Fallout: New Vegas challenges guide

Explosives Challenges


Task: Kill 25 enemies with Explosives.
Reward: 50 XP


Task: Kill 50 enemies with Explosives
Reward: 75 XP

Nuke It From Orbit

Task: Kill 250 enemies with Missile Launchers or Tesla Cannons.
Reward: 75 XP

Love the Bomb

Task: Inflict 10,000 damage with Explosives.
Reward: 50 XP

Aiming is Optional

Task: Inflict 10,000 damage with any type of Grenade Launcher, Missile Launcher or Tesla Cannon.
Reward: 50 XP

Gotta Hand Grenade It To You

Task: Inflict 10,000 damage with mines and thrown grenades.
Reward: 100 XP

%26hellip; Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Task: Explode 25 enemy pants via reverse pick-pocketing grenades or mines.
Reward: 50

Unlike the Energy Weapons challenges there really isn’t a great easy way, from the beginning of the game, to work on this group easily. But once you get into the game itself it’s quite easy to just obliterate every enemy in the game by having the right explosive on hand. While you can get away with using only one or two guns when fighting with Guns or Energy Weapons you’re not going to be able to do that with explosives. You should carry at least one weapon, grenade or missile launcher, and then a wide variety of thrown grenades to suit each situation.

When making an Explosives based character, Luck isn’t even all that important but it may be smart to put all your points into Intelligence. This will let you buff up your Explosives rapidly as well as fluffing another combat skill (like melee or unarmed) for those situations where using explosives just isn’t practical. If you’re interested you can pick theWild Wastelandtrait so you can get the Holy Frag Grenades to obliterate enemies in extreme situations. Get perks like Demolition Expert, Hit the Deck and Splash Damage to boost the capabilities of your weapons and move on.

When fighting regular run of the mill enemies you can use frag grenades, plasma grenades or your explosive weapon of choice to thin them out. Whenever robots are attacking fling around pulse grenades but be careful of hitting yourself with them if you’re wearing Power Armor. Lastly when fighting enemies with a very high DT then use Incendiary grenades to burn them to ash. If you have the opportunity (and a high enough Sneak skill) then slip armed frag grenades into peoples pockets to obliterate even the hardest of foes with no effort.

Lastly, think very long and hard about what sort of weapons and armor you use. Power Armor is great but pulse grenades can backlash nastily against you, so Combat Armor reinforced mk. 2 might be a better choice. Using a missile launcher nets you a large amount of power, but they attack quite slow and can easily hurt you or your followers. On the other hand grenade launchers aren’t the most powerful so you’ll have to choose rather carefully.

Guns Challenges

Shoot %26lsquo;Em Up

Task: Kill 75 enemies with Guns of any type.
Reward: 75 XP

Shot %26lsquo;Em Up Again

Task: Kill 75 enemies with Guns of any type.
Reward: 75 XP

I Can Kill You With One Hand

Task: Kill 250 enemies with one-handed Guns.
Reward: 75 XP

Just Point and Click

Task: Kill 250 enemies with big two-handed weapons.
Reward: 75 XP

The Rifleman

Task: Kill 250 enemies with rifle-type Guns
Reward: 75 XP

A Little Critical

Task: Deal 1,000 damage with critical hits using one-handed pistols (Gun or Energy).
Reward: 50 XP

Lead Dealer

Task: Deal 10,000 damage with any type of Gun.
Reward: 50 XP


Task: Inflict 20,000 damage with any machine gun, be it a submachine gun, light machinegun, carbine or mini-gun.
Reward: 75 XP

I%26rsquo;ve Got A Shotgun

Task: Inflict 20,000 damage with any Shotgun-type Gun.
Reward: 75 XP

The Big Squeezy

Task: Inflict 18,000 damage with any rifle-type Gun.
Reward: 75 XP

If you’re going to be going for these then there’s a few things you should get your hands on. Head for That Gun or Ranger Sequoia, This Machine or a modified Cowboy Repeater, Riot Shotgun (or Dinner Bell) and the Light Machinegun (or Mini-Gun). If you’re willing to go the sniper route then you can dump This Machine / Cowboy Repeater and replace it with the Ratslayer. The amazing scope on that weapon, plusbeing totally silent means you can murder the crap out of lots of enemies without even alerting anyone. You can make this easier by having the appropriate ammo on hand, mainly armor piercing for humans.

With these weapons in hand you have everything you need to get all of the various challenges completed. When setting up your character, be sure to set your Luck fairly high and start taking the perks to help boost up your critical hit chance and damage. You’ll probably want a Luck of 9 and an Agility of 6, putting it straightinto 10 Luckis a waste as you can use implants later on to boost Luck to 10.

Now when playing the game you should keep the pistol, the rifle and the shotgun at the ready at all times. Pistols should be used to kill all weak enemies such as mutated animals, insects and weak enemies such as Powder Gangers. The rifle should clearly be used for long range altercations while the shotgun handles the tough enemies that get too close for their own good. When you finish up one of these weapons just swap in the machinegun until you get that done as well.

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