Fallout: New Vegas Companion Guide

Humanoid Companions

Your two legged companions are the more effective of the of the followers you can recruit. Like the mechanical followers, each of these folks has some sort of speciality that they excel at but they’re also a whole lot more versatile. For example, Raul is great at helping you keep your equipment working but he isn’t all that great in combat. However if you pop him into some good armor and give him an Cowboy Repeater he can hold his own in combat as well.


Arcade Gannon

Recruited from: Freeside, The Old Mormon Fort.

All you need to do is speak to him with a high enough Speech score or a low enough Intelligence and convince him to come along on your adventure.

Perk Granted

Better Healing: While you have Arcade around all healing items will recover 20% more health. Since this includes food, Stimpaks and Doctor’s Bags you can see that this is an incredibly helpful ability. It actually is doubly helpful on Hardcore difficulty since it lets you carry less healing items but know that they’ll heal you a good deal. Be mindful that this ability is incredibly useful even if you have a high Medicine skill as it will just increase your already impressive healing abilities.

Side Quest

For Auld Lang Syne: Like many of the other human companions in the game you’re going to have to convince Arcade to open up. Unlike the others his opening up is partially related to the main quest so you can save yourself using him (if you’re not fond of him) by simply waiting until later in the game to recruit him. In other words, his recruiting quest will open up automatically during the game even if you have no "like" points.

Once you’ve got him complete the following acts: complete the side quest “White Wash” by supplying Westside with water or wiping out the Scorpion gang and take him along for the “Render Unto Caesar” and when you enter the fort tell him you’re just checking it out. This should do all that’s required for the quest to start.

Alternately, you can take him to visit the crashed vertibird and Repconn HQ, and then install Yes Man into Mr House's mainframe and the quest will trigger.

During the quest, you must convince Doctor Henry (Jacobstown), Cannibal Johnson (Cannibal Johnson's Cave), Judah Kreger (Westside), Orion Moreno (NCR Sharecropper Farms), and Daisy Whitman (Novac) to join you for a meeting at the Remnant's Bunker. You may choose to tell Arcade to wait at the Lucky 38, as taking him to the bunker could result in losing him as a recruit-able companion - he'll choose a different way to serve in the coming battle. Once you've decided how to handle that situation, go to the bunker to complete the quest.

In the bunker, talk to Judah, who will prompt you to choose between NCR or Caesar's Legion. Choosing NCR nets you Daisy's Enclave power armor, while going with the Legion will give you Cannibal Johnson's suit.


Who doesn’t want their own personal doctor? Well even though he’s fairly useful in his own right you might find Gannon to be somewhat hard to use in combat. He’s only really useful at range, a position that Boone or Cass already fill admirably, only uses Energy Weapons with any amount of skill and must be put into heavy armor as soon as possible if you want him to survive. He’s at his best when wearing heavy armor while wielding a good Laser weapon.

All that changes if you’re playing in Hardcore mode as his ability is suddenly becomes ridiculously useful. His ability to keep you alive and functioning even after the worst combat failures is immensely helpful and it helps you get around any weight limit issues you might be facing. Simply craft the best stuff you can at the camp fires and let him boost its effectiveness.


(Cass) Rose of Sharon Cassidy

Recruited from: Mojave Outpost.

You will have to complete the quest “Heartache by the Number” with her. To do this you’re going to need to work with the Crimson Caravan Company by doing the “You Can Depend on Me” quest. Then you must either kill Ranger Jackson or clear the giant ants from the road for him. Finally you can talk to Cass to start up this side quest and upon completion she will be a permanent follower.

Perk Granted

Whiskey Rose: When drinking Whiskey with Cass you both gain additional Damage Threshold as well as ignoring the negative effects of alcohol (ie. losing intelligence and addiction). This is an interesting but ultimately not that compelling of an ability. Carry around some liquor for when you need a temporary burst of damage resistance and then use this to help out. It’s pretty helpful against enemies that deal constant but light damage. With some good armor and this boost you can reduce enemies with pistols or sub-machine guns to simply waste ammo.

Extra Perk

Calm Heart: Grants +50 Hit Points. Complete her side quest in as non-violent a way as possible to grant her this perk.

Extra Perk

Hand of Vengeance: Complete her side quest to grant her this perk, it allows Cass to deal +15% damage with all guns. This is gotten for solving her problems with lots and lots of bullets and / or explosives.

Side Quest

Cass will tell you to go to the Cassidy Caravans Wreckage, which will trigger a few more travel plans that eventually uncover a conspiracy between The Silver Rush and Crimson Caravan. From here you have two options - kill Alice and Gloria, or refrain from violence to uncover the conspiracy. As noted above, you will receive a different perk based on which route you choose:

Violent Route:

Go to the Crimson Caravan Company Main Office. Alice will just be standing there, making her an easy target. Then go to the Silver Rush. Kill the guardsman outside the building, blow open an entry to get inside, and then take out Gloria. She will be significantly more difficult to kill since she is protected by guards.

Non-Violent Route:

Go to the Crimson Caravan Company Main Office. There's a safe to the left side of the screen. Crack it open to receive the Crimson Caravan-Van Graff Agreement. After reporting this to Cass, go to Silver Rush and head to the restroom, then use a Stealth Boy. Sneak into the door that's blocked by a guard to find another safe containing the Letter to Gloria. Take this to Cass, and then talk to Ranger Jackson at the Mojave Outpost.


Cass is one of the better followers in the game based solely around her ability to multitask. Most of the companions are either good at ranged combat or melee fighting but she can actually do both. Admittedly she’s quite a bit better at ranged combat but the option is there. However she isn’t exactly all that great at taking hits so it’s best to keep her back from enemies.

Once she joins up with you slap her into some heavy armor, Metal Armor works but Combat or salvaged Power Armor is better. This solves the problem of her dying too quickly on you. Now slap a Hunting Shotgun into her hands (or something equivalent), give her some powerful slugs and then let her tear through enemies. She’s rather deadly with shotguns, especially if you get her Hand of Vengeance, and she can shred enemies like paper with this weapon.

In Hardcore mode it is imperative that you keep her out of melee combat. Don’t even bother recruiting her unless you’ve got the armor and weapon you want to give her. Stash them somewhere if you don’t want to carry them, recruit her and then fast travel to her. Get her into her new equipment, give her a bunch of Stimpaks to keep her alive and then set off for trouble.


Craig Boone

Recruited from: Novac.

Speak to him during the night and he will ask you to help him find he person responsible for his wife’s disappearance. Complete the side mission “One For My Baby” by taking out the person actually responsible, not just a random person, and you will be able to ask Boone to come with you.

Perk Granted

Spotter: This slightly odd ability causes all enemies you place your targeting cursor over to glow red. This makes it much easier to aim at enemies during night or in utter darkness. Sadly this is incredibly redundant since clicking the VATs button will automatically lock on to the nearest available targets in sight anyways.

Side Quest

I Forgot to Remember to Forget: To get this quest started you need to complete other missions with Boone as your follower. A few quick ways to do this is: Save the NCR hostages in Nelson during the “Back In Your Own Backyard” quest, complete the side quest “Booted” in Nipton and then deal with Silus or the traitor in Camp McCarran. This will give you enough clout with Boone to start up the quest, but you must first speak with Manny Vargas in Novac about the Bitter Springs Massacre.

When Boone later brings up Bitter Springs, suggest going there. He'll refuse but then bring it up again later. Suggest going there again, and he will accept. Stay the night in Bitter Springs and when you wake up, it's a pure hack-and-slash quest. Defeat all three waves of enemies and the quest is complete.

Upon completion of his side quest Boone will ask you a question. Your answer will determine the armor upgrade Boone receives. There’s no stat difference between the two armors, although they are cosmetically different, and each one will represent a different story outcome for Boone. Answering his question with the first answer choice will make Boone repentant while the second answer will make him bloodthirsty


Boone may be a bitter man but he’s definitely a huge asset to have around. Even with his basic unique gun he will shred enemies to ribbons, especially if you give him some armor piercing ammunition. But if you can get the Gobi Campaign Rifle or, even better, the Anti-Material Rifle he will utterly annihilate most foes in his path. This is not a man to be trifled with. To complete the picture slap him in some Recon Armor, give him some Stimpaks and you have a follower who will travel with you to hell and back.

Since Boone loves nothing more than staying out of the line of fire he’s a great choice for Hardcore mode if you need some more offense. He has pretty good amount of defense as well as excelling on offense. Give him a Ripper and an uber long rifle and he can handle enemies at all ranges. Just be careful since things like the Nightkin can kill him ridiculously fast because of how powerful they are so help him by disarming them.


  • daniel-irfan-kasmuri - November 19, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Boone is beast but hes boring and makes the game easy Veronica and Lily is beast with close combat... just give them a Ballistic fist and Oh,baby respectively and they will start pwning all ppl. in hardcore just dont use lily and set veronica on ranged energy weapons.. shes better with energy weapons then guns.. arcade is a looser cass is beast with shotguns raul is best with a revolver ed is better then rex
  • tylerwilson - August 2, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    yall need to know that if you do all the quests for the van graphs that (cass) rose casside will die
  • Jaborgia13 - May 1, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    God Head7 - If you don't get Rex the brain, after a while he dies, and if you get him a new brain his attacks are more powerful.
  • Jaborgia13 - May 1, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    Citizen Wolfie you need to work with Mr. House just for one mission and he will give you the Presidential Suite Key, and you can put companions in there to do that you have to say Lets Part Ways and then it will say something like make your way to the Lucky 38. The cool thing is, you can recruit every companion (Not at the same time) and tell them to go to your Suite, and then when you go back there, they'll all be waiting and you can pick whoever you want and you can take in turns, it also saves time by not having to go to there location and back all the time! Hope that helped!
  • luke26 - March 29, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    i was killing all the people in the hidden bunker and when i was running around ED-E picked up a zap glove and after that he was these shots of lightening and i don't know how to change it back.
  • godhead7 - January 27, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Not sure if anyone else has done this but, if you get the quest to get Rex a new brain, but don't get hiim the brain, he will follow you around and you will have 2 companions. Makes short work of pretty much everything.
  • Taylor_griffin - December 11, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    This is the best thing to do get boone on your team give him the anti-material rifle and power armor with that this guy is f@cking invincible since the anti rifle kills almost everything in one hit and boone is a helluva shot
  • corruptuser33 - November 24, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    In hardcore Ed-e and Gannon as a healer or lily as a tanker is the way to go. You gotta do their quests though else theyll get mowed down. For Gannon you need power armor though else he's useless. I've tried all the other companions in hardcore and they all end up dying against mellee creatures like cazadors and deathclaws.
  • CitizenWolfie - November 6, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    Does aybody know how to get the companions to just chill out at your house? I'm trying to get them all and I read on GR somewhere that you can dismiss them and they will return to your New Vegas Suite but so far no such luck.
  • Ronimator - November 1, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    when i tried recruiting a second companion, the character said that i already have one, and that i cudnt recruit another, wtf ?
  • H2A2I00 - November 1, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    Veronica is my personal favourite since she just obliterates everything in her path and she proved to be useful against deathclaws surprisingly
  • EAC73 - October 31, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    I really like lily even though she does freak out but that is just what makes it fun to have her around especially when u go into inventory and give swap stuff with her she goes "grandma gots a present for you" its just priceless.
  • sniper430 - October 31, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    although I did not have the science to repair the robot on black mountain, isn't that also a companion? It was a mister handy I think...
  • McSpudds - October 30, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    Ed E's the best and he plays fight music when you battle with something
  • Gameguy94 - October 30, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    So far I really like Veronica. She's got really powerful attacks at close range while I blast away at range. I tried Boone for awhile but he's useless for CQB.
  • philipshaw - October 30, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    Great guide, I will check this out when I get back into Fallout: New Vegas next week
  • Darth_Griffin - October 30, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    it's worth noting (and you guys forgot to mention this) but ED-Es Perk also allows you to target cloaked enemies in VATS. Amazingly useful when going up against the Nightkin.
  • FnKaiser - October 30, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    Awesome, it might be also worth noting that ED-E and Boone are still essential (they can't be killed) on any difficulty with hardcore mode turned OFF, even after you complete their side quests. I'm working on getting all the companions then going back to my favorite little robot and a nothing-to-lose sniper.
  • Dabenguin - October 30, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    @manguy17 I did too Great article as usual
  • Manguy17 - October 30, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Anyone else find that compared to dogmeat from fallout 3 everyone in new vegas dies alot more...

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