List of known VaultsEdit

Designation Description/Fate Location Appearances
Los Angeles Vault The Vault-Tec demonstration vault. It was not part of the experiment, and was the Master's vault under the Cathedral in Fallout. Southern California, near Los Angeles (Cathedral) Fallout
Vault 0 A special vault designed to "monitor and control" other vaults, maintain the geniuses of the pre-War United States in cryogenic stasis and improve the future Wasteland conditions with a robot army. Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado) Fallout Tactics
Vault 3

A control vault designed to open after 20 years, but kept closed longer due to the wishes of the vault inhabitants. However, an unplanned water leak forced the occupants to open in hopes of trading with the outside. Unfortunately, all of the vault's residents were massacred by a group of raiders known as the Fiends shortly after they opened the vault door.

Mojave Wasteland Fallout: New Vegas
Vault X

Once known as vault 4, vault X was formerly used to see the results of minor, yet prolonged exposure to the FEV virus. Believing the vault to be cursed, the surviving dwellers has since left, probably finding themselves in a wasteland community. That, or their bones are now burried under the sands of the wastes. The vault has since been captured by Outer Heaven's Fallen Angels and is now used for experiments. Chemical weapons being made here include the FEV grenade. It also currently houses all the eastern Fallen Angels.

West Virginia SigvartTheDemon's Fanon
Vault 8 A control vault, intended to open and recolonize the surface after 10 years and is equipped with a GECK. Vault City is the result. Northern Nevada
Vault City
Fallout 2
Vault 11 This vault was a social experiment testing human nature - most specifically the ability to sacrifice oneself for others, and the ability to place ideals above one's own life. Mojave Wasteland Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 12 In order to study the effects of radiation on the selected population, the vault door was designed not to close properly. This is the Necropolis vault and a large population of ghouls was the result. Bakersfield
Vault 13 Intended to stay closed for 200 years as a study of prolonged isolation, the broken water chip forced Overseer Jacoren to improvise and use the Vault Dweller as a pawn. Later study of the Vault 13 records by the Enclave led them to their current plan to end the war. Southern California Fallout
Fallout 2
Vault 15 Intended to stay closed for 50 years and include people of radically diverse ideologies. Gathered from what Aradesh says in Fallout, he has quite a bit of multicultural flavoring to his speech. The birthplace of three raider groups and Shady Sands (later to become the New California Republic). Southern California Fallout
Fallout 2
Vault 17 The vault was raided in 2154 and its inhabitants taken prisoner by the Master's Army. They were subsequently turned into super mutants. It is unknown what this vault's experiment was, or if it was one of the seventeen controlled vaults. Unknown Fallout: New Vegas (mentioned only)
Vault 19 The vault was segregated into two groups, Red and Blue. The groups lived in separate sections of the vault and the inhabitants may have been chosen due to pre-existing paranoia. Mojave Wasteland Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 21 This vault's purpose was gambling, reinforced by having only compulsive gamblers admitted as vault residents, and with all conflicts within the vault to be resolved through gambling. It is one of the few non-control vaults that didn't end in failure. Las Vegas, Mojave Wasteland Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 22 Apparently a vault designed to develop advanced agricultural technologies. Successful experiments were executed, creating strains of plants that could grow under artificial light. However, an experiment on pest control involving a genetically-manufactured spore annihilated or transformed the vault's inhabitants. Mojave Wasteland Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 27 (Fallout bible) This vault would be overcrowded deliberately. 2000 people would be assigned to enter, double the total sustainable amount. Unknown Fallout Bible only
Vault 27 (Eden2012) A heavily populated Vault-Tec Vault intended by the Enclave to act as a 'continuity locale' in the event things didn't go as planned for continuity of government. Indianopolis. Eden2012's fanon

Vault 29

No one in this vault was over the age of 15 when they entered. Parents were intentionally redirected to other vaults. Harold is believed to have come from this vault. Colorado Fallout Bible (first mentioned)
Van Buren
Vault 34 The armory was overstocked with weapons and ammunition and not provided with a lock. The Boomers, the weapon-crazy inhabitants of Nellis Air Force Base, descend from the inhabitants of this vault. Mojave Wasteland Fallout Bible (first mentioned)
Fallout: New Vegas
Vault 36 The food extruders were designed to produce only a thin, watery gruel. Unknown Fallout Bible only
Vault 42 No light bulbs of more than 40 watts were provided. Unknown Fallout Bible only
Vault 43 Populated by twenty men, ten women, and one panther. Unknown Penny Arcade
Vault 53 Most of the equipment was designed to break down every few months. While repairable, the breakdowns were intended to stress the inhabitants unduly. Unknown Fallout Bible and possibly on Vault-Tec east coast computers
Vault 55 All entertainment tapes were removed. Unknown Fallout Bible only
Vault 56 All entertainment tapes were removed except those of one particularly bad comic actor. Sociologists predicted failure before Vault 55. Unknown Fallout Bible only
Vault 62 All residents and dozens of various species of life sustaining plants and animals were put in cryogenic stasis to repopulate the surrounding area without the use of a G.E.C.K. after 100 years. Reactionary and social data also collected. Chicago, Illinois ImtheSteve's Fanon
Vault 68 Of the one thousand people who entered, there was only one woman. Unknown Fallout Bible
and possibly in conversation with President Richardson.
Vault 69 Of the one thousand people who entered, there was only one man. Unknown Fallout Bible (first mentioned)
Penny Arcade
Van Buren concept art
and possibly in conversation with President Richardson.
Vault 70 All jumpsuit extruders fail after 6 months. Most of the inhabitants were Mormons. The city of New Canaan was founded by the vault dwellers after they left the vault. Salt Lake City, Utah Fallout Bible 0
Van Buren
Vault 76 This vault was designed as a control group for the vault experiment. Like Vault 3 and Vault 8, it was intended to open and re-colonize the surface after 20 years. Unknown
(Capital Wasteland?)
Mentioned in Fallout 3
Vault 77 Populated by one man and a crate full of puppets. In Fallout 3 a Vault 77 jumpsuit is acquirable at Paradise Falls. Unknown Penny Arcade
Vault 87 A Forced Evolutionary Virus research and testing facility. Capital Wasteland Fallout 3
Vault 92 Populated largely by renowned musicians, this vault was a test bed for a white noise-based system for implanting combat-oriented posthypnotic suggestions. Capital Wasteland Fallout 3
Vault 99 Population conditioned to fear radiation, before being forced to face that fear when the vault flooded with irradiated water. Point Lookout Vault Villains
Vault 101 Evaluation of performance of an omnipotent, dictatorial overseer in a closed community. This vault was intended to never open. Capital Wasteland Fallout 3
Vault 106 Psychoactive drugs were released into the air filtration system 10 days after the door was sealed. Capital Wasteland Fallout Bible (first mention)
'Fallout 3
Vault 108 The vault houses a cloning lab and all (surviving) residents are clones of one man called Gary. Capital Wasteland Fallout 3
Vault 110 Long-term brainwashing techniques in an effort to document and cross-reference the countless aspects that conditions specific factors of the human mind's behavior. Chicago, Illinois Eden2012's fanon
Vault 112 Home of the Tranquility Lane virtual reality simulator. Capital Wasteland Fallout 3
Vault 116 Housed employees from various companies Columbia Commonwealth (100 miles from the Capital Wasteland) Spocklan116's fanon
Secret Vault A secret vault dedicated to protect high-members of Vault-Tec and used to research the latest technologies (like electrical laser weapons and instant regeneration) and the Forced Evolutionary Virus. Los Ybanez, Texas Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Unfinished Vault A fenced construction area in a small cave north of Vaults 13 and 15. It may have been the first location of Vault 13 before its relocation. Northern California 'Fallout 2
Vault prototype A small Vault-Tec facility used as the base of operations by the Brotherhood of Steel Texas Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

Source material for canon Vaults is Nukapedia.

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