Fallout New Vegas Wild Wasteland trait guide

Rodents of Unusual Size

Unlike most of the other Wild Wasteland events this one can happen in multiple different locations. A quick location for you to visit to see this is either the sewers under New Vegas or, a bit trickier to survive but quicker way to encounter this, by going into the Broc Flower Cave. The location is shown in the image below.

As soon as you enter the cave you will hear the sounds of the Wild Wasteland trait going off. This can be kind of confusing as you have done nor seen anything to indicate just what the heck is prompting that sound. So you keep moving deeper into the caves, taking the right path down into a cavern area when this happens…

Those scary looking things are the Rodents of Unusual Size. They’re essentially just harder versions of the Giant Rats you might normally fight in these sorts of locations. While not all that difficult they can pose a problem for low level characters as they do a good bit of damage. But once you get to higher levels you’ll see that they don’t really stand up too long in a straight fight. Unless you get swarmed.



The Big One

Location: Mojave Wasteland, North-west of Devil’s Throat

Finding the Big One isn’t quite as hard as surviving the trip and the welcome wagon when you arrive. As the Big One is found near the northeastern most part of the map you’re going to have to contend with Deathclaws, Glowing Ones and Cazadors. This is located north-west of Devil’s Throat which is itself to the far east of New Vegas, near Ranger Station Bravo. When you arrive you will find a trio of heavily armed Super Mutant’s, often Super Mutant Masters, armed with mini-guns and missile launchers.

This is almost certainly a reference to the nuclear weapon that is the deus ex machina of the Stephen King book, The Stand. In that book the literal hand of God reaches down to detonate a nuclear weapon that wipes out the evil Randall Flag and his followers. Unlike that one this nuke isn’t going to explode so you can actually loot some energy based ammo from it with a high enough Science skill (60+).



Romans Go Home

Legion: Cottonwood Cove

To get to this rather interesting form of graffiti you’ll need to enter Cottonwood Cove which is to the far east of Nipton, past Camp Searchlight. The camp is infested by Caesar’s Legion but even if you’re totally loathed by Caesar’s Legion you can still enter the settlement. One of their guards will approach you and passing a Speech check (30+) he can be convinced that you’re just a trader. This allows you to check out the writing on the wall of the Cottonwood Cove HQ without having to fight your way through everyone. Just don’t bring Boone or he’s going to shoot up the place.

Romanes Eunt Domus is a reference to the Monty Python movie Life of Brian. In it Brian writes the statement on the wall of a building as a form of protest against the Romans. He is trying to tell them to go home but instead he tells them “People called Romanes they go the house.” which is rather interesting gibberish.



Zybourne Clock

Location: Mojave Wasteland, Goodsprings Source area

Heading south from Goodsprings you will find a man named Barton Thorn walking around. He claims that a bunch of Geckos have his girlfriend trapped up on a ridge and asks you to help him rescue her. If you don’t have Wild Wasteland then you will simply find a dead Prospector up here but if you do then a man named Johnny will be hanging around up near the top of the cliff.

It took this author many hours of looking around the web to figure out what the heck this was supposed to be a reference to. Apparently this is a nod to a failed project that started on the Something Awful forums known as Zybourne Clock. The main character was named Johnny Five-Aces (thus the man named Johnny and the five aces that you can find here). The red balls took a bit of looking around to understand but it seems the main developer used the balls as a description of how one of the game mechanics in Z.C. would work. The game never took off but somehow got a nod in New Vegas. Go figure.

Unfortunately, as the video for this one shows, this is fairly difficult to actually see. More often than not when you go up the hill to look for Johnny you will instead find only the balls and five aces. Johnny will have walked off the cliff to his death, leaving behind some odd zombie looking parts and his outfit. There’s no real way to correct this so simply head over there early in the game or you will only see what the video shows. In addition he sometimes doesn’t even spawn in at all according to some sources so don’t be surprised if you don’t find anything even if you go there straight from the start.



Miscellaneous Weird Things


Dirty Mr. New Vegas

When you have the Wild Wasteland trait there is a special line that Mr. New Vegas will say quite at random. It doesn’t come up often making it a bit more startling when it does.


Game Over, Man!

During the final battle at the Hoover Dam you will want to tune in to NCR Emergency Radio station. At a random point during the fight you will hear one of the soldiers yelling out this classic line from Aliens or you will hear screaming “They’re coming out of the goddamn walls!” Ahh, good times.



With the Wild Wasteland perk the Securitrons get a whole lot more threatening. When an NPC passes too close to them they will sometimes pop out a quote from the movie Robocop. This can range from his famous “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” to the statement “Your move, creep.” This can also happen if you should choose to frame Heck Gunderson during the “Behind the Beef” side quest.


Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?

During the quest “I Put a Spell on You” you will have a chance to sneak around, spying on the traitor in Camp MacCarran. If you should tell the traitor that you think there is a mole using the control tower then you will be confronted there by the angry turncoat. When he attacks one of the first things he yells out will be “You’re getting too close Shamus!” This was said in the above listed Carmen Sandiego game whenever you had actually picked the correct locations while pursuing the villains.

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  • Shan3XBOX - March 26, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    The Alien 'Wild Wasteland' video was awesome thank-you
  • tinemarie - February 14, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Did anyone else get the awesome pimped out pipp boy?
  • kangaroocory - February 10, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    hahaha the big one! welcome to megaton. the bomb is perfectly safe.
  • Falloutin1996 - January 26, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    P.S. (for sale)
  • Falloutin1996 - January 26, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    I coud have sworn I saw one or two Holy frag Grenades at "Mick and Ralf's"in "West Side" It may have been from a glitch or something, sence this game is prone to it.
  • oddprophet - January 9, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    By the by, if anyone is still interested, I think I managed to get the wildwasteland thing by talking to the ambassador about how I should poison pacer to save freeside, you might need to have high medicine to get this though, so, in that case, good luck...
  • Thequestion 121 - January 6, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    It's a good thing I chose the Wild Wasteland trait! :)
  • redmight - January 6, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    hmmm I thought the nuke called The Big One was a reference to toy story where the rocket that was gonna blow up buzz is called the big one
  • misfit119 - January 5, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    @EdDeRs1: Actually that's why I framed the shot the way I did. I wanted to show that off. But I probably could have mentioned it. @oddprophet: Thats... odd. I completed that quest and didn't hear anything of that like. How do you have to complete the quest to hear that line? @PushesPaperInaCircle: No, it's yet ANOTHER Monty Python reference. Also the Golden Girls were Blanche, Dorothy and Rose while the attackers are Maud, Ruth and Ida.
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - January 5, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    @kyle94 Lol, thanks for posting that ZC quote, I chuckled.
  • Zepaw - January 5, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I should have just waited for this article. I took the perk and didn't find any Wacky things on my full play through.
  • RedAppolyon - January 5, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Oddprophet, that is a reference to Star Trek:the original series. Doctor McCoy would always say "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not a _______"
  • EdDeRs1 - January 5, 2011 2:12 p.m.
  • EdDeRs1 - January 5, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    ha, nobody can resist monty python references, and u missed out that next to the goly hand grenades (used in monty python and the holy grail to kill the killer rabbit) it has "pull pin and count to" with 5 crossed out and 3 written, as in the film they are told to count to three "three being the number of choseing no more no less" and arthur and his knights counting to five at first then three
  • PushesPaperInACircle - January 5, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    Not that I watched the show, but weren't the ladies appearing with Maude the "Golden Girls"? No one else got the reference?
  • Clovin64 - January 5, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I've never tried out the Wild Wasteland thing, but I doubt I would have found any of these references anyway. Not that they're hard to find or anything, I just don't have an eye for detail lol.
  • oddprophet - January 5, 2011 8 a.m.

    Or doctor...Yeah, I think it was doctor...
  • oddprophet - January 5, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    You missed that one the NCR embassador says during the mission with him where you have to stop the kings in Freeside. I don't remember it entirely but it's something like: "I'm an embassador not a god damned scientist!"
  • doominatorx6 - January 5, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    The "Dirty" line is: "I once tried to measure my Charisma on a Vit-o-Matic Vigor Tester once. The machine burst into flames."
  • falloutmyshit - January 5, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    can anyone please tell me wat the dirty new vegas lne is?