Is it possible to kill every last person (and non-person) in Fallout New Vegas? Or are some NPCs unkillable?

Not that I would advocate or condone such a monstrous action, just idle curiosity.

  • Lol I'm going to try it on one play-through, from what I've seen I think they're all killable, but could be wrong here. I did get into the strip by killing the robots instead of paying.
    – Viper_Sb
    Commented Nov 12, 2010 at 18:06
  • If you've played Fallout 3 as well, you may also be interested in this question. I for one am glad that mass slaughter is an option in New Vegas; while I'll save it for my final playthrough, I do plan on taking full advantage of it!
    – John Rudy
    Commented Nov 12, 2010 at 21:20
  • Reminds of the time I made a guy with 10 strength, 10 endurance, 10 luck, and 0 everything else, gave him the cannibal perk and ate my way through the wasteland.
    – user137
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 0:01

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Unlike Fallout 3, no NPC's have 'plot armor' or are otherwise permanently flagged as 'Essential'. You can kill every NPC in the game according to the developers, save one. In fact, it was reported before release that one of the pre-release playtests consisted of a run through in which noone was spared. The final body count reportedly clocked in somewhere around 2500-3000 kills.

That said, there are, technically, 3 exceptions.

  1. The Gun Runners Vendor-Tron outside Freeside cannot be killed because he is behind a wall that cannot be passed without using the console to no-clip through. He is 'killable', but he is unreachable, rendering that fact moot. However, he is also a robot.
  2. Yes Man technically can not be killed. If killed he will simply respawn. This is explained in that he is not actually a specific Securitron, but rather a program (more like a virus really), that can run on any Securitron, and if the one which he currently inhabits is destroyed, he will just download into a new body. Yes Man is the 'only character that cannot be killed' that the devs bragged about, because he is required to trigger the final quest. If all other paths fail, 'Wild Card' is the fallback.
  3. Children, such as those found in Freeside, can not be harmed or killed, at all, ever.
  • Sweet I'm so doing this :), I wonder what approach is best. I guess leaving the Gun runners around, will let you sell everything to the bot till the end.
    – Viper_Sb
    Commented Nov 12, 2010 at 18:20
  • It should be noted that someone has made a mod to allow killable children. So if you do in fact want to murder absolutely everybody in the wasteland, modders have you covered.
    – imulsion
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 18:57
  • You cannot kill vendortron, it you tcl to him, he is unbeatable.
    – S. Dre
    Commented Jun 8, 2022 at 19:52

I have not yet finished the game, but thus far I have killed (and eaten) every single person I have come across. While this course of action has resulted in many failed missions, it really is fun. I do plan on actually playing through the game once I finish my genocidal run as a madman named Eli (who looks surprisingly like Denzel Washington, right down to the sunglasses) who carries around a scorched pre-war book everywhere he goes.


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