Fallout: New Vegas Official Strategy Guide Blog — Cleaving Las Vegas: Enemies New and Old

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Tonight we’re pleased to share the fourth Game Guide diary from David Hodgson, author of the War and Peace-sized Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide. If you live in the Portland area, David has informed me he’ll be signing copies of the guide on Monday night at a GameStop at the Clackamas Promenade.

Here’s David (caution: some spoilers below)

Although it is possible to complete your New Vegas experience without personally slaying anyone yourself, much of your time exploring all the backwater settlements, chem-dens, and abandoned ghost towns involve tense interactions with entities that could best be described as “bloody entertaining.” The Mojave Wasteland is filled with a multitude of enemies ranging from the savage to the refined, and by the time you’ve pissed off a major faction or two, you’ll be craving a complete list of every single monstrosity, or faction enemy — along with their Level, Perception, combat skill abilities, favored weapons, and even the likely loot their corpses contain. The guide is an amazing place to find accurate information on those foes you’ll be cleaving, culling, or cutting. But who’s out there in the badlands, waiting to pounce?

Human-sized foes dominate much of the landscape, and these vary from the White Glove Society Bouncers (who strike with their refined, but oh-so damaging fancy Dress Canes), to the sausage-fingered hired hands of Brahmin Baron Heck Gunderson. The shifty-eyed thugs of Freeside are more aggressive, to such an extent that you can employ the services of a bodyguard to watch your back in the sprawling maze of alleys where the less opulent eke out a grim existence. Both inside the gates of Freeside, and out in the wild blue yonder, the major Factions have their guardsmen. Take the Boomer tribe for instance, who greet visitors with howitzer fire and wield Grenade Launchers for good measure. The scattered settlements of Goodsprings, Primm, Novac, and Sloan all have a particular type of plucky soul attempting to make a living off the land (whether growing vegetables you can pick and cook, or blasting limestone from a nearby quarry).


Naturally, the main Factions of the NCR and Caesar’s Legion have a number of shock troops you might not wish to get on the wrong side of. If you’re at Hoover Dam to watch the arrival of Bear Force One (NCR President Aaron Kimball’s Vertibird), expect the security to be tight, and the President’s guard to be comprised of veteran Rangers with armor you’d almost give a companion up for. Or if you’ve been summoned by Caesar, and are visiting his sprawling Fort in Arizona, you’ll be sizing up the guards to see whether wrestling the ornate breastplate off his corpse is worth a declaration of hostilities. But for the real horrors that inhabit the lonely stretches of the Long 15 highway — the mutated, shrieking deviants shunned by Mother Nature, ready to devour and mutilate — the dank caverns and blasted heaths are where your mettle is truly tested.


Wilder foes are classified as “Abominations,” creations abhorrent to the natural order of things, and “Mutated Animals,” wildlife with a taste for human flesh. At the top of the “crap your pants in fear” chart are the Alpha Male, Female, and Legendary Deathclaws — taller, bigger, and sharper than their east-coast brethren. Geckos also dash around the countryside, bigger than a man, and skedaddling faster than you can run. Venture into an old Vault in the northwestern mountains, and expect encounters with atrocities that merge the line between plant and animal. Fight off the slithery and furry advances of the Nightstalker, then save some of your ammunition for the scatterings of Feral Ghoul settlements and encampments of blue Nightkin Super Mutants — and their lunatic leaders, Tabitha and Davison.

No matter what skills and weapons you’ve armed yourself with, there are rugged, rocky sandscapes, detritus-filled alleyways, or coniferous woodlands with something waiting to jump out and take a swipe at you. It’s up to you to meet and greet it, or beat and eat it.

Next week David will be back for his final Game Guide Diary. By then, you’ll be ready to venture into the wasteland.

Reader Comments

  1. I shall vanquish the deathclaws once more and rip off their limbs and show them a new beast know as weapon “X”, i shall travel through the harsh terrain of unbearable heat taking rations of water to keep my sanity as packs of hungry hungry gecko’s kick up the sand trying to quench their thirst on my wasteland corpse. My fellow vault dwellers we are asked once more to travel the post apocalyptic wasteland and face old and new perils we shall hold our weapons high whether it for good or evil and take down our enemies no matter it be radroach or super mutant behemoth we shall conquer them all! Strike fear into the damned souls of feral ghouls,welcome slavers and raiders to the business end of your boomstick, show your comrades that you may have been left for dead but you are far from it.My fellow fallout vault dwellers on the 19th we shall travel through the devils playground with flashing lights and harlets and that smooth Wayne newton and vegas shall know i our names!

  2. @KotW you know, on second look… a weapon?

    there is a Power Fist-type weapon that uses shotgun shells (wheeee!). this one could be some sort of electrical or pressure impact weapon, with its glowing lights and knuckle-mounted assembly.

  3. I personally can’t wait to greet the President with a Sniper rifle when she gets off that Vertibird..
    Hopefully the game will allow me to have the option…

  4. Notice the stealthed human on the right in the Deathclaw picture 😉

    That device on Ceasars arm is a fist weapon, much like a Power Fist, only with more SWOOSH and POW WHAM! (saw it in a demo for a fraction of a second :O )

    Later guys!

  5. fake website by the way lol. is there a Fat Man in New Vegas? If not, I hope there are no Ghoul Reavers even though the Mauler works pretty good as long as plenty of stimpaks are available. Why are there no vehicles like in mad Max that we can cruise through the capital Wasteland and Nevada? Oblivion had horses, fast travel is nice but hitting a Super Mutant Behemoth with a Vertibird, Corvega, or Chryslus would be awesome. Imagine how smudged the windshield would be from Bloatflies!

  6. MY 360 is going to melt before I am done with New Vegas. Hey how come tennpenny will not let the Ghouls live there even though I convinced everyone? Is it because of the Mr. Crowley mission interefering?

  7. I just bought Fallout:New Vegas on Steamworks and i already have it pre-ordered at gamestop on 360… i should get a f*ckin bumper sticker or something…

  8. woah nice hand thing.

    what is it? it looks kind of like a cross between a power fist and some kind of energy weapon>
    you could call it the mega fist and when you punch someone with it they would fall to the floor while being electrecuted.

    or if you punched them it would do a tiny bit of damage and then a ball of energy comes out and makes them go flying.

    FONV released in three days!
    or tomorow for america 🙁

  9. @King of the Wastes: It looks like some sort of weapon you punch people into little pieces with. GOD am I gonna steal that of him!!

  10. Question….I “accidentally” villified myself with NCR during the “I fought the Law” quest and thouroughly regret it because now all my future missions with them are stalled. Is there any way to un-villify myself with them????? Everytime I try to talk to them they shoot me dead….an NCR ranger gave me 3 days to mend fences with the NCR but I can’t do that if they keep shooting at me. HELP!!!!!

  11. i was being chased by some gouls so i ran into a shack door as i opened it the goul hit me and when it loaded inside the shack i died then when it loaded again i died again and so on… and i have almost completed the game so i CBA to start again FAIL! -_-

  12. i have unfortunatly become shunned by the ncr in new vegas but to complete my missions i need togo back to being neutral but there are no more missions that i can fined to build my rep up any tips on how to do this without entering new vegas its to eatrly in the gsme for me to go there