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This page is a list of loading screen hints found in Fallout: New Vegas.


Loading Screen Hints

Base Game



  • "Running is noisier than walking and makes you easier to detect, even if you are sneaking."
  • "If you want to stay hidden, stick to the shadows, move slowly, try to stay behind your opponent... and turn off your Pip-Boy light!"
  • "The light generated from your Pip-Boy light actually makes you less stealthy. If you want to effectively sneak, turn it off."
  • "Stealth is affected by many factors, including light level, sound generated, weight and bulk of worn apparel, and line-of-sight."


  • ".38 Special can be fired from any weapon that uses .357 Magnum. Similarly, .44 Special can be fired from any weapon that uses .44 Magnum and .223 can be fired from any weapon that uses 5.56mm."
  • "Though you can see many crafting recipes at the start of the game, some recipes will not show up until you take special perks or have discovered them in the wasteland."
  • "A weapon's DPS is its Damage Per Second and is calculated using the weapon's base damage (modified by condition), your weapon skill, and the weapon's rate of fire."
  • "Explosive weapons are best used when dealing with crowds or in situations where precision is not a high priority."
  • ""Prospector" is a polite word for "scavenger". Prospectors can be found all over the Mojave Wasteland, usually looking for the rare unopened safe at the bottom of an irradiated mineshaft."
  • "Things a bit too tough, or too easy? You can pause the game and modify the difficulty at any time."
  • "XP for kills made by companions is awarded to the player."
  • "Though people around New Vegas have little interest in Pre-War tourist trinkets, there is one influential figure who has a soft spot for snow globes..."
  • "Magazines provide temporary bonuses to skills but are much more common than the highly-prized skill books."
  • "Players win and winners play, but the Strip's casinos don't generally tolerate openly worn weapons or gamblers who are too lucky at the tables."
  • "Not sure what skill a weapon uses? Look at the lower left corner of its Pip-Boy icon and compare it to the weapon skills."
  • "Stealing, hurting people, and otherwise being a nuisance can negatively impact your reputation with a group."
  • "Drinking water provides healing but may increase your radiation level. In Hardcore Mode, drinking water is vital for keeping your dehydration level down."
  • "In Casual Mode, limb damage can be repaired directly by applying Stimpaks to affected areas, using the Pip-Boy. In Hardcore Mode, a Doctor's bag or an actual doctor is required."
  • "In Hardcore mode, keep an eye on your dehydration (H20), starvation (FOD), and sleep deprivation (SLP) meters. If you let them get too high, you can suffer serious penalties - including death!"
  • "You can restore Health by using a Stimpak, eating food, drinking from a water source, or sleeping in a bed."
  • "Companions will heal themselves if they get a chance, but if you want to ensure they live a long life in your service, use the Companion Wheel to administer stimpaks directly."
  • "Sleeping in a rented or owned bed will give you a "Well Rested" bonus that boosts your earned XP for several hours."
  • "Crafting can be done at any Workbench, Campfire, or Reloading Bench. Some companions even have the ability to help the player craft anywhere in the wasteland."
  • "Raising the game's difficulty will make combat more challenging but has no effect on the amount of XP you receive."
  • "Press and hold your Pip-Boy button to turn the Pip-Boy light off and on."
  • "Once your weapons and armor reach a certain condition level, your Repair skill can be used to maintain them, keeping them at maximum power for longer."
  • "Repair your weapons and armor regularly -- the lower their condition, the worse they will perform."
  • "At 75% Condition, a weapon will never jam and does maximum damage. At 50% Condition, armor protects against maximum damage."
  • "Picking someone's pocket and placing a mine or grenade in their inventory will activate the explosive... and cause one heck of a mess."
  • "Whether you're good, bad, or somewhere in between, all major communities and organizations in the Mojave Wasteland will pay attention to your reputation."
  • "Caravan is not played in casinos, but is very popular among caravan guards and other frequent travelers on the Long 15."
  • "Because Caravan allows players to build decks from any cards they can find, crafty caravan guards often come up with devious decks and strategies."
  • "Caravan is played for standard money of any and all kinds: caps, NCR dollars, or Legion coins. Because the players are often poor, the stakes tend to be low."
  • "Two-handed weapons and medium or heavy apparel will slow you down when they're equipped."
  • "You can run faster with your two-handed weapons holstered. One-handed weapons will not slow you down."
  • "All companions give the player a bonus perk while they are in the party. Keep two companions around for double the perks!"
  • "Wearing outfits that are associated with high-profile factions can be an effective disguise... or a good way to get shot, depending on present company."
  • "Not sure what your reputation is with a current group? If you've earned one, you can find it in your Pip-Boy under Stats - General."
  • "If someone sees you commit a crime against their faction, expect your reputation with that group to suffer."
  • "The Pip-Boy 3000 is a safe, secure piece of Pre-War technology. It guarantees privacy, safety, and guidance in times of need."
  • "RobCo guarantees the safety and security of your Pip-Boy from anyone seeking to tamper with it. Your personal logs and archives are yours and yours alone."


  • "Strength is a measure of your raw physical power. It affects how much you can carry, the power of all melee attacks, and your effectiveness with many heavy weapons."
  • "Perception determines when red tick marks (which indicate threats) appear on your compass."
  • "A high Perception grants a bonus to the Explosive, Lockpick and Energy Weapons skills."
  • "A high Endurance gives bonuses to Health, environmental resistances, and the Survival and Unarmed skills."
  • "High Charisma gives bonuses to both the Barter and Speech skills as well as your companions' Nerve."
  • "The higher the Charisma, the higher the Nerve. Nerve grants significant combat bonuses to all companions."
  • "Intelligence determines your effectiveness with the Science, Repair and Medicine skills."
  • "The higher your Intelligence, the more Skill Points you'll be able to distribute when you level up."
  • "Agility affects your Guns and Sneak skills as well as the number of Action Points available for V.A.T.S."
  • "Agility improves the speed of weapon reloads, drawing, and holstering."
  • "Raising your Luck raises all of your skill values and improves your Critical Chance with all weapons. It also slightly influences the outcome of gambling games."


  • "In general, the higher your Barter skill, the lower your prices on purchased items. It can also be used to negotiate for better rewards in conversation."
  • "The Energy Weapons skill determines your effectiveness with any weapon that uses Energy Cells, Microfusion Cells, EC Packs, Microfusion Breeder, or Flamer Fuel as ammunition."
  • "The Explosives skill determines the ease of disarming any hostile mines and the effectiveness of any explosive weapon (all mines, all grenades, Missile Launcher, Fat Man, etc.)."
  • "Guns determines your effectiveness with any weapon that uses conventional ammunition (.22 LR, .357 Magnum , 5mm, 10mm, 5.56mm, .308, .45-70 Gov't etc.)."
  • "The Lockpick skill is used to open locked doors and containers."
  • "The Medicine skill determines the effectiveness of drugs that help manage radiation, like Rad-X and RadAway."
  • "The Medicine skill determines the effectiveness of a Stimpak, Super Stimpak, and Doctor's Bag used to heal Health or damaged limbs."
  • "The Melee Weapons skill determines your effectiveness with any melee weapon, from the simple lead pipe all the way up to the high-tech Super Sledge."
  • "When your character's Melee Weapons score hits 50, you will be able to perform special power attacks and V.A.T.S. moves with different Melee Weapons."
  • "The Repair skill allows you to optimize and maintain weapons and apparel. At Reloading Benches, it also allows you to craft ammo for your Guns."
  • "The Science skill represents your combined scientific knowledge, and is primarily used to hack restricted computer terminals."
  • "At Workbenches, the Science skill can help you recycle Energy Weapon ammo and craft other useful items like Stimpaks."
  • "The Speech skill governs how much you can influence someone through dialogue, and gain access to information they might otherwise not want to share."
  • "Sneak is affected by many factors, including light level, sound generated, weight and bulk of worn apparel, and line-of-sight."
  • "Food heals more slowly than stimpaks, but is more common in the Mojave Wasteland. The Survival skill can increase the healing benefits of all forms of food, including Campfire crafting recipes."
  • "The Unarmed skill is used for fighting without a weapon, or with weapons designed for hand-to-hand combat, like Brass Knuckles, Power Fists, and Displacer Gloves."
  • "As your Unarmed skill increases, you will unlock the ability to do uppercuts (50 Unarmed) and crosses (75 Unarmed) - both inside V.A.T.S. and out."

Perks and Traits

Action Boy/Girl
  • "With the Action Boy perk, you gain an additional 15 Action Points to use in V.A.T.S."
Animal Friend
  • "With the Animal Friend perk, you will never be the victim of an unprovoked attack from any animal."
  • "With the second rank of the Animal Friend perk, animals will come to your aid in combat (but not against other animals)."
Better Criticals
  • "With the Better Criticals perk, you gain a 50% damage bonus every time a critical hit is scored on an opponent."
  • "With the Comprehension perk, you gain more skill points when reading skill magazines and one additional skill point whenever a skill book is read."
Computer Whiz
  • "Fail a hack attempt and get locked out of a computer? Not if you're a Computer Whiz! With this perk, you can attempt to re-hack any computer you were previously locked out of."
Concentrated Fire
  • "With Concentrated Fire, your accuracy to hit any body part in V.A.T.S. increases slightly with each subsequent hit on that body part."
  • "With the Cowboy perk, attacking enemies with revolvers, lever-action firearms, dynamite, knives, and hatchets does +25% damage."
Demolition Expert
  • "With each rank of the Demolition Expert perk, all of your explosive weapons do an additional 20% damage."
  • "With the Educated perk, you gain two more skill points every time you advance in level."
  • "With the Entomologist perk, you do an additional +50% damage every time you attack a mutated insect."
  • "When you choose the Explorer perk, every location in the world is revealed on your map, so get out there and explore!"
  • "With the Finesse perk, you gain and additional +5% chance to score a critical hit on an opponent in combat."
Fortune Finder
  • "With the Fortune Finder perk, you'll find considerably more Nuka-Cola caps in containers than you normally would."
Friend of the Night
  • "With the Friend of the Night perk, you gain low-light vision after the sun goes down."
Heave, Ho!
  • "Once you have the Heave, Ho! perk, all thrown weapons can be thrown much farther."
Here and Now
  • "The Here and Now perk immediately grants an additional experience level, complete with all the advantages that brings."
  • "With the Infiltrator perk, you gain one more chance to pick any lock broken by an unsuccessful "Force Lock" attempt."
Intense Training
  • "With the Intense Training perk, you can put a single point into any of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes."
Lead Belly
  • "With the Lead Belly perk, you take 50% less radiation every time you drink from an irradiated water source."
Life Giver
  • "With the Life Giver perk, you gain an additional 30 Hit Points."
Light Step
  • "With the Light Step perk, you'll never set off an enemy's mines or floor-based mechanical traps."
Long Haul
  • "Tired of having to drop gear to make a trip back to the store? With the Long Haul perk, you can fast travel even when you are over-encumbered."
Math Wrath
  • "The Math Wrath perk optimizes your Pip-Boy's V.A.T.S. logic, reducing all AP costs by 10%."
  • "The Meltdown perk creates a damaging corona of energy every time you vaporize or melt a target with lasers or plasma."
Mister Sandman
  • "With the Mister Sandman perk, you can preform a special move that instantly kills any sleeping character, and will gain bonus XP for doing so."
Mysterious Stranger
  • "With the Mysterious Stranger perk, your own personal guardian angel will appear occasionally in V.A.T.S. mode to lend a hand... with deadly efficiency."
  • "The Ninja perk grants you the power of the fabled shadow warriors, and increases your chance to do critical hits, and the damage of each."
Nerd Rage
  • "You've been pushed around long enough! With the Nerd Rage perk, your Strength is raised to 10 and you gain 15 points to Damage Threshold whenever your Health drops to 20% or below."
Pack Rat
  • "When you take the Pack Rat perk, the weight of all lightweight items is cut in half."
Paralyzing Palm
  • "With the Paralyzing Palm perk, you will sometimes perform a special V.A.T.S. palm strike that paralyzes your opponent for 30 seconds."
Plasma Spaz
  • "With the Plasma Spaz perk, all AP costs for plasma weapons (including grenades) are reduced by 10%."
  • "With the Pyromaniac perk, you do +50% damage with fire-based weapons, like the Flamer and Shishkebab."
Rad Resistance
  • "Rad Resistance allows you to -- what else? -- resist radiation. This Perk grants an additional 25% to Radiation Resistance."
  • "The Retention perk greatly increases the duration of skill-boosting magazines."
Robotics Expert
  • "With the Robotics Expert perk, you do an additional 25% damage to any robot in combat."
  • "If you have the Robotics Expert perk and sneak up on a hostile robot undetected, you can put that robot into a permanent shutdown state."
Run 'n Gun
  • "The Run 'n Gun perk reduces accuracy penalties with one-handed Guns and Energy Weapons while walking or running."
  • "With the Scrounger perk, you'll find considerably more ammunition in containers than you normally would."
Shotgun Surgeon
  • "The Shotgun Surgeon perk negates 10 points of enemy Damage Threshold while you are using any shotgun - handy for taking out lightly-armored opponents who would normally foil your buckshot."
Silent Running
  • "With the Silent Running perk, running no longer factors into a successful sneak attempt."
  • "The Slayer perk increases the speed of your attacks with all Unarmed and Melee Weapons."
  • "With the Sniper Perk, your chance to hit an opponent's head in V.A.T.S. is significantly increased."
Solar Powered
  • "With the Solar Powered perk, you gain an additional 2 points to Strength when in direct sunlight, and slowly regenerate lost Health."
Splash Damage
  • "With Splash Damage, all of your explosions are increased in size, allowing you to carpet bomb an even larger area."
Spray and Pray
  • "Do companions annoy you by constantly running into your bullets and missiles? Take the Spray and Pray perk to drastically reduce the amount of damage your attacks inflict on all currently hired companions."
Strong Back
  • "With the Strong Back perk, you can carry 50 more pounds of equipment."
Swift Learner
  • "With each rank in the Swift Learner perk, you gain an additional 10% to total Experience Points whenever Experience Points are earned."
  • "With the Toughness perk, you gain +3 to your Damage Threshold."
Weapon Handling
  • "Sad that you're too weak to keep a light machine gun on target? Take the Weapon Handling perk to remove 2 points from all weapon Strength requirements."
Wild Wasteland
  • "The Wild Wasteland trait converts a few normally "ordinary" occurences into zany, wacky encounters. Do not take this trait unless you prefer your Fallout experience to be a bit more goofy than usual."


  • "If you start a fight you can't finish, try putting away your weapon. Your opponent just might forgive you..."
  • "You can toggle "true" iron sights for firearms on and off in your Game Settings."
  • "Want to prevent an enemy from fleeing? Cripple the legs."
  • "All weapons have two requirements: Strength and Skill. If you don't meet the requirements, the weapon may be less accurate (if a firearm) or attack more slowly (if an Unarmed or Melee Weapon)."
  • "Talented Unarmed combatants in the Mojave Wasteland can teach specialized fighting styles to improve your abilities."
  • "If you do not meet a weapon's Strength requirement, you may be less accurate with it or attack more slowly."
  • "A weapon's DAM indicates its damage per shot, and is modified by factors like the weapon's condition and its associated skill."
  • "Most Melee Weapons are completely silent, making them excellent stealth weapons."
  • "Most Energy Weapons fall into one of two categories: laser, which is fast, accurate, and low-damage, and plasma, which is slow-moving and very high-damage."
  • "Energy Weapons are less common and varied than Guns, but have a small number of ammunition types and can be quite potent."
  • "Guns are the most common ranged weapons in the Mojave Wasteland. They are numerous and varied and ammunition is relatively easy to acquire."
  • "If you see a shield next to a your health HUD, it means that your Damage Threshold is absorbing an enemy weapon's damage. A broken shield means they have completely negated your Damage Threshold."
  • "If you see a red shield next to an enemy's health, it means that their armor's Damage Threshold is absorbing your weapon's damage. A broken red shield means you have completely negated their Damage Threshold."
  • "If your weapons aren't strong enough to penetrate an enemy's armor, use armor-piercing ammo, attack from stealth, or use a weapon with higher DAM!"
  • "Damage Threshold is subtracted directly from the DAM a weapon does. If DT is higher than the DAM of a weapon, very little damage gets through."
  • "Weapon mods can increase ammo capacity and damage, reduce spread and weight, or add special equipment like scopes."
  • "Disable a robot's Combat Inhibitor, and the confused machine will go into a killing frenzy, attacking friend and foe alike."
  • "Disabling the antennae of insects, like Giant Ants or Giant Mantises, will make them frenzy and attack anything nearby."
  • "For ideal shooting conditions, make sure you stop, crouch, and aim before firing."
  • "Some individuals in the wasteland have the ability to teach you special unarmed moves."
  • "A wide variety of weapon mods are available from merchants for Guns, Energy Weapons, and even a few Explosives. Attaching them is as simple as using your Pip-Boy and opening the mod menu for your weapon."
  • "A weapon with high DPS but low DAM is best used against unarmored opponents."
  • "Despite relying on energy to harm their victims, Plasma Mines, EMP Grenades, and related items use the Explosives skill to determine their effectiveness."


New California Republic
  • "Troopers are volunteer and conscripted forces in NCR's military. They vary widely in devotion, experience, and even in basic equipment. What they lack in consistency they make up for in numbers."
  • "In 2277, NCR forces defeated Caesar's Legion during the Battle of Hoover Dam. The NCR has held Hoover Dam since then but the Legion has not made it easy for them."
  • "The NCR's military doesn't like being in the role of "peace-keeper". Crimes across the Mojave are typically punished by death."
  • "Often the first place NCR travelers stop after the Mojave Outpost, Primm is also where a lot of folks realize they left New Vegas with barely enough money to make the long trek back to The Hub."
  • "Aaron Kimball is a former war hero and the current president of the New California Republic. His insistence on defending Hoover Dam has kept NCR troops in Nevada for years."
  • "Chief Hanlon is the head of the NCR Rangers and is one of its longest serving members. He coordinates the actions of the Rangers from their headquarters at Camp Golf."
  • "The distinctive black ranger combat armor consists of the Desert Rangers' traditional trench coat worn with Pre-War riot armor. Ranger patrol armor is hand-manufactured in the NCR."
  • "The NCR has maintained an embassy on The Strip for several years, but has had little success in building friendly relations with Mr. House or the ruling families."
  • "The New California Republic Rangers are volunteer elite special forces renowned as much for their shrewd reconnaissance capabilities as their bravery and combat prowess."
  • "Established long ago in California, the Crimson Caravan Company and the Gun Runners are two of NCR's oldest and most powerful merchant houses."
  • "Travelers along the Long 15 have complained to NCR rangers that caravans have been harassed and attacked by fearsome Super Mutants living in the irradiated ruins of Black Mountain."
Great Khans
  • "Due to their brutal initiation rituals, Great Khans are extremely tough. Don't expect them to go down easily."
  • "Though they have had a rough history, the legendary Great Khans are one of the longest-lived gangs to come out of the southwest."
The Strip
  • "Securitrons are a creation of Mr. House, the enigmatic de facto ruler of New Vegas."
  • "Mr. House is the mysterious overlord of The Strip. He controls his small empire from the confines of the Lucky 38 casino, where no other living person has set foot for over two hundred years."
  • "The families that now run the Strip of New Vegas were little more than squabbling tribes a few decades ago."
  • "The Omerta family sells a variety of services and delights to its patrons at Gomorrah, but most visitors are there for one thing: sex."
  • "Though New Vegas is littered with debris of the Pre-War world, Michael Angelo continues to create new art and signs for Mr. House in his workshop on The Strip."
Brotherhood of Steel
  • "Due to disagreements over how technology should be controlled in the wasteland, the Brotherhood of Steel waged a long and bloody war against the NCR. Despite superior equipment and training, the Brotherhood eventually went into retreat."
  • "Though their power in the west has diminished greatly over the years, the Brotherhood of Steel still maintains hidden, heavily fortified bunkers throughout the Mojave."
  • "Made savage by excessive chem use, the Fiends of New Vegas are the most numerous and troublesome raiders of the Mojave Wasteland."
  • "Though they were a powerful force in the west decades ago, the Enclave has not been seen or heard from in the Mojave Wasteland for years. Members who were not hunted down are believed to have traveled east - or successfully integrated into the NCR."
Followers of the Apocalypse
  • "The Followers of the Apocalypse are an organization with roots in the pre-NCR Boneyard. Dedicated to teaching the poor and healing the sick, they are also considered anarchist revolutionaries by many people in positions of power."
Caesar's Legion
  • "All territory east of the Colorado River is recognized as Caesar's land, an area indisputably under the control of the Legion and agents acting on Caesar's behalf."
  • "Not commonly seen on the front lines, the vexillarius is a standard-bearer for Caesar's Legion. Thier presence on the battlefield inspires legionaries to fight to the death for the glory of Caesar."
  • "Caesar's most trusted commanders are the centurions: battle-hardened front-line officers who dress in patchwork armor pieced together from their fallen foes."
  • "After the Legion lost the Battle of Hoover Dam, Caesar had his legate, Joshua Graham, covered in pitch, set on fire, and thrown into the Grand Canyon. Superstitious legionaries and tribals believe he lives on as the Burned Man."
  • "Explorers are Caesar's advance scouts. Typically equipped in light armor and carrying binoculars, they are the Legion's message runners and keen eyes across the Mojave."
  • "Legionaires are the standard soldiers in Caesar's Legion. Their level of experience and overall toughness can be determined by noting the color of their armor."
  • "Legate Lanius, the Monster of the East, is the military commander of all Caesar's forces in the field. He is legendary for his devotion to Caesar and for his ability to sense weakness in any army."
  • "Brutalized by the NCR, the once-legendary Vipers and Jackals gangs have become little more than opportunistic, petty raiders."
The Kings
  • "The King is dedicated to the cause of independence and personal liberty in Freeside. His gang, the Kings, attempts to keep some semblance of order in the streets."
  • "The King's School of Impersonation is the "world" headquarters of the Freeside gang known as The Kings."
  • "The Boomers are said to be xenophobic tribals armed with even more firepower than the Gun Runners. No one ventures into or out of their heavily guarded lands."
Mojave Express
  • "With the expansion of post-apocalyptic society across the American southwest, Courier groups like the Mojave Express have appeared to take on the difficult task of carrying letters and packages over enormous distances."
  • "Couriers for the Mojave Express regularly and rapidly carry packages between convenient (for the Mojave Wasteland) drop boxes in several communities."



  • "The Robobrain, constructed by General Atomics International before the great nuclear war, is unique in that it uses and actual organic brain as its central processor."
  • "Mister Gutsy is a combat variant of the popular Mister Handy, and is equipped with a Plasma weapon and flamethrower."
  • "The Mister Gutsy model of robot was commissioned by the U.S. Army just before the atomic apocalypse of 2077."
  • "The sturdy Protectron model of robot was created before the great war, and served as a security automaton in both the private and business sectors."


  • "A Glowing One is a unique Feral Ghoul that has become a living conduit of radiation."
  • "A glowing one uses its special ability to deliver radiation to its enemies and heal any nearby feral ghouls."
  • "Feral Ghouls have lost the ability to reason, and will attack any human on sight."
  • "Ghouls, both "normal" and Feral, are not only immune to radiation... they're healed by it."
  • "Super Mutants in the Mojave Wasteland are remnants of the Master's Army and the Enclave's experiments at Mariposa Military Base."
  • "The Nightkin are Super Mutants, stealth troops created by the Master. They scattered across the wasteland after his defeat, taking refuge in remote locations."
  • "Despite the best efforts of well-equipped hunters, Deathclaws continue to establish nests across the Mojave Wasteland."
  • "Night Stalkers are fearsome nocturnal predators created by splicing together coyote and rattlesnake DNA."
  • "Lakelurks use a devastating sonic attack to debilitate their foes from afar."
  • "Cazadores are a new predator in the Mojave Wasteland and often fight with Night Stalkers over their prey."
  • "Dogs and coyotes can be found throughout the Mojave, typically wherever humans are traveling."


  • "Fully renovated by the Chairmen, The Tops is billed throughout New Vegas as a place for men to kick back, drink, laugh, and have a good time."
  • "Travelers say there are two ways to get into the New Vegas Strip: through Freeside or via the monorail to Camp McCarran. Only military personnel and NCR VIPs are allowed to use the monorail."
  • "Travelers from northern NCR have been whispering about a small community of Super Mutants located high in the snow-capped mountains west of New Vegas."
  • "Mojave Outpost is the site where the NCR Rangers and Desert Rangers of Nevada signed the Ranger Unification Treaty. It also marks the boundary of fully NCR-controlled territory."
  • "Two major routes lead into the city of New Vegas from the south: Interstate 15 and Highway 95."
  • "Mr. House's Lucky 38 casino towers over the New Vegas Strip, mysterious and impenetrable to visitors and locals alike."
  • "The Strip is the heart of New Vegas, where Mr. House and the casino families are rebuilding the city in the image of its Pre-War glory."
  • "It's not much to look at, but if you can't afford to get into The Strip, the Atomic Wrangler's the best place to gamble in Freeside."
  • "Freeside was built up around the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. The influx of destitute travelers in recent months has created problems for its local residents."
  • "Though Boulder City survived the Great War without much damage, the NCR intentionally razed most of the town with a series of explosions during the Battle of Hoover Dam."
  • "At the Battle of Hoover Dam, the tide turned for NCR when rangers and 1st Recon sharpshooters lured Caesar's soldiers into the booby-trapped ruins of Boulder City."
  • "The Old Mormon Fort is the oldest building in New Vegas and was recently occupied by the Followers of the Apocalypse."
  • "Vault 11 has been abandoned for decades, though few people know the story of its terrible past."
  • "The pinnacle of New Vegas refinement and class, the Ultra-Luxe casino is home to the discriminating White Glove Society and their pampered guests."
  • "The Silver Rush casino was in competition with The Atomic Wrangler until the owners ran afoul of the Van Graff family."

Dead Money

Sierra Madre and Villa

  • "Due to the toxic atmosphere surrounding the Sierra Madre, it is impossible to sleep on any beds exposed to the outside air."
  • "The Sierra Madre chief architect and financier was Frederick Sinclair. The casino was intended as a place for guests to reverse their fortunes and "begin again.""
  • "Construction of the Sierra Madre casino began a few years before the Great War."
  • "All of the Madre's and Villa's conveniences were supplied by machines tied to the casino."
  • "Sierra Madre security began to conduct inspections of the Puesta del Sol construction offices and confiscating prohibited chems and other substances."
  • "The strength of the Sierra Madre broadcast is unusual, as is the frequency, normally reserved for emergency broadcast signals before the war."
  • "Elijah has sent other teams into the Villa's streets. What happened to them is unknown."
  • "Mojave travelers have mysteriously vanished after claiming to have heard a woman's voice on a Pre-War radio broadcast. They are never heard from again."
  • "Shipping problems also plagued the Villa - construction explosives, countless crates of steak knives, and more were shipped to the Villa, paid for, and left."
  • "Puesta del Sol's construction crews had numerous clashes and arguments with the casino construction crews."
  • "The Sierra Madre was believed nothing more than a Mojave legend, a fabled City of Gold, where fortune could be found."
  • "The Sierra Madre's Gala Event is said to be a series of lights, music, fireworks in the sky, and a final stunning light show."
  • "The Sierra Madre is a legend, like the Big Empty, the Burned Man, and the rumors of survivors from the Divide"
  • "The Sierra Madre is said to have an automated front desk that would escort guests to their rooms upon arrival. The status of this system is unknown."
  • "The doors of the Sierra Madre were designed to hermetically seal in case of emergency."
  • "It is said the dead in the Sierra Madre continue to gamble and drink among ghosts and whispers of times gone by."
  • "The walls of the casino are lined with a metal that interferes with radio reception and broadcasts."
  • "The security center for the Sierra Madre was said to have arms and armaments beyond conventional casino security."
  • "Puesta del Sol's construction lagged behind Salida del Sol. It was as if construction efforts ran out of steam - and money."
  • "Puesta del Sol stands for "Sunset," and the view from the Puesta del Sol rooftops was said to be breathtaking."
  • "The Residential District of the Villa was a place for the casino's high rollers and entertainers to enjoy the outdoors of the Villa... in seclusion."
  • "According to prospector stories, the Sierra Madre lies in a dead city, surrounded by a poisonous cloud."
  • "Both Puesta del Sol and Salida del Sol had switching stations regulating their power."
  • "Part of Sierra Madre security was to prevent contraband or "foreign influences" from entering the Villa area. Visitors were often searched, and their belongings taken by the casino."
  • "The kitchens of the Sierra Madre were shooting for a 5 star rating, and sought to bring in the best chefs in the world."
  • "In order to meet deadlines, the construction of the Sierra Madre and the Villa were handled by two different companies."
  • "One of the draws of the Gala Event was a performance by Dean Domino in the Tampico Theater."

Fredrick Sinclair

  • "As part of casino policy, Sinclair forbade chems and "foreign substances" in the Villa and Sierra Madre."
  • "Sinclair was drawn to the nostalgic Art Deco era, and it's reflected in the architecture of the casino."
  • "It is unknown why Sinclair tied the opening of the casino's gates to the Gala Event."
  • "Sinclair, the financier and architect of the Sierra Madre casino was obsessed with security, believed due to his own financial losses."
  • "The financier and architect of the Sierra Madre casino, Frederick Sinclair, suffered many crippling losses in the 2070s."
  • "The Sierra Madre was Frederick Sinclair's last venture before the Great War."
  • "The reason for the mines, heavy weapons, and other military gear in the casino's security centers is unknown. Some speculate Sinclair feared a Chinese attack on American soil."


  • "Holograms cannot be targeted or harmed - only avoided, or their emitters destroyed."
  • "Hologram technology never achieved the same level of prominence, notably due to the excessive energy constraints."
  • "There are no reports of hologram technology being popular in the Pre-War era, and certainly no reports of Holograms employing weapons."
  • "The Hologram's hostile stance is said to have been inspired by a Pre-War sci-fi horror movie that made the world stand still."
  • "The Clinic boasted a holographic security system. The Security Hologram was immune to attacks. Only its emitter could shut it down."
  • "According to legend, the Sierra Madre is said to be filled with Pre-War ghosts, and sections of the city are haunted."
  • "The Sierra Madre Holograms follow simple routines - vendors, bartenders, ushers, and greeters."
  • "Sinclair forbade any other food or vending machines in the Villa beyond the ones he'd installed there."
  • "It is believed hologram technology originally stemmed from Stealth Boy research in a scientific drive to match Chinese stealth suit technology."


  • "While radios can be destroyed, destroying the Villa speakers depend on how well the speakers have held up, and if there are terminals controlling them."
  • "Speakers were specially shielded to prevent vandalism. Some have broken over time, however, and these damaged speakers can be destroyed."
  • "Radios that interfere with collars can be shot or switched off. Speakers, however, may be shielded depending on the activation light."
  • "Radio interference can be ended by destroying or switching off radios. "
  • "The whispers that fill the streets of the Villa seem to come from Pre-War speakers, still piping in recorded music on reels that long since eroded."

The Cloud

  • "It is easy to become separated and lost in the Cloud and the Villa. Keep teammates close - or tell them to wait in a place where you can find them again."
  • "The origin of the Cloud surrounding the Sierra Madre in unknown."
  • "The Sierra Madre's concentrated toxic clouds erode health more quickly."
  • "In Hardcore mode, the poisonous Cloud that blankets the Sierra Madre slowly reduces health the longer one is outside."

Ghost People

  • "Dismemberment, energy weapons, explosives... and devouring... work best against the Ghost People of the Sierra Madre."
  • "The Ghost People are difficult to kill, and anyone who has survived an encounter with them suggests simply avoiding their attention."
  • "The Ghost People seem to prefer primitive traps, favoring falling beams, bear traps, and luring prey into toxic areas."
  • "The origins of the Ghost People are a mystery, as is their strange reverence of the holographic ghosts that fill the city streets."


  • "Where the Vending Machine technology came from is unknown. While they take Sierra Madre Chips, they seem to supply a number of non-commercial services."
  • "The bomb collars don't seem to work between floors of the casino, although they do work if two individuals are on the same floor."
  • "Bomb collar technology existed before the war, they come in several models. Their Pre-War use was unknown."
  • "The alloy that makes up the Pre-War kitchen knives is unknown, and seems to have decayed in contact with the toxic cloud."

Secrets hints

  • "The Dead Man's Hand is said to be composed of Aces and Eights, a hand of cards a Pre-War legend was holding when shot in the back."
  • "It is said that a Sierra Madre snowglobe survives somewhere in the Villa."
  • "The Villa streets are filled with evidence of the previous teams. Graffiti suggests they turned on each other, even when their lives were at stake."
  • "Holding down the Activate button at a sink, toilet, or water valve allows you to drink faster without pausing."


  • "Nightkin's prolonged used of Stealth Boy technology has led to mental instabilities, including schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders."
  • "The Nightkin are Super Mutants, stealth troops created by the Master. They scattered across the wasteland after his defeat, taking refuge in remote locations."

Vera Keyes

  • "Pre-War tabloids and gossip columns claimed that Vera Keyes and Dean Domino had a torrid affair, predating her relationship with Sinclair."
  • "Vera Keyes was a Pre-War Hollywood starlet. Her claim to fame was a number of poorly-written romances that nonetheless drew in large box office crowds - and poor reviews."
  • "Not much is known about Vera Keyes, only that that is not believed to have been her real name."
  • "Tabloids and newspapers often called Vera Keyes a "kept" woman. Sierra Madre security proved them right."
  • ""Love Sets Sail!" received the largest box-office draw of all of Vera's movies - and the most scathing of reviews."

Pip-Boy 3000

  • "RobCo guarantees the safety and security of your Pip-Boy from anyone seeking to tamper with it. Your personal logs and archives are yours and yours alone."
  • "The Pip-Boy 3000 is a safe, secure piece of Pre-War technology. It guarantees privacy, safety, and guidance in times of need."