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I got Harkness in a lunch box in my Fallout Shelter game.

He came with an infiltrator, not a sick plasma rifle like the one he's known for. This seems odd.

Is there any association between Harkness and the Infiltrator, or any assault rifle for that matter, in Fallout lore? This could be in game, or in associated media.

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    Likely because that's how the game devs felt like creating him. (aka we are really unlikely to know for sure, unless we get very lucky and they've explained it somewhere). – Ash Oct 30 '15 at 3:18
  • @DCShannon, actually; yes it is. Perhaps they used the wrong words, but that's the point: without word from the devs, we can't answer your question. – Ben Oct 30 '15 at 7:19
  • I noticed on the fallout wikia that Harkness has a Chinese Assault Rifle in his inventory, so I think my guess about the reason is actually probably correct. Would be nice to be able to post that as an answer. – DCShannon Oct 30 '15 at 22:19
  • People playing the game might know him for using a plasma rifle, but Harkness himself doesn't actually use it. It was probably impractical for day to day policing of Rivet City, with ammo being cost-prohibitive compared to cheaper options like the assault rifle. Note that he states he's "had it for a long as [he] can remember", not that he uses it every day. Remember that Fallout is a game of scavenging - I wouldn't think of any singular character as being "known" for the weapon they wield. – Robotnik Oct 30 '15 at 22:26
  • @Robotnik That's a fair point, except the main reason anyone interacts with Harkness is to get the awesome quest reward, which is his plasma rifle (and a perk, if you do it right). – DCShannon Oct 30 '15 at 22:28
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In the inventory section of the Harkness page on the the Fallout Wikia, it lists the Chinese Assault Rifle as his weapon, not the plasma rifle.

There is also a screenshot, which appears to show such an assault rifle on his back.

So, although Harkness may have used his plasma rifle as his primary weapon in the past, it is not the weapon he is using by the time we meet him in Rivet City.

As far as him using an Infiltrator in Fallout Shelter, it is worth noting that there is no Chinese Assault Rifle in Fallout Shelter, and that the Infiltrator is simply the best version of the assault rifle in that game.

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