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My job's mainly intel, so the more places I go, the better I'm doing it.— Deacon regarding his position in The Railroad.

Deacon is a Railroad agent and a potential companion in the Commonwealth in Fallout 4.


Deacon states that he was among the first liberated Gen 3's, that he helped found the Railroad, and that he is the true leader of the organization with Desdemona serving as a figurehead.[1] Desdemona suspects that he and "John D." are one in the same.[2]

He shares that when he was younger, he was a member of the UP Deathclaws, a gang that harassed anyone they suspected of being synths, escalating to the lynching of a man suspected of being a Gen 3.[3] Following this, Deacon cut all contact with the gang and, as time passed, settled down as a farmer.[4] Deacon then became involved with a woman named Barbara and the two got married.[4][5] Though the two were making a living and planning to have kids, Barbara was a synth, unbeknownst to Deacon.[5] Word of this reached the UP Deathclaws, who ended up killing her.[6] As a result, Deacon killed most of the Claws.[6]


He was subsequently contacted by the Railroad, figuring he'd be sympathetic due to the death of Barbara.[6] In the Railroad, he took the name "Deacon" and survived an Institute raid on the Railroad, with Pinky Thompson, attributing the organization's survival to his escape plan.[7] When Pinky stepped down in 2277, he aided Doctor Carrington and Desdemona in revising the organization's policies to put a focus on operational security.[8]

Deacon is frequently mentioned in Railroad leaderships' terminal entries through the years and Desdemona often talks about his work. He is observant, finding a synth infiltrator from the Institute even before P.A.M. could predict the infiltrator's presence.[9] In 2282, he became paranoid about P.A.M.'s trustworthiness and needed to be persuaded by Desdemona to keep using its predictions, even though Desdemona herself thought it could be laying traps for agents.[10] Deacon is often away from HQ in pursuit of wild theories, on the hunt for leads on historical institute sightings in an effort to find its location. He tells Desdemona that "the solution lies in the past," but Desdemona does not necessarily believe this is what he is working on, given his lying habit.[11] Most of his work undercover has been tracking persons of interest.[12] When the Sole Survivor awakens from cryostasis inside Vault 111 and emerges into the area, Deacon takes an interest in the traveler. He shadows them throughout the Commonwealth in order to gather information on their activities.[13]

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
Essential status expires when Road to Freedom starts.
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This character is a permanent companion. They grant the Cloak & Dagger perk.
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This character is a temporary companion. They grant the Cloak & Dagger perk.
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Road to Freedom: He vouches for the Sole Survivor.

Range of interests

Approvals Disapprovals


Deacon's identities

As a unique part of his character, Deacon makes many statements about his past, former occupations, and relationships. This includes a variety of alternative identities he had, currently has, or plans to have in the future. The following is a list of his identities:


  • While Deacon is disguised, he is flagged essential and always wears his glasses. He may also have unique dialogue that differs from the dialogue used by other generic non-player characters in the area.
  • When he vouches for the Sole Survivor during Tradecraft, he may comment on their actions, such as taking out Sinjin,[32] clearing Fort Strong for the Brotherhood of Steel,[33] or being the general of the Commonwealth Minutemen.[34] If no actions were taken beforehand, he will simply comment that "someone being able to even spell 'Railroad' is a cause for celebration."[35]
  • Upon reaching max Affinity, he grants the Cloak & Dagger perk.
  • He instantly turns hostile toward the Sole Survivor, if they kill a settler or anyone involved in the Railroad. If they side with the Brotherhood of Steel or the Institute for the main quest, he will longer be available as a companion.
  • Deacon makes comments about feeling uncomfortable when brought to elevated locations, such as Trinity Tower.[36]
  • He was previously kicked out of HQ by former leader Pinky Thompson, who was "sick of the lying, face-changing son of a bitch."[14]
  • Deacon makes several references to previous Fallout games. These include:


  • "The big three for predicting people: caps, beliefs, and ego. Get a handle on what's driving someone and you know where you stand."
  • "Insert something Shakespearean involving death and your inevitable doom here."
  • "Got the hang of the Railroad yet? We're just one big dysfunctional family... with guns!".
  • "Usually it's spa days and macramé, but hey, I'm up for some mayhem." – During Memory Interrupted when Glory asks what he does.
  • "We're great. We're fricking fantastic. Songs will be written about our sheer awesome-osity." – Upon reachin maximum affinity.
  • "Here I was wanting to spend the day reading Proust, then you had to go and ruin it!" – Upon entering combat.


Deacon appears in Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter Online.


  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One Deacon may randomly be stuck in walk mode before or after completing The Nuclear Option (Minutemen), resulting in him often falling behind when exploring.
    • On PC, a possible fix is to use the console command setstage comdeacon 1000. On PS4, a possible fix is to draw your weapon to cause him to draw his and start running.
  • PCPC During Rockets' Red Glare Deacon can get stuck lying face down on the ground after exiting the Vertibird. This can be fixed by dismissing him as a companion, reverting to normal later.
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One When in power armor, Deacon's outfit changes affect the armor too, and he will unequip whatever armor pieces are equipped. Additionally, he may unequip all armor pieces at the destination of your fast travel.
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Deacon cannot be told to exit the power armor because he only talks about his recall code. To fix this read the recall code, and then start the dialog and tell him the code. After this it will be possible to make him exit the power armor the usual way.
    • If there is no dialogue option to read the recall code, pause the conversation by moving the camera away, read the note from the inventory and then turn back to Deacon.
  • PCPC Sometimes when giving Deacon an outfit to wear, he will stay in that outfit even when trying to switch to a different outfit. The different outfit will change his body shape, but he will still be wearing the original outfit.
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Deacon rarely may keep his rifle out, except the trigger will be floating above his hand; he will not move and keep aiming with his rifle while remaining on the spot.
  • PCPC Xbox OneXbox One He can disappear when Father asks for the Railroad to be eliminated. He won't be in the Railroad HQ until the character sides with the Railroad or starts killing them. Once a side is chosen, the message "Deacon tolerates you" will appear and he talk to you about how you're acting crazy. This can be fixed by dismissing him as a companion, coming back for him later.
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 When exploring, Deacon's outfit may begin to change rapidly. If you try to speak to any companion after that it will not work.



  1. Sole Survivor: "You? You founded the Railroad?"
    Deacon: "Sure. Me and Johnny D and Watts. Hell, that was 60? 70 years ago? After awhile you lose count."
    Sole Survivor: "Do you really think I'm going to fall for this?"
    Deacon: "Fall for what? Haven't you noticed when I say the word Desdemona does a 180.}"
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  2. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2284
  3. Deacon: "I ran with a gang in University Point. We called ourselves the UP Deathclaws. For kicks we'd terrorize anyone that we thought was a synth. We kept egging each other on. Started with some property damage graduated to some beat downs. Then, inevitably, a lynching. The Claw's leader was convinced we'd finally found and killed a synth. Looking back, I'm not so sure."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Deacon: "So I turned my back on my "brothers" - broke all contact. Time passed, I became a farmer, if you can believe that. Then one day I found someone. She saw something in me I didn't know was there. Barbara, well, she was... She just was."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sole Survivor: "If you're telling the truth, you didn't deserve her."
    Deacon: "I know. I still know. But I married Barbara all the same. We were trying for kids, ekeing out a living. Then one day... It turns out my Barbara... She was a synth. She didn't know that. I certainly didn't. I don't know how the Deathclaws found out. But... there was blood."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sole Survivor: "So they killed her?"
    Deacon: "Yes. I don't remember much clearly after that. I know I killed most of the Claws. I must've made a big impression. The Railroad contacted me, figuring I'd be sympathetic. Seeing that I lost my wife. And, well, what I did afterwards."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  7. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2273 Dec
  8. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2277 Dec
  9. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2281
  10. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2282
  11. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2284
  12. Deacon: "In our little outfit, it's my job to know things."
    (Deacon's dialogue
  13. Desdemona: "I need intel. Who is this?"
    Deacon: "Wow. News flash, boss, this guy/lady is kind of a big deal out there."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, access records, Pinky (73-77)
  15. Deacon: "One time, I got a face change and was a girl for a few months. You should've seen the looks back at HQ."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  16. Deacon: "I'm thinking next time I go to town I'll dress up as a Mr. Handy. If I pull that off I'll be a legend."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Deacon: "I'm convincing the next raw recruit I'm actually President Eden. Think I can pull it off?"
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  18. Deacon: "I was a soldier once. Way back west. I'll tell you about it some day."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  19. Deacon: "We've been making the rounds, doing the job. It's time you learn the Big Secret. Everyone thinks that Desdemona is the big boss. She calls the ops, gives the ra-ra speeches. But it's just an act. She does what I tell her to because the Railroad's my show. It's been that way since I founded it."
    Sole Survivor: "You really founded it?"
    Deacon: "Sure. Me and Johnny D and Watts. Hell, that was 60? 70 years ago? After awhile you lose count. We've come a long way since the beginning. We've done a lot of good. Saved a lot of synths."
    Sole Survivor: "Do you really think I'm going to fall for this?"
    Deacon: "Fall for what? Haven't you noticed when I say the word Desdemona does a 180. 'Hey, there's an intruder'. "No, I vouch for him." 'Then welcome.' Every time. It works best that way, gives me room to maneuver."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  20. Deacon: "Just act natural. Yada yada geiger counter. It's me. Mr. Doe."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  21. Sole Survivor: "I'm a friend of the family. Maybe I can talk some sense into her."
    Deacon: "Yeah, we go way back. You know, from the party about the thing. Oh the stories we could tell."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  22. Deacon: "Work? If I wanted steady work I would've stayed a teacher."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  23. Deacon: "I used to run a steam cleaner store before the bombs fell. So I see this and I think dollar signs."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  24. Deacon: "I'm feeling overdue for some reconstructive surgery. Maybe I'll go blonde next time. I could use some fun."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  25. Deacon: "We come across anyone, remember, you do the talking. I can be your mute friend 'Dingo.'"
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  26. Deacon: "There was a time I was on a first name basis with chems. It's better to kiss them goodbye, trust me."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  27. Deacon: "Scabbard, this is Claymore. Requesting clearance."
    Scabbard: "Claymore, you're cleared for launch bay 3. Deck officer is requesting an update on the police station."
    Deacon: "Uh... Hostiles eliminated."
    Scabbard: "Scimitar's status? Confirm."
    Deacon: "Scimitar took some fire. Should be up and running in a few hours."
    Scabbard: "We have a visual on you, Claymore. Your docking port's not open."
    Deacon: "Got some technical difficulties. With the port thingy. Working on it. Tom?"
    Tinker Tom: "Which button is it? Uh. There."
    Scabbard: "Claymore. You're clear for approach."
    (Deacon, Scabbard, and Tinker Tom's dialogue)
  28. Deacon: "I grew up around here. I used to do the museum tour every Memorial Day. This brings it all back."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  29. Deacon: "I grew up in a Vault. I was a morale officer. How am I doing, boss?"
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  30. Deacon: "I work the midnight shift, you know. Barely even see the other shifts."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  31. Deacon: "The Brotherhood... well, I met them on an op in Capital Wasteland a few years back. But now with Elder Maxson... Let's just say, not a fan."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  32. Deacon: "Does the Silver Shroud mean anything to you? I heard he took out Sinjin's Gang all by himself. Pretty remarkable, huh?"
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  33. Deacon: "Dez, [he's/she's] the one that cleared Fort Strong for the Brotherhood. [He's/She's] one of their main knights or something."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  34. Deacon: "You're the leader of the Minutemen. I hear you cleared out the Castle. Everyone's talking about that."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  35. Deacon: "These days being able to even spell 'Railroad' is cause for celebration."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  36. Deacon: "Let's just stay away from the... ledge. I feel dizzy."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  37. Deacon: '"Since we're a team, you think we could use a code name? Red Orchard? Or... Code Violet? Or... the Death Bunnies. That'll confuse them."
    (Deacon's dialogue
  38. Horace Pinkerton: "Just say to him, "Activate A3-21 Recall Code Violet" and that will activate the hidden subroutines."
    (Horace Pinkerton's dialogue)
  39. Deacon: "Command override. Vocal audio House, Robert. "Access core programming.""
    Deezer: "You're really missing out. Enjoy a longer, healthier life with: Deezer's Lemonade."'
    Deacon: "Ah, too bad. I won those codes in a poker game once. Hasn't worked yet."
    (Deacon's dialogue)