Ain't That a Kick in the Head

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This page is about the quest. For for the song with the same name, see Ain't That a Kick in the Head?.
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
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Time to get your bearings
Quest data
LocationGoodsprings
Given ByDoc Mitchell
RewardVault 21 jumpsuit
Pip-Boy 3000
18 caps
9mm pistol if Guns skill tagged
Laser pistol if Energy weapons skill tagged
Straight razor if Melee weapons skill tagged
Boxing gloves if Unarmed skill tagged
Dynamite if Explosives skill tagged
6 bobby pins (12 if Lockpick skill tagged)
AchievementAin't That a Kick in the Head
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Technical
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Base ID00104c1c
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You're awake. How about that.

Doc Mitchell

Ain't That a Kick in the Head is an achievement/trophy and a tutorial quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

After being shot in the head by a man in a checkered suit, the Courier is rescued by Victor and taken to Doc Mitchell who fixes them up with a little brain surgery. To make sure the Courier is all there, Mitchell asks them to perform a few of tests.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  1. Pick your name and then your appearance using the RobCo Reflectron.
  2. Walk to the Vit-o-Matic Vigor Tester and pick your SPECIAL.
  3. Sit on the couch in the living room and complete the psychological evaluation to pick your tag skills and traits.
  4. Head out the front door to Goodsprings.

Quest stages[edit | edit source]

StageStatusDescription
10 Walk to the Vit-o-matic Vigor Tester.
30 Use the Vit-o-matic Vigor Tester.
40 Sit down on the couch in Doc Mitchell's living room.
50Quest finishedFollow Doc Mitchell to the exit.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Depending on skills tagged, Doc Mitchell will provide the Courier with extra of certain items:
Tagged Skill Equipment
Lockpick 12 bobby pins instead of 6
Explosives 8 sticks of dynamite instead of the 9mm handgun (only when neither Guns nor Energy Weapons are tagged as well)
Energy Weapons Laser pistol and up to 25 energy cells instead of the 9mm handgun (only when Guns isn't tagged as well)
Guns Up to 30 more 9mm rounds, to a maximum of 60.
Melee Weapons Straight razor
Unarmed Boxing gloves (only when Melee Weapons isn't tagged as well)
  • There is no theft penalty for anything in the Doc's house during this initial quest. After leaving the house and returning, items will be marked as owned.
  • Before leaving Doc Mitchell's house, the game will offer the option of playing the game in hardcore mode. The reward is an achievement/trophy and there is no in-game reward for completing the game in hardcore mode.
  • If the Courier talks to the doctor again before leaving the house, they are given the option to use a Medicine or Speech check (30). If the speech check is successful then the player is rewarded with three stimpaks.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png While using the Vit-o-Matic Vigor Tester, clicking on the up/down arrows to increase or decrease a statistic, or the left/right arrows to shift between statistics, may not work. If this happens, it may be that the game thinks that the arrow is somewhere else, in which case clicking elsewhere on the screen will produce the desired result. Another workaround is to use your keyboard's arrow keys (not the WSAD keys) to increase/decrease statistics and shift between statistics.
  • Sometimes you cannot sit on the ruined couch which makes leaving Dr.Mitchell's House impossible.
  • Sometimes you will be unable to interact with the Vit-o-Matic Vigor Tester when Doc. Mitchell tells you to, requiring the player to start a brand new game.
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