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So just for fun, as I've now gotten all the level/alignment achievements, I decided to try and kill Fawkes, who's waiting in Underworld. I knew he'd be tough -- when VATS shows a mini-nuke barely scratching him, that's reason to pause and think about what you're doing.

According to the Fallout Wiki, though, Fawkes only has about 500 hit points -- less than I do at this stage of the game. Yet -- and I admit this may be due to my own bad aim, as I usually try to do combat in VATS -- it seemed to take me 47 mini-nukes and 4,000 Electron Charge Packs for me to kill him. (And I was using stealth boys and doing as much as I could as "sneak attacks" for criticals -- 100 sneak, 75 big guns.)

So, aside from the obvious early way to kill him (with the terminal outside his cell in Vault 87), what's the easiest way to kill Fawkes?

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What difficulty setting are you on? –  Raven Dreamer Aug 1 '10 at 20:27
    
@Raven: Normal. Although now that I'm at level 30, and XP don't matter anymore, I suppose I could turn it down to Very Easy. :) –  John Rudy Aug 1 '10 at 20:41
    
I should note, I did manage to kill him, but it seemed really odd that he was harder to kill than an army of behemoths. :) –  John Rudy Aug 1 '10 at 20:42
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Well, doesn't the radiation from the nuke launcher heal him? If you launched 47 nukes at him and THEN tried to gatling him down, it's conceivable that there was enough environmental radiation left over from your nukes that he could heal up from some of your damage. –  Raven Dreamer Aug 1 '10 at 21:48
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@beska: For the record, according to the Wiki, "Contrary to a comment about Fawkes' gender made by his voice actor, lead designer Emil Pagliarulo has confirmed 'No, Fawkes was absolutely a male. This was a mistake. Wes gave an interview and he was mistaken. Trust me, Fawkes is and was male.'" And yes, Fawkes was ludicrously hard to kill. :) I don't even know how many stimpacks I went through, but my hunch is probably 40 or 50. (And I didn't save after doing it; it was just for giggles.) –  John Rudy Aug 2 '10 at 15:14
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One thing you could try is stacking 100 mines in a pile around him, or walk him into the pile after creating it, then shoot the pile with a mini-nuke. It toasts mysterious stranger, so it should kill Fawkes as well.

For reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xts3F1osuYo.

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Clever! (And I never thought to try killing Mysterious Stanger. If you do so, does his body remain for looting purposes?) –  John Rudy Aug 3 '10 at 18:53
    
No I don't think so, he is labelled as a mission critical character (like in Oblivion) so he will be unconscious for a short period of time then revive. You can see the text "Mysterious Stranger is Unconscious" in the video after he blows up. –  Sadly Not Aug 4 '10 at 4:55
    
@John Rudy however there's this: youtube.com/watch?v=jFyrypHa0Fo. I'm guessing he spawned him through the console for looting. –  Sadly Not Aug 4 '10 at 4:58
    
How'd it work John? –  Sadly Not Aug 10 '10 at 14:16
    
That did it, too ... –  John Rudy Aug 11 '10 at 18:49
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Reverse pickpocketing a single frag mine did it, too. I know, I'm a jerk to kill Fawkes, but it was fun. Especially to hear him scream, "Run away!" Then he blew up.

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+1 for using only 1, although I'm not saying anything against 100 frag mines being awesome :D I wonder if putting frags in people's trousers is an auto-kill? –  Sadly Not Aug 11 '10 at 14:59
    
@thethinman: I'm thinking it is. Which is actually useful knowledge, if you think about it. Can you reverse-pickpocket monsters? (I'm thinking super mutant overlords, ghoul reavers and albino radscorpions.) I never keep explosives around -- but might if I could get away with that instead of wasting my 15,000+ rounds of EC packs on 'em ... –  John Rudy Aug 11 '10 at 18:49
    
Also, did you know you can only reverse pickpocket a single live frag into someone? Subsequent frags you add to the person are just being traded in instead of rigged to blow ... –  John Rudy Aug 11 '10 at 18:50
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@thethinman: Definitive answer from The Vault: Exploding pants are always lethal. Also, Fawkes is so tough at level 30 because apparently companions scale with the player -- so think a Super Mutant who's achieved level 30, and suddenly it makes sense that he's like an army of behemoths. –  John Rudy Aug 11 '10 at 20:36
    
@John: In terms of reverse-pickpocketing the bigguns they don't have inventories, so it doesn't work. Read it on the page you gave but letting everyone else know. –  Sadly Not Aug 12 '10 at 14:43
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