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Kings' Gambit
Stop the violence in Freeside against NCR citizens.
Quest data
LocationNCR Embassy
Given ByAmbassador Crocker
Reward1300 XP
600 caps
NCR fame
Editor ID?
Base ID0011f95b
Related quests
Things That Go Boom
leads to:
For the Republic, Part 2
G.I. Blues

Kings' Gambit is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.


Ambassador Crocker is concerned that the New California Republic is merely tolerated in New Vegas; there have been issues between NCR citizens and Freeside locals, and the ambassador seeks an end to it.


  1. Speak to Ambassador Crocker about NCR-Freeside hostilities. There are two options to bring an end to them.
  2. Option 1: Assassinate Pacer, who is responsible for the attacks.
    1. Frame the Van Graffs by learning of their feud from Rotface.
      1. Examine Pacer's drug stash (first room on the left, third floor of The King's School of Impersonation) to learn about the possibility of placing a note there.
      2. Talk to Ralph at Mick and Ralph's and request a forged note from Jean-Baptiste Cutting to Pacer. This requires a Speech of 50 or membership in The Kings.
      3. Plant the note at the stash and wait for Pacer to check it (he comes to use his stash around 10 PM).
      4. Watch him run over to the Silver Rush and get killed by the guards there.
    2. Alternatively, one can frame the Van Graffs by planting a plasma grenade or mine on Pacer while he sleeps.
    3. Locate Pacer's stash, which will only spawn if Rotface mentioned it or if the Courier steals Pacer's medical record from Julie Farkas's room in the Old Mormon Fort.
      1. With a Medicine of 60, one can add some Psycho to Pacer's stash.
      2. Wait until 10 PM when he comes to use his stash; he was suffer a fatal heart attack.
  3. Option 2: Negotiate with The King to resolve it diplomatically without violence.
    1. The simplest way to ease tension is to use The King's favor from G.I. Blues.
    2. Failing that, the Courier can gain support from Colonel Cassandra Moore at Hoover Dam. She assigns a squad to them, who will support them while they confront The King. The King will not yield and the confrontation turns into a bloodbath. The quest will fail, but the Courier can then return to Ambassador Crocker for half of the original cap reward and another assignment.
    3. Alternatively, the Courier can talk to Colonel James Hsu at Camp McCarran. Like Colonel Moore, he will assign a squad to them and ask them to offer The King some NCR support for his works. Being polite and emphasizing support will convince The King to end hostilities, but being rude results in a bloodbath similar to Colonel Moore's method.
  4. Report to Ambassador Crocker. If the King is dead when this quest starts, the player can only report to the Ambassador that the Kings were wiped out.

Quest stages

1 Kill Pacer in a way that implicates someone other than the NCR, or talk the King into ceasing hostilities with the NCR
2Quest finishedReturn to Ambassador Crocker with the news that the King has agreed to cease hostilities.
3 (Optional) Kill Pacer in a way that implicates the Van Graff family.
4 (Optional) Kill Pacer by adding Psycho to his jet.
5Quest finishedReturn to Ambassador Crocker with news of Pacer's death.
6 Return to Ambassador Crocker with the news that the King will not curb the violence in Freeside.
7 Speak with Colonel Moore at the Hoover Dam for further instructions regarding the situation in Freeside.
8 Go to the Kings' School of Impersonation and deliver an ultimatum to the King, backed by a squad of NCR troopers.
9 (Optional) Speak with Colonel Hsu in Camp McCarran for further instructions regarding the situation in Freeside.
10 Go to the Kings' School of Impersonation and offer the King official NCR support if he ceases hostilities.
11 Stop Pacer from ruining the deal between the King and the NCR.
12Quest finishedReturn to Ambassador Crocker and report that the King has accepted Colonel Hsu's pledge of NCR support.
13 Help the NCR Troopers kill all the Kings.
14Quest failedReturn to Ambassador Crocker and report that the Kings have been wiped out.

Behind the scenes

  • "There are two unused endings to King's Gambit. If the player gets the help of either Colonel Cassandra Moore or James Hsu, then Pacer will object and try to stage a coup. Dialogue was recorded for a further scene where the Courier could try to reason with him, and either talk him down with a speech challenge, convince the Kings to shoot him (the only path that can happen on the Hsu route in the finished game), or tell the soldiers to open fire on everyone (essentially what happens on the Moore path). This was presumably cut to make the two different choices more distinct and less redundant. I.e. The player is told Colonel Moore will not tolerate any bullshit, so it makes sense that involving her men leads to unavoidable tragedy for the Kings."[1]
  • In Chess, a King's Gambit is an opening strategy where a pawn is risked for a long term advantage.
  • It was believed that Elvis Presley died of a drug-induced heart attack due to underlying heart problems, much like how Pacer dies if his drug stash is tampered with.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The stash may fail to spawn even if the conditions are met.
    • PCIcon pc.png To counter it, open the console (~) and type in: prid 001205BC, enable. This will cause the stash to appear.
  • PCIcon pc.png Sometimes the conversation with Crocker fails to recognize quest completion. Apart from reloading to an earlier save, the player can use the reset command to re-set the quest (resetquest 0011f95b).


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
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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
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!
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