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Game Tips and Tricks

Fallout: New Vegas Walkthrough and Guide

by Absolute Steve  

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Game Tips and Tricks

Save yourself the trouble and read these tips once or twice.  They will greatly increase your self-sufficiency during your wasteland travels, and might even prevent you from dying!  Definitely read this before your first playthrough, even if you're not planning to use the walkthrough.

General Tips

  • Be sure to save your game often, and keep multiple save games.  Fallout New Vegas is a large game, and you might want to reload a previous save game in which you hadn't messed up a particular quest, event, or where you missed an important item.  This is one of the most important things for a healthy and enjoyable experience.
  • Holster your weapon when there's no direct danger in proximity.  This not only allows you to travel faster (two-handed weapons slow your down, although one-handed weapons don't), and it also scares neutral or friendly NPC's less   quickly.
  • Keep your gun reloaded at all times.  You never know what might surprise you around the next corner.
  • Never waste ammunition, and never waste Stimpaks, especially on hardcore mode. If you're in need of healing, do it properly and rest.  Use V.A.T.S to greatly conserve precious ammo.  [If you sleep in a rented bed or own bed, you'll get the Well Rested status that grants 10% extra EXP until it wears off after a couple of hours.]
  • When you crouch nearby water you can drink from it.  Hold down the button to continuously drink from it, which is a good way to heal yourself at the cost of a few RadAways instead of Stimpaks!
  • Learn to use Fast Travel!  After having explored a location, simply bring up the World Map on your Pip-Boy and select the location you want to travel to. This saves enormous amounts of time.
  • Collect items just for resell purposes.  You can check on the value (VAL) of an item in your inventory, and it's wise to sell these whenever the next possibility comes up; Don't let them clutter up your inventory, especially not when you're on a lengthy quest.
  • Pressing the Right Stick (on consoles) lifts items/bodies from the ground. It can sometimes be worthwhile to lift up buckets or small wooden crates to find they actualy contain a hidden treasure!
  • Always search vending machines for Nuka Cola and Sarsaparilla Bottles.

Get your Science and Lockpick up to 50 as soon as possible, which allows you to pick locks on all average level locks and terminals.  Alternatively boost them to 40 at least, so you can pick locks with the aid of a skill magazine that gives you a temporary 10 boost.

It's the game's intention to make you explore the world.  Don't rush through the areas, look in every corner and behind every brick, and you'll be richly rewarded.  You propbably don't want to end up missing the neatest secrets.

Fast Travel with your Worldmap! If you are on the worldmap and you find yourself stuck, don't hesitate to use the fast travel option!

Items with no weight (--) should always be picked up.  Even if the item seems useless, you can always sell it in larger amounts later on.  If an item does weigh something, look at its value.  Is the weight 1 and the value 1?  Then it might be better to leave the item.  Is the value 50 and the weight 2?  You can then sell the item later on and make a profit without putting too much weight on your shoulders!

The checklists in this survival guide feature two kinds of brackets:

1. [] means that the item doesn't cost you any Karma for taking it.

2. {} may cost you Karma and indicates you must steal the item.  Therefore, these items are optional pickups.

Infinite Caps Glitch

1. Find a merchant that sells two of the same weapon or armor.

2. Buy the cheapest of their two weapons or armors.

3. Sell it back to the merchant with profit.

4. Repeat and profit more.

Hacking Tips

You have four attempts each time you access a terminal before you get locked out
after the fourth erroneous password attempt.  In other words, you have three 'free' tries every time you start up a terminal.  The goal is to select the correct password from the gibberish text.  Depending on how high your Science skill is, the easier hacking becomes.

Roughly speaking, there are three (combinable) methods for hacking terminals:

1. You try three 'free' attempts and back out of the terminal.  Simply try your luck once again and repeat this process until you've figured out the password.

2. Whenever you attempt a password, on the right part of the terminal screen it tells you how many letters you've got at correct places.  In other words, if you've got three letters correct, start looking for words that use similar letters in similar positions.

You attempted "FESTERS" and get 0/7 correct (nothing at all).  You can now say to yourself: Okay, all other passwords containing an F as the first letter will be incorrect, all passwords with an E as second letter are incorrect, etcetera.  Thus "SYSTEMS" would be incorrect as it contains an E on the fifth spot, and we know thatthis cannot be a possibility.

If you get 1/7 correct, you know that at least one letter is in the right position.  This doesn't help you that much, but if you can find any passwords that don't match *any* of the letters in the same positions (compared to "FESTERS", the password "SUCKING" does not contain an "F" at the first spot, not an "E" on the second spot, not a "S" on the third spot, and so on for all other letters.  Thus you can conclude that "SUCKING" is not your key inside the terminal. Not this time, at least...

If you get even more letters correct, such as 5/7 with the password "TESTERS", look for words that have various similarities, such as those ending with "TERS".

3. It's possible to replenish your attempts by looking for what I'd like to call bracket combinations.  These are brackets such as < >, [ ], () and { } which are linked when highlighted.  In other words, when you highlight one of these brackets, more than one character is highlighted, and everything between these brackets is also highlighted.  An example would be: {.,::&}. Selecting this can either replenish your attempts, or remove a faulty password from the possibilities.  It it wise to first attempt three passwords and then search for brackets, resulting in removing several duds and a possible allowance replenishment, greatly improving your odds.

If this doesn't help, either search for another bracket combination or back out of the terminal and try again.

Lockpicking Tips

               EASY:               AVERAGE:               HARD:
            __________            __________            __________
           /::::|     \          / \:::|    \          /  \::|    \
          /:::::|      \        /   \::|     \        /    \:|     \
         / \::::|       \      /     \:|      \      /      \|      \
        |    \::|        |    |       \|       |    |                |
        |      \|        |    |                |    |                |
        |                |    |                |    |                |
         \              /      \              /      \              /
          \            /        \            /        \            /
           \__________/          \__________/          \__________/

VERY EASY and VERY HARD have bigger and smaller correct zones respectively.

Is that a Bobby Pin in your pocket?

___________ _______________
|Very Easy  |        0      |
|Easy       |       25      |
|Average    |       50      |
|Hard       |       75      |
|Very Hard  |      100      |
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯

You can only attempt more difficult locks when your lockpick skill has reached a certain level.  For example, in order to pick average locks you'll need a lockpick skill of at least  50 , and for hard locks you need 75 .  The locks above indicate example ranges of where your bobby pin can be placed at in order to unlock the lock with the screw driver.  Placing the bobby pin correct is impossible without  trial and error.  You know you're close to the correct position (or rather, "correct zone" as shown above) if you can turn the screw driver nearly 90 degrees vertical.  The further you can turn the screwdriver, the closer you are.

If you're haven't hit the right spot yet (and I could make a nice analogy here), adjust your BOBBY PIN (if you know what I mean) and turn it to a better position.  In other words, you can turn it left or right.  If you turn it to, say, the right, and you get the feeling the bobby pin starts to tremble sooner than before, you know the "correct zone" is the other way, and you can move closer.  Keep adjusting it until you hit the right spot and the treasures will be yours...  If you fail, your Bobby Pin *BREAKS*, and you'll have to try again, that is, if you have another Bobby Pin left in your .. pocket..

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Game Tips and Tricks


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Apr 12th 2015 Guest
when lock picking, there are places on the lock which are scratches and you can put the bobby pin here to make it easier on yourself when lockpicking. There are certain one's that work and others that do not. Try to aim for ones that stick out the most on the lock. If they don't immediately allow you to pick the lock, they will usually lead you to a place close to where you should place the bobby pin.
ID #541771
Apr 6th 2015 Guest
just go to the silver rush, inside use the stealth boy and steal all the freaking guns, ammo, grenades, etc. then keep the ones you like and sell the rest
ID #538396
Oct 15th 2014 Guest
The easiest way to make money in New Vegas:

Go to a casino slot machine, save your game, poor caps into the machine until you win the grand prize. Then save and repeat the process.

If you run out of caps before the grand prize just load the save and keep going. Sidenote: if you win too much (Twice I believe) they throw you out of the casino. So best is to take a grand prize and move to another casino.
ID #458894
Aug 30th 2014 Guest
In the beginning of the game put your luck at 10. Later on when you get to where you can go to the casinos, play the slots or blackjack and you will win more often than not. Great way to get alot of caps.
ID #442343
Mar 27th 2014 Guest
Dude, Fallout and Skyrim are made by Bethesda, of course they're going to be similar.
ID #368909
Feb 19th 2014 Guest
Damn this games a lot like skyrim
ID #356910
Aug 28th 2015 Guest
Technically skyrim is like this game as new vegas was released way before
ID #603368
Sep 14th 2013 Guest
ID #309571
Aug 21st 2013 Guest
Just some random tips. You need 50 star bottle caps to get the key. Dont buy stims buy food it will save you lots of caps.Go to the place near novac with ghouls (forgot the name lol) and loot every dead bright brotherhood corpse and take their recharger pistols and repair all of them you will get around 2000 caps for 1 fully repaired one.go to the van graffs hold one weapon you want go to the door on the other side crouch and steal it repeat over and over until all weapons on the table are gone
ID #305985
Aug 6th 2013 Guest
sorry for spelling mistakes, im dead tired
ID #302948
Aug 6th 2013 Guest
Hacking computers is much easier as you level up in science because you get longer words, try this its what i always do, fire click the very first word you see and you will get a faint idea of the word, using your best guesses keep choosing until you either get it or you are down to 1 more guess. It should lockout iminent , they look for the sybols like this () {} they may have other symbols in side them but they will always be a closed bracket, paranthesis, or the symbols. Clicking on them will either remove a dud word or a "fake" password, (its easiest to find these by skimming over the lines of code because if you select one thats real it will highlight) or it will refresh your allowance back to 4 giving you 3 more tries Smile
ID #302946
Jun 24th 2013 Guest
hacking computers is hard
ID #292543
May 9th 2013 iceman1987
hay godofwar1392 you have to use arcade. the follower from the followers or just go to mission for auld lang syne on this page
ID #281356
Apr 10th 2013 godofwar1392
Does anyone know how to get into the remenents bunker anyone this bunker is in black mountain not hidden valley.
ID #272279
Dec 14th 2012 Guest
How do I get the key for the long 15 Gate at the ncr outpost?
ID #221553
Nov 25th 2012 Guest
click to reveal
ID #212285
Aug 8th 2012 Guest
if u have new vegas ultimat edition u can use exp trick in goodsprings by unpatching then 1nce glitch is started repatchinh and going up 2 lvl 50if u have new vegas ultimat edition u can use exp trick in goodsprings by unpatching then 1nce glitch is started repatchinh and going up 2 lvl 50 nsteadif u have new vegas ultimat edition u can use exp trick in goodsprings by unpatching then 1nce glitch is started repatchinh and going up 2 lvl 50 nstead[img][img][img][/img] [/img] [/img]
ID #173580
Jun 8th 2015 Guest
I don't understand any words in this comment.
ID #567623
Apr 26th 2012 Guest
You position the bobby pin with the left stick and rotate the lock with the right stick, the closer you are to the correct position, the further the lock will turn. If the lock jams, you need to rotate the bobby pin to the left or the right. It takes a little practice, but you will get a feel for it.
ID #137128
Apr 13th 2012 Jok3rzWild
How do you pick a lock in general?
ID #133080
Mar 4th 2012 Guest
i love this game already got 20k caps just from scavenging
ID #120481
Nov 26th 2011 Guest
when the bobby pin is about to break, just get out of the lock and try again, with the bobby pin restored.
ID #90400
Oct 20th 2011 Guest
There is another EXP glitch that also rewards you with unlimited doctors bags for selling and stimpaks. In HELIOS 1, when you begin the quest with Fantastic, talk to Ignacio in the room next to him and tell him you are on his side and all that and then ask him where he thinks the power should go, then, when you get to decide where the power goes, choose the one with (emergency Output) next to it and then go back to Ignacio and tell him what you did. If your game isnt updated yet it will work and you can keep getting out of the speech and saying the same thing for a ton of EXP and 2 Doctors bags and 3 stimpaks each time. Have fun! - Bartimaeus Hex
ID #81681
Oct 8th 2011 Guest
what is the reward for finishing the game on hardcore mode?
ID #79160
Oct 8th 2011 Guest
can any one tell me who all the allies are and how to get them?
ID #79156
Oct 8th 2011 Guest
is there any other way to get keep geting the exp glitch cause i
attacked cottonwood cove with boone and i don't like ceasar's legion
ID #79152
Oct 8th 2011 Guest
u can get mods from any general store like the one in Good springs, gun runers or any other places that sells guns
ID #79151
Jun 29th 2011 Guest
Expirience Glitch, I was talking to Ariulus of Phenoix a Centurion in CottonWood Cove and I kept getting 225-256exp. for saying "howabout I'll give u NCR Dogtags if u give ammo and food and u could repeat this over and over again it got me atlest 10 levels up so dont kill him. And it might not work for some I was Playing on the XBOX360 try it out
ID #53342
Jun 2nd 2011 Guest
You have to buy the mods yourself. When you are in your inventory, you'll have to check which button it is to press to mod guns. On the 360, it's LB. I don't know what it is on the PS3 or PC.
ID #46495
Apr 1st 2011 Guest
i usually get my mods from gun runners or route188 trading post. Im sure other merchants carry mods if you look in their misc menu when purchasing something.
ID #35242
Mar 14th 2011 Guest
how and where do you mod your guns can someone show me on the map plz and thank you
ID #32679