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Extend the vanilla raider experience with hostile raider gang NPCs, small groups of tribal survivors, and named raider bosses to liven up various areas around the Commonwealth.

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"Commonwealth "gangs"... well, most of 'em don't even qualify."
-Porter Gage

Why is this Mod Needed?

The vanilla raiders in Fallout 4 are strangely unified from our perspective as the sole survivor. This mod aims to break up some of that odd feeling while maximizing compatibility with the rest of the commonwealth and your own mod list. 

What does it add?

  • Many new groups of competing raider gangs and NPCs just trying to survive.

  • 30+ named raider and survivor bosses at existing raider camps, outposts, and vantage points around the Commonwealth.

  • Danger! Some areas that were relatively safe to pass through are now much more lawless. The Fens, South Boston, Cambridge, the North End, East Boston, and certain outposts now have more of a distinct identity. Some easily forgotton areas, may no provide a more difficult experience.

Is this Mod Lore-Friendly?

Each new raider gang's identity and location was carefully designed to be lore friendly (or at least lore compatible) and to fit in the part of the map in which you will find them. Some existing gangs and minor factions have loose trade agreements with these new npcs (everybody has to get their chems from somewhere).

Just because Preston says you are the General doesn't mean that every former member of the Minutemen will see it that way. 

Many small groups of tribal NPCs would rather be left out of the larger conflicts between the BOS, Institute, Minutemen, and Railroad. These groups may be even be relatively peaceful, but still won't appreciate new scavs on their turf.

There are occasional additions that are less lore-based, but still fit within the spirit of the apocalyptic world of Fallout.


This mod is designed to be compatible with most raider, weapon, gameplay, and even faction overhauls. It does not edit existing leveled lists and was balanced to add significant difficulty to some areas while being highly rewarding with both experience and loot.

This mod may not always receive leveled list changes from other mods as some of the new NPCs use existing LLs and some use tailored items I placed in their inventory.

If you're unsure if there is a compatibility issue just try placing this mod lower in your load order if you wish for it to overwrite another mod or higher if you wish another mod to overwite it.

As this mod places additional NPCs in the worldspace, you may experience dips in performance in intensive areas if you have mods that do something similar (Vertical Spawns, NPCs Travel, War of the Commonwealth etc). 

Pack Attack NPC is a great mod that I use in my load order with RGE, but depending on your own hardware and specific mod configuration the additional NPC spawns may cause frame dips or slow downs in crowded areas.

Better Locational Damage is not a mod that I generally use in my load order. I have tested with the main file in my game and it worked with older versions, but have received reports that some of the current optional files are incompatible with RGE (which may cause CTD). There are good features in this mod, but for increasing headshot damage Live Dismemberment plays better with RGE (obviously this mods scope is fairly different).

Raider Overhaul is often paired with RGE, but can be somewhat taxing and generally requires its own patching for best experience with or without RGE. I often have it in my load order without too many issues, but if you are experiencing problems you may choose not to use the two together.

It has been brought to my attention that there may be some compatibility concerns regarding Previs or Precombines in some cells. These issues should be fixed in the current version. Additionally, I use Boston FPS Fix in my game and recommend it be installed and placed lower in your load order than RGE if you are experiencing issues. You can also change your ini settings which can vastly improve your experience by following these instructions: FPS in Boston.

I use the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch in my game and RGE should load after it. I know not everyone uses the unofficial patches, but I highly recommend doing so for the best experience with this mod and with Fallout 4 overall.

Versions 0.81 and onward have been made using Creation Kit for the latest version of Fallout 4. If you are using a version of Fallout 4 that predates (December 2019) you may want to try Raider Gangs Extended 0.8 found in the Old Files section.

Starting a new game is recommended for the best experience with this mod. It shouldn't break anything if you decide to activate this file mid-play through, but you may have hostile NPCs in places you don't want them (including Hangman's Alley, and one near Red Rocket).

There is now also a patch for RGE now available that includes fixes and some reworks by 4estGimp that works well and reduces common issues.

Future Development

I will be adding some balance and performance changes as I update the mod. I plan on keeping this mod fairly light so as to maximize compatibility and performance. I maintain a fairly heavy mod list across different play throughs and so keeping this file compatible is a must.
I will probably nerf the experience from the more common enemy types as I have found myself leveling a bit too quick in my own testing.

I am considering the current version of this mod to be in an early state. There are some issues I wish to iron out (performance in a certain Vault related to the main quest for example), but I do have a lot of fun with this mod in my load order and thought I would share it with the community in the meantime. I do plan on adding additional gangs for the eventual 1.0 release.

My Other Mods:

Shotguns Shoot Far (And Hit Hard)
Pipe Guns Are Still Guns

Recommended Mods:


Raider Overhaul


More Outfits
Vivid Fallout


Ambient Wasteland
Sound Overhaul

Game Balance:

Adjusted Encounter Zones
Reduce Enemy Accuracy to Reasonable Levels
Create Your Own Difficulty
Mod Configuration Menu (F4SE Required)
Game Configuration Menu (F4SE Required)


Boston FPS Fix
Insignificant Object Remover