Sanctuary got attacked by raiders. When it was finished Trashcan Carla was in my best power armor. I always leave my PA without a core in them, but she still got in it. So I can't pickpocket the core, because there is none in it! Guess it's a bug or did something change and can some people use the power armor without core? Luckily I had a recent savefile, but how to solve it when it happens again. Talking to her does not work, no option to make her leave it like with settlers and followers.

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    Try to pickpocket the core back in, and then try and pickpocket it back out?
    – Lyrion
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 9:23
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    It's probably a bug. The player's the only one who drains Fusion Cores while in Power Armor, so the engine probably forgot to check if there was a core before letting Carla in. "Pickpocket the core in, leave the pickpocket interface, then pickpocket it out again" seems like a sensible solution.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 11:04
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    @Robotnik Trashcan Carla isn't a companion, so you can't tell her to get into a different PA frame. Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 14:11
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    She's a merchant. She probably had her own fusion core.
    – Yorik
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 15:24
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    She's the only NPC I've ever murdered (all the others were self-defense!). She was hanging out MY town being rude to me every time I came near and never leaving, I finally just shot her. And deleted her corpse, because it also refused to leave. :D Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 20:46

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How to get the trash out of the can, you mean? There's at least one option: Bunker Hill.

Bunker Hill aerial view

Random caravans will stop there from time to time - Trashcan Carla's included.

She's an educated person and will leave her armor before talking to her clients.

Trashcan Carla at Bunker Hill

It's not exactly easy to find her there, though - I had to pay several visits (waiting didn't work for me).


You could just kill her and take it from her corpse. Not really any reason to keep her alive shes an unimportant npc.

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    killing NPCs whilst they're still in power armor does not grant you the frame. OP would only be able to loot the pieces of armor off the corpse.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Dec 19, 2015 at 0:26
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    You can get frames anywhere, the pieces are the valuable part for OP - "best power armor"
    – bhnn
    Commented Dec 19, 2015 at 0:45
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    She's a /useful/ NPC though, so just simply killing her isn't an option for those who utilize her trading services often. Commented May 3, 2018 at 0:40

Well you can always kill her and loot the armor off of her, since it's not that hard to find another frame. The alternative is fast traveling away and then fast traveling back I've heard that works.You could also try to put a fusion core in then go into Vats and shoot it I've heard rumours the suit can sustain the explosion. I was also thinking maybe you could trade with them take the power armor leave the frame. Since there's so many Power Armor Frames everyhwere.


have you tried talking to her and asking her to get out of the power armor. It took me a while to work out how to get nick out of a set i had lying around, however i had asked him to get into the power armor in the first place.

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    Trashcan carla is NOT a follower like Nick, she is a vendor. Like I said in my original question, there was no option to ask her to leave the PA like you can with followers or setters.
    – danny
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 11:07

Just had the same issue shoot her dead it’s the quickest way out of it. Frames are 1000 caps or find one it’s not that hard. Also there are mods for resources if your concerned about the junk cost to repair king of sanctuary gives 250 k of each resource.

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    – Joachim
    Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 19:03

Try and pickpocket the fusion core off of her then she will jump out

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    "I can't pickpocket the core, because there is none in it" Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 1:51

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