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For the Vault-Tec Corporation mascot sometimes erroneously called "Pip-Boy", see Vault Boy.
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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
FalloutPip-Boy 2000
Fallout 2Pip-Boy 2000
Fallout 3Pip-Boy 3000
FO: New VegasPip-Boy 3000
Pimp-Boy 3 Billion
Fallout 4Pip-Boy 1.0
Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV
Fallout 4: VWPip-Boy
Fallout 76Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI
FO TacticsPip-Boy 2000
Project V13Pip-Pad
Van BurenLil' Pip 3000
Super PIP Boy

The RobCo Pip-Boy is the ultimate in personal computing devices.

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The RobCo PIP-Boy (Personal Information Processor) is an electronic device manufactured by RobCo Industries.


Using ultra-modern, super-deluxe resolution graphics in conjunction with its capability to store and transfer large amounts of information makes it the obvious choice for the wandering explorer, whether it be the out-on-his-own newbie or the all-around survivalist expert.

Pip-Boys were standard equipment issued to all Vault-Tec Corporation vaults.[1] To register for such a device, residents would take part in an orientation seminar given by the Vault's Overseer to explain the functions and daily life enhancements provided by the Pip-Boy, along with filling out personal information in the Personal Information Processor Responsibility Form regarding such things as hand dominance, personal preferences, arm circumference, and Vault jumpsuit measurements.[2] Some Vaults received newer models of the device, while others got older versions. The company mascot who shows in images which illustrate all of the characteristics of the SPECIAL character system (perks, traits, statistics, et cetera) is often incorrectly called "Pipboy" (even in Fallout Tactics). His real name is Vault Boy.


Pip-Boy 1.0

A PIP-Boy 1.0

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The Pip-Boy 1.0 is the earliest known functioning model of the Personal Information Processor. It displayed information on a monochrome screen, but it is unknown what functions it was capable of performing. Although designed to be worn on the arm, it lacked an outer casing to protect its components and was significantly bulkier compared to subsequent Pip-Boy models.

Pip-Boy 2000

A PIP-Boy 2000

Gameplay articles:

The Pip-Boy 2000 displays information on a black, 5" x 3", monochrome screen. It can record sound and video footage for later playback. Using a simple but elegant form of sonar and satellite tracking (where available), this model can map out areas where its user travels. Though input is slow, a user can also hand-enter and edit text messages on their Pip-Boy 2000s. The Pip-Boy 2000 was worn on the users wrist[3]. These models were, among others, owned by the Vault Dweller and Chosen One. A modified model was used by the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel.

Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI

A PIP-Boy 2000

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A developmental version of the Pip-Boy 2000, mounted on the forearm and representing a step forward in the development of more ergonomic versions of RobCo's flagship personal computing product. The Mark VI was given to the Residents of Vault 76 who would repopulate Appalachia 25 years after the Great War. Unlike previous versions of the Pip-Boy 2000, the Mark VI is without a real-time mapping feature.[4] But makes up for the lack of mapping with additional features that would be common in future Pip-Boy models like user status tracking, a radio, Geiger Counter, an advanced compass that could display notable locations and nearby persons and creatures, lighting functionality for dark areas, and inventory management. Like the 3000 Mark IV, the 2000 Mark VI is capable of playing video game holotapes.

Pip-Boy 3000

A PIP-Boy 3000

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The 3000 model, like the 2000 model, displays its information on a black, monochrome screen. Like the 2000 model, it is capable of keeping tabs on the users health condition, mapping out areas, and taking and storing notes. Unlike its predecessor though, it also comes with added features, such a built-in radio, Geiger Counter and Pip-Boy light, used to illuminate dark areas.[5] There are several models of Pip-Boy 3000 that are designated by letter, i.e. Pip-Boy 3000A.[6] which keep a similar appearance but contain different hardware. The major difference from the 2000 model is its need to be worn as a gauntlet, which seals with a biometric lock[7] the 3000A is locked with bolts and can be removed wholesale, replaced, or temporarily displaced to allow for clothing to pass under it.[8]

In Fallout: New Vegas, the Courier is provided a Pip-Boy 3000 by Doc Mitchell, a former vault dweller.

Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV

A PIP-Boy 3000 Mark IV

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The fourth iteration of the 3000 model was designed solely for distribution by the Vault-Tec Corporation rather than being openly sold on the normal civilian market.[9] Unlike earlier models, it is attached to the forearm with a latch on the bottom, rather than a bolt lock. All perks, statistics, et cetera have moving images. The three tabs from the 3000A model have been expanded to five tabs, separating the Map and Radio tabs from the Data tab. The Mark IV model also is capable of playing game cartridges. Certain vault doors (such as those of Vault 81 and Vault 111) require a Pip-Boy 3000 Mk IV interface to operate.

Pimp-Boy 3 Billion

A 'Pimp'-Boy 3 'Billion'

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A modification of the standard Pip Boy 3000, this extravagant solid gold model is encrusted with diamonds. It can be obtained from Mick at Mick & Ralph's in Freeside, after you complete the Omertas quests and get them to buy weapons from Mick once more. This is his reward to the Courier, but he will switch between the two at the Courier's request. The "Wild Wasteland" trait causes disco music to play whenever it is equipped (the first time and every time you switch back from the original model).


PV13.pngThe following is based on Project V13 and has not been confirmed by canon sources.


Gameplay article:

The PIP-Pad is an experimental tablet-sized version of the Pip-Boy series, mainly for reading high concentrations of text and viewing high-resolution graphics. A cache of these devices was discovered after the Great War in an old RobCo Industries warehouse by the staff of The Armageddon Rag. There are some known bugs with the text processor, and users may occasionally see some strange characters.

Lil' Pip 3000

Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Lil' Pip 3000

Gameplay article:

A miniature version of the 3000 series exists, appropriately called the Lil' Pip 3000. It was to be featured in Van Buren.

Super PIP Boy

Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Gameplay article:

A variant of the Pip-Boy with a built-in health monitor, motion sensor, and a unique program creating and editing tool. It was designed and worn by Victor Presper.


Concept art


The player characters in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76 are all equipped with different versions of Pip-Boys. Multiple characters in Van Buren were to wear Pip-Boys as well.

Behind the scenes


  1. Vault-Tec Workshop loading screen hints: "In the years before the war, RobCo and Vault-Tec forged a powerful corporate alliance. Residents of Vault-Tec's Vaults would each be provided with a RobCo Pip-Boy personal computer, a device which made extensive use of the popular "Vault Boy" mascot."
  2. Pip-Boy Operational Instructions
  3. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.4–20—4–21: "ROBCO PIPBOY 2000
    To help Vault Dwellers record information (and information is extremely valuable, in fact, it might be the most valuable weapon we have against the end of civilization, so pay attention!), Vault-Tec has selected the RobCo Industries RobCo PIPBoy 2000 as the Personal Information Processor of choice for its Vault Dwellers.
    The RobCo PIPBoy 2000 (hereafter called the PIPBoy), is a handy device that you wear on your wrist. It’s small, especially by today’s standards, and it will store a goodly amount of information for you. And using modern super-deluxe resolution graphics to boot!"
  4. In-game, no local maps and the use of the Vault-Tec Appalachia paper map.
  5. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Press and hold the Pip-Boy button to turn on its light and illuminate dark areas."
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "Wally said my Pip-Boy was a piece of junk!"
    Stanley Armstrong: "Don't you listen to him. The A series may be a bit heavier than the luxury models, but they were built to last. Solid as a vault, they are. And I fixed her up myself. Shouldn't need to open her up again for a decade or two."
    The Lone Wanderer: "It's all right. Seems kind of old, though."
    Stanley Armstrong: "Of course it is. Just like everybody else's. They don't make 'em any more now, do they? That one I've been saving just for you, though. The A series is a bit heavier than some of the fancier models, but it won't let you down. I bet you could drop a bomb on one and it would still work. As a matter of fact, I know you could."
    (Stanley Armstrong's dialogue)
  7. The Lone Wanderer: "I hate it. How do I get it off?"
    Stanley Armstrong: "Get it off? Why in the world would you want to do that? Your Pip-Boy's the best friend you'll ever have! Besides, you can't get it off. Biometric seals et cetera. I could tell you some stories about trying to take 'em off the old folks... ...ah, well, that's hardly a fit subject for a kid's birthday party. Don't worry, you'll get used to it. Pretty soon you'll wonder how you ever got along without it."
    (Stanley Armstrong's dialogue)
  8. However, this portrayal is notoriously inconsistent (not to mention illogical), as clothing in Fallout 3 is depicted as fitting under the PIP-Boy, with sleeves coming out on the other sides, while in New Vegas this issue is not mentioned at all. The Courier receives Doc Mitchell's old PIP-Boy and can freely switch between the regular and the Pimp-Boy 3 Billion version; the 3 Billion also appears loose on the player's arm. Ricky in Honest Hearts wears a PIP-Boy 3000 that he claims to have found, though he doesn't mention the biometric lock though his PIP-Boy is revealed to be broken. Notably, the intro for the PIP-Boy concept art section in The Art of Fallout 3 says that the 3000 model is fastened with bolts rather than a biometric lock.
  9. File:Fallout4 PIPBoy Edition ESRB 1434323636.jpg: "PIP-Boy Model 3000 Mk IV
    Manufactured by RobCo Industries for Distribution by Vault-Tec Corp