Don't Tread on the Bear!

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Don't Tread on the Bear!
FNV NCR Flag.png
Quest data
locationMojave Wasteland
given bySelf
rewardNew California Republic infamy
Failure of several NCR quests
base id00167f0e
Related quests
Don't Poke at the Bear!
leads to:
Caesar's Favor
Caesar's Hire
A Trusted Aide

Don't Tread on the Bear! is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walthrough[edit]

  1. Work against the interests of the New California Republic or just be an overall nuisance to the NCR.

Detailed walkthrough[edit]

The exact contents of this quest vary based upon player actions. It can result in one of four outcomes:

  • The NCR has a robust network of informants. If you continue to work with Mr. House, the NCR will no longer accept your help.
  • The NCR has a robust network of informants. If you continue to work with Yes Man, the NCR will no longer accept your help.
  • Little escapes the eyes of NCR Rangers. If you continue to work with Caesar's Legion, the NCR will brand you a terrorist.
  • The NCR has declared you a terrorist. Wherever the NCR has jurisdiction, you will be shot on sight.

The first three actions are, obviously, the result of aiding an opposing faction. The fourth is a result of gaining general NCR infamy, usually through killing their troops. In the case of opposing faction quests, it will first activate as a warning upon the completion of a certain quest in the series. Completing another quest will fail the quest. You will no longer be able to take on NCR quests once this happens, and any NCR quests active will immediately fail, as well. In the latter two cases, the entire faction will be hostile to you and NCR rangers will be sent to kill you.

Journal entries[edit]

1 The NCR has a robust network of informants. If you continue to work with Yes Man, the NCR will no longer accept your help.
2 Little escapes the eyes of NCR Rangers. If you continue to work with Caesar's Legion, the NCR will brand you a terrorist.
3 The NCR has a robust network of informants. If you continue to work with Mr. House, the NCR will no longer accept your help.
4Quest failedThe NCR knows that you are working against its interests and will no longer accept your help.
5Quest failedThe NCR has declared you a terrorist. Wherever the NCR has jurisdiction, you will be shot on sight.


  • If Ambassador Crocker or Colonel Moore dies, the NCR will declare you a terrorist. Failing this quest will cause Ambassador Crocker and Colonel Moore to disappear from the game world, to reinforce the idea the player is no longer able to continue down the NCR quest line.
  • This quest will not fail and you may complete NCR quests if you initially trigger it with House or Yes Man's quest line and then proceed with the other one's quest line. There are two separate quests here actually (one for House and one for Yes Man), and one will not trigger if the other one is active.
  • Your reputation with the NCR will not be lowered if you complete this quest via House or Yes Man. In fact, so long as you have done nothing else to antagonize them, it is possible to breach the El Dorado Substation and get them to agree to a truce with the Brotherhood of Steel (in Yes Man's path) without dropping your reputation below Idolized. They will even still accept your help in preventing Aaron Kimball's assassination.

Behind the scenes[edit]

"Don't Tread on the Bear!" is a reference to the "Gadsden Flag", a historical flag that depicted a coiled rattlesnake over the phrase "Don't Tread on Me."

Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
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Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
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BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
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