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Lao Chou
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Asian
RoleFlying Dragon 8 owner
LocationChinatown, San Francisco
Dialogue FileFclaocho.msg
QuestsGet Chip's spleen.
SPECIALStrength: 4
Perception: 8
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 7
Intelligence: 6
Agility: 7
Luck: 9
Derived StatsHit points: 55
Armor class: 7
Action points: 8
Carry weight: 125
Unarmed damage: 0
Melee damage: 1
Sequence: 16
Healing rate: 1
Experience points: 60
Normal DT/DR: 0/0%
Laser DT/DR: 0/0%
Fire DT/DR: 0/0%
Plasma DT/DR: 0/0%
Electrical DT/DR: 0/0%
EMP DT/DR: 0/500%
Explode DT/DR: 0/0%
Tag SkillsSmall Guns: 80%
Big Guns: 75%
Energy Weapons: 70%
Unarmed: 80%
Melee Weapons: 85%
Speech: 100%
Barter: 150%
Proto id00000308 (Shi Merchant)

I'm Lao Chou. I run this establishment, Flying Dragon 8, a general store. I have been known to trade in... information.

Lao Chou is the Shi owner of the Flying Dragon 8 in San Francisco in Fallout 2.


Wearing loose, comfortable clothing, Lao Chou is one of the friendliest inhabitants of San Francisco to outsiders, not because of some misguided altruism, but profitability. He is an information dealer, providing vital intel to anyone who pays for it, regardless of whether it's misplaced spleens or Vertibirds transporting kidnapped humans. Of note is his insistence on fulfilling obligations: Afer all, pacta sunt servanda.[1][2][3][4][5]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character is a merchant. Sells: Medical supplies, high end armor, and skill books
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This character is involved in quests.



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Carried items
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Drops on death

Behind the scenes

  • His name appears to be a pun on the Chinese word for dark soy sauce, "lǎochōu".


Lao Chou appears only in Fallout 2


  1. The Chosen One: "{107}{}{Who are you?}"
    Lao Chou: "{118}{}{I'm Lao Chou. I run this establishment, Flying Dragon 8, a general store. I have been known to trade in... information.}"
    The Chosen One: "{119}{}{What sort of information?}"
    Lao Chou: "{121}{}{Little happens in this town that I do not know about. Of course, you must know the right question to ask, yes? What do you need to know?}"
  2. The Chosen One: "{122}{}{I'm looking for some upgrades to my equipment.}"
    Lao Chou: "{130}{}{Talk to Crocket, over in the Hubologist camp. He is their head scientist.}"
    The Chosen One: "{125}{}{I understand I need a FOB to access the Valdez' computer.}"
    Lao Chou: "{133}{}{Look to the north, in Navarro. There is a hidden base near the gas station.}"
    The Chosen One: "{126}{}{I need some computer parts for the PMV Valdez.}"
    Lao Chou: "{136}{}{Have you tried looking in the old Vaults? I hear that they are a wealth of information and technology of the ancients.}"
  3. The Chosen One: "{127}{}{I'm looking for a spleen.}"
    Lao Chou: "{139}{}{A spleen? Ha ha! Yes, Chip from the Valdez lost his spleen in a card game the other day. I sold it to Dr. Wong. He was fascinated by it.}"
    The Chosen One: "{141}{}{How do you lose a spleen?}"
    "{145}{}{How do you lose a spleen, incidentally?}"
    Lao Chou: "{148}{}{He was drunk. Very, very drunk. He was obsessed with his spleen all night long. And then he bet it.}"
    The Chosen One: "{149}{}{So you took his SPLEEN?}"
    Lao Chou: "{151}{}{Yes. It was a debt. He is an honorable man.}"
    The Chosen One: "{153}{}{You're a sick, rude bastard, aren't you?}"
    Lao Chou: "{155}{}{You are a dishonorable person. I will not have you in my shop. Come back some other time.}"
  4. The Chosen One: "{124}{}{I need to find fuel for the PMV Valdez.}"
    Lao Chou: "{166}{}{Word has it that the Hubologists have come into a large quantity of fuel recently. Bargain with them.}"
    "{169}{}{You might try some of the Shi scientists in the Steel Palace. Perhaps they can help you with your fuel needs.}"
  5. The Chosen One: "{128}{}{I hear some flying machines brought a load of villagers down this way.}"
    Lao Chou: "{157}{}{They did not. They came from the north and flew over us, heading out over the sea.}"