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Fallout: New Vegas Companion Guide

Lily

Recruited from: Jacobstown, You will have to complete the side quest “Guess Who I Saw Today.”

Perk Granted

Stealthgirl: While Lily is hanging around all of your Stealthboys last for 200% their normal duration. So if they would normally last three minutes they’re going to last about nine minutes instead. In addition while she’s around all Sneak Attack Criticals do an additional 10% damage. There’s really very little reason not to use her if you’re planning on sneaking around.

Side Quest

As soon as you accept the Guess Who I Saw Today quest, you will be able to recruit Lily but she will soon leave to be part of Doctor Henry's experiment. Afterward, Keene will barge in and demand the specs for the experimental prototype. You can either choose to give him the specs, pass a speech check to talk him out of it, or fight. Either way, once the quest is over, you'll be able to keep Lily on as a companion.

Summary:

Lily is quite the well meaning force of mass destruction. Once you get her out of Jacobstown and into some fighting you will see that she has some issues. Every so often she flips right the hell out and goes berserk on your enemies, fighting at extra effectiveness but also forgetting to tend to her own health. If you let her rampage she will tear through enemies like a hot knife through butter but she greatly runs the risk of getting knocked out by powerful enemies. For example if she goes nuts on a Deathclaw things can get messy for her.

By speaking to Lily you can choose just how often these psychotic breaks occur. If you tell her to take her meds all the time she won’t have her breaks at all but she fights at about 75% effectiveness. If you tell her to take her medicine about half of the time she will only flip out when her health gets very low and she fights at about 100% effectiveness. But if you don’t concern yourself with her medication she will flip out whenever she loses about half of her health but she fights at 150% combat effectiveness.

NOTE: You can often break her out of her berserk rages by entering Sneak mode. So if you’re sneaking around stand in one place, stop sneaking and then begin sneaking again. This should cause her to stop. Most of the time anyways.

When it comes to Hardcore mode you should actually avoid using Lily unless you’re planning on sneaking around all of the time. Use Stealth Boys whenever you’re in a dungeon full of dangerous enemies, sneak up on them and ventilate their faces while they try to go after her. Never let her fully off of her meds as she will die too easily if you do.

 

Raul Tejada

Recruited from: Black Mountain.

He must be rescued from the Super Mutants that have taken over during the “Crazy, Crazy, Crazy” quest.

Perk Granted

Regular Maintenance: Slightly increases the amount of time it takes weapons and armor to decay. This is somewhere in the ballpark of about 15% slower decay and is incredibly helpful. If you’re planning on taking Raul he makes it okay for you to take the Built to Destroy trait thanks to this perk.

Side Quest

None, Raul has an unlisted Side Quest that you can complete to unlock a new outfit for him as well as a Perk but this isn’t a listed thing. To start this up all you have to do is talk to him enough and he will inform you of what needs to be done.

Extra Perk

Full Maintenance: While Raul is with you all weapons and armor decay 75% slower than they normally would. When paired up with Raul’s already impressive repair abilities this can keep your equipment fully functioning for incredibly long periods of time even if you have the Built to Destroy Trait or are constantly using sub-par ammo. Simply encourage Raul to give up on his life of violence to get this perk.

Extra Perk

Old Vaquero: Raul now deals an additional 30% damage with all revolvers and lever-action rifles. This is kind of useful if you’re expecting Raul to do a lot of fighting but… well you shouldn’t. Pick this if you like but Full Maintenance is definitely the better of the two. You can get this by telling him that you think he should continue using his guns.

Summary:

And now we can have a pet ghoul. Joy! Raul’s main purpose is to maintain your equipment, keeping it in tip-top shape so that you don’t’ have to worry about paying to keep your stuff functional. This is doubly true if you have him upgrade from Regular Maintenance to Full Maintenance since it will allow you to save a lot of money on repairing your equipment.

Raul can actually fight although he’s only a little bit better than Arcade Gannon at it. While he’s a better fighter than Gannon the fact that you can give the Doc a powerful Energy Weapon with some Overcharged cells keeps him from being as good. Raul only uses things like Revolvers and Cowboy Repeaters and while these are awesome during the early or middle parts of the game they get considerably less useful by the late game. You’ll need to have him using armor piercing ammo almost constantly at this point.

In Hardcore mode Raul is actually something of a bad idea to bring around. Even though he will save you money on keeping your weapons maintained this is easily done by simply taking the Jury Rigging skill with a good Repair skill. So long as you don’t have the Built to Destroy trait your weapons shouldn’t degrade faster than they can be repaired by what you scavenge / pay for.

 

Veronica

Recruited from: 188 Trading Post.

To recruit her all that you must do is speak to her while she’s standing around at the trading post. Don’t make it sound like you hate the Brotherhood of Steel while talking and she will be quite willing to join up.

Perk Granted

Scribe Assistant: By speaking to Veronica this perk allows you to use her like a portable work bench. This is incredibly useful unless you’re planning on learning where every single one of these is otherwise. Even then her close combat skills, as well as sheer convenience, make up for this.

Side Quest

I Could Make You Care: To start this quest up you must have Veronica in your party and go to a few locations. Visit Nipton with her, speak to Julie Farkas in the Old Mormon Fort and lastly adventure near either the town of Nelson or Camp McCarran. There are a number of other locations you can use but these require you to complete side quests and aren’t quite as fast since “I Could Make You Care” only requires you to visit three out of a possible six or so locations.

Extra Perk

Bonds of Steel - Increases Veronica's armor by 4

NOTE: Giving Veronica a dress of any type, whether it be a White Glove dress or any other formal type of dress, will prompt her to teach you a special unarmed attack called Scribe Counter. This is an incredibly useful move any time you find yourself unarmed.

NOTE: Veronica can equip the Chainsaw, a melee weapon that can be obtained after killing Motor-Runner, the leader of The Fiends. This weapon is extremely deadly in the hands of Veronica, as she will default to the weapon's VATS attack when equipped and do massive damage to enemies as a result. 

Summary:

Veronica is probably our personal favorite of the various companions in the game. She has a winning personality, will punch the living crap out of your enemies and she acts as a portable workbench. While she can theoretically use Energy Weapons you’re going to need to equip a very powerful one for her to even be willing to equip it. This is due to the high DPS rating of her Power Fist weapon.

It’s fairly necessary that you get her into some good armor as soon as you can. Since she has Power Armor Training get her into some Power Armor (preferably the T-45d type) for both the great protection, the Rad Resistance and the improved strength. Pair this up with a Ballistic Glove or a Displacer Fist so that she can tear through enemies like a whirlwind of gore. Giving her Stimpaks will only help her stay conscious for longer.

You could do much worse than using Veronica when playing Hardcore mode. Once you’ve got her armored up with a good weapon she’s actually quite good at surviving enemy attacks. Even against the worst enemies Veronica can stand toe to toe with them for a good long while without much support. Just be sure that she has a bevy of Stimpaks to keep her alive through the worst encounters. It might help if you let her carry most of the Stimpaks while you simply carry powerful food items.

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28 comments

  • 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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