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Map MarkerNipton
BuildingsNipton general store
Nipton Hall
Nipton Hotel
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QuestsThey Went That-a-Way
Cold, Cold Heart
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
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Cell NameNipton
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TerminalsMayor Steyn's Terminal

The people here served anyone, as long as they paid. Profligate troops, Powder Gangers, men of the Legion such as myself. The people here didn't care. It was a town of whores.

Vulpes Inculta, Fallout: New Vegas

Nipton is a town located in the southern Mojave Wasteland that was ravaged by Caesar's Legion in 2281. Ranger Ghost at the Mojave Outpost reports the lack of traffic from their direction, but is equally likely to be encountered by traveling the same road to New Vegas which cuts through Nipton.

Background[edit | edit source]

Pre-War[edit | edit source]

A town in San Bernardino County, California, Nipton was originally founded on February 9, 1905 as a stop on the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Originally called "Nippeno Camp" following a nearby discovery of gold, the name was changed to Nipton when the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad merged with the Union Pacific Railroad around 1910. In addition to being a cattle-loading station for several local ranches, the town and depot also supplied numerous mines in the area, becoming a social center for the sparse population of the region.[1]

Post-War[edit | edit source]

It would remain a small town even after the Great War, due wholly to Robert House's defense of Las Vegas. In the 23rd century, it gained a seedy reputation under the leadership of Mayor Joseph B. Steyn. Prostitution and thievery thrived under the dubious leadership of the one-time Hub crook. Following the NCR Correctional Facility prison break, Steyn extended a hand to the Powder Gangers letting them know Nipton was open for trade. Luckily, Steyn was able to arrange servicing NCR soldiers in the night and Powder Gangers in the day and keep the two separated.[2] The town's undoing came when Steyn arranged a deal with Caesar's Legion to turn over both NCR soldiers and Powder Gangers to Vulpes Inculta in return for 8,000 caps.[3]

Instead, Vulpes used his small Legion force to round up the residents, including the mayor. Those who resisted were shot. Those that did not were subjected to a lottery. Using Nevada State Lotto tickets, the fate of those gathered was decided. The lucky losers were decapitated, followed by crucifixions, enslavement for third place winners, crippling for the runner-up, Boxcars, and freedom for Oliver Swanick, the sole winner.[4][5] The mayor was given a special prize: he was burned to death a pile of tires.[6]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The town is aligned along two roads, one passing north-south from the town hall to the Good Luck trailer park, the other passing west-east from California into Nevada. The Courier is greeted by Oliver Swanick if they approach the town through the western road.

Outside of Nipton Hall is a road of crucified Powder Gangers along with decapitated heads on posts and pile of junk on fire. Vulpes Inculta meets the player outside of the hall and tells them to spread the word of Caesar's Legion. After speaking to him the player is granted the quest Cold, Cold Heart. If the player is wearing NCR faction armor, Vulpes and the other legionaries will be hostile and attack on sight. Legion mongrels inhabit the town hall. They are automatically hostile, even if dressed as a member of Caesar's Legion, but do not inflict bad karma when killed.

Nipton General Store is located on the corner of the crossroads in the middle of the town has a man named Boxcars inside. He will explain the fate that befell Nipton. Nipton Hotel is a small establishment with four New California Republic (NCR) Trooper corpses dumped unceremoniously inside. The Nipton houses all have various amounts of loot and differing interiors.

Buildings[edit | edit source]

Notable loot[edit | edit source]

Nipton town hall[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nipton Hall
  • A worn key is found upon entering Nipton Town Hall, directly to the right, behind the counter. Beware of the mine behind the counter near the key. This key unlocks the first door on the right down the hall which leads downstairs to the basement.
  • A Big Book of Science and two Programmer's Digest are on the Town third floor's Mayor's office, on the Mayor's desk.
  • A Future Weapons Today is inside the shattered cabinet behind the Mayor's desk along with a Nuka-Cola Victory behind an average locked door.

General store[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nipton General Store

Heavily booby-trapped house[edit | edit source]

  • The Declaration of Vital Essence is inside the heavily booby-trapped Nipton home with sandbags lined up in front of it directly east of Nipton General Store "Trading Post".
  • A Patriot's Cookbook is in safe (very easy) in the bathroom.

Other locations[edit | edit source]

  • A Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap is in the wooden house directly south of Nipton Trading Post (General store), on the dresser in the bedroom. Another is found on the main road to the east of Nipton, across the train tracks, inside a wrecked truck with a Sunset Sarsaparilla case. The star bottle cap is laying on top.
  • A Today's Physician is in the house to the right of Nipton Hall, with a brahmin skull on the mailbox.
  • Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap - Also a gun cabinet inside the truck.
  • A larger than usual red plate is on the table right after entering one of the Nipton houses.
  • An AER9 laser rifle is lying on the ground next to a dead citizen with an ash pile nearby a large trailer.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Courier can't free the crucified people without killing them. Killing them will not incur a loss or gain of karma, nor will it affect ones reputation with any faction.
  • Using the Ranger Takedown to knock the people off their crosses allows you to speak with them, but your only option is to say "I have to get going."
  • Some companions will comment on the crucified townsfolk. Cass, for example, will ask, "Should we cut the people down?"

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Nipton appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Megan Parks was responsible for layout, prop placement, decoration, terrain shaping, and vistas in this location.[7]
  • The real Nipton is an unincorporated town in California, and is located just west of the California/Nevada state line (a sign showing the border can be found in-game). The Legion Lottery may also be a reference to the fact that Nipton has the highest lottery ticket sales in the California state lottery.
  • There are two signs on the road directly southeast of Nipton: one, facing west, welcomes travelers to Nevada; the other facing east, welcomes them to California. This is a reference to the real Nipton's immediate proximity to the border between the two states.
  • The Legion's sacking of Nipton could be an allusion to Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery", in which the winner of the lottery is murdered by the other townsfolk. This is mentioned by the Caesar's Legion patrol; Mayor Steyn's office corroborates this, as well as the abundance of lottery tickets strewn across town hall. There are also strong parallels between Jackson's story and the social machinations of experiment conducted in Vault 11. Finally, the real Nipton once had the most lottery ticket sales in California.
  • If you have the Wild Wasteland trait and look around in front of a destroyed building near the eastern entrance of the town, you can find the charred skeletal remains of two people named, respectively, Owen and Beru. This is a reference to a famous scene from "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," in which Luke Skywalker returns home to find that his uncle and aunt of the same names have been incinerated in a similar fashion by Storm Troopers.
  • The Declaration of Vital Essence may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the film "Dr. Strangelove", in which the character of Gen. Jack Ripper is highly and vocally paranoid about guarding his "precious bodily fluids" and "Purity of Essence". Admittedly, in the film he spoke of his essence as though he were referring to his own vigor "in the bedroom". This may be related because Nipton is a town which thrives through the exploitation of women, by way of prostitution.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes, when fast traveling to Nipton, you may find a crucified prospector instead of a Powder Ganger. He can't be removed from the cross but he can be interacted with. He will most likely be killed by the bark scorpions next time you travel there.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png There's a glitch which prevents you from being able to speak with Vulpes Inculta, even when he triggers the conversation. The camera will zoom in on him like it would usually do when initiating conversation, but will then quickly retract, bringing the player back into control. Reloading doesn't seem to fix this issue.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Standing near the entrance of the Town Hall may trigger an attack from a Jackal Gang Member. It is unknown whether or not this attack was scripted or if the member had simply walked close enough to detect the character.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Boone or ED-E will not enter the Town Hall (First Floor) but teleports to the Assembly Floor when the courier enters that floor. The particular instance was after we had killed all the legion personnel outside the hall.

Gallery[edit | edit source]


  1. Nipton, California on Wikipedia
  2. Mayor Steyn's Terminal, Prison Break
  3. Mayor Steyn's Terminal, High Roller
  4. The Courier: "How'd your plan go wrong?"
    Boxcars: "We get in position and next thing we know, we're surrounded by those fucking Legion freaks. They dragged us and everybody else into the center of town. And that asshole with a dog on his head, he starts talking about how we're bad people! He said we needed to be punished for what we did, not all of us, but some of us. And then he gives everyone a fucking lottery ticket..."
    The Courier: "What happened after everyone got lottery tickets?"
    Boxcars: "What do you think? He started drawing tickets, and that's how people got punished. First up was the "lucky losers." They got decapitated - guess that's "lucky" because it's pretty quick. Then came the crucifixions. Goddamn but those went on and on and on... Third-place runners-up got enslaved. I got the fuck beat out of my legs, and the winner they let go free."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "How did you survive?"
    Boxcars: "Luck, that's how! I'm just that fucking lucky! You're looking at the second place winner of the Nipton lottery! That asshole Swanick took first place, so him they let walk!"
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "What happened to the mayor?"
    Boxcars: "Him? When his ticket came up, they burned him alive on a pile of tires."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  7. Megan Parks' portfolio