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Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather.jpg
Hi, I'm Jean-Baptiste, and you're about to stop being a pain in my ass.
Quest data
LocationSilver Rush
Given ByGloria Van Graff
Reward600 XP
1000 caps
Van Graff combat armor
Editor ID?
Base ID00124123

Birds of a Feather is a quest in Fallout: New Vegas.


The Van Graffs are not a family one wants to get on their bad side; in fact, the family can provide some incentive to work with them.


  1. Talk to Gloria Van Graff at the Silver Rush in Freeside.
  2. Do some guard duty for the Silver Rush with Simon.
    1. Be polite, turn away any drunks, and always search incoming customers. The third customer will require a Speech of 65 to convince him to be searched, otherwise he must be denied entrance and service. The fourth customer carries a bomb and must be denied entrance, otherwise he will enter the store and detonate it.
  3. After guard duty, return to Gloria.
  4. Deliver the package to the strange man in the deserts east of New Vegas.
  5. Talk to Jean-Baptiste Cutting
  6. Find Cass at the Mojave Outpost and convince her to follow you to the Silver Rush. Once she is there, Cutting will execute her. Alternatively, one can kill Cassidy themselves and report to Cutting that she is dead.
  7. Speak with Gloria about the final assignment.
  8. Supervise the deal between the Van Graffs and Caesar's Legion at the abandoned warehouse
  9. Return to Gloria.

Quest stages

1 Go outside and talk to Simon.
2 Take up position on the other side of the Silver Rush entrance.
3 Guard the Silver Rush entrance.
4 Report back to Gloria.
5 Deliver the package to a man at the designated location.
6 Report back to Gloria that the package has been delivered.
7 Talk to Jean-Baptiste to receive your next assignment.
8 Find Rose of Sharon Cassidy and get her to follow you.
9 (Optional) Visit Alice McLafferty, who might know where Rose of Sharon Cassidy is currently located.
10 Bring the Cassidy girl to Jean-Baptiste.
11 Return to the Silver Rush in Freeside and Tell Jean-Baptiste that the Cassidy girl is dead.
12 Report to Gloria Van Graff for your next assignment.
13 Kill the remaining Legion troops.
14Quest finishedReport to Gloria Van Graff that all of the Legion troops are dead.


  • As of Patch completing Heartache by the Number peacefully will turn the Van Graffs permanently hostile. Apparently, word gets around that the player turned them in to the NCR. This makes it impossible to complete both Birds of a Feather and Heartache by the Number in the same playthrough.
  • The gambler who tries to get inside with a bomb carries a note explaining his actions, reading:

To whom it may concern, if you're reading this, then I am likely dead. I can only hope that I have managed to take out some of those thrice-damned Van Graffs with me. My family deserves that much at least.

  • If you pickpocket the bomb from the man who wants to blow up the Silver Rush and then let him in, the store will still explode.
  • If Cass has already been recruited as a companion and has left to head west because of the player's evil karma, the only way to complete the "kill Cass" section of the quest is to try to catch her before she leaves the map and kill her. Her path back to the west passes through the locked gate at the Mojave Outpost, so one could fast travel there and wait for her to come through, if it hasn't been too long since she left.
  • It is possible to obtain a gas grenade during this quest. If the player is quick enough, or has console commands, the grenade can be obtained. See the respective page for more information.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When Simon goes to the chest to "get your stuff," he repeatedly does the standard animation but never opens the chest and gives the player their equipment. The quest can be continued, but unless the player can pick the lock and steal the equipment, the equipment can not be acquired.
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png After dealing with the fourth customer, Pacer walks by and starts a chat with Simon. If you aim at Pacer's head, he interrupts the chat and will just stand there. The quest log will not be updated and the quest will not advance.
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png After telling Gloria that the package has been delivered, she tells the courier to speak with Jean Baptiste. However, it is possible for him to be in the locked part of the building and he will not appear, even after waiting for more than 24 hours in increments of 1 hour. Fix it by using these console commands: prid 0010d8e5, then moveto player. Alternatively, using Sneak and Lockpick to enter the back room works too.
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes if you bring Cass to Jean-Baptiste Cutting, after he kills her, he will walk up to you and say "Gloria's the one you want to talk about working for us. I just handle the details." Instead of saying the necessary dialogue to get to the next Job, also causing the player to be stuck.
  • PCIcon pc.png During the door guard section of the quest, if the Courier denies the fourth customer entry he will turn hostile. If the Courier deals the finishing blow in the resulting fight, Simon may freeze in place. He is supposed to walk over to the corpse, but will instead stay next to the door with his weapon out and become unresponsive to dialogue. If that doesn't happen, Simon may walk over to the corpse and ask for you to help him "move the body from the store front". He will stand there staring at the Courier, and will never speak the dialogue that triggers the fifth customer. The easiest way to avoid this is to let Simon kill the fourth customer by himself - he's more than capable.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If the Kings quest line has been completed prior to starting work for the Van Graffs Pacer never shows up making you unable to complete the quest to guard the door. This bug can sometimes be remedied by attempting to enter The Silver Rush again.
  • If you have finished Heartache by the Number peacefully, then choose to defend Cass, and kill Gloria Van Graff, Cass will be mad because of the player decision to kill her after turning in the evidence, and then ask you to finish the job by killing Alice McLafferty.
Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find It in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone To Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One For My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Getting a Leg Up from Andy · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Of Boomers and Education · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Proper Burial · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · Stocking Up · Suits You, Sarah · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Team Spirit · The Thorn Mayhem · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This (I, II, III, IV) · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
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Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing people · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On The Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's In A Name? · When Visitors Attack · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse