Back in the Saddle

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Back in the Saddle
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Quest data
LocationGoodsprings
Goodsprings source (optional)
Given BySunny Smiles
FactionGoodsprings
Reward50 caps 50 XP
Goodsprings fame
Varmint rifle
90 5.56 round
Technical
Editor ID?
Base ID0010a214
Related quests
previous:
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
leads to:
By a Campfire on the Trail
 
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Well that's a start. But I reckon you didn't come to me to learn to fight Sarsaparilla bottles

Sunny Smiles, Fallout: New Vegas

Back in the Saddle is a tutorial quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

After being cleared as stable by Doc Mitchell, he urges the Courier to talk to Goodsprings local ranger Sunny Smiles who can teach them how to fend for themselves in the wasteland and not get shot in the head again.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to the Prospector Saloon and talk to Sunny Smiles.
  2. Follow her outside and shoot three empty bottles with the varmint rifle and ammunition provided.
  3. Choose to continue on with Sunny or end the tutorial.
  4. If accompanying Sunny, head to Goodsprings source south of the town.
  5. Dispatch the geckos at the three wells along the way to the source. Kill the geckos before the Goodsprings settler dies and the Courier will be rewarded with three bottles of purified water and some reputation within Goodsprings.
  6. Talk to Sunny about a reward.

Quest stages[edit | edit source]

StageStatusDescription
1 Talk to Sunny Smiles in the Prospector Saloon.
2 Meet Sunny Smiles behind the Prospector Saloon.
3Quest finishedShoot 3 sarsaparilla bottles outside the Prospector Saloon.
4 Follow Sunny.
5 Kill the geckos at the well.
6Quest finishedTalk to Sunny Smiles.
7 Kill the geckos at the other wells.
8Quest finishedTalk to Sunny about your reward.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If Cheyenne is killed during the gecko fight, Sunny will appear distraught in the next conversation, then apologize to the Courier for her display of emotion.
  • You can drop the ammunition given to you by Sunny while shooting the bottles to receive 30 more ammunition. This can only be done once.
  • During the quest you can finish it by talking to Sunny Smiles at three different points:
  1. After shooting the bottles.
  2. After killing the geckos at the first well.
  3. After killing the geckos at the two other wells.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The title of the quest is a cultural reference to the song "Back in the Saddle Again" by Gene Autry and Raymond Otis Whitley.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Sometimes the distressed settler will not talk to you after saving her and she will just back away towards Goodsprings, knife drawn and crouching.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png It is possible that the Goodsprings settler will be killed prior to starting the quest, or before you can reach her. To fix this, you can either reload a previous save, or purchase the Varmint rifle night scope so you can shoot the geckos at greater distance before they have a chance to kill her.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If you finish the tutorial after the shooting lesson, and then fail the quests Run Goodsprings Run and Ghost Town Gunfight before you talk to Trudy, the option that ends the quest may not work and the quest may never end.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png It is possible for the quest to not continue automatically. If a random critter appears outside the saloon when you follow Sunny and she moves to attack she will not give you the rifle or the quest unless you push her back to where she was standing when you come out of the saloon.
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