'Fallout 3' Achievements Guide: Bobblehead Locations

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Fallout 3 is a role-playing video game developed by Bethesda in 2008, and offers many cheat codes and guides to help you navigate this complicated endeavor.

Bobbleheads are items you can father in the game, but you have to know exactly where to go to find them. There are 20 bobbleheads; only two can be missed, and you can't return to them.

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The first Fallout 3 Bobblehead is in Vault 101; before you leave the vault, grab it off your dad's desk. The second is at Raven Rock on Level 2 in Colonel Autumn's office, on the table. You only have one chance to get that one.

The other bobbleheads are scattered throughout the game.

Stat Bobbleheads

  • Strength: Megaton — Lucas Simms House
    • Once you've completed The Power of Atom quest in Fallout 3 and get yourself a house in the town, you can get into Lucas' house without picking the lock, which normally requires 50 lockpicks. If Megaton has been blown up, then you can't get the Strength Bobblehead.
  • Perception: Republic of Dave — Museum of Dave
    • The Museum of Dave is one of only a few buildings you can go into without first talking to Dave. You'll find the Perception Bobblehead on a shelf.
  • Endurance: Deathclaw Sanctuary — Near entrance
    • To get the Endurance Bobblehead in Fallout 3, you need to sneak down the hill to the south, where you'll find it on a small table. If you're a lower-level player and are having troubles getting past the death claws, get a stealth boy to help.
  • Charisma: Vault 108 — Cloning labs, room with many beds
    • You'll find the Fallout 3 Charisma Bobblehead eight squares north of Rivet City, on the west side of the cloning lab in Vault 108, on a table in a room full of beds. This vault is full of Gary Clones, which is a great way to get kill experience (they're weak).
  • Intelligence: Rivet City — Science labs, on table
    • You can grab this Fallout 3 Bobblehead while completing the Wasteland Survival Guide quest. On the ship is a science lab that you can find by entering the stairwell door and following the signs. The Intelligence Bobblehead is on a desk in the center of the lab.
  • Agility: Greener Pastures Disposal — Office
    • The Agility Bobblehead is three squares down and four squares left from the top right of the map. Find the building with the radiation suit and anti-radiation medicine. Put the suit on and then find the area with the large radiation cloud, and enter the office building to find the Agility Bobblehead. There's also a safe in the office, which you can hack with 50 science skills.
  • Luck: Arlington Cemetery North — Arlington House, basement
    • The Fallout 3 Luck Bobblehead is on a shelf right through the entrance of the basement of Arlington House, which is southwest of the cemetery. To find the cemetery from Megaton, go east until you reach Super Duper Mart, and then southeast to Flooded Metro.

    Skill Bobbleheads

    • Barter: Evergreen Mills — Market Bazaar, very back on a shelf near Smiling Jack
      • Start by entering the Foundry, followed by the Bazaar, and then to the back area where you'll find Smiling Jack (you can kill him to get Terrible Shotgun). In the storage area behind Smiling Jack, the Barter Bobblehead is on the top right of a large shelf. There's also a safe behind the counter.
    • Big Guns: Fort Constantine — CO Quarters in basement
      • The Big Guns Bobblehead is on a shelf in the cellar. To get to Fort Constantine, go four squares east and one square south from the northwestern square.
    • Energy Weapons: Raven Rock — Colonel Autumn's office
      • Your trip to Raven Rock while completing the American Dream quest is the only way to get the Energy Weapons Fallout 3 Bobblehead. You can find the colonel's office in section "2."
    • Explosives: WKML Broadcast Station — Sealed cistern, tucked in rocks
      • Find the station five squares south and four squares east from the northwest corner of the map. Go to the south of the building and go down the cliff, and follow the southern area of the rock. Look for the white cistern with a grate, and then climb down it. In addition to finding the Explosives Bobblehead, this area also has other items like a stealth boy.
    • Lockpick: Bethesda Ruins — Bethesda Offices East
      • To find the Bethesda Ruins, head three squares north and two squares east of Megaton. Find the eastern tower and look for the Lockpick Bobblehead on a desk. If you wind up in the western building first, enter the first tower and use the upstairs skywalk to reach the other building.
    • Medicine: Vault 101 — Dad's Desk
      • The Medicine Bobblehead is the first Bobblehead you can get in Fallout 3. You'll get the signal as you get near the vault, but know that the quest will force you to be considered an outcast and you won't have another chance to get the Bobblehead.
    • Melee: Dunwich Building — Virulent Chamber, the center of the room near the exit
      • The Melee Bobblehead is on the far southwest corner of the map, just one square east of the bottom left corner. Look in the northern central area of that square to find Dunwich Building. At the entrance to the building, go north and use the first door on the right, and use the southern staircase to go upstairs. Use the northeastern staircase, then go left, and then right, and then right once more, where you'll go through a door that leads west to the Forsaken Dunwich Ruins. You'll find Virulent Chambers if you stay on the northern wall of the path and take the door to the south.
    • Repair: Arefu — Evan King's house, requires lockpick skill 50
      • You can find Arefu three squares west and four squares north of Megaton. Evan King's house is on the bridge, and to get in requires lockpick skill 50. The Repair Bobblehead is found on the left.
    • Science: Vault 106 — Living Quarters, on the shelf
      • Northwest of Vault 101 is Vault 106 which contains the Science Bobblehead. Find Living Quarters in Vault 106 and go to the room on the far east side, where the Bobblehead can be found on the shelf.
    • Small Guns: National Guard Depot — Armory
      • National Guard Depot is one square north and seven squares east of Megaton, but don't enter the actual city; remain on the northern border. Head toward the Depot Training Area, then the Offices, and then back into the depot area from there. Activate the electrical switch on the left to open some doors two levels below. Find the doors with flashing lights, and the Small Guns Bobblehead is on a shelf near an entrance.
    • Sneak: Yao Guai Tunnels — Yao Guai Den, near the big pool of water
      • The tunnels are nine squares west and one square north of Megaton, in the east-central area of the square and located between two cliffs. When you're in the tunnels, use the east door, Yao Guai Den, to find the Fallout 3 Sneak Bobblehead in the south-central area of the large room.
    • Speech: Paradise Falls — Eulogy's Pad, the table next to the terminal
      • There are multiple ways to get to Eulogy's Pad, including enslaving four people with Mesmetron, during the Rescue from Paradise quest, and bribing the gate guard with 500 caps.
    • Unarmed: Rockopolis — Next to Argyle's body
      • The Rockopolis location isn't marked in Fallout 3, but you can get there by going one square west of Smith Casey's Garage, or eight squares west of Megaton. South of the center of the square is a banner resting over a boulder. Open the boulder like you would a door, and you'll find the Unarmed Bobblehead on the ground next to Argyle.

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