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This page lists bugs in Fallout: New Vegas.
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Add-on-Specific BugsEdit

For add-on-specfic bugs please see the following pages.

General advice and notesEdit

  • Save often and in different slots. Do not rely too much on autosave. A frequently overwritten autosave slot can easily become corrupted.

(For Xbox 360 users, removing the auto-save function in the settings menu will remove most of the save time/corruption issues as well as reducing travel time)

  • pcIcon pc Make sure your computer meets, or exceeds the minimum system requirements. If any component of your computer falls below the minimum system requirements, do not report any bugs you may experience.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Installing the game can help greatly, cutting down load times and lessen glitches triggered by entering certain locations or interacting with some non-player characters. If you are experiencing game freezing and framerate drops, loading screens that last a minute or longer, or multiple crashes ensuing from the same action or location, installing the game can help with some of these issues. It may also help to clear your console cache (found under "memory > device options") which will then prompt you to re-download any patches issued on XBL when you next launch the game. Excess saves may cause this as well.

Bethesda's FNV support page offers many simple solutions to common problems.

Weapon ModsEdit

  • Fixed: When you attach a mod onto the weathered 10mm pistol, you hold a large red error marker indicating it has a missing mesh. This will also affect the item when dropped, and you won't be able to pick it back up. This was corrected on the latest PS3 and Xbox 360 download patch by making the mods not appear on the weapon, though their effects will still be active once applied.
  • Sometimes, after installing the 'Heavy Frame' mod onto a .44 magnum revolver, when you go to repair it to 100% at the Mojave Outpost, the weapon mod may uninstall and force you to repair your weapon twice, and when you look at your weapon, it may appear to have the 'Heavy Frame' mod still attached, but the effects are gone, and shortly thereafter, the mesh for the .44 magnum revolver will revert back to as if it had no mods attached.

Using the consoleEdit

On the PC, many non-player character, quest, and player-getting-stuck issues can be resolved through the use of console commands.

Crashing, freezing and other hardware- or software-related issuesEdit

  • pcIcon pc Whenever the player first loads the game (normally from autosave) and tries to shoot, the game freezes. It does not matter which gun. Trying to load the game from a saved file occasionally works. It is possible this could be a hardware issue for certain Graphics Cards. In this glitch/bug, ATI Radeon HD 5700. The easiest way to quickly get back to the game is to Ctrl+Alt+Delete and stop the process (FO:NV), then log off and back on to the account.
  • Stuttering, crashing, freezing, and slow-down issues are often hardware and/or software-related. Please visit the Bethesda Fallout: New Vegas hardware forums for information regarding these issues. In particular, read through the stickied threads at the top of the forum pages.
  • pcIcon pc Alt-tabbing out of the game may cause problems of all sorts.
  • ps3Icon ps3 When playing the game, for uncertain reasons, your entire field of vision can become permanently blurred, without having any head injuries at all. The blurring is absolute and total, not fading in and out of focus in cycles like when you have a crippled head. There appears to be no way of fixing this bug, turning the Pip-Boy light on and off, sleeping, fast traveling, getting killed, and reloading the game and rebooting the system several times do not fix the problem. Perhaps getting a crippled head may make a difference, but more likely the cycles of blurriness would not even be apparent as your vision is already at maximum opacity.[verified]
    • Solution found: go to Guardian Peak. Just wander around for a minute, use your Pip-Boy a couple times; it should fix itself.
    • It may be necessary to enter the cave in order to fix the problem.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 A message that reads "This save game relies on downloadable content that is no longer available. Some objects may be no longer available. Continue loading?" may pop up. Even if the player selects the "Yes" option, the game will return to the main menu with a message reading "The storage device you selected is no longer available. Load canceled." This can happen even though no downloadable content has been downloaded and even if the Xbox has never been connected to Xbox LIVE. This issue appears to be caused at multiple points in the game. It is fixed in the 1.2.0.315 patch.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Equipping cowboy hats via mapped key sometimes causes the console to freeze (as of latest patch)
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 Trying to holster weapons seems to make some characters stick to the ground, and be immobile. Zooming and turning still works, but the player cannot pull out their gun. Dropping the weapon frees the player for a few moments, as does dropping anything out of the inventory, but the player sticks quickly after. No known fixes, waiting and fast traveling doesn't work. The player also cannot fire any weapon, and switching weapons causes the bug to occur. Resetting seems to fix this bug, and it only seems to happen after loading a save file, and then loading a second file. Erasing old saves and clearing the hard drive cache may fix the problem.
  • ps3Icon ps3 Trophies collected do not sync to the Public Trophies list at playstation.com.
    • They can be seen through the trophies list and compared via the Friends menu on the PlayStation.
  • ps3Icon ps3 Excessive save games in memory may cause crashes.
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when accessing the world map in the Pip-Boy and leaving the console, the background will disappear. To fix this press R1 or L1.
  • pcIcon pc 'Extremely-low textures' / 'blurred textures' / 'unreadable Pip-Boy buttons text' and some other descriptions could be the different names of the same driver-settings-related bug (tested for some ATI videocards, see the pictures for comparing).

Caused by settings in 'Catalyst Control Center (CCC)', or the popular among ATI users tool 'Ray Adams ATI Tray Tools (ATT)'. With ATT you should go 'tray icon RMB-click' > Direct 3D > Settings > and check your Texture Preference and MipMap Detail Level settings. If it's like 'High Performance / Performance' you should try and change state of the both of pull-down menus to 'Quality' and accept changes. Check the CCC manual for the similar settings. Now your Pip-Boy (and the whole game) should start looking a way better, like this:

(note that Pip-Boy's look o both screenshots slightly changed by mod, non-critical for the above-mentioned problem)

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 DLC quests may not appear for Honest Hearts and Old World Blues when downloaded off the Xbox360 menu together-deleting files from the hard drive and redownloading does not solve issue **Update**The only way to fix this is to delete the DLC data and redownload it many times {4x to MY knowledge}. However, the DLC Dead Money may take a few extra minutes to load up into the game

Warning!: if the settings would be changed to 'High Performance' for both Preferences in result you could see something like the next screenshots.

Also note that performance boost caused by 'High Performance / Performance' setting for Fallout: New Vegas is rather negative.

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes, the Xbox will crash upon exiting the Hidden Valley bunker.
  • ps3Icon ps3 Slow framerate issues. Issues like this are due to high memory usage and usually occur in places on map extremities or in locations where a lot of animation is occurring at any one time. Creating a save point and re-booting the ps3Icon ps3 system will temporarily rectify this problem.

Patch 1.1.1.271 "Everything's Essential" bugEdit

  • Patch 1.1.1.271 introduced a bug - Any creature or non-player character could suddenly become essential. This bug is fixed by the next patch 1.2.0.285.

Bugs fixed by patch 1.2.0.315Edit

Gameplay bugsEdit

  • ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc Sometimes in combat, an enemy will face the other way and fire at nothing, but the game will think the bullets are hitting you when they don't appear to, and you lose health. [verified]
    • pcIcon pc Beams and bullets can shoot backwards out of an NPC gun. The same bug existed in Fallout 3 (picture).
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc Dead Money poison gas carries over on save files if you save within the gas, unknown if it can be cured. The only work around is this. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When performing various unarmed attacks, character's vocal expressions (yells, grunts) were that of a female despite the character being chosen as a male. Perks, non-player character interaction, and model were all that of a male as well. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Companions and other non-player character's may randomly flee, and possibly never return to their original location. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Dropped items in The Lonesome Road Missile Silo will sometimes seem to fall through the floor. The item dropped remains where it is although invisible. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Occasionally, after changing ammunition types in one of your guns, you will be unable to manually swap ammunition types from within the Pip-Boy. It is still possible to change types via the hotkey, but when selecting a new ammunition type in the ammunition menu you will get an empty-sounding click and the square indicating selection will refuse to move. Experienced with Lucky, the service rifle, and the varmint rifle. Dropping the affected weapon and picking it back up appears to fix the issue. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 Boxes or jars of ammunition primer or powder are useless and take up weight until dropped or stored in a container, and then picked up again, at which time the quantity of weightless ingredients is added to the inventory. This applies to most boxes and jars with a few exceptions, such as "ammunition box, Microfusion cell", which are correctly added as ammunition immediately. In hardcore mode, this 'bug' is actually a benefit; a box of 250 5.56mm surplus rounds weighs only 5 pounds as opposed to 250 individual 5.56 rounds, each weighing 0.03 pounds, totals up to 7.5 pounds. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If an enemy attacks someone that is Neutral to the player and the enemy, the Neutral non-player character becomes hostile to the player. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Purchasing the Strength implant does not increase Strength when at level 7. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Occasionally, clothing and armor is not properly unequipped, resulting in being attacked for no reason by friendly factions, independent of your reputation. Try to remember which faction armors you had equipped before this happened and re-equip it. Example: If the NCR starts attacking for no reason, and you were dressed as a Legion some time before, try to re-equip the Legion armor and unequip it again. Make sure you receive the message that you are no longer dressed in Legion clothes. If you were wearing a Brotherhood armor before that caused this bug, only un-equipping a Brotherhood armor will fix it. [verified]
    • The above fix doesn't always work. In case your reputation is too bad (check your Pip-Boy), you'll have to use the console command setreputation factionid x y.
  • ps3Icon ps3 Sometimes weapons do not properly hotkey when multiple items are being assigned. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 Loading a save may change your current reputation with a faction. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 The "Sneak" skill has no difference in effect from 50 - 100. Only factors are the amount of light, running (pre-perk), stepping on some obstacles, and line of sight. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When pickpocketing ammunition cases, the "pick" is not counted, does not count towards the challenge and achievement, and your Karma will not be adjusted. You can take it freely as if it wasn't owned. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes in V.A.T.S., if queuing up attacks with a firearm and attacking, the player will not do anything and can still be attacked. However, AP is not lost when going out of V.A.T.S. after a few seconds. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Various wasteland critters often fall through the terrain. Occurs most often over high, rocky, and uneven ground. Also occasionally occurs at Lake Mead with lakelurks. This can result in creatures with half their bodies exposed and half their bodies submerged, making them destructible but unable to move or attack the player. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc Occasionally, when the player ventures in and out of the casinos (The Tops when the player confronts Benny in particular) will remove all non-holdout weapons from the player's inventory and not return them when the player leaves. It is also possible for the Courier's weapons to be returned but not those the companions were holding. Possible fix, you will have to break into the bank/cashier and steal your weapons back. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc When a new game is started sometimes vendors and traders stock will never change and you won't be able to buy new things through the entire game. [verified]
    • Possible fix: attempt to buy all the trader's items and come back a few hours or days later.
    • Xbox 360 Fix: Clear system cache by going to Storage Settings > Memory > Press Y while Hard Drive is highlighted > Clear System Cache. After you've done this, all vendors will refresh their inventory.
    • Individual Vendor Workaround: Go up to the vendor that you want to refresh their stock, then create a save, exit to main menu, then continue from the save you just created. (Note: Only the vendors stock that you saved by will be replenished)
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Corpses will often become either immovable or unlootable, which also happened within Fallout 3. Occasionally, revisiting the body will result in it being able to be looted, but at other times it still will be set in and you won't be able to interact with it. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc Goo and ash piles will permanently sustain. If a respawnable NPC is turned into an goo or ash pile the goo/ash pile will share their inventory after respawning. if turned into goo/ash again it will spawn another pile duplicating them infinitely. also when looting an ash/goo pile while sneaking, the piles show as a pickpocket attempt on all NPC's that can be pickpocketed. allowing you to pickpocket/loot NPC's at a safe distance. [verified]
    • This glitch also occurs when revisiting an area where energy weapons were used previously. Ash and Goo piles can be 'looted', stripping a dead non-player character several feet away.
    • This bug is still not fixed (27.8.2012). PC users can fix this by installing mods like (Goo Be Gone) or using Console commands.
  • pcIcon pc Occasionally a glitch will occur causing the doorman of a casino to not interact with you or even disappearing, causing you to be frozen. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you take advantage of your companion's inventory to store weapons, and then enter an area where your weapons are confiscated, the weapons you stored in your companion's inventory may not be returned once you leave these areas. [verified]
    • Possible fix break into the bank/cashiers and steal your weapons back. There should be two lockers that has stuff, but that'll turn anyone there hostile.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 After completing the game along Mr. House's quest line, you can load a different game during the end cinematic, stopping the cinematic. But, after loading the game and playing for a few minutes, the end cinematic starts to play again, refuting any new progress. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes after auto-saving then turning off the console (sometimes without even turning off the console) the right stick can become stuck. It can still be used to look around on the map screen in your Pip-Boy. [verified]
    • Fix: Entering V.A.T.S. and performing cinematic kills (where by the game slows down to show your kill) has been known to unstick your controller.
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you kill everyone in a casino on the strip (such as the Gomorrah), the game may freeze when you walk into it again because there is no person to take your weapons. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 During a cinematic kill while NOT in V.A.T.S., occasionally, the game will remain in such a slow-motion state following the kill. This can continue for anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Doc Mitchell will not fix radiation poisoning if you select any other fix after that choice, until you exit out of dialogue with him. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 You can be attacked after fast-travelling to any location. Fast travel is supposed to be a player shortcut, not literal teleportation, so the player should have "seen" nearby enemies at a longer range. This results in fast travel "ambushes" that should not be possible. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Enemies can move through the player during hand-to-hand combat, and will sometimes be thrown away several meters in a random direction faster than the non-player character can move. This can result in: 1, targeting problems if the player attempts to use V.A.T.S. in melee or 2, situations where an enemy can strike at you from a longer range than their weapon seems to allow. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 V.A.T.S. targeting can sometimes cause the screen to move and limit the options available to the player. This is most common when enemies are too close. A similar but possibly related issue can occur at range when body parts are shown in V.A.T.S. but cannot be targeted because the limb selection option won't appear for certain limbs (most common when targeting small objects like antennae). [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 At HELIOS One, Old Lady Gibson's dogs may spawn at the back door (facing the tower) and become hostile. [verified]
    • xbox360Icon xbox360 Also seen once where dogs were not hostile, but Gibson was sitting in mid-air. Also, upon exiting Helios One there were sounds of metal objects colliding with one another. Upon looking to the ground the cursor displayed info on multiple junk items (such as paint guns and tin cans). However, these items were invisible. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 At the bottom of Vault 3, there is a door that is too low for ED-E to go through. Sometimes ED-E goes further into the Vault, but cannot get back through the door and is therefore stuck. Loading a new game and telling ED-E to wait on one side of the door fixes it. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Some versions of the Xbox 360 experience problems while attempting to hack a computer terminal: The screen blurs out but the hacking mini-game does not initiate. This seems to only occur with the terminals with the non-foldout keyboard. [verified]
    • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 This bug seems to only happen if you change the default button mapping of X on the PS3 or B on the Xbox 360 to another button. Restoring your button mapping to default will allow hacking the stationary (not foldout keyboard) terminals OR a bypass is by holding the 'activate' button down, this will bring up the hacking screen enabling you to hack. Keep it held down till you complete the hack, release, then re-enter the terminal and all will be well. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Often when doing the You Can Depend on Me quest, after stealing the pre-War schematics, fast-traveling back to the Crimson Caravan will cause a freeze while loading. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes when you attack a non-player character in V.A.T.S. and it runs away through to a new area (by door) you will be teleported to a white room. [verified]
  • pcIcon pcSometimes when equipping a weapon mod to a weapon, the mod (scope, extended magazine, etc.) may not show up on the weapon but the effect will still be applied to the weapon. (Always happens with the Weathered 10mm pistol) [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 Occasionally, when attempting to fast travel, the game may tell you that fast travel is currently unavailable from your location. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Game crashes to desktop when you try to set or overview hotkey-ed slots (key 1-8) regardless of being in Pip-Boy view or actually playing. Glitch often caused by cowboy repeater and could be related with other hand-reloaded rifles / All-American. Fix is the same as for 'Custom button-mapping bugs' case for Xbox360: unload all of your inventory weapons (in worst cases - all equip-able items) to container or even plain ground (not recommended) and after picking it up try to re-set your hotkeys. If this doesn't work add Save > Exit game > Start game > Load - and then pick up your stuff. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When in the New Vegas Strip outside of Gomorrah, if you attack one (unarmed) of the girls dancing outside, mostly every civilian runs into Gomorrah, if you run with them into Gomorrah, you'll have no HUD and no ability of movement, no Pip-Boy or weaponry, only crouch, this is unfixable, unless you saved recently before entering the area (this is known as a Soft Crash) [verified]
  • If you have more than 2 different save games, it will automatically stop you from leveling up. (2 Completely different saves, not more than 2 of the same save game.) This can be fixed by either of 2 ways:

Reload the game from a very early save. (Even this may not work) Or just restart the game completely. [verified]

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 After convincing the Great Khans not to form an alliance with Caesar and completing Aba Daba Honeymoon, every once in a while your character may disappear entirely and a random Great Khan will appear in the area. Your character will re-appear after talking to someone. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc The day of the week is set to Sunday when loading a save just after starting up the game regardless of the date in that save. This causes vendors' inventories not to reset unless three game days pass without exiting the game entirely. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 When hostile non-player characters are sneak-killed (feral ghouls, Vipers etc...) you are given good Karma, but when they are killed without sneaking there is no Karma gained or lost. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you have Benny come up to the presidential suite with you, and let him survive, he will move to the front of The Tops lobby. If you have 35 barter skill, you can then repeatedly choose (what do you have in mind?) and (The suite's a nice touch...), which will give you 500 caps and 250 The Tops chips every time. This bug allows for effectively infinite money. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Sometimes while playing, the player may randomly fall through rocks and will not be able to get out. The player can fix this by fast traveling to any location. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you move any Fallout: New Vegas file that has a companion following onto a memory unit, then you insert the memory unit into an Xbox 360 without Xbox Live, and no title updates on either the Xbox or the memory unit, the current companion will keep entering conversation if they get too close to the player while following. This was only tested with Boone. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 Sometimes, when trying to continue or load the game from the main menu, the game will begin loading, but stay loading "forever" (slides will still change, and the roulette wheel will still spin, but the game will never actually load - tested up to 25 minutes), this is easily solved, just clear the cache on your Hard-Drive (Xbox 360) and it should then allow you to load. (add - This didn't work for me on the XBox360 even with a reboot in there. However, loading an earlier save file, then reloading the intended save file worked.gs) [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 In Old World Blues when talking to your brain it is possible to get stuck in a loop when asking him about what he misses of being in a body. Game will not crash but the dialogue will repeat indefinitely until another save is loaded. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc While using the no-clipping command from the console, when crouching or sneaking, your altitude will decrease about a meter every second and if left unchecked, you will descend below the ground and beyond. There is currently no noted solution to this other than to get out of sneak. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc When you are using the no-clipping command from the console, firing a weapon that shoots high-velocity rounds, like the anti-materiel rifle will push your opponent's body away, but their arms and/or other limbs may be in the same place that the body was before any shots were fired, even though collision is disabled. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc While using the no-clipping mode from the console, when you fire your weapon at a target, nothing happens besides your shot and/or action reload. This is probably because either your aim is off, or your altitude is too high. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 While aiming at your target and shooting your target outside of V.A.T.S. the bullets will either not shoot but your ammo count goes down or the bullets do nothing. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Occasionally items picked up can become unsellable to vendors permanently. No known fix. Confirmed occurs on acquisition and other triggers (likely repair). Does not affect the item's use, crafting or whether or not it shows up when opening boxes etc, only store inventories. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 When running occasionally the player will run very quickly even with the weapon equipped. Can be fixed by saving and loading that file.[verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Rarely, for unknown reasons, clouds can have shifted hues (often purple, green or even red), I have witnessed this bug only twice, once near Black Mountain, and again in the Red Rock Canyon area, this bug is practically harmless (video).[verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 If the player character decides to flee from a hostile, usually a creature, and loses them due to a boundary restriction on that hostile, the players [HIDDEN] status becomes [CAUTION] as usual but will stay that way for a considerable time in the surrounding area, when approaching non-hostile NPC's the will react as if a hostile is close by running away from the Courier. To fix this continue your venture until it sorts itself out or fast travel. [verified]

Effect bugEdit

Loss of perks' effect, specifically loss of stat gain from six implants bought from Usanagi. Possibly loss of 10 Barter point. Unknown if there's any other loss of unseen (as shown on Pip-Boy) effects.After using numerous chems in a radiated environment, that lead to numerous effects line (as shown in EFF page in Status button), when the effect wore off, there's a loss of numerous stat gained during the course of game, as stated above. It's highly possible there's also a loss of other hidden unshown effect of perks.To repeat the bug: go to a radiated environment, like Vault 34, or Old nuke test site or Crashed Vertibird, use 20+ chems/mags/foods... that lead to numerous effect. Wait for it to wear off, then recheck your stat. PC v140525. [platforms tag needed] [verification overdue]

Time's effect bugEdit

Time seems to NOT pass evenly. Some items seem to last abnormally long, such as mentats and jet, which can last at least 8 hour game time. The most noticeable example would be Vault 34, but any other cells can serve as well. The effects seem to show with Logan's loop hole. PC v140525. [platforms tag needed] [verification overdue]

Custom button-mapping bugsEdit

  • Using custom control-mappings can cause problems when attempting to activate or use objects, fire weapons, reload, etc. [platforms tag needed] [verification overdue]
    • xbox360Icon xbox360 Fix: Unload all your equipment into a container. When you pick it all up again you can once again use the D-pad.
  • pcIcon pc If you re-map the quick ammo swap, default 2, to another key, such as 9, neither 2 nor 9 will swap your weapon's ammo. In addition, when attempting to map it back to 2, you'll get a message saying that key is not remappable. You may still press 'reset bindings' to fix it, but this has the side-effect of resetting any other changed bindings, as well.

Caravan bugsEdit

  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 When discarding cards from your hand in your initial turn (before you place any cards down on the table) the third card from the left in your hand seemingly changes randomly to another card in your deck. Once the animation for drawing a new card is completed however, the card returns to its initial value. For example: The three right most cards in my hand might be a 7, 9, and a Queen. Once you choose to discard the Queen for example, the 7 changes to another card in my deck, possibly a 9. Therefore, while the animation for discarding a card and drawing a new one is taking place the two rightmost cards will appear two nines. Once the animation is finished and the player is able to make another move, the nine will then change back to its actual value of 7. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Upon winning, the player receives the amount of caps in the pot added to their cap total, though the in game message only reports adding half the pot. This is only when the player wins, if the non-player character wins the caps are removed and added properly from both. (i.e. non-player character bets 800, you call. If you win, you get 1600 caps instead of 800, if non-player character wins they only get 800) This is due to the player not having their caps taken from them when they place their bet, and obtaining their caps "back" as if they did. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc When playing Caravan game (rarely) ends abruptly even when the win conditions are not met. Either the player or non-player character can win. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc Non-player character's may not be able to ante and money may not be transferred after a win. This bug has been reported as both random but also consistent within a particular game (associated with a character). [verified]
  • pcIcon pc When playing Caravan, if you remove an enemy card lowering their score below 21, the game can still end as if the column is still sold prior to enough cards being re-added. This is a bug, as this does not happen when a column is removed to try and restart it, nor is the column value noted anywhere. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When playing Caravan, when the player discards their last card, the card may appear to be on its side and half of it will be phased through the table. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 For some reason during the quest Run Goodsprings Run, if you kill Ringo and take his deck of Caravan cards, it may freeze for a couple seconds and make the noise like when you scroll down you Pip-Boy menu, then stop and you can take the rest of his things. It doesn't seem to cause any problems other than freezing for a moment with the noise. Caused by each individual card being added to the players inventory. [verified]

Pip-Boy bugsEdit

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc The Pip-Boy screen may increase in brightness to a point where you can't see anything on the screen. Turning on then off the Pip-Boy light or saving and loading can fix this. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 In some instances when the player turns on their Pip-Boy's light, the entire sky may glare up, regardless if day or night. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 When bringing the Pip-Boy screen up, the Pip-Boy moves partially off screen, occluding the view of the Pip-Boy screen. This can be fixed by equipping or unequipping a weapon. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 Occasionally the damage threshold indicator (Ex: DT 10.0) in the top-right of the Pip-Boy screen will disappear (just the letters 'DT' and the value - all other parts of the screen are fine). Resetting the console, and reloading the save seems to fix it. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 On the 'Stats' screen, certain stats are not accurately reflected. For example, the Courier has consumed water hundreds of time so far, yet 'water consumed' reads as zero. This also happens with 'weapons crafted', the Courier have made gas bombs, time bombs and all the spears in Dead Money and the total is still zero. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 The Pip-Boy character texture can sometimes disappear and not enable to take it back. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 While on the world map, and the dashboard button is pressed the background of the world map will vanish leaving only the map icons, this can be fixed by removing the Pip-Boy or switching from 'Map' to another screen. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 After starting a new file, the Pip-Boy map may have all locations discovered on previous file marked when Pip-Boy was first received. Exiting Pip-Boy and re-entering fixes the map. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 Occasionally, the Pip-Boy will not center vertically on the screen preventing you from seeing the menu options. Exiting and performing some other action (such as holstering your weapon) will sometimes fix it. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you die while opening your Pip-Boy, your game will freeze and corrupt all your data. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 Sometimes, after finishing a game with companions, when you start a new game the companions location will appear on your Pip-Boy map. They will appear in their initial location where you first find them in the game (unknown if this happens with all companions, but does with Raul, Rex, Cass, ED-E, and Boone). [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 Switching between the main Pip-Boy screens will become less responsive as you 'fill it with data'. e.g. discovering (and completing) more quests, collecting notes, etc. [verified]

Named Non-player character-specific bugsEdit

For named non-player character-specific bugs, please see the respective non-player character article page.

Quest-specific bugsEdit

  • ps3Icon ps3 After collecting the holotapes (by not giving them to Hardin) can sometimes cause the Brotherhood of Steel to be hostile towards the player character (the way to avoid this is to have Veronica as a companion before starting the Brotherhood of Steel quests). [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 The unmarked quest, Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans, doesn't allow you to fix the processor even if you have all the parts, one more part is needed. You will need one extra pot in your inventory, only one pot will be removed when fixing the food processor. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 In the unmarked quest Keith's Caravan Charade you are asked to provide evidence that Keith is cheating at cards and selling drugs. Once you provide this information to Captain Parker he will enter Aerotech suite 200 and confront Keith. Parker will begin a dialog with him. If Keith was awoken by him he will go back to sleep as soon as the conversation is over. Captain Parker, who wants to kill Keith for insulting his wife, will spin around in circles with his gun drawn above the sleeping Keith. You can correct this by talking to Keith. As soon as Keith gets up off his bed, Captain Parker will kill him. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Before initiating the quest For Auld Lang Syne after Arcade Gannon may lose the conversation option to invite to party causing his quest to become unobtainable. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 While playing the Camp McCarran quests, if you decide to kill Silus before doing other quests such as The White Wash or I Put a Spell on You, they will become unavailable due to Carrie Boyd not wanting to speak with you. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 If you do not meet with Ambassador Crocker when you first enter the Strip, after the NCR trooper tells you that he is waiting to see you, his character disappears. After searching the entire Embassy and NCR MP headquarters, Ambassador Crocker is nowhere to be found. This is a problem if you want to finish the game with the NCR at Hoover Dam. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc In the cell near the Fiends territory where Cassidy Caravans is located, if you have previously completed the quest (i.e. visited the location before Cassidy asks) the game will crash, and you will not be able to load from your last auto-save, you can avoid this simply by dropping Cassidy as your companion before entering the cell.[verified]

Location-specific bugsEdit

  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When in Searchlight Airport, there are some Oil tanks in the upper-left hand corner. If you keep pressing the jump button, you can get on top of it. From there, you can jump onto or over the fence, and effectively get out of the map. This allows you to go to certain areas like the Fort, or Legate's camp before actually progressing far enough into the game to enter those areas. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When traveling up the river from Cottonwood Cove, about half way up on right-hand side is a clearing where deathclaws hang out, when you go up the ramp go left, there is a rock that does not connect with the ground, kneeling down allows you to see through the rocks. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 When wandering through the basement of the REPCONN Test Site where the Courier fights nightkin, closing a door in front of you while still walking forward will cause the player to fall through the floor and be re-spawned at the original entrance to the nightkin area. Does not effect weapons or items equipped. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 In Goodsprings, entering buildings or saving after returning from the NCRCF causes the game to crash. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc In the Lucky 38 presidential suite the terminal used for purchasing extra features does not have the items properly mapped and you must click off to the right of the right of the item to select it or you can just close the computer and try using the standard menu. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc After upgrading the Lucky 38 presidential suite the containers by the workbench can reset causing you to lose any items placed there. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 At some point, the gate to the Strip might be locked requiring a key. It's unknown what causes this or when it happens. However, destroying the securitrons outside the gate will provide you with keys. [verified]
  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 Entering the Strip may cause console to crash showing only black screen. Wearing the old cowboy hat can prevent this.

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