Well, there are some dang critters in there that need to be killed before anyone will work the mine. If'n you were to buy the deed - and then kill off the critters infesting it - I'd be happy to buy the deed back off you for a nice profit.”— Mayor Ascorti
|Side Quest: Clear Wanamingo Mine|
|Speak with the mayor.|
|Pay $1000 to buy the Wanamingo Mine.|
|Go into the mine and slay all wanamingos.|
|Return to Ascorti.|
|Reward: 3500 XP, $2500|
While at Redding, Mayor Ascorti may coerce the player character into buying a deed to the Great wanamingo mine, billing it as a great investment, $1000 for the richest mine in the town. One catch - its infested with the alien-like wanamingos. In order to make any profit from the deed, some eradication is required.
The best access point to the tunnels (albeit the most dangerous) is through the cargo elevator in the ruined wanamingo mine camp. It is advised to bring as many stimpaks, ammunition and guns as possible, as the inhabitants of the mine are tough customers. When using the elevator, the drop off point is right in the queen's chamber and she is the first hostile on the level. By far the toughest, targeted shots to the eyes and legs should be enough to dispatch her.
Afterwards, its just a long and arduous trek through dark corridors, shooting wanamingos to death. In order to complete this quest, all wanamingos must be killed (with the only exceptions of their eggs). This includes the ones in tunnels below the mine camp and downtown, so it can take a while. You get 3500 XP for clearing the mine out and Ascorti offers to buy the deed back for $2500, that's $1500 profit.
The quest will become flagged as complete even if there is still one wanamingo remaining (regardless of if this is the queen or not). This is caused by a discrepancy between the quest counter and the actual number of wanamingos.