On this question somebody said some companions will collect items on their own. Is that true (and, if so, which companions collect which items)?

  • I don't believe that is true, no.
    – Amarth
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 17:25
  • actually I had nick collect a few weapons that I never gave him
    – Dave
    Commented Nov 25, 2023 at 22:44
  • I think they might pick up weapons and power armor in the middle of combat?
    – Amarth
    Commented Nov 28, 2023 at 16:31

1 Answer 1


Companions won't collect items for you unless you specifically tell them to loot an object.

Companions however do sometimes randomly give you "gifts" when talked to.

  • Strong gives raw meat.
  • Piper gives pre-war foods
  • Hancock gives drugs
  • Codsworth gives water
  • Curie gives stimpacks
  • Cait gives booze
  • others give ammo related to the weapons they use (X6 and Danse give energy ammo while McReady gives ballistic ammo)

Only Preston and Dogmeat don't give anything as far as i know.

  • Actually had Nick collect some laser guns and ammo without telling him to. Also Nick doesn't give anything when talked to
    – Dave
    Commented Dec 1, 2023 at 16:26

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