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Unlikely Valentine is a main story quest and achievement/trophy in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Main quest: Unlikely Valentine
Travel to Park Street station.
Enter Vault 114 and find your way to Nick Valentine.
Release Nick and follow him to the entrance of the vault.
Confront Skinny Malone.
Leave the station and talk with Nick.
Reward: 200 XP
100 bottlecaps
Worn fedora
Faded trench coat
Leads to: Getting a Clue

Detailed walkthroughEdit

After speaking to Ellie Perkins, it is revealed that Nick Valentine is being held captive in Park Street station. The station is filled with feral ghouls, but inside the station is the entrance to Vault 114. The vault is guarded by Triggermen armed with submachine guns and 10mm pistols. The player character needs to fight their way through the vault until they come to a large open atrium. Upstairs is Dino guarding the overseer's office where Nick is being held. Sneaking close allows the player character to listen to a conversation between Valentine and Dino where Valentine convinces Dino that a crime boss is upset at him about his cheating habit during gambling. Dino then runs out of the room to square things off with said crime boss leaving the coast clear to free Valentine. Alternatively, Dino may be killed without waiting for him to leave. The control panel next to the office door can then be used to free Valentine.

Speaking with Nick reveals why he is there and that they should leave as soon as possible. On the desk behind him is the Speech bobblehead. After talking with Nick, he will take the lead out of the vault where Skinny Malone and Darla will be waiting to stop the escape. With a few speech checks it is possible to turn them against each other or leave the vault without fighting at all. If a certain stage of the quest The Sight with Mama Murphy has been completed before coming to the vault, there will be an additional speech option that allows escape without any violence. Otherwise, the Sole Survivor and Valentine will need to kill Skinny Malone and his companions in order to leave.

After exiting the vault there is a short conversation with Valentine where he directs the Sole Survivor to meet him back at his office in Diamond City. Upon arrival, speaking with Ellie will end the quest.

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescription
10 Find Nick Valentine
20 Free Nick Valentine
30 Talk to Nick Valentine
50 Follow Nick Valentine
100 Leave the station
110 Talk to Nick Valentine
210Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete

NotesEdit

  • Even if one hides from or otherwise avoided Dino so he leaves the room alive, Nick will still say it won't be long till the others realize "muscle for brains" (Dino) isn't returning. Furthermore, he will simply wait in a side room off the hallway, where he will likely detect the player character and turn hostile.
  • Even if one is not detected at all and kill none of the Triggermen in the dining area where Nick asks how the player character wants to "play this" he will still comment on the "loud and hard" methods upon leaving the area.
  • In the same room as Nick, the player character can find the Speech bobblehead sitting on the overseer's table.
  • While escorting Nick, Astoundingly Awesome Tales #7 can be found on a pile of boxes blockading a hallway, before going through a bedroom.
  • If the player character ends the conflict with Skinny Malone peacefully, attacking him, Darla or the remaining Triggermen while they are not hostile does not count as murder in the Pip-Boy's crime statistics.
  • Frequently, after convincing Skinny Malone of letting the player character go peacefully, a companion will just walk instead of run to the exit. They end up still near the thugs when the countdown ends and get involved in a firefight. Unless one is playing on Survival mode, if one doesn't want to spoil their previous diplomatic success it is best to simply leave, as the companion will teleport to their side.
  • If the player character frees Nick without meeting Ellie Perkins first, the Sole Survivor will gain a unique speech option.
  • If the player character frees Nick without having visited Diamond City first, the quest Jewel of the Commonwealth will be auto-completed.
  • This is the farthest point in the main quest that a player character can skip ahead to after leaving from Vault 111 without the help of console codes or mods.

Behind the scenesEdit

The premise for Nick being in the vault is similar to the story from the film The Big Lebowski, in which a private detective is hired to track down a family daughter-turned-crime boss' trophy wife.

BugsEdit

xboxoneIcon xboxone pcIcon pc When confronted by Skinny Malone and Darla, the accompanying triggermen will become hostile if a targeting helmet is worn. Removing it will suffice. The highlight ability from berry mentats seems to make them hostile as well. [verification overdue]

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