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Mike Lawson
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, African American
AffiliationNew California Republic
RoleHead Engineer[1]
LocationHoover Dam, Power plant 01
Dialogue FileMike Lawson's dialogue
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 3
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 6
Luck: 4
Derived StatsHit Points: 80
Tag SkillsMelee Weapons: 33
Guns: 35
Unarmed: 35
Editor IDVHDMikeLawson
Base ID001300a7Ref ID00134d03
ActorRon Yuan

Mike Lawson is the head engineer at Hoover Dam in Fallout: New Vegas.


Mike Lawson has been at Hoover Dam since well before the first showdown between the Legion and the NCR for control over it. When he first came to the dam, it only had one turbine spinning, but after the First Battle of Hoover Dam, he managed to get six of the eight turbines running though two of them have ceased working.[3] This is due to their intakes becoming clogged, however, unclogging them is low on the priority list.[4] During the battle, he spent his time in the power station.[5]


Mike Lawson is located on the bottom floor of Hoover Dam power plant 01.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


  • Eureka!: The Courier is sent to get details from him by General Lee Oliver during a Legion incursion into the Hoover Dam Powerplants.

Effects of the player's actions

  • Should the player complete That Lucky Old Sun in Fantastic and NCR's favor, Lawson will have to deal with Fantastic at the Dam by keeping him at a switchboard.
    • Should Fantastic die at Hoover Dam, Lawson will make a comment about his death.

Notable quotes

  • "Hello there youngster. Welcome to my baby."


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Carried items
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Drops on death


Mike Lawson appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. The Courier: "What do you do here?"
    Mike Lawson: "I'm the head engineer. I make sure the turbines keep spinning and the water keeps pumping."
    (Mike Lawson's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Why do you call this place your baby?"
    Mike Lawson: "The power station, the dam, they're my babies. Well... don't tell my grandchildren I said that. Anything in here that I haven't rebuilt I've fixed. I've been here since well before the first battle. I've ground my knuckles on so much cement in here it is nearly as much me as it is cement."
    (Mike Lawson's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "How is the dam running these days?"
    Mike Lawson: "Been better, been worse. When I first came here there was but one turbine spinning. At one point shortly after the last battle I had six of them spinning, was a wonderful sound. Only four of them are running right now."
    (Mike Lawson's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "What is wrong with the other turbines?"
    Mike Lawson: "A little bit ago one of the intake towers got clogged. No water running through it anymore to spin the generators. One of these days I'll get some boys out to the turbine to get it running again, but right now it is pretty low on the priority list."
    (Mike Lawson's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "Tell me about the last battle."
    Mike Lawson: "I was down here for most of it, so I can't tell you much of what the boys with the guns were doing up top. From talking to the boys that were fighting up there, I can tell you that Hanlon managed to pull off what most people would have thought impossible."
    (Mike Lawson's dialogue)
Design Document
CharactersGovernor Joseph Dodge · Mjr. Jack Fleming . Guido Giordano · Enzo Giordano · Vinnie Giordano · Dorris . Ailis McLafferty · Ralph Peoples · Mitch Stiller · Candice Morris · Pierre LaPoubelle · Dr. Yuri Polivich · Pablo Riviera · Frieda Van Graff · Milko · Dusty Heart · Beatrice · Otto Steed · Dianne · Farmer Dave · Bob · Mary-Jo · Billy-Bob · Mallet McBride · Ginger Flowers · Nancy Haggard · Arcade Gannon · Mike Lawson
LocationsThe Rim · Downtown (Frieda's Firearms) · Baseline · Scum Pits · Sub-Level 1C
QuestsGet Meeting with Governor Dodge · Negotiate Peace between NCR and BOS · Get City Council attendance back to norm · Join up with the 3-Some Caravan Company  · Spy on Crimson Caravan for 3-Some Caravan · Join up with the Crimson Caravan Company as spy for 3-Some · Successfully frame 3-Some Caravan Co. for extortion and murder · Successfully extort money out of Ailis McLafferty using evidence · Expose Crimson Caravan to Governor Dodge  · Give filtration schematics to former BOS scribes · Get school attendance up to norm · Teach class on Wasteland survival · Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab · Get shipments from Denver for materials to build hydroponics lab · Discover Sub-level 1 · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Get Mary-Joe to stop turning tricks & get access to Scum Pits · Discover lost Hoover Dam war and Sub-level 1 history · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Help Beatrice in a bar fight · Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs · Recalibrate the two working power generators to be more efficient and increase power · Get liquor for Pablo
OrganizationsNew California Republic · Crimson Caravan · 3-Some Caravan · Followers of the Apocalypse