Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Find out the fate of Nipton for Ranger Ghost at the Mojave Outpost.
If there are any survivors they're going to be the Town Hall. If you can get inside let me know if you can find anyone.”— Ranger Ghost
Ghost, an NCR Ranger from the Mojave Outpost, is concerned when she notices plumes of smoke rising from the reclusive town of Nipton. To add to her concern, there have been no travelers from Nipton as of late. Ghost contracts you to investigate the disturbance.
|Side Quest: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize|
|Talk to Ghost at the Mojave Outpost.|
|Travel to Nipton|
|Talk to Vulpes Inculta.||Talk to Boxcars.|
|Reward: 100 XP, NCR fame|
Upon approaching the town, you are greeted by an ecstatic (if not manic) Powder Ganger by the name of Oliver Swanick who proclaims life is grand after winning the lottery. Moving past him into town reveals a row of crucified Powder Gangers along the first street on your left (north). To the left of that is the Nipton General Store, where Boxcars is located. At the end of this road is the town hall. Either location yields an non-player character who will give you the information required to complete this quest.
Inside the General Store is Boxcars, a crippled Powder Ganger who will tell you what happened in Nipton. At the entrance to the town hall you'll encounter a contingent of Caesar's Legion, led by Vulpes Inculta. He will initiate dialog, offer to tell you the tale of Nipton's demise, and after a brief exchange, spares your life in order for you to spread the word of their atrocities across the wasteland, giving the quest Cold, Cold Heart.
Talking with Ranger Ghost again after this point will complete the mission.
|10||Recon the Nipton Town Hall for Ranger Ghost.|
|20||Quest finished||Return to Ranger Ghost at Mojave Outpost.|
- If Vulpes Inculta somehow dies prior to the Courier's arrival in Nipton, his place will be taken by Gabban. The dialog will remain mostly identical, save for a few punctuation changes. However, Gabban is unable to give out the quest Cold, Cold Heart.
- You can complete this quest by going to Nipton first before ever going to the Mojave Outpost. Talk to Ghost after talking to Cass in the bar and she will give you the quest, then you can complete it immediately by choosing the option that you have already been to Nipton.
- If you are accompanied by Craig Boone, are dressed as NCR, or have a bad reputation with the Legion, Vulpes Inculta and his troops will attack you straight away instead of initiating dialog.
- Killing all members of Caesar's Legion will yield little benefit. You will lose access to the quest Cold, Cold Heart and other missions that Vulpes Inculta offers later in the game. Additionally, you'll lose Legion reputation. Killing all members will also not add any additional award from Ghost upon completing the quest, nor will you gain any reputation with NCR.
- It is possible to kill all the Legion members (except Vulpes Inculta) without consequence by killing them with silenced weapons while "hidden" (sneaking). This doesn't affect dialog with Vulpes Inculta in any way, and gives good Karma for each kill.
- When talking to Vulpes Inculta in Nipton, the player can gain Legion fame by telling Vulpes that he admires what the Legion did there.
- pc ps3 xbox360 If you accept this quest much later in the game (after receiving the quest "Render Unto Caesar" outside The Tops casino) and have not engaged Vulpes in front of the Nipton Town Hall until after that (he'll simply engage/disengage conversation), it is possible that you will be unable to complete this quest. Talking to Boxcars only offers the "I'll be going now" option, and thus there is no dialogue to complete the quest. Ghost will continue to ask you to investigate, rendering this quest forever incomplete. [verified]
- If this bug is encountered on the PC, it is possible to complete the quest by using the console command set "00144124".ghostint to 1.
- pc If you enter the house that Boxcars is in before the initial dialogue with Vulpes, he may not appear and the four legion recruits will just stand in front of the town hall endlessly. [verified]
- pc If you manage to kill Vulpes without ever meeting him in Nipton and kill Boxcars before speaking to him there is no way to finish the quest. [verified]
- pc If Vulpes is not present (though the legionaries may be), using the console command player.placeatme 1300e2 will place Vulpes in front of the player and he will respond to dialog (note that the legionaries will not follow Vulpes out of Nipton and they may be killed after Vulpes' departure with the subsequent loss of faction standing with the Legion). [verification overdue]