Location: Ruby Hill Mine
Pushy is found in the Ruby Hill Mine, a location found a bit to the northeast of Jacobstown. The cave is somewhat dangerous due to the fact that there are more than a half dozen Lakelurks in here and their sonic attack is devastating. Even for a very high level character in the best equipment they are going to rock your world. Once you enter the cave fight through the main hall, killing the five or so enemies in here, and then head to the left and down into a large cavern with water. Here you can find this weapon on a dead Jackal lying near the mouth of the tunnel.
Put simply Pushy is the best unarmed weapon in the game. The only stronger weapon is a Ballistic Fist but that has a ridiculously high strength requirement for very little improvements. Heck Pushy even has a better condition rating, lasting far longer between repairs than the Ballistic Fist. Pushy is also a bit easier to repair although putting it in Veronica’s able hands can work just as well as the condition won’t degrade.
Location: Cottonwood Cove
This is really easy to get so long as you can talk your way into Cottonwood Cove or kill everyone in the town. Make your way to the location and take the eastern, northeastern, path into town where you will see a two story building near some tents. Take the stairs on the side of the building up to the second level and enter. In here you can steal this unique weapon from the table that Aurelius of Phoenix is sitting at.
It’s kind of hard to figure out what the purpose for this weapon is. Sure it’s an interesting looking weapon but uh… it’s kind of pointless. Its main boon is that it has a very low strength and unarmed requirement but why you would be fighting with strength too low to use something more impressive, like Pushy, is fairly unknown.
Location: REPCONN Headquarters
Getting this unique plasma rifle is something of a trial. The door that holds the Matter Modulator is locked with a Very Hard lock and a computer nearby can open it but this too is Very Hard. To get to it without having one of these stats at 100 you’re going to have to explore more or less this entire building which is quite an adventure.
If you have the requisite skill you can simply take the tour from the Tour Guide robot and when you see the Very Hard locked door walk over and open it up (or use the nearby terminal). But if that isn’t an option get ready for an adventure.
You will either need to take the Tour, letting the robot open all of the doors for you, or open them yourself. Eventually a Mobile Facial Scanner will confront you about you not being allowed to just roam the floor. If you have a high enough Intelligence (6 or higher) the option to tell the robot that you are permitted to explore this floor but no the second will get you free reign so long as its between visiting hours (10am – 5pm). There is an option to add your face to the database to allow you to be inside but you’ll need a keycard gotten from a room near the planetarium.
From here you have two ways you can proceed:
If you have some lock-picking skills:
Get up to the second floor, use the keycard to add your face to the database with the computer directly to your left. Now make your way to the far side of the floor where you will find a Hard locked door. Open this up to find yourself in a room with a big hole in the ground. Drop down into the hole to find this gun propped up in the corner.
If you have absolutely no lock-picking skills there is supposed to be a way of getting this open by going up to the third floor, hacking the company boss’ computer and opening the way. Supposedly this would be done by printing a third floor access card from a terminal on the second floor, finding the password to Piers Isley’s terminal and then going to the top floor. Unfortunately unless you have the 7 Luck it seems that none of these work. The computer must be hacked (Very Hard), no passwords work and the access cards don’t work. There’s no real way around this if it happens to you.
However if you’re feeling daring you can run up to the third floor, sprint out into the first hallway, go to the right through the hole in the wall and search the ground. A skeleton with a briefcase near it lies here somewhere. Loot the briefcase to find a keycard that you can use on the first floor to open the way to the weapon.
For all of that trouble is the weapon worth it? Sort of. It does less damage than the average plasma rifle but it fires faster and more accurately. Think of it as something of a sniper rifle amongst the plasma weapons so if that’s your cup of tea then this might be a fantastic weapon for you.
Location: Broc Flower Cave
To get the Ratslayer you’re going to have to walk a bit. Make your way to Nipton, following the storyline up until that point. While there speak to Boxcar to get the “Booted” quest as this will get you a location very close to the caves. Attack the Legion Raid Camp, free the captives if you like (or not) and then continue to the east. You should see the marker for an unexplored location over here so simply head that way to find the entrance to the cave.
Once inside take a right and follow it until it opens up into a cavern type area. Down below will be a bunch of giant rats (or R.O.U.S. if you have Wild Wasteland) but that’s not your destination. Instead you will want to stay on this upper ledge and continue forward where you will see a sort of shelter area. Go inside, kill any rats that are hiding in here and loot the Ratslayer from the desk or floor if it happened to fall during the scuffle.
Put simply Ratslayer is one of the best weapons in the whole game especially as you can get it almost from the very beginning. Not only is it a fairly strong Varmint Rifle but it comes equipped with all of said rifles potential mods, including a silencer and night vision scope. With this bad boy in hand you’ve got a silent killing machine that you can use to spot enemies at extreme distances even at night. That’s awesome!
Above: It looks spiffy too!
Location: Mojave Wasteland, Crashed Vertibird
To find the Crashed Vertibird location you’re going to need to find Camp Searchlight in the southeastern part of the Mojave Wasteland. From there go to the southwest until you find the Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm. Now from here head straight to the south to reach this location marked by a long furrow dug in the ground by the crashing vehicle. Bear in mind that this location is guarded by a number of very strong hardened robots. The easiest way to take them out is with EMP type weapons (Plasma Gun or Pulse explosives) or by shooting their combat inhibitors. Simply search near the Vertibird to find this weapon near some skeletons.
Frankly this weapon is just an absolute ungodly beast in combat. The weapon isn’t all that much of an improvement over the regular Tesla Cannon you can find but since going to the Crashed Vertibird is a more reliable way of getting this weapon it might be a bit more desirable. Just keep in mind that the DPS is wrong (no way to fire fast enough to do that damage unless you’re hitting multiple enemies) and that you’re going through 45 Electron Charge Packs per shot and you can get some great mileage out of his gun.
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