I was wondering, after I've received a unique dweller (Three Dog) in a lunchbox, if there is a way to attract those special/unique dwellers even through the radio stations from the outlands.

Do you ever have received some of the unique dwellers from the outlands?

  • I have the same question and I am not sure if they are an exclusive of the lunch boxes. I know I have gotten the rare gear from exploring which can also come out of the lunch boxes but so far, no rare/specific people have come to my vault. Interesting to see if they are only from the boxes.
    – James
    Jun 24, 2015 at 21:47

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I can confirm that you may attract unique dwellers on the radio as I got Butch just yesterday.

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    Also, if you think an existing answer is correct, the best way to show it is to upvote it.
    – DJ Pirtu
    Jul 14, 2015 at 13:50
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    I'm not sure what's wrong with his answer, he has addressed a part of the question the other answer didn't (unique dwellers via radio), and didn't address any other answers. I don't see that it's been edited either...? Jul 14, 2015 at 18:52
  • Having someone who encounter that submit a screenshot would go a long way clearing this up. Sep 7, 2016 at 8:36

I have found between 20 and 30 Dwellers via Radio Station signals, and none of them have been unique characters. From what I have read on other sites, it appears unique dwellers can only be obtained via lunchboxes. If I see or find out otherwise, I will change this answer.

As an interesting aside: "unique" characters are not actually unique. Somewhat amusingly, you can find multiples of the same unique character in lunchboxes.

  • I have 4 different (not so different) Eulogy Jones walking around my vault. So much for unique. Jun 25, 2015 at 14:58
  • You could rename them to be unique. Did all 4 have the same starting stats? Same equipment?
    – Shon
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:22
  • Interesting to know. Well, they are some kind of unique like unique weapons in nearly all other games. :-D
    – Ionic
    Jun 25, 2015 at 17:41
  • That's why they're called Legendary dwellers, and not "unique". :) Sep 7, 2016 at 12:58

Unless you can get rare dwellers on the radio the only purpose for dwellers from the radio is to get new DNA in your vault. You can breed for better dwellers and their are some special pet that give +1-3 to the stats of a child and their are explorer quests and quests that give higher stat dwellers and breeding rare with rare seem to produce some more rares and i have had some luck with breeding new arrivals with the highest same stat to each other.

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