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Smiley (Fallout 2)

You see a filthy trapper with torn and bloodstained clothing. He appears to be favoring one leg slightly.— In-game description when rescuing Smiley

Smiley is a gecko trapper in Klamath in Fallout 2.


A filthy middle-aged trapper with torn and bloodstained clothing,[1] Smiley is a popular, jovial fellow with decades of experience in hunting game of all sizes, making him one of the best in his trade. Recently, as his age began to catch up with him, he caught the eye of Ardin Buckner. The feeling was mutual and the two planned to settle down together,[2] but before Smiley could commit to it, he had to follow one promising lead, one that would have explained the origins of the golden gecko.

In search for the origin of the golden geckos he headed northwest of Klamath. He was right to deduce that they had a home that way, for it was there he discovered their nest in the toxic caves.[Pub 1] He entered their lair to kill the creatures and take their pelts, however one of them got behind him and almost took his leg off. From there he made his way further into the cave, taking refuge behind the leaking toxic goo waste. This however wasn't as great a deterrent as he thought, as although the geckos didn't like to crawl through the muck (it burns the skin), they did like to consume the toxic waste.[3]

While hiding in a generator room in the back of the caves he realized that the caves were an old, pre-War military storage facility.[4] Forced to survive on whatever he could squeeze out of the place, the wounded trapper hopes for rescue, against all odds.

Once rescued he will be very grateful and reward[5] the Chosen One with the knowledge of how to skin geckos for their pelts.[6] He will also explain the local information on Gecko.[7]

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Leather armor Rubber boots
Meat jerky x3
Golden gecko pelt x10


  • Smiley goes to the Buckner House in Klamath after being rescued. He can teach the Chosen One about Gecko Skinning as a reward for saving his life. He can do this an unlimited number of times, this will provide an unlimited point boost to the Outdoorsman skill.
  • Though he can be considered a companion while being escorted from the caves, he does not actually count as one and the only way to give him any weaponry is to plant them on him.


Smiley appears in Fallout 2.



  1. Smiley's character description: "{100}{}{You see a filthy trapper with torn and bloodstained clothing. He appears to be favoring one leg slightly.}"
    "{101}{}{You see Smiley, the trapper. He’s limping a bit and looks unhappy.}"
    "{102}{}{You see Smiley, the trapper. He looks a lot better since you rescued him from the caves.}"
    "{103}{}{You see a middle-aged man wearing the bloody and torn clothes of a trapper. He doesn’t look very well.}"
    "{104}{}{You see Smiley, the trapper. He looks as though his health has improved greatly since you rescued him from the cave.}"
  2. The Chosen One: "{225}{}{Is Mrs. Buckner happy to see you back?}"
    Smiley: "{290}{}{Widow Buckner’s so darn happy to have me back that she may be Mrs. Smiley before too long. She was even talking about giving you a little something for finding my hairy butt and returning it to her.}"
    The Chosen One: "{291}{}{I’m happy for the two of you. Let me ask you something else.}"
  3. Smiley: "{110}{}{Hello there, stranger. People call me Smiley. I’m sure glad to see you. I thought I was going to die here for certain! I'm hurt too bad to get past those damn lizards on my own.}"
    The Chosen One: "{112}{}{What are you doing here?}"
    Smiley: "{150}{}{I always caught more golden geckos north and west of Klamath than anywheres else. So I figured that all the golden geckos lived someplace up here.}"
    The Chosen One: "{151}{}{Looks like you were right.}"
    Smiley: "{170}{}{Looks as though I was a little too right. I got in here okay, but then one of those damn geckos got behind me and damn near took my leg off. I just barely made it over here.}"
    The Chosen One: "{171}{}{I wonder why they didn’t finish you off?}"
    Smiley: "{180}{}{Well, I guess they don’t like to crawl through the goo too much. I can’t say as I blame them. It sure burns if gets on your skin. But that doesn’t seem to stop ‘em from licking up the darn stuff like it was Buckner’s Best.}"
    The Chosen One: "{181}{}{Interesting.}"
    Smiley: "{190}{}{Enough gum flapping. Now let’s get out of here. I figure that if I can join you we should both be able to make it out of here okay. I sure could use the help.}"
    The Chosen One: "{191}{}{Ok. You can join me. I’ll make sure you get out of here and back to Klamath. I think that Ardin is going to be glad to see you again.}"
  4. The Chosen One: "{162}{}{Just one question, first. What do you know about these caves?}"
    Smiley: "{200}{}{These caves look like a prewar storage area. I think there must be more down below us but there’s some kind of fancy teck-no-logical lock on the door. Anyhow, I’ve had enough. Let’s git out of here.}"
  5. Smiley: "{210}{}{Whew. I think I just used up some lives that time around. Why don’t you come over to the Buckner place a little later on, and I’ll make sure you get a nice reward for saving me.}"
    The Chosen One: "{211}{}{Thanks, Smiley. I was happy to do it. Goodbye.}"
  6. Smiley: "{230}{}{I sure owe you for saving my hide. Least I can do is to teach you something in return.}"
    The Chosen One: "{232}{}{Thanks Smiley. I'd sure appreciate any tips you could give me.}"
    Smiley: "{240}{}{Since those geckos nearly had my hide let me teach you how to get theirs. Here's how you skin 'em. (Smiley demonstrates) ...and when you kill 'em you can get their hides an' sell 'em. OK?}"
    The Chosen One: "{242}{}{Thanks, I'm sure that will come in handy. Tell me something else though.}"
  7. Smiley: "{221}{}{Hello there, friend. Thanks again for getting me out of that tight spot. Anything I can help you with?}"
    The Chosen One: "{223}{}{Well, I had a few questions about hunting geckos.}"
    Smiley: "{252}{}{Well, I guess I know more about geckos than anyone alive. I was raised on gecko milk, you know. But it’ll take a few hours.}"
    The Chosen One: "{253}{}{I want to know all you can teach me about geckos.}"
    The Chosen One: "{255}{}{Gecko milk? I thought geckos were reptiles.}"
    Smiley: "{260}{}{There’s more you need to know than you even know you need.}"
    The Chosen One: "{261}{}{Teach me, oh great trapper.}"
    The Chosen One: "{262}{}{Uh, yes. Go ahead. I’m listening.}"
    Smiley: "{270}{}{Well, you see it’s like this - golden geckos and regular geckos are basically the same critter except the golden’s got a big second helping of sheer cussedness... (time passes as you learn the lore of the Gecko)}"
    The Chosen One: "{271}{}{That was great. I think I know a lot more about geckos now. Thanks. Goodbye.}"
  1. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p. 128: "33. Toxic Cave Entrance. You've found the entrance to the Toxic Caves. Beware of the many Geckos that live within. Combat Boy PCs should find this challenging, Stealth Boy characters would do well to Sneak carefully; but Charisma Boys will have a tough time here. Big lizards have small vocabularies. One more caution—try not to step in the puddles of Toxic Goo leaking from the rusting barrels."