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The Pip-Boy is a promotional cosmetic item for the Engineer. It is based on the Pip-Boy 3000 from the video games Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas; a wrist-mounted computer device with a green-glowing monochrome screen, several buttons, and a knob. On the screen is a unique version of the Engineer that is posed and styled similarly to Vault Boy, with his hand on his hip and a large thumbs-up.

When equipped, the Pip-Boy features a revised HUD for the PDAs and Eureka Effect that matches the looks of the device.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who purchased Fallout: New Vegas on Steam before August 8, 2011.

Later, it was awarded in Unique quality to players who purchased the Quakecon Bundle before 10AM PDT on August 6, 2012.


Update history

August 3, 2011 Patch

  • The Pip-Boy 1950 was added to the game.

August 4, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Renamed "Pip-Boy 1950" to "Pip-Boy".

August 9, 2011 Patch

November 10, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated textures for The Pip-Boy.

Unused content

  • The Pip-Boy is set up to be in Strange quality; however, no Strange variant has been released. It would count Sentry Gun kills.


  • The Pip-Boy themed HUD for the Build and Destroy Menus fails to display while playing with a gamepad.
  • If the Engineer dies while the primary PDA is equipped, right after respawning, the player is prompted with the generic build menu.


  • The description references the eye-popping prettiness blurb on the 'key features' section in the Steam page for Fallout 3.


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