Where’s Dogmeat? Your Companion is Missing from Red Rocket

This content will focus on the issue in Fallout 4 where the player’s canine companion, Dogmeat, does not reliably appear at the Red Rocket settlement after being sent there. Red Rocket is intended to be Dogmeat’s default home location, but sometimes a bug prevents him from showing up as expected. This can be frustrating for players who want to be able to find Dogmeat easily. We’ll examine potential reasons why Dogmeat may not appear at Red Rocket, as well as possible fixes and workarounds players can use.

What is Red Rocket

Red Rocket is a gas station and truck stop located northwest of Sanctuary in the Commonwealth in the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4. According to the Fallout Wiki, Red Rocket is based on a real world chain of gas stations by the same name that were located throughout the Midwestern and Southern United States. In Fallout 4, Red Rocket is one of the first locations the player character encounters after leaving Vault 111.

Red Rocket consists of a main building with an attached garage and service area. The garage contains a power armor station that the player can use. There is also a Nuka-Cola vending machine outside the main building. Overall, Red Rocket serves as one of the earliest settlements available to the player in Fallout 4.

Who is Dogmeat

Dogmeat is a German Shepherd dog companion that players can find early in Fallout 4 [1]. He is located behind Red Rocket Truck Stop, just outside of Sanctuary Hills. Dogmeat stays loyal to the player character throughout Fallout 4, unlike human companions that can part ways depending on the player’s actions and dialogue choices.

Dogmeat has become an iconic companion in the Fallout series, first appearing all the way back in the original Fallout game in 1997. However, Dogmeat in Fallout 4 seems to be a completely new dog character and not the same dog from previous games [1]. He helps players explore the post-apocalyptic version of Boston and the Commonwealth region. Dogmeat can track enemies, find items, and assist in battle.

Where You First Meet Dogmeat

Dogmeat is first encountered in the Boston area of Cambridge looking for the Sole Survivor. After exiting Vault 111, the Sole Survivor comes across Dogmeat sniffing around the Red Rocket Truck Stop near Sanctuary Hills. Dogmeat will lead the Sole Survivor to his deceased former master’s body, which contains a holotape and supplies to assist the Sole Survivor early in the game.

first meeting dogmeat at red rocket

Dogmeat is portrayed as a German Shepherd mix in Fallout 4 and has heterochromia – one eye is brown while the other is blue. He wears a red bandana around his neck and a broken chain on his hind leg. Dogmeat was originally owned by another resident of Sanctuary Hills prior to the bombs falling and the Great War.

After examining his former master’s body, Dogmeat will immediately bond with the Sole Survivor and become their loyal companion for the rest of the game. The unique abilities of Dogmeat assist the Sole Survivor on their journey through the post-apocalyptic Boston Commonwealth.

Dogmeat Normally Goes to Red Rocket

In Fallout 4, the companion Dogmeat can be told to go to Red Rocket Truck Stop and will make it his default home base. Red Rocket is one of the first locations the player visits after exiting Vault 111, and it’s where Dogmeat is initially found waiting by a crashed truck near a Red Rocket gas station.

After recruiting Dogmeat as a companion, the player has the option to tell him to go to Red Rocket, which will set it as his home location. Whenever dismissed, Dogmeat will return to wait at Red Rocket for the player to pick him up again later.

According to threads on Reddit and GameFAQs boards, sending Dogmeat to Red Rocket is a common tactic players use so they know where to find him when they want to take him along on adventures again [1] [2].

Why Dogmeat May Not Appear at Red Rocket

There are a few known bugs in Fallout 4 that can prevent Dogmeat from appearing at the Red Rocket settlement after being sent there.

One common bug occurs if the Sole Survivor enters the underground railroad headquarters before sending Dogmeat to Red Rocket. According to players on Reddit, this can cause Dogmeat to become stuck at the headquarters and not go to Red Rocket properly (source).

dogmeat stuck trying to pathfind

Another potential bug is related to the quest Getting a Clue, where Dogmeat is supposed to track down Kellogg. If the Sole Survivor starts this quest but doesn’t complete it, sending Dogmeat to Red Rocket can glitch him out. As described on Steam, he may get stuck trying to track the scent rather than going to the settlement (source).

In general, any quest or location interactions with Dogmeat that aren’t completed properly can disrupt him from returning to Red Rocket. Making sure to finish relevant quest steps involving Dogmeat before sending him away can help avoid this.

Fixes to Get Dogmeat to Red Rocket

There are a few potential fixes if Dogmeat is not appearing at the Red Rocket station:

First, try waiting or sleeping for 3-4 days inside the Red Rocket station to see if Dogmeat shows up after a while (Source). The game may just need time to move Dogmeat to your location.

You can also try fast traveling away from Red Rocket, waiting a few in-game days, and then returning to see if Dogmeat spawns there. Fast traveling essentially resets the non-playable characters in an area.

Using console commands is another option – open the console and type moveto player to instantly move Dogmeat to your location (Source). You will need to enable console commands first.

Finally, some players recommend installing mods that fix companion bugs, like the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch, to resolve issues with Dogmeat not appearing properly at settlements like Red Rocket (Source).

Using Console Commands

One potential way to get Dogmeat to teleport to your location is by using console commands in the PC version of Fallout 4. This can be helpful if Dogmeat disappears or gets stuck somewhere.

To use console commands, first press the tilde (~) key to open the console. Then type prid 0001d162 and press Enter. This will select Dogmeat in the console. Next, type moveto player and press Enter again. This should teleport Dogmeat directly to your current location (cite: https://www.gameskinny.com/tips/finding-a-lost-dogmeat-or-other-npc-in-fallout-4/).

using console commands to move dogmeat

If Dogmeat still doesn’t appear after trying these console commands, he may be stuck or bugged. Some potential fixes are dismissing Dogmeat as a companion and waiting for him to return to one of your settlements, or installing an unofficial patch mod that fixes issues with companions (cite: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/245926/is-there-a-way-to-summon-dogmeat-to-you). Using console commands doesn’t always work perfectly, but can be a good first troubleshooting step.

Mods That Fix Dogmeat Issues

There are several mods available that aim to fix various bugs and issues with Dogmeat as a companion in Fallout 4. Some popular mods include:

Dogmeat – A True Companion – This mod fixes issues like Dogmeat not always staying by your side and adds new abilities and behaviors to make him a more responsive and capable companion.

companion fix mods

More Smarter Companions Mod – Makes companions like Dogmeat smarter overall, fixing problems like getting stuck or not following you properly.

There are also mods that generally improve companion AI and pathfinding which can help fix Dogmeat’s issues indirectly. Examples include Better Companions and Companion Infinite Ammo and Unbreakable Power Armour.

For Xbox One users, mods like Dogmeat + NPC’s Companion add similar fixes. Overall these mods aim to turn Dogmeat into a more responsive, capable, and immersive companion.


In summary, many Fallout 4 players encounter an issue where Dogmeat does not show up at the Red Rocket settlement after sending him there. This can be frustrating, as Red Rocket is where you first meet Dogmeat and seems like it should be his default home. There are a few potential reasons why this issue occurs – Dogmeat may get stuck pathfinding to Red Rocket, the game may glitch and not register him as being there, or there may be mod conflicts preventing him from going home properly.

Fortunately, there are some solutions. Using console commands, you can teleport Dogmeat directly to you or Red Rocket to reunite with him. Mods like Unlimited Companion Framework can also fix pathfinding and prevent issues with Dogmeat disappearing. Overall, with some patience and troubleshooting, you should be able to get Dogmeat home to Red Rocket where he belongs. This issue seems to be relatively common, so don’t worry – you should be able to resolve it with a bit of effort. Sending Dogmeat to Red Rocket can ensure he stays safe while you adventure in the Commonwealth.

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