Things That Go Boom

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Things That Go Boom
"Do Not Enter! Any Military May Kill You!" Thanks, Ambassador...
Quest data
locationNCR Embassy
Nellis Air Force base
given byDennis Crocker
reward200 XP
300, 400 or 500 bottle caps
NCR fame
base id00116b41
Related quests
leads to:
Kings' Gambit

Things That Go Boom is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Ambassador Dennis Crocker at the NCR Embassy.
  2. Travel to Nellis Air Force Base and ask Pearl how you can help the Boomers.
  3. Become idolized by the Boomers.
  4. Ask Pearl for the Boomers help in the upcoming battle.
  5. Return to Crocker at the embassy and report that the Boomers have pledged their support.

Detailed walkthrough[edit]

After coming out of the Lucky 38 for the first time, an NCR trooper will approach you and ask you to visit Ambassador Dennis Crocker at the NCR Embassy. The embassy is in the last southernmost section of the New Vegas Strip (farthest from the north gate). Crocker is in the building on the left once you enter the front gate. Once inside, go through the door on your left to the end of the hall to find Crocker.

Crocker will ask you to get the Boomers to support the NCR. Follow the map to Nellis Air Force Base and talk to Pearl to learn how to win their support. Complete enough Boomers side quests to become idolized by the Boomers. Volare! is by far the best quest to complete, simply due to the fact that it gives the most Boomers fame.

Once you have become idolized by the Boomers, return to Crocker and inform him that they have pledged their support. You will complete the quest and gain NCR fame. If your reputation with the NCR is bad, completing this quest will reset it to Neutral.

Journal entries[edit]

1 Ambassador Crocker has told me about the Boomer quest. I haven't accepted yet.
2 Convince the Boomers to aid you in the upcoming battle.
3 Return to Ambassador Crocker and let him know of the results of meeting with the Boomers.
4Quest finishedReturn to Ambassador Crocker and let him know the Boomers will help you.
5Quest failedI've told Ambassador Crocker that the Boomers will not help.
6Quest failedAmbassador Crocker found out that I've already pledged the Boomer's support and is disappointed.


  • This quest disregards your reputation with NCR, even if you are Vilified with them you still are allowed to enter the embassy and talk to Crocker.
  • The wording may be a bit misleading. What the quest's completion actually does is that the negative reputation pool is reset to zero.


  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png This quest may sometimes not be completable if the player is already idolized by the Boomers. The ambassador cannot be found afterward if they say "Actually, I already know them. We're good friends." and not follow up with "They have promised to help me." and the quest will be marked as incomplete/failed. They can try to go back to Boomers and speak with Pearl to ask her, if they will help in upcoming battle at Hoover Dam, that seems to solve the problem if there is no dialogue option with ambassador.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes, upon receiving this quest from Crocker, an NCR MP Officer will approach the player and say "This is what happens when you cross the NCR," and attack the player regardless of their NCR reputation. This can simply be fixed by reloading to the auto save of when they first entered the embassy. The trick is to get outside after getting the quest before he can approach you.
  • PCIcon pc.png The NCR reputation may reset to accepted (even it was at idolized by the NCR before quest starts).
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