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Heist of the Centuries
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That's a lot of gold.
Quest data
LocationSierra Madre vault, Sierra Madre Resort & Casino
Given ByFather Elijah
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Base IDxx000fc1
Related quests
Last Luxuries
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Heist of the Centuries is a quest in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


After all this time in the Sierra Madre, the Courier finally sees the Sierra Madre vault and take care of their captor Elijah.


  1. Collect all three musical compositions from the front computer in the main lobby and play them near the speaker in Vera's suite to unlock the elevator. Alternatively, Christine can say the password in her new voice.
  2. Enter the Sierra Madre vault and access the computer in the central chamber.
  3. Confront Elijah and kill him, or sneak away and seal him inside the vault. Elijah will come face to face with the Courier with a Barter, Explosives, Lockpick, Repair, Science, or Sneak check of 75.
    1. With a low reputation with the New California Republic, one can ally with Elijah and conquer the Mojave with him; still, this results in a nontraditional game over.
  4. Escape the vault by entering the elevator within one minute; otherwise, your collar detonates.

Quest stages

1 Thread Vera's music sequence together at the receptionist terminal in the lobby.
2 (Optional) Have Christine say the password in Vera's voice.
3 Gain access to the Sierra Madre Vault.
4 Discover the secrets of the Sierra Madre at the Vault's central chamber.
5 Defeat Elijah
6 (Optional) Sneak out of the Vault's chamber area undetected, trapping Elijah when he opens the vault.
7Quest finishedEscape the Sierra Madre Vault before your collar explodes.

Behind the scenes

  • If the player chooses to read Sinclair's personal accounts, he/she will find a letter to Dean Domino. At the end of the letter it says, "...and I will raise my glass and say 'Fortunato.'" This is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", in which the protagonist Montresor lures his victim, Fortunato, to an underground crypt in his family catacombs, where he chains him to a wall and seals him up alive in an alcove. This is similar to how Sinclair was supposed to have trapped Dean Domino in his own grave at the bottom of the Sierra Madre. It is signed "in pace requiescat," Latin for "may he rest in peace," the phrase with which Poe's story ends.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When trying to return to the Mojave Wasteland, the game can freeze on a black screen forcing you to reset your system.
    • By changing from Hardcore mode to Normal mode, the slideshow will come up as normal, and you will be returned to the Abandoned BoS bunker. This will cause you to lose the achievement/trophy for completing the game on Hardcore.
    • A possible fix to the above bug (on hardcore mode) is making sure as you're leaving to satisfy the couriers hunger, thirst, sleep deprivation, and radiation. (confirmed)
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png There is a glitch where dying after speaking to Elijah but before reaching the elevator can cause you to reload an autosave in front of the vault monitor, but the second it loads you die. This causes a reload of the same autosave, which creates an infinite loop of dying and reloading. Saving before speaking to Elijah should fix the problem.
  • PCIcon pc.png Sometimes, if you disable the turrets before Elijah comes into the vault, he remains behind the force field, and you cannot kill him, thus preventing the add-on's completion. He may remain behind the force field and shoot at you with his Gauss rifle, which still injures the player. You cannot damage him through the field.
  • PCIcon pc.png If you sneak past Elijah and get to the elevator safely through the ducts, the game will crash to the desktop, losing your achievement. To fix this, you must restart the game, and load your last save.
  • PCIcon pc.png After killing Elijah, the elevator may take you to Vera's suite, rather than the Villa's Fountain. If this happens the quest will not advance as it should. At this point if you try to re-enter the vault, or leave the casino your collar will explode. However, if you use the console commands tgm and unlock on the casino's doors, you will be taken to the fountain. Head to the Mojave Wasteland gate, and change your view to third person. Then, open the console and type showinventory, then select the player. If you now cannot see the collar id on the console, drop items until it is visible. Remove the collar using player.removeitem X # (X=item id #=amount of item). With the collar removed, pick up your gear and use unlock to open the Wasteland gate. This will allow the ending slides to play, and you will be taken back to The Abandoned BoS bunker. When back to the bunker, you can unlock Elijah's terminal, Elijah's footlocker, and the footlocker beside the ladder with the unlock command. Console commands can be used to complete the quest afterwards. You will then be able to continue the game, still gaining the perks and items you would have if this bug had not occurred.
  • PCIcon pc.png Sometimes after you kill Elijah the force fields will remain up, trapping the Courier in the vault until the explosive collar detonates.
  • PCIcon pc.png After killing Elijah the quest marker will not update. The marker would point to his body even after it said to escape. Prior to removing the collar with commands and leaving the Madre, approaching the exit would play Elijah's warning about leaving without doing what you were told. After playing the slideshow and arriving back in the bunker, the marker for the quest remained pointing towards the room with the speaker playing the broadcast.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png If you are over-encumbered upon using the terminal in the back of the vault, speaking with Father Elijah will cause the dialogue to auto-skip. This bug continues to occur even if you reload from the terminal auto-save, and are not over-encumbered.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When opening the computer in the Vault, after completing the mission and the slide show you will be locked in the vault, unable to get out.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The maintenance door is still locked and closed, even if opened (as if there is an invisible wall present), effectively trapping the player until their collar blows up. The best thing to do is wait it out for a few moments and it will then let you walk through it.
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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
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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
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