Fallout: New Vegas walkthrough

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This article contains basic information on how to progress through the main plot of Fallout: New Vegas. For a detailed explanation see Fallout: New Vegas quests.

Ain't That A Kick in the Head & Back in the Saddle

After being "killed", you will discover the town of Goodsprings, and the name of your attackers. These two quests serve as a tutorial, and an introduction to gameplay mechanics. You end up in the local doctor's house where he asks you questions which determines your looks, name and also skills.

They Went That-a-Way

During this quest, you will attempt to track your attackers through several towns.

  1. First you're told they went south to Primm. Escaped prisoners from the NCR Correctional Facility have overrun the town, killed the sheriff, and kidnapped the deputy. The deputy knows where your attackers went and will tell you once rescued. ED-E, a damaged eye-bot and possible companion, can be found at the Mojave Express here.
  2. Nipton, a small community southeast of Primm is your next stop. You arrive to find the city on fire, dead bodies, makeshift fortifications and a group from Caesar's Legion that doesn't even deny it. They won't attack you, they want you to spread word of the massacre and the Legion's coming. You can still attack them, but it can be a difficult fight on the lower levels. It is best to just agree and leave without a fight.
  3. Novac is the next settlement, the town is guarded by two ex-NCR snipers, Manny Vargas and Craig Boone. Manny knows the next destination and Boone is a possible companion. There are Three ways to get the information. Either go into Manny's motel room and use his computer to read his personal journal. If you have the Confirmed Bachelor Perk you can convince him to tell you where they went. Or complete the quest Come Fly With Me, the REPCONN Test Site west of Novac is crawling with feral ghouls and Manny wants you to clear them out, but it turns out not all are feral.
  4. You will discover that Benny, the leader of the group that attacked you left his Great Khan assistants at Boulder City and betrayed them. When you get to the center of Boulder City, an NCR officer will tell you the Great Khans took some prisoners and there are three ways for you to resolve the situation. Kill the Khans for the NCR, help the Khans to kill the NCR or find a peaceful solution (requires 45+ speech). Either way you'll learn Benny went to New Vegas; more specifically, a casino called "The Tops".

Note that you are not required to complete all steps of the quest. You can go directly to Boulder City and deal with the Great Khan situation. Any side missions the above steps wants you to perform can still be done by talking to the appropriate non-player character.


  • Report to Mr House or go after Benny directly.

You catch up with Benny in the Tops Casino. There are 4 ways of completing this quest:

  • Speech: Use your Charisma to convince the manager of the hotel to delay Benny, sneak into his room and find information.
  • Be violent: Kill Benny either in his room, in the presidential suite, or straight away in the hall, and then take the Platinum Chip.
  • Hard: Try to Negotiate with Benny, he will betray you and flee. You are ambushed by some of his henchmen while he escapes to The Legion. This will require you to track him down all the way to The Fort. With a high speech skill level, you are able to convince Benny to give you some chips/caps and flee to the fort without setting his henchmen on you.
  • Use the Black Widow / Confirmed Bachelor perk to seduce Benny. Either kill him in his room, sleep with him and kill him in his sleep, or sleep with him and let him go.

Who Will Rule New Vegas

You will then need to make the decision on who you want to help rule New Vegas. Each path has a different ending:


  • A New Vegas ruled by Mr. House. (The House Always Wins quest line)
    • Confront Benny and secure the Platinum Chip.
    • Activate the Securitrons at Fortification Hill.
    • Secure the aid of the Boomers, or wipe them out.
    • Investigate the Omertas.
    • Destroy the Brotherhood of Steel at Hidden Valley.
    • Oversee the visit of the NCR's president.
    • Install override chip at El Dorado Substation.


  • A New Vegas ruled by the New California Republic. (Starts with Things That Go Boom)
    • Secure the aid of the Boomers, or wipe them out.
    • Make the Kings ally with the NCR, or wipe them out.
    • Prevent the Great Khans from assisting Caesar's Legion, by persuasion or force.
    • Investigate the Omertas.
    • Kill Mr. House.
    • Destroy the Brotherhood of Steel, or make them sign a peace treaty.
    • Oversee the visit of the NCR's president.
    • Fight your way to the Legion Camp.
    • Kill Legate Lanius and his guards.


  • A New Vegas ruled by Caesar's Legion. (Starts with Render Unto Caesar)
    • Destroy the Securitrons at Fortification Hill.
    • Kill Mr House
    • Secure the aid of the Boomers, or wipe them out.
    • Secure the aid of the White Glove Society.
    • Destroy the Brotherhood of Steel at Hidden valley.
    • Caesar is sick, cure him. Or intentionally fail the operation.
    • Assassinate the president of the NCR.
    • Fight your way through the Hoover Dam.
    • Kill General Oliver and his guards.

Right after exiting the Tops Casino, you will be approached by representatives of Caesar's Legion and the NCR. Each of them will propose to you an amnesty in exchange for your help in the coming struggle.

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
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find It in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
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
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone To Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
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
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One For My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Getting a Leg Up from Andy · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Of Boomers and Education · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Proper Burial · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · Stocking Up · Suits You, Sarah · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Team Spirit · The Thorn Mayhem · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This (I, II, III, IV) · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Cut contentIcon cut.png Cut questsAuto-Inject Quest · Bright and Shiny · Chip Provenance · Debug Topics · Jailhouse Rock · Meat of Champions (quest) · TempMan · The Thorn Mayhem · Underpass Water Purifier · Viva Las Vegas! · Welcome to Fabulous New Vegas
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing people · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On The Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's In A Name? · When Visitors Attack · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse