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Robert Joseph MacCready
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
AffiliationLittle Lamplight (formerly)
Gunners (formerly)
Sole Survivor (optionally)
RoleMayor Fallout 3Gametitle-FO3.png
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LocationLittle Lamplight Fallout 3Gametitle-FO3.png
The Third Rail, Goodneighbor Fallout 4Gametitle-FO4.png
FamilyLucy MacCready (wife)DeadIcon dead.png
Duncan MacCready (son)
Dialogue FileRobert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 3) Fallout 3Gametitle-FO3.png
Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4) Fallout 4Gametitle-FO4.png
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SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 6
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 7
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ActorJakob Stalnaker Fallout 3Gametitle-FO3.png
Matthew Mercer Fallout 4Gametitle-FO4.png

I spent my childhood living right next to a Vault. Those are some seriously bad memories I wish I could forget.

Fallout 4

Robert Joseph "RJ" MacCready is a former Gunner, freelance mercenary, and potential companion, searching for a cure for his son's illness in Fallout 4. He also appears in Fallout 3 as the foul-mouthed mayor of Little Lamplight.

As mayor, he moves all over Little Lamplight once the player gains access. As a mercenary, he's much easier to find, as he spends his days in the VIP lounge of the Third Rail.


Early life

Born in 2265 in the Capital Wasteland[1] to parents he never knew,[2] MacCready became the head of the Little Lamplight children’s colony in 2274, when he was only ten years old.[3] His ascension was simple: After Princess declared herself the new Mayor and renamed the position after herself. Her rule lasted about five minutes, until MacCready punched her in the face and stated that Little Lamplight needed a leader, not a princess.[3] MacCready’s coup resulted in him becoming mayor.[4] The other residents respected him for his smarts, toughness, and the juvenile lack of fear of anything – be it monsters, adults, or using his rifle on anything that looked at him funny, not to mention the ability to maintain Little Lamplight as a viable community.[5]

However brazen and foolhardy he might have been in his young years, MacCready was not devoid of imagination. Children are always at a disadvantage in the wasteland, so he chose a sniper rifle as his weapon of choice, teaching himself marksmanship from the ground up. Engaging targets at long range means you don’t take too many chances and in the treacherous Capital Wasteland that meant staving off death for another day.[6]

Adult life

In 2281, MacCready hit sixteen and left Little Lamplight. He took to wandering the wastelands as a gun for hire. In the course of his travels, he met a woman named Lucy. The two fell in love. Lucy always had MacCready's back and helped him through the darkest of nights in the wasteland. With her at his side, he could press ahead no matter the horrors that faced him.[7][8] He told her that he was a soldier, out of fear that he might lose her if he revealed that he was a stone-cold killer. She never learned the truth.[9] She gave him a carved toy soldier in return, something he always kept on himself regardless of where he went.[10]

However, the Capital Wasteland was still a treacherous place and didn't take kindly to an absence of misery. Lucy and MacCready were nomads and their son, Duncan, was born on the road. Their happiness was bluntly interrupted by tragedy one fateful night, when they set up camp in an abandoned metro station. They didn’t know the place was infested with feral ghouls who set upon them in the darkness. Lucy was ripped apart before MacCready could get a shot off. However, her death bought enough time for him to make a fighting retreat out of the station, with Duncan in his arms. The sight of Lucy torn apart by the clawed, rotted hands would plague him for years to come.[11][12]

It shifted MacCready's perspective on life and himself. Up until then, he was a killer, shooting people for a living, but now he was determined to change himself. He made a promise to Duncan to clean up his act and be a better person… Starting with swearing off cursing.[13] He settled down and built a homestead. Everything was peaceful for a time as MacCready worked the land and Duncan grew. His almost idyllic life came to an end when his son was exposed to something in their fields and the next day developed a fever accompanied by blue boils all over his body. The disease sapped his strength and by the time he decided to hit the road and find a cure, he was almost too weak to walk. He entrusted his child to the care of his friends and departed.[14] Every doctor he talked to never heard of the disease and was at a loss as to how to help the child.[15]

The Long Road Ahead

Leads and job opportunities proved scarce in the Capital Wasteland, with the Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel becoming a potent force in the wake of Arthur Maxson's rise to power. Around 2286, MacCready took his rifle and headed north, making a name for himself and searching for a cure. When he arrived in the Commonwealth, the Gunners were recruiting sharpshooters into their ranks and MacCready joined up to amass money for his ultimate goal. Though the caps were plentiful, the Gunners' lack of scruples and indiscriminate approach to collateral damage were at odds with MacCready's personal code and the promise he made to his son.[16] MacCready broke ties with them in summer of 2287 and resumed his career as a freelance contractor.[17]

Shortly after ditching the Gunners, MacCready met Sinclair, a fellow contractor who was looking for the same thing: A cure for the mysterious blue boils for his partner. He found information that indicated Med-Tek Laboratories was experimenting with a universal cure at its Medford facility and MacCready joined his exploration party. Equipped with security codes to breach pre-War security, they only made it a short way in before feral ghouls pushed them back. They never made a second attempt, as Sinclair's friend died before they regrouped.[18] MacCready clung to the codes in case he found someone he can trust and who would help him get through the facility's defenses and hordes of feral ghouls.[19][20][21]

He set up shop in Goodneighbor, unwilling to tangle with Diamond City's security force or wandering the wastes alone. Hancock proved willing to bargain and so MacCready started trolling for clients. However, Winlock and Barnes weren't willing to let a former Gunner operate in their territory and for three months they've been hounding MacCready and driving off his customers. Nobody was willing to work with a former Gunner, no matter how talented or soft-spoken.[22] One of the few people willing to overlook his former affiliation was Daisy, the ghoul proprietor of the general store in Goodneighbor. MacCready helped her manage unfriendly customers on repeated occasions and the two became fast friends.[23]

However, the Gunners never let up. In the end, they confronted him at the Third Rail, demanding that he cease doing business in their territory or suffer the consequences.[24] MacCready found himself in a bind: If he tried to pay them off, they'd likely take the caps and kill him with the small army of Gunners they had at their disposal. If he ran, there was no guarantee they'd relent. And alone he took no chance at wiping them out to send a message to the Gunners to back away… Until the Sole Survivor came along.[25] With their help, he could make enough of a dent in the Gunner bottom line to force them to back away.[26]


I know students thought school was torture, but this is taking it a little too far.

— Walking through the set of torture rooms in the East Boston Preparatory School.

Though notoriously foul-mouthed and belligerent in his younger years, the 22 year old MacCready is far more reserved and polite. Years of hard living turned him into a hardened warfighter, coping with adversity through liberal use of sarcasm and humor. That's not to say he's completely immune: Witnessing the horrors of the Old World still gets to him[27] and he's not too thrilled about the pre-War folk either, on account of them bringing the nuclear holocaust down on Earth.[28]

MacCready isn't averse to violence, but doesn't revel in it either. If possible, he'll bluff his way through to minimize danger to himself and others.[29] The latter includes eating fish, which tends to make him less-than-pleasant company.[30]

On a more personal side, MacCready misses a lot of features of living in the Capital Wasteland, including Galaxy News Radio with Three Dog[31] and the monuments of downtown D.C.[32] He also collects old Grognak the Barbarian comic books, picking through the ruins in search of issues to complete his collection.[33] As of 2287, it's almost complete, only missing the issue where Mastadonald and Skullpocalypse teamed up to fight Grognak.[34]

Interactions with the player character

Fallout 3

Interactions overview

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Other interactions

  • Repeatedly talking to MacCready in a short amount of time will cause him to throw a fit and refuse to talk to the player for 24 hours.

Fallout 4

Interactions overview

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This character is a permanent party member. They grant the Killshot perk.
This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.
  • Gunners' Revenge


  • MacCready can be found lounging in the VIP section of The Third Rail in Goodneighbor.
  • MacCready is a robust companion specializing in conventional firearms. He cannot effectively hack or lockpick containers, but is one of the most effective ranged fighters the player can have as a follower.


  • Long Road Ahead: MacCready will join you in exchange for 250 caps. Eventually, the mercenary will open up to you and ask for your help: First in cutting ties with the Gunners, then with a much more important matter.

Effects of player actions

Robert MacCready's loyalty actions
MacCready likes...
MacCready loves...
  • ...asking for a higher reward from Fred Allen for retrieving the HalluciGen gas canister.
  • ...killing Baker in Quincy ruins.
  • ...choose the dialogue option "that's terrible" when talking to Blake Abernathy about his dead daughter.
MacCready dislikes...
MacCready hates...
  • ...getting caught committing a crime.
  • ...immediately resorting to violence.
  • ...selling the Peabodies to Bullet during Kid in a Fridge

Other interactions


Robert MacCready's location comments
Location/Requirement Comment
Diamond City, entrance "Haven't been to Diamond City in years, but I'll tell you... nothing's changed."
Goodneighbor, entrance "Ugh. Nothing says welcome like the stench of urine-soaked garbage."
Combat Zone, exterior "Damn Raiders. Ruined a perfectly good cage fighting arena. What's the world coming to anyway?"
Boston Airport, before the barricades "It's not the flying that would make me nervous, it's the crashing part."
Cabot House, exterior by the shrubbery "I've got a very bad feeling about this place."
Parsons State Insane Asylum, entrance foyer on the rug just past the front door; during the quest The Secret of Cabot House. "I heard that this place was an insane asylum. Maybe we should skip it."
Jamaica Plain, northwest road entrance, by the diner "Oh come on, we're here? Don't tell me you actually believe that buried treasure nonsense."
Vault 81, entrance walkway "I spent my childhood living right next to a Vault. Those are some seriously bad memories I wish I could forget."
[[]], "Nothing sounds safer to me than riding in a metal coffin with thousands of gallons of water above your head."
[[]], "Libertalia, huh? Well, if you ever wanted to throw a party for a few dozen Raiders, this would be the place."
[[]], "Sigh. You're going to make us climb all the way to the top of this deathtrap, aren't you."
"I could tell you what's inside this building, but what would be the point? Ha ha... cause it's a pyramid... never mind."
[[]], "This must have been one heck of a circus when the Minutemen were in town."
[[]], The only thing I'm looking for while we're here is one of those funny-looking hats. Always wanted one of them.
Covenant, gate exterior If paranoia started to fall like rain, this place would need to build an ark.
Bunker Hill, base of stairs to the monument - before the gate Pfff. The monument here is a joke compared to the one in downtown Washington D.C.
Cave (Super Duper Mart), after entering the parking garage "Something isn't right here..."
[[]], "If the Institute was smart, they would have sealed this off a long time ago."
Sentinel site Prescott, bomb storage room entrance "There are enough bombs in this place to start another apocalypse."
Sentinel site Prescott, gantry just inside the main entrance "Holy sh... holy crap... are those... missiles?"
Sentinel site Prescott, exterior entrance "What the hell? Is that a... pyramid?"
[[]], "Reminder. Cars and bullets don't mix."
Ticonderoga, penthouse foyer "Railroad kind of painted themselves into a corner up here, didn't they?"
Old North Church, catacombs "Tunnel snakes rule! *Laugh* Sorry, heard that a long time ago."
Old North Church, nave "I wonder how many people came here seeking absolution when the bombs started falling."
[[]], "Commonwealth almost looks peaceful from up here."
[[]], "I can't believe this building hasn't toppled over by now."
Hubris Comics, shop floor "If I could only find the issue where Mastadonald and Skullpocalypse teamed up to fight Grognak, I'd have a complete set."
Hubris Comics, top floor studio "So this is where they used to film the old Silver Shroud shows. I wish I could have seen them."
Template:Colo "Unless you want to start glowing, you might want to hang back."
Yangtze-31, submarine engine turned on "Damn, that's a lot louder than I thought it would be."
Yangtze-31, bridge "This is great... I've always wanted to ride on one of these."
Starlight Drive-In, in the projection room "This would be the perfect sniper's position if it wasn't for that stupid screen blocking the view."
Starlight Drive-In, at the screen "You think they'll kick us off the lot if we didn't buy a ticket?"
Wilson Atomatoys corporate HQ, Arlen Glass' office "Looks like the war bypassed this place."
Wilson Atomatoys corporate HQ, foyer display "Oh, it's one of those toy ponies. "Get Up Buttercake" or something like that."
Wildwood Cemetery "They say leaving a cap on the gravestone of a friend or relative can bring you good luck. I say it's just a waste of a cap."
[[]], "If I step on something brown and squishy, you're cleaning my boots."
West Everett Estates, backyard bunker "Well, this is cozy."
[[]], "More Super Mutants? Agh. I'm getting sick of these green lunatics."
Walden Pond, just in front of said cabin. "Make sure you search the entire cabin Thoreau-ly. *Laughs* No?"
Milton General Hospital, basement morgue "Welp, there goes my appetite."
Milton General Hospital, waiting foyer "This looks cozy. How about I hang out here while you explore the building? No?"
Vault 95, Overseer's office "What was this place for... storytime or something?"
[[]], "You'll let me know if your Geiger starts clicking, right?"
Museum of Witchcraft "Uh, you saw that, right?"
Museum of Witchcraft "That would be a deathclaw, which means we should get the hell out of here."
Vault 75, combat training room "The only thing missing from this playground is the radiation."
Vault 75, entrance "In the basement of a school? Vault-Tec was running out of ideas."
Vault 114, entrance construction "Wow, they must have been building this vault all the way up to the last second."
Vault 111, cryonic stasis room "Hey, I'm really sorry. We don't have to be here if you don't want to... I... I'll leave you alone."
Vault 114, exterior tunnel construction "Never imagined we'd find a vault down here. Let's check it out."
Trinity Church, theatrical rigging "This reminds me of the time we tried to perform "Pyramus and Thisbe" in Little Lamplight. Yeah... that didn't really go over too well."
Trinity Church, nursery "*Sniff* It's nothing... just got something in my eye."
Thicket Excavations, near the waters edge; before the conclusion of the quest Pull the Plug. "I wonder how many years of rainfall it took to fill this quarry."
[[]], "Brewing robot, huh? Maybe we could just borrow it for a little while."
Gwinnett Brewery, brewing floor "Ugh, gross. This place smells horrible. This might put me off drinking beer for a while."
[[]], "Gwinnett... Gwinnett... why is that name so familiar? I heard it back in the Capital Wasteland, but I can't remember why."
[[]], "Tommy tried to get me to fight in the ring once. Almost took him up on it, too. Guess I missed my chance."
Combat Zone, front row "Oh man, I used to come here all time. I can't even tell you how many caps this dive sucked out of my pockets."
[[]], "Now all we do is wait a few decades for the rain to refill the quarry, come back and start the process all over again."
[[]], "Nice. Very nice. All you need is a few throw pillows and some drapes and it'll be as good as new."
[[]], "It'll be a miracle if this whole building don't collapse right on top of us."
[[]], "Mirelurks are like the mole rats of the sea. Look what they did to this place."
[[]], "Raiders check in, but they don't check out."
Boston Common, just in front of the infantry fighting vehicle "Wait, this the Common. We need to get the hell out of here... unless you like being killed."
[[]], "Oh great, the Brotherhood of Steel. As if the day couldn't get any better."
South Boston military checkpoint "I bet that thing's been broadcasting the same message for the last two hundred years."
Skylanes Flight 1981 "I can't believe this airliner was stupid enough to be flying during the war."
[[]], "Oh come on. We have to pick through all this scrap? It's going to take all day."
[[]], "Can someone crack a window? It's hot as hell in here."
[[]], "Hey look, it's the Brotherhood of Squeal! *Laughs*"
Sandy Coves Convalescent Home, captain's room "Wonder if these folks died of old age or baked when the rads hit."
Rocky Narrows Park, at the playground "I'd call the slide first, but my tetanus shots are way out of date."
[[]], "When the bombs starting falling, I bet the last thing on this ranger's mind was forest fires."
Robotics disposal ground, in front of the sentry bot "Careful. These military 'bots have a mean temper when you tamper with "government property." I have the scars to prove it."
[[]], "All I want to know is where I can find some saltwater taffy."
Revere Beach Station, end tunnel raider encampment "Raiders sure know how to keep you on your toes, don't you think?"
[[]], "These guys were sure in a hurry to get out of this building."
Ranger cabin, inside, next to the skeleton "I... I can't look at this. Reminds me too much of the people I left behind."
Quincy ruins, Freeway stronghold bridge to roof catwalks "Great sniping position from up here."
Quincy ruins, southeast entrance "We're entering Gunners territory so we need to be careful. If I'm recognized they'll be going after me with a vengeance."
Boston Police rationing site, in front of the trailer kiosk "People still fight over food like this. I guess nothing's changed."
[[]], "You sure it's safe to walk around in this turbine?"
Poseidon Energy, generator room - the part past the raider defenses. "Just one of these generators could power a settlement. Too bad they're out of commission."
[[]], "You think any of these buttons gets us out of here and gives us a whole bunch of caps for our trouble? Yeah, me neither."
[[]], "*Coughing* This can't be good. Hope this stuff isn't lethal."
Pickman's Gallery "Oh, great. Thanks for the nightmare fuel."
[[]], "Maybe we should keep moving. Whatever rampaged through this campsite might come back."
Fiddler's Green Trailer Estates, entrance "Always wanted my own trailer... it'd be midnight blue with a leopard-skin interior. Hey... it beats living in a cave."
Neponset Park, "I'd love to see the ads for this place. Quiet, cozy cabins with a lakeside view and in-room mirelurk service."
Natick power station "I can still smell the ozone in the air. I wonder if that ever goes away."
[[]], "This might be a good time to invest in a boat."
Nahant Oceanological Society, second floor "*Yawn* Yup, this is really facinating. Can we stay longer?"
Nahant Oceanological Society, research laboratory "I wonder if someone smashed these tanks in, or did something smash its way out?"
[[]], "Whoever this belongs to needs to find themselves a new hobby."
Gorski Cabin, root cellar workshop "Welp... that's the last thing I expected to find down here. Maybe we shouldn't touch anything."
[[]], "Can't we ever stumble into somewhere nice? You know... with flowers... bright colors?"
[[]], "Let's look around carefully. There has to be something valuable in here."
[[]], "Damn Gunners had this place locked down pretty tight."
University Point, just inside the gate "Institute turned this place into a slaughterhouse. Didn't leave a soul alive."
[[]], "The guy had good position, but there's no way he could have held us off."
[[]], "Got your rad chems handy? We're going to need them."
Mass Fusion disposal site "Well, that's a unique water feature."
[[]], "I'd hate to fall from up there."
[[]], "Seen pictures of old stations like this, but never been in one before."
Mahkra Fishpacking, basement store room "Let's pass on the fish. It gives me gas. You don't want that to happen."
[[]], "I can't believe we fell for that."
[[]], "Gross. People actually ate this stuff?"
Vault 81, observation room "Well that's pretty damn creepy. I bet they had no idea they were being watched."
Vault 81, , "Vault-Tec built all sorts of secret sections into their vaults. I don't even want to know what this one was for."
[[]], "Had a contract in Libertalia once... Raiders were so stupid, I was able to bluff my way in."
Libertalia, at the top of the main structure ""Wholesale slaughter on the high-seas." Would make a great story, wouldn't you say?"
[[]], "I hope you're not thinking of swimming in that mess."
Kingsport Lighthouse, at the top beacon "I don't see the point. It's not like any ships are still sailing out there."
WRVR broadcast station, control room "I miss the Capital Wasteland's radio... Three Dog was a hell of a DJ."
Jamaica Plain, treasure room "So this is the treasure. *Laughs* Come on... it's almost too funny not to laugh about."
Jamaica Plain, security room "Maybe someone already found the treasure, and now they're hoarding it here."
Jalbert Brothers Disposal, at the barn with the barrels "I'm betting these were put here by those Children of Atom. They worship radiation like it was a god or something."
Super-Duper Mart, front counters "Oh, of course the cookie aisle had to be the one that got crushed."
Irish Pride Industries shipyard, at the corpse of Rory Rigwell "This idiot was trying to pal around with a bunch of mirelurks?"
[[]], "What the hell is was wrong with these doctors? How could they just switch off their morality?!"
Cambridge crater, edge "Oh great... a new source of ferals. It's just what the Commonwealth needed."
[[]], "I can see my house from here. Sorry... I always wanted to say that."
[[]], "All these books, and not even a single issue of Grognak?"
Hub City Auto Wreckers, while on the crane "Now how did a gang as stupid as the Gunners figure out something so clever?"
Hester's Consumer Robotics, entrance: showroom floor "I don't suppose they have a spare sentinel 'bot we could pick up while we're here."
[[]], "Yum... looks like the ferals had themselves a little Raider feast."
[[]], "I know a few guys who could build anything out of these parts."
[[]], "I don't like this... not one bit."
Fort Hagen, command center – outside the gated main room, next to the door "All this high-tech equipment, and they still couldn't figure out how stupid it was to push the button."
Greater Mass Blood Clinic, basement storage "It's going to be tough finding anyone who trusts these blood packs. Who knows how long they've been sitting here?"
The Slog, "Would've been nicer if this was still a swimming pool."
Not available due to bugsRadroach.png Atom Cats' garage, unable to determine due to bugged content. Not available due to bugsRadroach.png "This is just about the coolest thing I've ever seen."
Gunners Plaza, cafeteria – before the staircase "This must have been a great place to relax before everything went to hell."
Gunners Plaza, main entrance of the atrium writer's room "I wonder how many of these people stayed to report the news when the bombs started falling."
When walking on a mirelurk infested beach, between Reeb Marina and Gibson Point Pier. "Suddenly I just lost my appetite for seafood."
General Atomics factory, quality assurance test chamber "Looks like some kind of robot training camp or something."
Back Alley Bowling, at the lanes "I've heard of this sport. You're supposed to roll a ball down these lanes and knock over those pins. Weird."
General Atomics galleria, at the gate "This must have been built by the company that made those annoying robots."
[[]], "Take everything you can carry."
Fort Strong, sublevel in the room before the main mini nuke storage room. "Oooo. MacCready like big boom."
West Roxbury station, platform "I wonder where this train is headed? I doubt there's much track left for it to run on."
[[]], "I hope all these people had flood insurance."
Federal surveillance center K-21B, gantry overlook "Well, well. Looks like we stumbled into an old government dirty little secret."
Faneuil Hall, the hall "This place used to be a market before the Great War. Now I wouldn't eat in here if you paid me."
Concord civic access, main pipe room "If Concord's above us, what the hell are we doing down here?"
[[]], "Never caught a Deathclaw sleeping before."
Fairline Hill Estates, at the fortified house "I think the answers we're looking for are inside that house."
Fairline Hill Estates, at the entrance to the cul-de-sac "Perfectly nice houses, and no one living in them. That's not a good sign."
[[]], "This city was in love with the water. There are boats and docks all over the Commonwealth."
[[]], "I wonder what would happen if we tinkered with some of these things."
Easy City Downs, northern corner fence hole to the racetrack, next to the stands "This is the best use of robots I've ever seen. Who knew they could be so much fun?"
East Boston Preparatory School, third floor torture chamber "I know students thought school was torture, but this is taking it a little too far."
[[]], "Something tells me that hole shouldn't be there."
[[]], "Don't tell me we're going all the way down there."
[[]], "A creepy garden, splendid. Now the nightmare motiff is complete."
[[]], "I don't like this one bit. What the hell's all this science junk doing here?"
[[]], "Hey, this place doesn't look so bad. Some paint, a few throw rugs and it'll be as good as new."
[[]], "Well, this is a quaint little mess."
USS Constitution, after quest the completion of the quest Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution "Oh yeah... that ship looks way better over there."
Weatherby Savings and Loan, before the completion of the quest Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Constitution "Welp... any landing you can walk away from..."
D.B. Technical High School, basement – after killing Bosco or at the throne "Next thing you know, we're going to see Super Mutants wearing sailor's hats on their heads."
[[]], "Well, this is one way to avoid paying at the turnstiles."
Croup Manor, basement "Hope you guys saved room for dessert!"
Crater House, edge of crater "I would love to read the real estate brochure for this place."
[[]], "I wonder why those clowns are guarding the tunnel?"
Corvega assembly plant, entrance of the assembly line room "No fuchsia with a lime green interior? Damn, they never have them in the color you want."
Not available due to bugsRadroach.png Coast Guard Pier, either at the corner of the pier by the tower, or the center of the building. The super mutants were supposed to be wearing Coast Guard hats. Not available due to bugsRadroach.png "Isn't that cute... the mutants think they're in the navy."
[[]], "Whoever hit that tugboat with the bridge needs to learn how to drive."
Chestnut Hillock Reservoir "I'm going to guess that we don't want to know what's under that rowboat."
[[]], "Oh... god... I think I'm going to be sick."
Shaw High School, cafeteria "Hey, look! It's today's special. Yum."
Charles View Amphitheater "Let's check out the t-shirt stand before we leave."
[[]], "Something in here went kaboom. Maybe we shouldn't touch anything..."
Cabot House, laboratory "What the heck's with all this science junk? Something isn't right here."
Cabot House, living room "Whoever lives here must have made a deal with the devil."
Bunker Hill, base of the monument "You think that's impressive, you should see the one in downtown Washington D.C."
Breakheart Banks, at the building "This place really got worked over. I wonder if anyone managed to escape."
Boston Public Library, hall where defenses are "Let's be careful. No human being would possibly pile books this way."
Boston Public Library, main entrance "Lion statues, huh? Great way to scare the kids."
Boston mayoral shelter, at the basketball court "We used to have a hoop setup in Little Lamplight until Eclair broke the darn thing."
[[]], "Let's not stand out in the open too long. I kind of feel like a moving target."
[[]], "Looks like this one took the easy way out."
Beantown Brewery, bottling room floor "I bet we don't even find a drop in the whole place. Damn shame."
Fallon's Department Store (West Roxbury township), by the fountain "Should I throw a cap in and make a wish?"
Fallon's Department Store (West Roxbury township), by the escalators "Hurry, I heard they had a two-for-one sale in the men's department!"
Joe's Spuckies (Southie speakeasy), speakeasy stairway "I've been to a few dive bars in my day, but this one's got them all beat."
The Switchboard, the foyer of the agency ""Defense Intelligence Agency." Heck of a lot of good they did."
BADTFL regional office, evidence lockup "Woah... looks like it's party time."


Fallout 3

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Mayor MacCready's outfit and helmet
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Assault rifle
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Carried items
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Drops on death

* Since Mayor MacCready cannot be pick-pocketed or killed, his clothing is only available through console commands.

Fallout 4

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MacCready's hat
MacCready's duster
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Sniper rifle
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Carried items
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Drops on death
No additional items


  • In Fallout 3, MacCready has one of the filthiest mouths in the game, interspersing swears into every other sentence, at least.

Notable quotes

  • "That makes me mayor for fucking life!"
  • "Watch it Mungo or I'll blow your fucking head off!"
  • "I wouldn't expect much goodwill in town after this, you shit-sucking mungo bastard."
  • "Yeah, I bet you've heard all about the 'fungus' in my 'cavern."
  • "Everything will be a-o-fucking-kay."
  • "Stay the fuck away, fucking mungo, I sure as fuck don't fucking want to catch old from you. Just fucking go, okay?"
  • "Mungo, mungo, fucking smells like fucking dung-o"

Behind the scenes

  • "RJ MacReady" is the name of the main character/hero, played by Kurt Russell, in John Carpenter's "The Thing." In the film, MacReady also takes leadership of his group being there is no other option, and (much like MacCready's confrontation with Princess) personally punched out someone causing a problem.
  • MacCready's physical appearance is that of the kid at the end of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The kid is the son of The Gyro Captain from The Road Warrior. Father, son, and the kids from the airplane crash site all fly off in his odd looking airplane.
  • When in the hall of the Boston Public Library with the defenses MacCready quotes a line from Ghostbusters.[35]


  • Mayor MacCready is prone to disappearing. He tends to wander into obscure and dark corners. He may appear near the front gate if you go outside and fast travel back to town, or standing on the platform where he first stood when he let you into town. You can move to his current position with the console command player.moveto 0002a8a7.
  • Sometimes MacCready will not give you the option to open the gate, even if you are at that point and have followed the advice outlined in this wiki. One way to make sure that this does not befall you is to click all of the grayed out speech options when speaking to MacCready. The dialog option to open the gate comes after a line that is often grayed/dimmed.
  • It's possible for MacCready to not open the gate after being instructed to do so. He will run to it, and climb up to the catwalk but will not activate the switch to raise the gate. This is because the scripted sequence requires Princess to be on the other end, and she may not run with MacCready to perform this function. Short of using the console to activate the gate/toggle clipping, the solutions are to either use the other entrance or reload from a previous save. Another possible solution is to wait for 24 hours, which will cause them to open the gate.
  • Doing DLC quests before opening the path will end "Picking Up the Trail" resulting in Macready's and Joseph's dialogue options to vanish and making entry into Vault 87 impossible. The only solution is to resort to a save that still has "Picking Up The Trail" as an active quest, and redo whatever progress has been lost.
  • If the player passes the speech check to gain entrance into Little Lamplight MacCready will never give the quest "Rescue From Paradise". The player must travel to Paradise Falls to start the quest.


Robert Joseph MacCready appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.


  1. The Sole Survivor "What were you doing in the Capital Wasteland?"
    Robert MacCready: "I was born there. Lived underground in a place called Little Lamplight with a bunch of other kids. Left there when I was around sixteen. We kind of had a policy there... no adults. When you were sixteen, you packed up and left. I know it sounds crazy, but having adults around was something we couldn't trust."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  2. The Sole Survivor: "I'm sure your parents were thrilled about your hobby."
    Robert MacCready: "Never knew my parents. Lived underground in a place called Little Lamplight with a bunch of other kids. Left there when I was around sixteen. We kind of had a policy there... no adults. When you were sixteen, you packed up and left. I know it sounds crazy, but having adults around was something we couldn't trust."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lone Wanderer: "How did you get to be in charge of this place?"
    Robert MacCready: "It's not that complex. Any kid can say they want to be mayor here. It's just that most don't want to bother with the responsibility of leading. Most of the time, they last until the kids get tired of them, then they get kicked out on their ass by the new mayor. One only lasted 5 minutes. Of course, I've kept this place going strong for three years. To most of these kids, that makes me Mayor For Fucking Life. Fine by me, I say."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "Can you tell me why Princess gets angry about her nickname?"
    Sammy: "So, a long time ago, Princess convinced everyone that she should be mayor. The first thing she did as mayor was try to insist that the title be changed to "Princess". It was 5 minutes before MacCready punched her in the nose and got picked as the new mayor. It was awesome!"
    The Lone Wanderer: "She was only mayor for five minutes?"
    Sammy: "Yeah! MacCready said we needed someone to watch out for us, not to lord over us. Then he popped her one! She hasn't even tried since then. That's why he stays mayor, too. I hope I can be that cool, someday."
    (Sammy's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  5. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.84: "Mayor Robert Joseph MacCready
    He has served as the mayor of Little Lamplight for twoQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png years (since he was 10), when he was chosen by the other residents due to his smarts, toughness, and the fact that he doesn't take guff from anyone. He has no fear of adults and is a perfect representative. He is belligerent, small (even for his age), very distrustful of adults, and willing to blow someone's head off to defend his young charges, but MacCready is also very loyal to those he considers friends."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census) Note: His in game dialogue states he has been mayor for three years.
  6. Robert MacCready: "So, you impressed yet? I told you I was a damn good shot."
    The Sole Survivor: "Actually, I'm quite impressed."
    Robert MacCready: "Yeah... I thought you might be. I'm completely self-taught, you know. Picked up a sniper rifle when I was ten and I never looked back. Always thought it was smarter to hit my targets at long range. I mean, why take chances, right? Besides, I had to come up with every trick in the book to survive the Capital Wasteland."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  7. The Sole Survivor: "Why would you say something like that?"
    Robert MacCready: "I guess I needed to tell someone how I felt about it. Damn, I miss Lucy. No matter how bad things got, she was always there with a shoulder to lean on. It gave me... well, it gave me the courage I needed to press ahead... to never give up. When she died, I thought that feeling was gone forever... Then I met you. You have the world's problems on your back and here you are helping me with mine... lending me your shoulder like Lucy did. I just want you to know how much your friendship means to me."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  8. The Sole Survivor: "Hey, only best friends can share feelings like that with each other."
    Robert MacCready: "And I aim to keep it that way. Anyway, thanks for hearing me out. Taking all that weight off of my shoulders makes the journey a little easier, if you know what I mean. Speaking of which, it's about time we got back on the road, don't you think?"
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  9. The Sole Survivor: "If it's special to you, then it's a thoughtful gift. Thank you."
    Robert MacCready: "You're welcome. Just be sure you don't lose it. My wife Lucy gave this to me right after we met. I... I uh, told her I was a soldier and she made it for me. Never could bring myself to tell her the truth... that I was just a hired killer. The soldier story was the best thing I could come up with. I didn't want to lose her because of what I was."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  10. Robert MacCready: "Hold up... I think we need to talk."
    The Sole Survivor: "What's on your mind?"
    Robert MacCready: "This has been nagging at me for a while. I've been waiting for the right moment to talk to you, and I suppose this is as good of a time as any. After helping me get Duncan's cure from Med-Tek, I figure I owe you something... and I always pay my debts. Here... I wanted you to have this. I know a carved toy soldier is a strange reward for risking your life, but this one's special... it means a lot to me."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  11. The Sole Survivor: "I'm sure you had good intentions."
    Robert MacCready: "I had a feeling you'd get where I was coming from. We made the mistake of holing up in a metro station one night. We didn't know that the place was infested with ferals. They were on her before I could even fire a shot. Ripped her apart right in front of me. There was nothing I could do. Took everything I had to escape with Duncan in my arms. Maybe it would have been better if we'd died there with her."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  12. The Sole Survivor: "She ever find out the truth?"
    Robert MacCready: "No. We made the mistake of holing up in a metro station one night. We didn't know that the place was infested with ferals. They were on her before I could even fire a shot. Ripped her apart right in front of me. There was nothing I could do. Took everything I had to escape with Duncan in my arms. Maybe it would have been better if we'd died there with her."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  13. The Sole Survivor: "Stopping yourself from cursing again? Why do you keep doing that?"
    Robert MacCready: "Yeah, I figured you'd ask me about this sooner or later. It's not about you, it's about a promise I made. When I left the Capital Wasteland, I didn't just leave Little Lamplight behind... I left my family behind. Had a beautiful wife named Lucy... and a son we named Duncan. He's the one that I made my promise to... a promise to clean up my act and to be a better person. I guess that sounds pretty stupid coming from a guy who shoots people for a living."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  14. The Sole Survivor: "You must have had a good reason to leave them behind."
    Robert MacCready: "That's what I keep telling myself. My son... he's sick. I don't know what's wrong with him. One day, he's playing out in the fields behind our farm... the next he took a fever and these blue boils popped up all over his body. Last I saw he was almost to weak to walk. I didn't dare ask him to come with me. Honestly, I don't know how much longer he's going to last."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  15. The Sole Survivor: "Maybe you should find a doctor."
    Robert MacCready: "Every doctor I've talked to was worthless. They never even heard of the disease. I don't need them... I need someone like you. You've already done so much for me, I feel horrible asking for more. But if you're willing to risk it, I might have a way we could save him."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  16. The Sole Survivor: "Pretty brave, a bunch of kids living alone like that."
    Robert MacCready: "I don't know. Looking back on the whole thing, I think we were just lucky. Anyway, when I hit sixteen, I ended up wandering the Capital Wasteland for a while. I took the odd job here and there, but things were pretty hot with the Brotherhood of Steel running the show. So I hitched a ride with a caravan and made my way north until I ended up here. Made a pretty decent name for myself before I heard that the Gunners needed some sharpshooters. Biggest mistake of my life. They were animals. Killed anything that moved if it got in their way. I went with it for a while, because the caps were good. But, I dunno, I guess it started to catch up with me... so I quit. Which pretty much brings us to now. So there you have it, my whole life in a nutshell."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  17. The Sole Survivor: "Never heard of the Gunners. Who are they?"
    Robert MacCready: "They're one of biggest gangs in the Commonwealth. Got a rep for being crazy... you know, so tightly wound, you'd think they were a cult or something. Stuck with them for a while cause the money was good, but I never fit in. That's why I made a clean break and started flying solo. Now, what about you? How do I know I won't end up with a bullet in my back?"
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  18. The Sole Survivor: "Of course I'll help. Count me in."
    Robert MacCready: "I was hoping you'd say that. A few months before we met, I bumped into a guy named Sinclair who claimed his buddy caught some kind of a disease. I thought he was wasting my time until he said his partner broke out in blue boils. They dug up information about a cure at a place called Med-Tek Research. They even managed to grab the building's lockdown security codes. Unfortunately, Sinclair's buddy died before they were able to break into the facility. I mean, there's no way that's a coincidence, right? Med-Tek has to be the place."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  19. The Sole Survivor: "Can you trust this "Sinclair" guy?"
    Robert MacCready: "To be honest, I don't know him from Adam. But he brought up the blue boils and the sickness his partner suffered from. There's no way that's a coincidence... or a trap. Wouldn't make any sense. If Sinclair says Med-Tek Research is the place, that's where we need to go... otherwise I got nothing else."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  20. The Sole Survivor: "Don't give up hope. If there's a cure, we'll find it."
    Robert MacCready: "Thanks, partner. I'll put Med-Tek Research on your map. When you're ready, just take us out there... I have all of the codes we need to get through their security. What you're doing... no one's ever cared that much about me before. Even if it takes me the rest of my life... I'll repay this debt to you, I swear it."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  21. The Sole Survivor: "Don't get your hopes up. This could be a dead end."
    Robert MacCready: "I've been disappointed so many times in the past, nothing gets my hopes up anymore. I'll put Med-Tek Research on your map. When you're ready, just take us out there... I have all of the codes we need to get through their security. What you're doing... no one's ever cared that much about me before. Even if it takes me the rest of my life... I'll repay this debt to you, I swear it."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  22. Robert MacCready: "Nice to be on the open road. Goodneighbor was starting to wear out its welcome."
    The Sole Survivor: "What makes you say that?"
    Robert MacCready: "Goodneighbor was a good place to look for work, but a crappy place to hang your hat. Let's put it this way. Can't get much rest when you're sleeping with one eye open. Still, it was the best place for me to set up shop. Diamond City's goons would have run me out of town and wandering the Commonwealth alone isn't the brightest plan when you're hard up for caps."
    The Sole Survivor: "Setting up shop? What do you mean?"
    Robert MacCready: "I needed somewhere to hang out so that people could find me when they required my services. The folks in Goodneighbor tended not to ask too many questions which suited my needs. So, I made a deal with Hancock and started waiting for the caps to roll in."
    The Sole Survivor: "Caps aren't worth risking your life."
    Robert MacCready: "Easy for you to say. But right now, I need every cap I can get."
    The Sole Survivor: "Are caps really that important to you?"
    Robert MacCready: "I don't have much of a choice. I don't usually go around sharing stuff like this, but you've been pretty straight with me, so I'm going to be straight with you. It's those two assh... those two idiots you saw me talking to at the Third Rail, Winlock and Barnes. They've been hounding me for months and it's been driving off clients. No one wants to touch me once they learn I used to run with the Gunners. And I figured if I could get enough caps together, maybe I could buy them out."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  23. Daisy: "MacCready! I haven't seen you in a while. You haven't been avoiding me, have you?"
    Robert MacCready: "Now how could I stay away from someone as cute as you, Daisy?"
    Daisy: "You're a lousy liar, but I'll just play stupid and pretend I don't know that. So, what did you need?"
    Robert MacCready: "I got it, Daisy. I found the cure to Duncan's disease."
    Daisy: "Oh my god! That's wonderful news. How did you do it? Last time you tried, the ferals almost chewed you to bits."
    Robert MacCready: "I didn't do it alone. My friend here got me through Med-Tek. Now all I need to do is get the cure into Duncan's hands. Can you help me?"
    Daisy: "Of course, MacCready. You've saved my behind more than once, it's the least I can do. It's okay, you can trust me. I swear I'll get the cure to Duncan."
    The Sole Survivor: "What did MacCready do to help you out?"
    "Running a business in a town like Goodneighbor is a challenge. Let's just say I've had my share of unfriendly customers and MacCready's been there to help me handle the situation."
    The Sole Survivor: "If MacCready trusts you, that's good enough for me."
    Daisy: "I appreciate that. He's actually not so bad, once you get to know him. I'll get the sample on the first caravan leaving the Commonwealth. The driver owes me a few favors and he's reliable. It will arrive at your homestead in no time, MacCready."
    Robert MacCready: "Thanks, you're a doll."
    Daisy: "Hey, do me a favor. Take care of MacCready for me. He's one of the good ones."
    (Robert MacCready's and Daisy's dialogue)
  24. Winlock: "Can't say I'm surprised to find you in a dump like this, MacCready."
    Robert MacCready: "I was wondering how long it would take your bloodhounds to track me down, Winlock. It's been almost three months... don't tell me you're getting rusty. Should we take this outside?"
    Winlock: "It ain't like that. I'm just here to deliver a message."
    Robert MacCready: "In case you forgot, I left the Gunners for good."
    Winlock: "Yeah, I heard. But you're still taking jobs in the Commonwealth. That isn't going to work for us."
    Robert MacCready: "I don't take orders from you... not anymore. So why don't you take your girlfriend and walk out of here while you still can."
    Barnes: "What?! Winlock, tell me we don't have to listen to this shit..."
    Winlock: "Listen up, MacCready. The only reason we haven't filled your body full of bullets is that we don't want a war with Goodneighbor. See, we respect other people's boundaries... we know how to play the game. It's something you never learned."
    Robert MacCready: "Glad to have disappointed you."
    Winlock: "You can play the tough guy all you want. But if we hear you're still operating inside Gunner territory, all bets are off. You got that?"
    Robert MacCready: "You finished?"
    Winlock: "Yeah... we're finished. Come on, Barnes."
    (Barnes, Winlock's, and Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  25. The Sole Survivor: "Is there any other way to handle this?"
    Robert MacCready: "If there was, I would have done it already. To be honest, even if they took the money, there's no guarantee that they wouldn't change their minds later. Then I'd be completely broke and on the run."
    The Sole Survivor: "How many caps do you need?"
    Robert MacCready: "I'm not sure. Honestly, that's not even what concerns me the most. I'm wondering how I'm going to pull it off. Winlock and Barnes have a small army of Gunners with them at all times. They might decide to just keep the caps and put a bullet in my head for good measure. If I set up a place to meet them, I'm sure they'd roll in with everyone they've got. Unless... Maybe you and I could pay them a little visit and put an end to them before they realize what's going on. And before you get that look on your face, let me just say that I wouldn't even be asking if I didn't trust you."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  26. Robert MacCready: "This should send a message to the Gunners to stay off my back."
    The Sole Survivor: "You aren't afraid the Gunners will retaliate?"
    Robert MacCready: "The way these lunatics act, you'd think they would... but I know better. For the Gunners, it's always about the bottom line. They just lost this entire waystation and that cost them big. Besides, they have no way of knowing I was involved. Anyway, I guess I owe you a favor now. After all, you hired me but I'm the one that dragged you out here."
    The Sole Survivor: "A favor, huh. Can I decide later?"
    Robert MacCready: "Well, I don't like these things hanging over my head. Tell you what. I'm going to give you back the caps you paid me in Goodneighbor. I'll still stick with you because that was part of the original deal, but now we're even. There you go. I guess we're done here. Lead on, boss."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  27. Robert MacCready: "What the hell is was wrong with these doctors? How could they just switch off their morality?!"
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  28. Robert MacCready: "All this high-tech equipment, and they still couldn't figure out how stupid it was to push the button."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when in Fort Hagen. Specifically the command center, outside the gated main room next to the door.
  29. Robert MacCready: "Had a contract in Libertalia once... Raiders were so stupid, I was able to bluff my way in."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  30. Robert MacCready: "Let's pass on the fish. It gives me gas. You don't want that to happen."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when in the Mahkra Fishpacking basement store room.
  31. Robert MacCready: "I miss the Capital Wasteland's radio... Three Dog was a hell of a DJ."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when in the WRVR broadcast station control room.
  32. Robert MacCready: "You think that's impressive, you should see the one in downtown Washington D.C."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when at the base of the Bunker Hill monument.
  33. Robert MacCready: "All these books, and not even a single issue of Grognak?"
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4))
  34. Robert MacCready: "If I could only find the issue where Mastadonald and Skullpocalypse teamed up to fight Grognak, I'd have a complete set."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when at the shop floor of Hubris Comics.
  35. Robert MacCready: ""Let's be careful. No human being would possibly pile books this way.""
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken when at the hallway with the defenses of the Boston Public Library.