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. To complete the quest, the player has to go to the Prospector Saloon and talk to Sunny Smiles. After a brief exchange, she will volunteer to show the player the ropes.
  2. The first stage is shooting. Sunny will give some basic pointers on shooting technique and ask the player to shoot three bottles out of the empty ones lines up on the fence. Running out of ammo for the varmint rifle or dropping it to the floor will result in Sunny giving the player 30 more rounds, but only once.
  3. The player can choose to accompany Sunny to Goodsprings source to the south, to clear out the geckos or to end the tutorial.
  4. At the source, Sunny will demonstrate stealth and the importance of sneaking. Getting the drop on the geckos gives guaranteed criticals. There are three wells to clear. If the player is fast enough, they can manage it before the Goodsprings settler dies, receiving three bottles of purified water in return and a reputation bonus at Goodsprings. It's possible for Cheyenne to die at this point, resulting in Sunny letting emotions get the better of her, then apologizing for her outburst.
  5. The quest ends when the player talks to Sunny afterwards. Alternatively, the player can end it after killing the geckos at the first or third well.

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.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png The script for the settler's conversation might fail to trigger, causing her to go back to Goodsprings crouched.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sunny's scripting may be broken by random creature attacks. Nudging her towards quest nodes (outside the rear entrance to the saloon, at the gun range etc.) may help the script along.
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