As it stands, he's stuck in a holding pattern managing troop rosters and trying to contain the Fiend threat on the western flank.[3]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.



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NCR trooper armor
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M&A 9mm pistol
Combat knife
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Carried items
NCR safehouse key
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Drops on death

Behind the scenes

Kimball is a war hawk as are Moore and Oliver. Hsu is a much more sympathetic person and diplomatic officer (most notably when dealing with the Kings in Freeside). As such, he doesn't really fit into Kimball's front line operations.

J.E. Sawyer


  • Completing I Put a Spell on You by framing Private Crenshaw may not properly close the quest, leaving the reward dialogue option active permanently, allowing players to collect 100 caps infinitely.
  • Wearing a disguise of any kind will prevent the Colonel from giving the player the key to the safehouse (as the game does not recognize the high reputation).



James Hsu appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. NCR Correctional Facility terminals; Warden's Terminal, [Draft of complaint to NCR command.]
  2. The Courier: "Is Moore in charge of all the NCR troopers out here?"
    Hanlon: "No, and thanks to General Oliver for that. Colonel Hsu is at McCarran. Most of the New Vegas troopers are under his command. He's more sympathetic to the locals than Moore, but he's got the Fiends to deal with."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Do you know Colonel Hsu at all?"
    Craig Boone: "Yeah. He introduced himself to me once. I shook his hand. Doubt he'd remember me now, though. When he looked at you, you could see he understood. After some of the things we'd seen, that meant something. What I heard, he'd be a general right now if Oliver didn't know the president."
    (Craig Boone's dialogue)
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