The cave is located almost halfway between the town of Broken Hills and Vault City. The cave is north-northwest of Broken hills, at a range of 3.75 grid squares. From Vault City, the cave is on a heading south-southwest: 7 grids south, one grid west.
The raiders here are a bit different from the usual lot. They're actually hired by the Bishop family to harass Vault City's trade routes in order to force them into becoming annexed by the NCR. If you think that this would make them better disciplined and organized, you're wrong.
The cave is broken into two principal sections, each with its own entrance.
The main, natural entrance to the cave leads into an uninhabited section. This winding maze-like section of cave does not serve as home to any of the raiders, but multiple sinkholes can drop an unwary explorer into a level below - home to a small horde of small radscorpions.
However, it is the farther reaches of the cave that are of interest to an explorer with a talent for combat. Accessible either from the entrance cave or from a manhole disguised by a small ruined building on the surface, the rear section of the cave is the base of operations for three raiders: Blondie, Tuco and Angel-Eyes.
The raiders' cave is, for the most part, typical of most raider strongholds found in the Fallout world. Weapons and ammunition are stored in modest quantities, along with a few valuable goods. What makes this particular cave noteworthy is its safe.
Used to store sensitive documents, the raiders' safe is both difficult to pick and booby-trapped with explosives. Only characters with relatively high Traps and Lockpick skills - as well as the appropriate tools for many characters - should attempt to open the safe. The safe can also be cracked if character has a high Luck. Inside is evidence of the Bishop family's involvement with the raiders and their attacks on Vault City.
Each of the three captains has a locker that contains their respective dogtags. Having all three in your inventory creates a new option in the dialogue box for the safe that lets you open it without picking the lock.
- The background music is Khans of New California, which has been originally used for Khan Base.
- You can find Shadow-Who-Walks here. He's the native guide Stark was talking about in Vault City.
- You can find the Mercenaries' cave location map in Bishop's safe (be careful not to set off the trap).
This mercenaries' cave appears only in Fallout 2.