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Need to do some killin', eh?

Flak is a weapons merchant in Rivet City in Fallout 3.

Background

Prior to settling down in Rivet City several years ago, Flak was a slaver of Paradise Falls, but is now considered an upstanding citizen.[1][2][Pub 1] With Shrapnel, he runs the Flak 'N Shrapnel's weapons store in the marketplace.[3] Flak is the more calm of the two, and makes an effort to stay civil while in his store.[Pub 1] Flak and Shrapnel share their store's inventory, so buying or selling from either one of them will update both of their stocks.

If Flak is enslaved during the quest Strictly Business, Flak 'N Shrapnel's in the marketplace will still be open due to Shrapnel. They consistently have a larger amount of Caps than the other shops in Rivet City. After the market closes, he goes to the Muddy Rudder for a drink and heads off to his cabin to sleep afterward.

Upon enslaving Flak during the quest Strictly Business, Grouse will ask the Lone Wanderer how they managed to put that "queen" into a collar, a term used to refer to gay men.[4]

Publications

Flak, 50, is pretty gruff, but he’s completely reformed from his early days of being a Slaver and is an upstanding citizen of Rivet City. He spends his days in the shop with Shrapnel, occasionally taking a break to drink down at the Muddy Rudder. Flak still has a bit of the tough guy in his speech, but he’s not as aggressive as Shrapnel. He really tries to tone it down when he’s at the shop. He’s the target of Slavers in Miscellaneous Quest: Strictly Business.Fallout 3 Official Game Guide/Wasteland Census

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character is a merchant.
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This character can repair items. Repair cap: 15
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).
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This character can be enslaved with the Mesmetron.

Inventory

1 The key is not obtainable. The game sets as a condition for obtaining it that Shrapnel be dead and Flak be dead or enslaved. Since Shrapnel is set as essential, he cannot die.

Quotes

Appearances

Flak appears in Fallout 3.

Bugs

  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the player chooses to enslave Flak and then releases him from Paradise Falls, he may be found back in Rivet City doing his usual routine. The problem is he is now missing his dialogue options. When interacted with, he will just have a line stating "You saved me from those bastards. I won't forget it." This can be fixed by using the removefromallfactions command on Flak.
  • PCPC If the player sells a good condition weapon and buys it back from Flak, the weapon will be in bad condition instead.

References

  1. Flak: "'Fraid I can't help you, pal. Been here for years, but all I know about the history is that it's a safe place to settle down."
    (Flak's dialogue)
  2. Grouse: "Flak used to be one of us. Thinks he can make a new life in Rivet City. He's sold us out on more than one occasion. It's time for retribution."
    (Grouse's dialogue)
  3. Flak: "'This here is Flak and Shrapnel's gun shop. Pretty catchy, huh? Take a look around. If you see anything you like, I'll be right over here."
    (Flak's dialogue)
  4. Grouse: "How the hell'd you get old queen Flak, into that collar?! I'm surprised you're still alive!"
    Script note: "(amused) genuinely mystified how the player managed to enslave one tough dude ("queen" as in gay)"
    (Grouse's dialogue)
Publications
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 72: Flak
    "Flack, 50, is pretty gruff, but he's completely reformed from his early days of being a Slaver and is an upstanding citizen of Rivet City. He spends his days in the shop with Shrapnel, occasionally taking a break to drink down at the Muddy Rudder. Flak still has a bit of the tough guy in his speech, but he's not as aggressive as Shrapnel. He really tries to tone it down when he's at the shop. He's the target of Slavers in Miscellaneous Quest: Strictly Business."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide/Wasteland Census)