Here, the Courier recovers after being shot in the head and robbed of the platinum chip by Benny, then is subsequently rescued by Victor. The Courier survives the gunshot after being "patched up" in Doc Mitchell's house.
Goodsprings is a small, struggling wasteland town that has been a mining community since the early days of Nevada's U.S. history. There are only a dozen or so people still in the town due to trade along the Long 15 drying up. Signs along the highway direct people to Goodsprings, but they do the town little good if no one is on the highway to read them.
The town has never been that populous to begin with, and the troubles with geckos, coyotes, radscorpions and bandits such as Powder Gangers haven't made it any more appealing to newcomers. A few people have holed up in the town to wait things out and hope for the best, but overall Goodsprings is a quiet, "sleepy" town. It could almost be considered a ghost town, if it weren't for these few odd settlers attempting to eke out a way of life among the ruined ranch homes.
The residents of the town come to the Courier's aid after a securitron named Victor witnessed the Courier's shooting and burial over by the cemetery. Local activities include going to the spring (Goodsprings source), hunting geckos, mole rats, and coyotes, and loafing around in the Prospector Saloon.
Doc Mitchell's house is located in the western portion of town. The player character begins their journey here, after being in Doc Mitchell's care for several days. The Prospector Saloon and Goodsprings General Store with a Mojave Express dropbox located outside are situated at the northeast end of town. Several settlers live in the town's houses, and farm bighorners.
There are several locations in Goodsprings which can be used for safe storage. Everything except the beds in Doc Mitchell's house is considered unowned. Victor's shack is also considered unowned, but has few storage containers. The house due south of the saloon is quite convenient as it is close to the fast travel point. It has open beds and safe containers. Easy Pete sleeps there nightly and a settler may wander in, but one bed is usually free to sleep in. Finally, the crates between the Saloon and General Store are unowned and situated conveniently close to the workbench.
Goodsprings contains an abandoned schoolhouse with some low level loot and a Stealth Boy. An abandoned gas station west of Doc Mitchell's home contains some minor loot and can be used as a safehouse if needed, as it contains a bed and some safe storage. The gas station is locked until the Courier is sent there to meet with Ringo.
An invisible border encircles Goodsprings, the cemetery, and Goodsprings Source. Crossing the border for the first time triggers menus which allows one to redo the Courier's looks, SPECIAL statistics, Traits, and Skills.
- Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual: The house where Trudy and Sunny Smiles sleep (White, L-shaped house, directly East of the Goodsprings schoolhouse) contains a copy of the skill book on a small book shelf opposite the front entrance. (Must be stolen unless the quest Run Goodsprings Run has been completed.)
- Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap: Two, one can be found in the above-mentioned house on the kitchen counter, next to a few Sunset Sarsaparilla bottles. The other is in a white house west of the General Store with a vegetable garden outside, on the table in the bedroom.
- A Stealth Boy: In the Goodsprings schoolhouse inside a locked safe. The safe can be opened with a Lockpick skill of 25, or by hacking the nearby terminal (Science 25).
- Goodsprings schoolhouse safe - Given by Sunny Smiles after asking for work.
- Busted Radio - Given by Trudy after agreeing to fix her radio.
Narrated by Doc Mitchell
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|1||Travelers continued to stop by Goodsprings Source for water on the Long 15, but rarely would anyone venture into the ruins of Goodsprings itself. Those who did were almost always tourists, come to visit the graveyard where the Courier "rose from the dead."||Kill the people of Goodsprings or complete Run Goodsprings Run.|
|2||Goodsprings saw more trade along I-15 after NCR gained control of the Mojave Wasteland, but with that came a heavy burden of the Republic's taxes. Some old-timers, unable to handle the cost, were forced to move on, grumbling all the while.||Complete Ghost Town Gunfight, complete the endgame quest Eureka! for the NCR.|
|3||The Legion, preoccupied with its acquisition of New Vegas, scarcely took notice of the town of Goodsprings. Many locals moved on, fearful of Caesar's long shadow. Only the old and the stubborn remained.||Complete Ghost Town Gunfight, complete the endgame quest Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.|
|4||After Mr. House gained control of New Vegas, he sent a Securitron to Goodsprings as a token of appreciation for helping the Courier. Victor was a mixed blessing, however, as he continually monitored the town for Mr. House.||Complete Ghost Town Gunfight, complete the endgame quest All or Nothing for Mr. House.|
|5||With New Vegas' independence formally declared, Goodsprings thrived. More travelers stopped by Goodsprings on their way to and from the Strip, and the locals grew prosperous from the traffic.||Complete Ghost Town Gunfight, complete the endgame quest No Gods, No Masters for an Independent Vegas.|
- As the starting location, the Goodsprings area and related quests offer examples of all the non-combat skill-based checks found in the game: Barter 20 (Trudy); Barter 25 (Chet); Explosives 25 (Easy Pete); Medicine 30 (Doc); Repair 20 (Trudy's); Repair 25 (Doc's); Science 25 (Victor, Doc's, Trudy's, schoolhouse); Sneak 25 (Trudy); Speech 20 (Joe Cobb); Speech 25 (Chet, Trudy); Speech 30 (Doc); and Lockpick 75 (Trudy's safe, which can also be opened via terminal. There are several other locks that have a Lockpick skill requirement of 0-50).
- The town of Goodsprings is one of the three Goodsprings locations (the others being Goodsprings source and Goodsprings Cemetery) that make up the tutorial area. The tutorial boundary exists whether or not the player accepts Sunny Smiles' offer of her training. The first time, only, that the player leaves the tutorial area, there will be an opportunity to rebuild the Courier character, including S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats and all perks. It is possible, with the correct preliminary character build, to pass every one of the skill checks and quests offered in the town before rebuilding the Courier in a completely different way upon leaving town.
- Once one clears the town, it is safe from hostile creatures. Bark scorpions from Goodsprings Cemetery may still wander in, though, and geckos will routinely spawn at Goodsprings Source.
- The state flag of Nevada flies above the entrance to Doc Mitchell's house. It is the only instance of an animated Nevada state flag in the game, and it's one of the few instances of the flag in-game (another being the state border sign found in Nipton).
- According to a front page newspaper story, a kind doctor was murdered in the town before the Great War, shocking the citizens.
- There are crates marked with three X's located along the front, side, and back of the Goodsprings General Store that can be relocated and used as permanent storage containers. The original content of the crates never respawns, so any items placed inside them will be safe. These crates may be bumped into by the player and sent flying a distance, sometimes disappearing completely into the side of a building so losing all contents with no way of getting them back. The two dumpsters at the side of the general store are safe to store items in and don't have the problem of being bumped and lost. (However, during Ghost Town Gunfight, residents - particularly Sunny Smiles - will help themselves to any weapons stored in the dumpsters.) The crates along the front are "owned" and removing previously placed items from them is considered stealing.
- There is a trailer behind Chet's store that contains two crates and a bed. Anything placed in the crates will stay there indefinitely. It's usually available for sleeping, though sometimes Easy Pete may be sleeping there himself.
Goodsprings appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Goodsprings is based on the real-life location of the same name. Several landmarks – such as the saloon, store, schoolhouse, cemetery, and windmill – are all present in real life and reproduced with a decent degree of accuracy in-game.
- It is entirely possible that Goodsprings may have been called "Noso" during development phases, which may have been short for "No Soliciting," like Novac is short for "No Vacancy." This is namely due to the file naming structure of the buildings used in Goodsprings.
PC Xbox 360 Sometimes if you fast travel from Goodsprings to the Goodsprings source, the game will crash. (This bug only seems to start happening after you complete Ghost Town Gunfight and always happens the next time you try to do so after doing said mission.) [verified]
- Xbox 360 In Goodsprings, entering buildings or saving after returning from the NCRCF causes the game to crash. [verified]