Fallout 3 Bobbleheads

Fallout 3 Bobbleheads guide by Nick Zitzmann.

Note: For a full map of each bobblehead and it's location, check out our Fallout 3 Interactive Map section.

******************************* * INTRODUCTION TO BOBBLEHEADS * ******************************* The bobbleheads feature is a new feature in Fallout 3 that was not present in the previous two games or Fallout Tactics. Hidden throughout the Capital Wasteland are 20 Vault Boy Bobblehead dolls. Seven of those bobbleheads will raise a S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat by one point, while the rest will raise a specific stat by 10 points. All 20 bobbleheads are located on shelves, desks, or other places where they can be picked up manually. None are stored in storage containers or sold by merchants. Also, you _must_ pick up the bobblehead to get the stat increase; if you are playing the Windows version and used the console to add a bobblehead to your inventory, then you won't get anything out if it. You ought to collect all 20, because they make your character better, and unlock some of the perks that have high stat prerequisites. Seventeen of those bobbleheads can be acquired at any time in the game; however, there are three that you **must** acquire at very specific times, or else you will not be able to go back and get them later. I've marked those three below as "missable" for your convenience. If you're casually reading this guide, then you might want to read those three first. In addition, collecting ten bobbleheads grants you the "Yes, I Play With Dolls" achievement/trophy in all versions of the game, while collecting all of them grants you the "Vault-Tec C.E.O." achievement/trophy. As you collect bobbleheads, you can store them on a collector's shelf, located inside your suite in Tenpenny Tower (if you decided to blow up Megaton) or inside your house in Megaton (if you decided to disarm the bomb instead). Just "use" the shelf to place your inventory bobbleheads onto it. Placing a bobblehead on the stand is permanent and can't be taken back, but it's OK, since the bobbleheads you've collected don't need to be in your inventory in order for their bonus to affect your character. ******************************** * THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE GUIDE * ******************************** All plot details below have been obscured for the benefit of those of you who have not yet finished the main quest. ********************* * TABLE OF CONTENTS * ********************* To reach specific places in this FAQ, please use your browser's Find feature (Command-F on Mac OS X, Ctrl-F on Windows and GNU/Linux) and enter one of the below three character codes to jump to a specific section. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Bobbleheads: S00: Strength **MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD** S01: Perception S02: Endurance S03: Charisma S04: Intelligence S05: Agility S06: Luck The Stat Bobbleheads: K00: Barter K01: Big Guns K02: Energy Weapons **MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD** K03: Explosives K04: Lockpick K05: Medicine **MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD** K06: Melee Weapons K07: Repair K08: Science K09: Small Guns K10: Sneak K11: Speech K12: Unarmed ********************************** * THE S.P.E.C.I.A.L. BOBBLEHEADS * ********************************** S00: STRENGTH ============= **IMPORTANT: THIS IS A MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD. IF YOU DECIDED TO BLOW UP MEGATON PRIOR TO ACQUIRING THIS BOBBLEHEAD, THEN IT IS GONE FOREVER. (If you disarmed the bomb instead, then you can collect this bobblehead whenever you want.) Location: Megaton - Lucas Simms' House. To get in, you can either (1) pick the average strength lock if you're skilled enough, (2) pickpocket Lucas and steal his key, (3) assassinate Lucas, or (4) after listening to Mr. Burke's request, report Mr. Burke to Lucas, and take the key off Lucas' body if Mr. Burke kills him. The bobblehead itself is in plain sight on a desk. Several people have also told me that Lucas apparently opens his house up to strangers between 1 and 3 AM, and 7 and 9 AM, every day. S01: PERCEPTION =============== Location: Republic of Dave - Museum of Dave. If you haven't been to the Republic of Dave before, it's in the northeast corner of the map. The easiest way to locate it is to take the "You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head" quest from Mr. Crowley in the Museum of History. The bobblehead itself is in plain sight on a shelf. S02: ENDURANCE ============== Location: Deathclaw Sanctuary, a completely optional area of the game unconnected to any quests. It's located close to the northwest corner of the Capital Wasteland, between Broadcast Tower KB5 and Dickerson Tabernacle Chapel. The bobblehead itself is located inside the "sanctuary," on a metal tub on the ground, close to the way out. S03: CHARISMA ============= Location: Vault 108 - Cloning Lab. The location of Vault 108 will be added to your map automatically at one point during the game's main quest, although it is not actually related to the main quest. You can also learn the vault's location by using the central computer at Vault-Tec HQ downtown. Anyway, when you enter the Cloning Lab, you'll see the bobblehead in plain sight on a desk inside the big central room. S04: INTELLIGENCE ================= Location: Rivet City - Science Lab. You'll bump into this one during the main quest, though it is not in plain sight and is easy to miss due to the clutter & lack of contrast on the desks. That said, it's on a desk near a locker on the ground floor of the lab. S05: AGILITY ============ Location: Greener Pastures Disposal Site - Office. This completely optional area is directly east of the unmarked Alien Crash Site (home of the all-mighty Alien Blaster), which itself is located directly southwest of Vault 92 near Old Olney in the upper right corner of the map. It's sitting in plain sight on a desk near a locked terminal. S06: LUCK ========= Location: Arlington House, in plain sight within Arlington National Cemetary. If you haven't been there before, you can reach it by taking the Marigold Metro Station near Grayditch to Falls Church, then entering the Arlington/Falls Church Metro and going straight north. The bobblehead itself is in the house's basement, on a shelf, in plain sight. ************************ * THE STAT BOBBLEHEADS * ************************ K00: BARTER =========== Location: Evergreen Mills - Market Bazaar. Sierra Petrovia, who gives you the "Nuka-Cola Challenge" quest in Girdershade, will tell you about this nearby place. It's filled with raiders, but if you make it inside the main building, you'll find a door to the bazaar somewhere inside. The bobblehead is in the far back of the bazaar, sitting on a shelf near Smiling Jack, the only non-raider in the building. K01: BIG GUNS ============= Location: Fort Constantine - CO Quarters. You'll definitely run into this bobblehead while doing the "You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head" quest (see S01 above). It's in a busted-open safe in the basement, near the door leading onward to the bomb storage. K02: ENERGY WEAPONS =================== ** IMPORTANT: THIS IS A MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD. IF YOU ENTERED THE THIRD AREA OF RAVEN ROCK (SECTOR 1), THEN YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GO BACK AND GET THIS BOBBLEHEAD. Location: Raven Rock - Sector 2. Of all of the bobbleheads in the game, this one has to be the most elusive. At a certain point during the game's main quest, you will wind up on the bottom level of Raven Rock. After exiting the first area (there are two exits, and it doesn't matter which one you take), you'll find it in Colonel Autumn's bedroom, which is located on the west side of the second area, close to the door leading to the third area. It's on a desk in the room. Don't leave the second area without it! Once you've left the second area, the door locks behind you, and there's no way to open it or otherwise pass through it, sorry. K03: EXPLOSIVES =============== Location: WKML Broadcast Station - Sealed Cistern. This place is located south of Fort Constantine (see K01). It emits a radio signal you can pick up (Kilo Bravo), but you have to turn it on inside the broadcast station first. The bobblehead itself is not in the main building, but is in a small hatch located just outside, at the foot of the southern wall of rocks. Several people have asked me to provide a better explanation on how to find it, so here goes. First, it really helps to be searching during the day; the hatch does not contrast well against the rocks at night. OK, now go to the station's main doors and face north. Go down the steps and turn left when you get to the bottom. Keep walking alongside the wall of rocks so that they are always on your left side, so you'll be walking counter-clockwise around the building. You'll eventually turn east and have the southern wall of rocks along your left side. Walk east and keep looking at the foot of those rocks. There will be a hatch somewhere among those rocks. That is the place. If you still missed it, then check your Pip-Boy's local map, which will pinpoint the spot if you were nearby but passed it. The bobblehead itself is on the desk you'll see straight ahead of you once inside. K04: LOCKPICK ============= Location: Bethesda Ruins - Bethesda Offices East. Bethesda is located almost directly northeast of Vault 101. In these offices, there are two desks with working lamps; the bobblehead is on the one on your right. K05: MEDICINE ============= ** IMPORTANT: THIS IS A MISSABLE BOBBLEHEAD. YOU HAVE 3 CHANCES TO ACQUIRE IT. IF YOU MISSED YOUR THIRD CHANCE, THEN YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GO BACK AND GET THIS BOBBLEHEAD (without cheating). Location: Vault 101 - Living Quarters. It's located in the northern part of the quarters, in the medical room, which is also Dad's office. The bobblehead is sitting in plain sight on a desk. The earliest point that you can get it is prior to taking the G.O.A.T. at the beginning of the game. The second point that you can get it is during the escape, also at the beginning of the game. The third and final point that you can get it is during the "Trouble on the Homefront" quest, which becomes available at a point during the game's main quest. If you missed it one time too many, and you're playing the Windows version of the game, then there is one other way to acquire the bobblehead, though it does involve (harmless, in this case) cheating. Go into Vault 101, press ~ to bring up the console, type "tcl" and press Return, then press ~ again to dismiss the console. Clipping will now be off, so you can walk through the vault door and get the bobblehead. You can turn it off by running the command a second time. (Sorry, but this doesn't work in the X360 and PS3 versions. It may also not work if you decided to complete the "Trouble on the Homefront" quest by, well, doing "something" to the reactor in Vault 101; I'm not sure.) K06: MELEE WEAPONS ================== Location: Dunwich Building - Virulent Underchamber. Dunwich Building is located directly south of Girdershade, and is the southwestern most marked point on the map. Yes, it's another bonus area, unconnected to any quests. And when you reach the end of the Virulent Underchamber, you'll find it sitting on the ground near the middle of its room. K07: REPAIR =========== Location: Arefu - Evan King's House. If you haven't found Arefu before, then talk to Lucy West in Megaton and agree to help her, which launches the "Blood Ties" quest, and puts Arefu on your map. Evan's house is always locked, so you'll need to pick the lock or steal the key and take a karma hit. Once inside, it's in plain sight on the white desk. K08: SCIENCE ============ Location: Vault 106 - Living Quarters. Vault 106 is located near Vault 101, and you might have already found it if you've run between Arefu and Megaton, but if you haven't found it, then just play the main quest until you get to the point where all of the vault locations are revealed, or check the computer in Vault-Tec HQ in downtown DC. This bobblehead is located fairly deep inside the vault, but once you get to the quarters, you'll find it in plain sight on a shelf. K09: SMALL GUNS =============== Location: National Guard Depot - National Guard Armory. It's another bonus area of the game, unconnected to any quests. And of all of the bobbleheads in the game, this one is the biggest pain to acquire. First of all, the Depot is located in the Friendship area of downtown DC, but the in-game metro map gives you the wrong directions to reach the area - you actually have to go through Chevy Chase, the station you went through to reach GNR during the main quest, and not through Central as the map suggests. The Depot is located to the east of the Chevy Chase North metro station. Secondly, when you reach the depot, you're going to have to jump through a few hoops to reach the Armory. From the Depot Offices, go through the Training Wing, which will eventually take you up and back to a small elevated area of the Depot Offices. Look very carefully around this room; there is a switch here that opens the Armory door. After flicking the switch, you'll see some revolving lights activate several levels below you; follow them to reach the Armory. Inside is the entrance to the depot's bunker, which is password-protected and an even bigger pain to open, but you don't need to open it - the bobblehead itself is on the shelf to the right of the terminal that controls access to the bunker. (Wondering what's inside the bunker? Well, all I'll tell you is this: Inside the bunker is the Best. Weapon. Ever. However, it is beyond the scope of this FAQ to tell you how to get the password. Please read my other in-depth FAQ on GameFAQs if the above statement captured your attention.) K10: SNEAK ========== Location: Yao Guai Tunnels - Yao Guai Den. More bonus area goodness. Inside the tunnels is a crescent-shaped lake; the bobblehead is sitting on a metal box near some wastelander bodies at one corner of the lake. K11: SPEECH =========== Location: Paradise Falls - Eulogy's Pad. You'll most likely run into this bobblehead while playing the game's main quest, unless you have the Child at Heart perk and used that to get through a certain checkpoint instead of doing a little task. (And if you did use that perk, then you'll find Paradise Falls to the west of Minefield and south of MDPL-13 Power Station, close to the middle of the in-game map.) Once you're in Eulogy's Pad, you can't miss it, since it's in plain sight on a desk. K12: UNARMED ============ Location: Rockopolis, which is in an unmarked area on the Capital Wasteland. To get there, fast travel to Smith Casey's Garage, which is a place you will visit during the game's main quest. From there, turn right, and run around the southeast corner of the garage. From here, move forward headed precisely west. You'll eventually run into a rock wall, but there is a banner of cone-shaped flags (not sure what you call these) hanging on the wall. Examine the wall up close to find the entrance to Rockopolis. If you talk to Herbert Dashwood in Tenpenny Tower _before_ letting any ghouls into the tower, he'll tell you about a servant he once had named Argyle. (If you let the ghouls into the tower, then you can still get this bobblehead, but you won't get any reward for finding Argyle for Herbert.) Argyle's body is in plain sight inside Rockopolis. The bobblehead is on the ground right next to Argyle's body. **************************** * FALLOUT 3 BOBBLEHEAD FAQ * **************************** Version 1.0.5 (2/9/2009) By Nick Zitzmann E-Mail: ten.tsacmoc@uyries (spell that backwards for an E-Mail address) For best results, please set your text editor/Web browser to use the ISO Latin 1 text encoding while reading this FAQ. This FAQ is for the Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions of Fallout 3. *************** * LEGAL STUFF * *************** Copyright 2008-2009 Nick Zitzmann. The author and contributors are solely responsible for the content of this FAQ. ZeniMax Media was not involved in any way, shape, or form. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. To summarize the above paragraph, I don't particularly care if you want to re-publish this FAQ elsewhere, or create your own derivative of this FAQ (e.g. a localized version). However, I **do** care if you plagerize this FAQ, or re-publish it under a different license. Also, there are no warranties at all on the information in this FAQ. The entire license is available online at the following URL: That said, the latest version of this FAQ will always be posted first to GameFAQs: ******************* * VERSION HISTORY * ******************* 1.0 (12/25/2008): First release. 1.0.1 (1/2/2009): Some minor editing changes. 1.0.2 (1/12/2009): Increased the verbosity of some of the descriptions. 1.0.3 (1/16/2009): More verbosity. Added an alternate (partially confirmed) way of getting into Lucas Simms' house. 1.0.4 (1/27/2009): It's been brought to my attention that I made Rockopolis too difficult to find, so I wrote better directions. 1.0.5 (2/9/2009): More, more verbosity! ****************** * SPECIAL THANKS * ****************** Special thanks to: - CJayC (for starting GameFAQs) - Bethesda Softworks (for a great game) - The Vault Fallout Wiki, , for some bobblehead locations - GamesRadar's Bobblehead Guide, , for more locations (check out their videos!) - Everyone that has sent in corrections (you know who you are). Fin!

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