Speedrunner Completes All Five Main Fallout Games In Under 90 Minutes

Speedrunner Completes All Five Main Fallout Games In Under 90 Minutes

A casual playthrough of a Fallout game can take dozens or even hundreds of hours of wandering through wide wastelands. This new speedrun completes the entire series in under an hour and a half.

The “Any% Main Series”, carried out by the dubiously named speedrunner tomatoanus, completes all five main titles in the Fallout series — Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4.

Using a combination of glitches and smart pathfinding, tomatoanus completes the entire run in one hour, 29 minutes and 17 seconds.

Some games go down easier than others. In Fallout 2 and 3, it only takes around 15 minutes to reach the ending. Fallout takes about five minutes.

The structure of Fallout games makes it easy to travel to endgame locations right from the start, so long as you know where you’re going. Tomatoanus’ Fallout run lasts a little over five minutes, as he’s able to beeline straight to the Mariposa Military Base where the game’s super mutant villains lurk. From there, he quickly arms a bomb and escapes the base to complete the game.

In other games, he uses glitches to move faster.

The Fallout 3 and New Vegas runs use a strange trick where a runner cripples their character’s legs to move faster. By saving and loading at the moment they damage their legs, runners can manipulate the game into stacking what would have been a 60 per cent reduction in movement speed with their actual movement speed. The resulting error allows tomatoanus to move at 160 per cent speed instead.

Combining that with a save-and-load trick that allows him to move out of bounds, tomatoanus mixes both fast movement and ethereal void-walking to get to the finish line.

The longest game in the run is Fallout 4, a game that I once spent 11 hours streaming without getting close to completion. Tomatoanus completes it in 42 minutes and 54 seconds, which is proof that while war never changes, you can at least hit the fast forward button.


  • Fallout 2 (one of my all time favourite games, one I have completed way too many times) is another one of those games that you can honestly finish quite quickly, so long as you know exactly where to go. You may need a bit of luck on your side and you might have to save/reload often.

    If I remember correctly… you need good Perception, Intelligence and (optional) decent Luck. You do need decent skills in computers, lock picking and speech.

    • You need the luck to get into Navarro. That’s where Jinxed and a high luck can be a lifesaver.

      • Do you really? I never knew that, I always thought Navarro was permanently on the map but it showed up as a smaller “Unknown” green circle?

        I could have sworn I’ve always found it where it was.

        • Navarro is always there, I mean the luck in either not getting any Enclave patrols, or the Jinxed to have them kill themselves by accident if you do.

  • well they missed one (plus a PS2 game(i think)) game Fallout Tactics which i am not completely sure can be speedrun quickly.
    yes i know that it is a (now)non-canon spinoff but then fallout 3&4 is a spinoff of fallout 1 & 2

  • “Player cheat’s his way through a game in record time” Why even bother haha Might as well just activate god mode in the console if you are already exploiting glitches

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