Fallout New Vegas tips, easter eggs and guides

Fallout: New Vegas guide
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If you're looking for Fallout: New Vegas tips and guides then we've got everything you need here. From basic pointers to get you up to speed with the game to important item and character locations, secrets and more. 

If you are just getting started then our Fallout New Vegas Character Build guide should help you create a wasteland wander fit for whatever purpose you need. While our Fallout New Vegas Companion guide and Fallout New Vegas Unique Weapons Guide will help you get help and gear that can make the adventure all that much easier. 

Fallout: New Vegas tips

Get New Mods From Shops

Good Springs

when you go in to Chets shop he will have 2 or less mods for weapons. If you buy the mod you want but dont equip it then save the game and load the same profile, talk to him again and he should have different mods and more money.

How to get unlimited Caps

The Atomic Wrangler

When you have done the mission to get the sexbot Fisto for James Garret. Talk to Fisto and he askes if you would like his "services." Instead of paying 10 caps, say that you have to go and fisto will give you 10 caps. You can do this as much as you like.

How to get unlimited XP, Stimpacks, Doctor's Bags


When you have the mission That Lucky Old Sun you'll need to go find a scientist to get the power back on. Talk to him and the other scientist too. The other will tell you to turn on the Archimedes gun. Go through the mission all the way until you find the power box. Instead of helping either of them, overload the power box. If you go back to the guy that told you to turn on the gun he will say that's too bad that you overloaded it and will give you 3 stimpacks and a doctors bag and u will get the couple hundred experience for it. If you talk some more you see the option to tell him you overloaded the power is still there just greyed out. If you press it again you will get all of the stuff again. I have over 400 stimpacks.

Max in Freeside actually has the Archimedes control which looks like a toy gun. YOu can pick pocket from him when he's asleep he will sell it to you for an outrageous price (which can be appreciably lowered with a good barter or speech skill). Take it to "a very sunny place" and have it equipped. Press the button and wait. A message will pop up in the top-left corner, saying something about a charge. Then a solarbeam drops down from the sky, and destroys everything in like a mile radius of where you shot at.

Getting Expensive And Rare Weapons

The Silver Rush

When you go into Silver Rush go to the table where all the weapons are. Simply pickup the weapons or ammo of choice. Take the weapons or etc. into the bathroom located in the back of the building, drop and pick it up. The guards wont be alerted but you will lose karma. This can be repeated.

Free / Infinite Cap Glitch

Go to the town of Primm and complete the "My Kind Of Town" quest. After you complete the quest, wait 3-7 in game days, and the Vikki and Vance Casino will open again. Exchange some Caps for some of the V&V casino's chips. Then re-trade the casino's chips for caps. When you turn the chips in they won’t be removed from your inventory but you’ll get the caps anyway. Repeat for as much money as you want.

How to farm free XP

A character named Old Ben sits by a fire near The King headquarters in Freeside. If your Speech skill is at least 50 you can persuade him to help the local bar. Once you pass the Speech challenge you’ll get 61 XP. Follow him back to the bar and wait for him to sit down. You can complete the Speech challenge again and again for 61 XP each time.

Free Item Repairs

Go to the Mojave Outpost, enter the headquarters, talk to Major Knight and choose "I need repairs" and he will repair anything you need repaired for free.

There are secret Hollow Rock stash spots everywhere

When you're wandering the wasteland and you see a rock with a rocket or bullet shape in a red circle with a line through it, walk up to it and you can search it and occasionally you can find good stuff in there.

All Followers Locations

  • Cass - Mojave outpost, south along the roads. Requires a quest to be done first.
  • Raul - Black Mountain Radio, northwest of the NCRCF (Warning: Nightkin are present)
  • Gannon - In the old mormon fort, in freeside. (requires either speech skill of 60 or the confirmed bachelor perk.)
  • Veronica - At the 188 trading post, directly north of el dorado dry lake.
  • Boone - Novac, requires a quest to be done first.
  • Lily - Jacobstown, requires a quest to be started.
  • Rex - Inner Freeside, in the kings' school of impersonation.
  • ED - E-Primm, in the mojave express building. 

Fallout New Vegas Easter eggs

Star Wars Reference

During the quest You'll Know it When it Happens, Ranger Grant asks you to report what has happened at the top of the guard post when you kill a Legion assassin, one of the dialog options when responding to him is to say "Everything's fine up here, thank you. How are you?." This is a reference to A New Hope, when Han Solo says the same thing while he and Luke Skywalker rescue Princess Leia from the Death Star.

Monty Python Reference

Camp Searchlight

Underneath one of the church houses in Camp Searchlight, there will be a box of 5 holy hand grenades. An obvious reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. WARNING: Camp searchlight is irradiated and you must have the wild wasteland trait.

Aliens Reference


SPOILER ALERT: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! At the battle at Hoover Dam if you have the Wild Wasteland Perk a radio station named "NCR emergency radio" will play  NCR troopers saying "They're coming out of the walls, they're coming out of the Goddamn walls!" and "Game over, man! Game over!" These are references to the film Aliens.

Blast From The Past

The Mojave Wasteland

In order to find it you go to the Goodsprings Source (located south of Goodsprings). Go near the campfire near the middle of the source, there's a dude wandering around the camp fire talk to him and he'll ask you to go save his girlfriend from Geko at a rig past the broken radio tower. What you do is turn around and you'll see a broken radio tower (obvious) then go up the hill, and instead of taking a right take a left. Keep following the path until there's another hill, go up it and you'll come across a RV. Go inside it and go towards the back near the bed look to the left wall (the one with writing on it) on the floor, and you'll find The Wasteland Survival Guide! You can read it for 2 or 3 survival skill (4 if you have comprehension perk).

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