Nothin' But a Hound Dog
Speak to Doc Henry about transplanting Rex's brain
No, Rex's condition is way beyond anything we can handle. He requires brain surgery, and some sophisticated cybernetics work, too.”— Julie Farkas
|Side Quest: Nothin' But a Hound Dog|
|Talk to The King in Freeside at the King's School of Impersonation.|
|Talk to Julie Farkas about what can be done to help Rex.|
|Return to the King with the news that Rex can be healed.|
|Take Rex to Doctor Henry in Jacobstown to learn how he can be fixed.|
|Acquire a new brain for Rex from one of the Fiends's dogs.||Acquire a new brain for Rex from one of Old Lady Gibson's dogs.||Acquire a new brain for Rex from one of Caesar's Legion's dogs.|
|Return to Jacobstown and have Violetta's brain transplanted.||Return to Jacobstown and have Rey's brain transplanted.||Return to Jacobstown and have Lupa's brain transplanted.|
|Reward: Rex as permanent follower|
Unshakeable Tracker perk
|Reward: Rex as permanent follower|
Faithful Protector perk
|Reward: Rex as permanent follower|
Blood of the Legion perk
Talk to The King in The King's School of Impersonation in Freeside. Ask him about Rex and he will tell you that something is wrong with him. He will then ask you to go to Julie Farkas, located in Old Mormon Fort. She will tell you that there is a man (Dr. Henry, in Jacobstown) who can help. You must then tell The King that Rex can be fixed. He will allow you to take Rex to Dr. Henry, who will tell you to find at least one dog brain to fix Rex. There are four possible brains to choose from:
- The first brain is at Gibson scrap yard, just north of Novac. Old Lady Gibson will ask you for 700 caps in exchange for Rey's brain. If your Barter skill is at least 70, it can be obtained for free. Or you can perform a sneak attack on Rey and take the brain off of his corpse.
- Alternatively, if you have the Lady Killer perk, Rey's brain can be obtained for free by choosing the corresponding dialogue option with Old Lady Gibson.
- The second brain is at a Fiend camp near Poseidon Gas Station, built from ruined campers (trailers). This section is populated by Fiend guard dogs, including Violetta, a boss guard dog. She and her master, Violet, must be killed to acquire this brain. Remember to keep Violet's head intact when you kill her if you plan to complete the quest Three-Card Bounty.
- The third is in The Fort, to which you gain access in the quest Render Unto Caesar. Talk to Antony about Lupa and eventually about a brain for Rex. Antony will then ask you to give Lupa an honorable death. You must fight Lupa in the arena with only a machete and no armor. Your reward will be Lupa's brain if you defeat her in a battle.
- The Fourth is not marked during the quest unless Old Lady Gibson has been killed, in which case Rey will no longer be there, and the map marker will take you to HELIOS One, to gain an NCR guard dog brain with no benefit to Rex.
Choosing to implant Rey's brain will give Rex the perk Faithful Protector, increasing his attack damage (+25 damage). Choosing to implant Violetta's brain will give Rex the perk Unshakeable Tracker, increasing his speed (+50% movement speed). Choosing to implant Lupa's brain will give Rex the perk Blood of the Legion, increasing his damage threshold (+10 DT).
It should be noted that you can only choose one.
|1||Talk to Julie Farkas about what can be done to help Rex.|
|2||Return to the King with the news that Rex can be healed.|
|3||Take Rex to Doctor Henry in Jacobstown to learn how he can be fixed.|
|4||Acquire a new brain for Rex from one of Old Lady Gibson's dogs.|
|5||(Optional) Search for an exceptional canine brain among Caesar's Legion.|
|6||(Optional) Search for an exceptional canine brain among the Fiends.|
|7||Quest finished||Return to Jacobstown and have Rex's brain transplant performed.|
- If you need to reset the quest at any time, use the base ID tag 001176B8.
- If you use the barter challenge against Old Lady Gibson for Rey you will not have to kill him. There will be a short scene where Old Lady Gibson quickly puts Rey down, to avoid his suffering, and the brain goes into your inventory.
- Rey can occasionally be found outside Helios One when the Courier is attempting to adjust the reflectors. Rey may be one of the hostile dogs at that time.
- When taking Rex to Doctor Henry in Jacobstown, make sure to keep to the road. If you try to take a direct path you'll find some very tough cazadores and unclimbable mountains you'll have to go around and your companions may get stuck many times on the hills. Alternatively, fast travel is a safer way.
- During this quest, even if you have completed For Auld Lang Syne, Doctor Henry will appear at Jacobstown.
- In hardcore mode, it is generally considered a good idea to transplant Lupa's brain for the additional DT due to the fact that Rex will die instead of becoming briefly unconscious.
- If the Courier has Boone as a companion and chooses to implant Rex with Lupa's brain, Boone will refuse to accompany the Courier while Rex is an active companion.
- When Old Lady Gibson lures Rey to his death, his body never appears, since he immediately disappears once you pay Gibson.
Behind the scenesEdit
"Hound Dog" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was originally performed by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton. Elvis Presley covered the cover version of "Hound Dog" by Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys.
- pc It is possible to stealthily kill Lupa and loot Lupa's brain from her corpse. If she is successfully killed without the player being noticed, Antony may not "notice" that Lupa has died and will still give you the option to fight her in the arena for her brain. If the player accepts, it is possible to obtain a second Lupa's Brain. DO NOT DO THIS. Having 2 of the brains in your inventory will cause Dr. Henry to not recognize that you have the brain at all, making it impossible to give Rex Lupa's brain. To solve this, either revert to an earlier save, or enter "player.removeitem 0013d851 1" in the console, without the quotes. Make sure that you only have one instance of Lupa's brain. [verified]
- xbox360 If you have already killed Old Lady Gibson as well as her dogs, Rey's quest marker may change positions on the world map either showing up at Novac or Gibson scrap yard. In both cases, Rey's corpse may be stuck inside the ground, making it hard for the player to see Rey's body or even realize that the body is glitched. [verified]
- pc xbox360 Old Lady Gibson may spawn at Helios One hostile. If you don't scavenge Rey's brain its body will actually stay out back in the solar field. [verified]
- pc There is a chance, if you finish the quest by talking to Calamity rather than Henry, that the variable for Rex's brain won't be set in the quest, you'll get the ending for if you hadn't actually transplanted the brain at all. The fix for this is as follows: [verified]
- - Press ~ to bring up the console.
- - Type: set "001176B8".nTransplantResult to X
(You must type the quotes for this to work in the console)
- X is one of the following:
- 0 for no transplant ending.
- 1 for Rey's brain ending.
- 2 for Violetta's brain ending.
- 3 for Lupa's brain ending.
- That will fix the issue.
- This can also be used in comparison with the resetquest trick above. If you do a resetquest 001176B8, you'll then have to pick up the quest from The King and do setstage 001176B8 30. Follow the quest through as normal then, and once the quest is over, do the command above.
- If you're having any other problems, try this command: set "0010d8df".ReceivedTransplant to 1
- pc Upon transplanting Violetta's brain Rex's hitpoints may become set at 0/0 making him impossible to heal. [verified]
- pc Sometimes the player is unable to enter conversation with Dr. Henry. It makes this and every other quest involving Dr. Henry impossible to complete without console commands. To complete the quest via console, use the command: setstage 001176B8 100. [verified]
- pc xbox360 Stage 4 of the quest contains a grammatical mistake. It tells the player to acquire a brain from one of "Old Lady's Gibson's dogs", rather than "Old Lady Gibson's". [verified]
- pc If you complete the first part of the quest by speaking to Doctor Henry The King may act like the quest "GI Blues" is active and will say "My eyes on the street tell me you haven't paid our mutual friend Orris a visit yet. Until you do, we got nothing to talk about." [verified]
- ↑ Hound dog
- ↑ http://rockhall.com/inductees/jerry-leiber-and-mike-stoller/
- ↑ http://www.leiberstoller.com/Discography.html