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When you ask a trophy hunter what game got them into the full-blown addiction that is racking up trophies, it is very rarely the games that we would consider easy platinum games. It tends to be a game that the player genuinely loves, and for that reason, doesn’t mind grinding out those added trophies to get the platinum. It is usually a comfort game, a game that the player refuses to set down until they have seen everything that was on offer, or a game that has so much depth and replay value that the platinum trophy is simply a consequence of repeated playthroughs. Well, for me, that first platinum trophy that would lead to a laundry list of other gaming 100% completions was Fallout: New Vegas, a game that I still consider one of the finest RPG adventures ever made.
This game had no right to be as good as it was, running on an outdated engine, and being produced with a very rushed development cycle, and yet I’ve spent easily over one-thousand hours in the Mojave. I know this game back to front, know every character as if they were my own family, and have an intricate understanding of what it takes to beat this game, do all the added extras, and as a result, earn that Platinum Trophy at the end of this journey.
Fallout New Vegas isn’t a difficult platinum by any means, but it is a time-consuming one. So I would only suggest that those who love RPGs and like the Fallout series and first-person RPGs of this nature take on this behemoth of a challenge. However, if you are in it for the long haul, then I’ll be with you every step of the way. Unless there are Cazadors, then obviously I’m out. Jokes aside, this guide has everything you need. So without further delay, here is our Fallout New Vegas Trophy Guide.
Fallout New Vegas Quick Info
- Genre: First-Person RPG
- Number of Trophies: 51
- Difficulty: 4/10
- Playthroughs Needed: One (Two recommended)
- Time to Platinum: 70-80 Hours
Roadmap to Success
Step One: Put off Vengeance, Do Side Quests
So a man named Benny shot you in the head and left you in a shallow grave to die. We should go kill him immediately, right? Wrong. You see, this game is split up into acts, and when in the first act, you can anger any faction you like, do as you please, and generally be a nuisance, and the slate will be wiped clean in the second act.
This second act begins when you find and kill Benny, so we suggest you make use of this get out of jail free card and get all of the important side-quests out of the way early. Along with some combat-related trophies, too, because a lot of the time, killing people is perceived as a social faux-pas in the Mojave; go figure! Here are the trophies you should try to pick up at this stage:
- New Kid
- Up and Comer
- The Boss
- Mod Machine
- Ol’ Buddy Ol’ Pal
- The Whole Gang’s Here
- Globe Trotter
- Walker of the Mojave
- Master of the Mojave
- Lead Dealer
- Blast Mastery
- Love the Bomb
- You Run Barter Town
- Stim-ply Amazing
- Outstanding Orator
- Hack the Mojave
- New Vegas Samurai
- No Tumbler Fumbler
- Artful Pocketer
- Desert Survivalist
- Know When to Fold Them
- Old-Tyme Brawler
- Little Wheel
- One-Armed Bandit
- Double Down
- Caravan Master
- The Courier Who Broke The Bank
- G.I. Blues
- Ain’t That A Kick in the Head?
- They Went That-A-Way!
- Return to Sender
- Come Fly With Me
- That Lucky Old Sun
- Talent Pool
- The Legend of The Star
Step Two: Resume Act of Vengeance
You’ll be happy to know that if you complete all the tasks listed above, you are well on your way to the platinum. All you have to do now is complete the main story a handful of times and achieve a variety of different endings, which can only mean one thing. Time to get back to that act of vengeance and kill Benny. As soon as you have dealt with Benny in the Tops Casino, you’ll want to drop a hard-save, as this is the point where actions have consequences.
From this point, you will need to complete the game three times over with the three main factions within the game, Caesar’s Legion, The NCR, and Mr. House. This will require you to deal with certain side factions and do a couple of mainline quests for these groups, but these main quests don’t take too long, provided that you are gunning it toward the finish each time. Here are the trophies you should be picking up in this step:
- The House Always Wins
- All or Nothing
- Render Unto Caesar
- For the Republic
- Arizona Killer
- You’ll Know it When It Happens
Step Three: Hard to the Core
Then lastly, you will need to complete the game all over again. Probably not the news you want to hear, but this time you can race right to the end as fast as you can, and thanks to the Yes Man route, you can ignore all of the sub-factions in the game if you choose to make this second act of this game very short indeed.
The only catch is that you will have to play the game in hardcore mode, which means that players need to monitor their food intake, their thirst levels, and their exhaustion meters throughout the run. However, provided you keep a good stock of food, water and rest in a bed every once in a while, you could see off this last portion in about ten hours or less. Here are the trophies you’ll need to finish this game off:
- No Gods, No Masters
Fallout New Vegas Trophy Guide
Okay, so now that you know the sequence of events, I think it would be a great idea to take a look at all of these trophies individually and tell you exactly what is required. Plus, I will give you some handy hints and tips for those trophies that can be a little bit more stubborn than others. Great, let’s get this show on the road!
Player Earned %: 58.97%
To earn this trophy, the player must reach level ten. This requires at least 7,200XP
Up and Comer
Player Earned %: 44.26%
To earn this trophy, the player will need to reach level twenty. This will require at least 29,450XP.
Player Earned %: 28.80
To earn this trophy, the player will need to reach max level without DLC (Level 30). This will require at least 66,700XP.
Player Earned %: 57.02%
This trophy is earned for crafting twenty items at a Reloading Bench, Campfire, or at a Workbench. This can usually be done through natural play, or you can break down 20 rounds of Ammunition for a quick trophy pop.
Player Earned %: 15.69%
This trophy is earned by equipping twenty mods to weapons. Mods are acquired from merchants dotted around the Mojave. These can be expensive and can only be equipped with certain weapons, so it’s best to focus on this one later in your playthrough.
Ol’ Buddy Ol’ Pal
Player Earned %: 58.72%
This trophy will pop when the player recruits one of the companions within the game. The quickest and easiest options are usually Boone or Veronica.
The Whole Gang’s Here
Player Earned %: 17.21%
To get this achievement, you will need to recruit all the companions within the game. Here is a list of all the companions and where you first encounter them:
- Boone – Novac
- Veronica – 188 Trading Post
- E-De – Primm
- Raul – Black Mountain
- Lily – Jacobstown
- Rex – The Kings (Freeside)
- Arcade – Old Mormon Fort
- Cass – Mojave Outpost
Player Earned %: 15.31%
To earn this trophy, the player will need to find all the collectible Snow Globes and add them to Mr. House’s collection. Here is a list of where to find these Snow Globes:
- Lucky 38 Cocktail Lounge
- Hoover Dam Visitor’s Center
- Goodsprings Cemetary
- Jacobstown Reception Desk
- Nellis Air Force Base Museum
- Vault 21 Hotel
- Old Mormon Fort
Walker of the Mojave
Player Earned %: 48.51%
To earn this one, the player will need to discover 50 locations on their Pip-Boy map.
Master of the Mojave
Player Earned %: 25.90%
To earn this one, the player will need to discover 125 locations on their Pip-Boy map.
Player Earned %: 47.87%
This trophy is earned by dealing 10,000 damage points with firearms. Unless you are a solely melee build, it would be remarkable if you didn’t naturally earn this one.
Player Earned %: 29.30%
This trophy is earned by dealing 10,000 damage points with Energy Weapons. The best way to make this happen is by visiting the Van Graff’s in Freeside and picking up a decent energy weapon to use for a while when completing quests.
Love the Bomb
Player Earned %: 15.37%
This is one that I personally missed despite several playthroughs. This trophy is earned by dealing 10,000 damage points with explosives. The best way to get this done fast is by getting a Grenade Launcher, some ammo, and going on a killing spree in a built-up area.
You Run Barter Town
Player Earned %: 47.38%
This is one you should get naturally. This trophy pops when the player manages to sell 10,000 caps worth of goods. Towards the end of the game, this should be a piece of cake if you haven’t managed this by then.
Player Earned %: 21.56%
This one is rarer than you might think. To pop this trophy, you need to take at least 10,000 damage, and then subsequently heal that damage with Stimpaks. If you want to fast-track this one, stock up on Stimpaks, drown yourself, and then heal while underwater.
New Vegas Samurai
Player Earned %: 19.90%
This is another trophy that will require the player to embrace a certain play style to achieve. To get this one, the player will need to deal 10,000 damage points with Melee Weapons.
Player Earned %: 37.77%
Considering how incredibly valuable that Speech skill is in FNV, I would be surprised if the vast majority of players didn’t manage this one naturally. All you have to do here is make fifty successful speech challenges. So, in short, invest in speech and try to talk your way out of trouble during quests.
Hack the Mojave
Player Earned %: 17.70%
This one is surprisingly rare, and this is because there aren’t quite as many terminals in the Mojave as there were in the Capital Wasteland, for example. The player will need to find twenty-five of these terminals and hack them to earn this trophy.
Player Earned %: 56.10%
The player will need to repair thirty items to earn this trophy. You do this by collecting duplicates of this item and then using the parts of one item to improve the condition of another. Players should get this naturally throughout the playthrough.
No Tumbler Fumbler
Player Earned %: 45.39%
This one is pretty simple, and most players won’t go too far in the game before they pop this one. Simply pick twenty-five locks, and this trophy will be yours.
Player Earned %: 8.06%
This one is one of the rarest trophies on offer, and I can only imagine because pick-pocketing has a low success rate, requires a high sneak skill, and it’s a really risky activity due to the reputation system within the game. However, players will have to pickpocket at least fifty characters within this game to earn the trophy. So I would advise that you invest in your sneak skill and try to gradually take pickpocketing opportunities whenever they present themselves.
Player Earned %: 9.00%
Another rare trophy, especially if you are a player that rushed through the Hardcore playthrough, as that is the only time you will naturally heal using food items. The player will need to heal 10,000 HP using food items to earn this one. The good news is that you can approach this one the same way one might approach ‘Stim-ply Amazing.’ Just head to a big body of water and drown, then heal using food items until this trophy pops.
Know When to Fold Them
Player Earned %: 16.81%
To earn this trophy, you will need to win three games of Caravan. Scroll down to ‘Caravan Master’ for a full guide.
Player Earned %: 16.81%
This one is just about as rare as the melee-related trophy. Players who invest in Unarmed and use Unarmed weapons should pop this one pretty quick. All you need to do is cause 10,000 damage using unarmed weapons. The good news is that Power Fists and unique items like the Cram Opener count, so use these for best results.
Player Earned %: 25.08%
To earn this one, simply play ten rounds of Roulette in any casino across the Mojave.
Player Earned %: 33.98%
To earn this one, simply play ten rounds of Slots in any casino across the Mojave.
Player Earned %: 35.78%
To earn this one, simply play ten rounds of Blackjack in any casino across the Mojave.
Player Earned %: 9.27%
Okay, so this trophy is the worst. Unless you are a huge fan of Caravan, which would shock me right to my core because it’s a very confusing and frustrating card game. To earn this trophy, you will need to win thirty games of the in-game card game, Caravan. This game is essentially a mesh of Blackjack and Solitaire. Players will need to build caravans up to a value of twenty-six, and each player can sabotage the other to get ahead. The goal is to have at least two or more caravans that have a value of twenty-six. To learn how to play this game, you can talk to Ringo in Goodsprings, who will offer a tutorial of sorts and give you a starter deck. The best strategies to win this game are as follows:
- Keep spare Kings to sabotage the other player’s Caravans
- Don’t use Jokers or Queens
- Try to avoid using small numbers, less than five
- Keep Jacks on hand to repair your overvalued Caravans
Another reason why this trophy is quite rare is that there aren’t that many Caravan players. Especially if you are going around killing folk. So here is a quick list of Caravan players in the Mojave:
- Cliff Briscoe
- Little Buster
- Dennis Crocker
- Private Jake Erwin
- Jonathan Nash
- Quartermaster Mayes
- No Bark Noonan
The Courier Who Broke The Bank
Player Earned %: 12.65%
This is one that a lot of players miss out on due to their character build, but with a high luck character, you can make a tonne of caps, and it’s a piece of cake. To earn this trophy, you need to gamble at the Strip’s various casinos and keep winning until they ban you from playing. The three Casinos that apply for this trophy are the Ultra-Luxe, Gomorrah, and The Tops. You will have to win 15,000, 9,000, and 10,000 caps, respectively, to trigger this ban in each casino.
If you don’t have a luck-based build, then a mix of Intense Training, magazines, implants from the New Vegas Medical Clinic, and various clothing items like Naughty Nightwear are your best options.
Player Earned %: 44.04%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest G.I. Blues. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Speak to the King in Freeside
- Hire Orris, the Bodyguard
- Speak to Julie Farkas at the Mormon Fort
- Speak to the NCR Major
- Report back to the King
- Rescue Pacer from the NCR Shootout
Player Earned %: 42.12%
Most players will earn this through the three main factions’ quest lines, but this is not always the case as the Boomers can be ignored. The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Volare! To complete this quest, the player must:
- Improve your reputation with the Boomers by helping with odd jobs and side-quests
- Speak to Pearl when your reputation is favorable to progress the quest
- Speak to Loyal and retrieve the Ballasts for the plane in Lake Mead
- Speak to Jack and craft a Rebreather
- Swim down to the bottom of Lake Mead and attach the Ballasts
- Use the detonator to raise the bomber
- Report back to Loyal and Pearl
Ain’t That A Kick in the Head?
Player Earned %: 94.21%
This trophy is an absolute gimme. All you have to do is do the series of tasks presented by Doc Mitchell and then leave his home at the start of the game.
They Went That-A-Way!
Player Earned %: 60.85%
Players will earn this trophy by following the main quest line. To earn this trophy, players must:
- Head to Primm and rescue Deputy Beagle from the Powder Gangers
- Head on to Novac via Nipton and speak to Manny Vargas, or hack his personal Terminal for Benny’s whereabouts
- Head to Boulder City and solve the dispute between the Great Khans and the NCR
- Speak to Jessup, who will tell you where you will find Benny
Return to Sender
Player Earned %: 23.64%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Return To Sender. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Visit the various Ranger Stations with the code given by Sergeant Reyes
- Report back to Reyes and investigate false info
- Report to Reyes and confirm misinformation
- Head to Camp Golf and deal with Chief Hanlon
Come Fly With Me
Player Earned %: 55.49%
Its likely players will be given this quest by Manny Vargas in Novac. The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Come Fly With Me. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Head to the REPCONN Test Center and find Haversham and Jason Bright
- Clear out the group of Nightkin in the Basement
- Help the ghouls find rocket components
- Launch the rockets
That Lucky Old Sun
Player Earned %: 45.66%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest That Lucky Old Sun. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Head to HELIOS ONE and talk to Ignacio Rivas and Fantastic.
- Reset the connection of the terminals outside
- Repair the connection to the mainframe
- Redirect the power however you choose
- Return to Ignacio
Player Earned %: 21.79%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Talent Pool. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Talk to Tommy Torini at The Tops
- Recruit Billy Knight found on The Strip
- Recruit Hadrian found in the Atomic Wrangler
- Recruit the Lonesome Drifter found near the El Dorado Dry Lake
- Recruit Bruce Issac found in Novac
- Return to Tommy Torini
The Legend of The Star
Player Earned %: 14.03%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest The Legend of the Star. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Find fifty Star Sunset Sarsaparilla Bottle Caps in unique locations around the Mojave
- Head to the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters and talk to Festus
- Complete the follow-up mission ‘A Valuable Lesson.’
The House Always Wins
Player Earned %: 15.96%
This trophy is earned by following the main quest line and siding with Mr. House. This quest will end before the battle of Hoover Dam and begin the quest ‘All or Nothing.’
Player Earned %: 53.27%
This trophy is earned when the player reaches the New Vegas Strip and confronts Benny. As soon as Benny has been killed or allowed to flee, this trophy will pop.
Player Earned %: 12.65%
This trophy is earned by winning the Battle of Hoover Dam for Caesar’s Legion.
All or Nothing
Player Earned %: 15.25%
This trophy is earned by winning the Battle of Hoover Dam for Mr. House.
Render Unto Caesar
Player Earned %: 13.42%
This trophy is earned by following the main quest line and siding with Caesar’s Legion. This quest will end before the battle of Hoover Dam and begin the quest ‘Veni-Vidi-Vici.’
For the Republic
Player Earned %: 16.90%
This trophy is earned by following the main quest line and siding with The NCR. This quest will end before the battle of Hoover Dam and begin the quest ‘Eureka.’
Player Earned %: 16.13%
This trophy is earned by winning the Battle of Hoover Dam for The NCR.
Player Earned %: 13.07%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Arizona Killer, which is only available through the Legion main questline. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Meet with Cato Hostilius
- Infiltrate Hoover Dam disguised as an NCR Trooper
- Assassinate the NCR President
You’ll Know it When It Happens
Player Earned %: 24.06%
The player will get this achievement for completing the named quest Arizona Killer, which is only available through the NCR main questline and is the sister quest of the one listed above. To complete this quest, the player must:
- Do a sweep of Hoover Dam before President Kimball’s rival
- Report clues back to Ranger Grant
- Deal with the bomb on the Vertibird
- Take out the Legion Sniper in the tower, and the Legionnaire with the knife
- Wait for the end of Kimball’s speech
Player Earned %: 26.28%
This trophy is earned by following the main quest-line and siding with yourself/Yes Man. This quest will end before the battle of Hoover Dam and begin the quest ‘No Gods, No Masters.’
No Gods, No Masters
Player Earned %: 23.45%
This trophy is earned by winning the Battle of Hoover Dam for yourself/Yes Man.
Player Earned %: 12.19%
This trophy is earned by completing the game in Hardcore mode. Here are some tips to make this as easy as possible for you:
- Do the Yes Man route for this playthrough, as this allows you to skip/ignore a lot of factions
- Don’t carry alot of ammo, only carry ammo for guns you actually use
- Keep a good supply of fresh water and food items at all times
- Visit Doctors regularly or carry around a lot of Doctor’s Bags
- Sleep every time you see a bed
Forget The Platinum Chip; get the Platinum Trophy!
As you can see from the information above, provided you engage with all aspects of FNV and spend a lot of time exploring all the quests, factions, play styles, and locations within this game, this platinum trophy is very attainable. Much more so that Fallout 3, for example, that tends to require multiple playthroughs or save manipulation, which wasn’t quite as convenient back in the PS3 era. We hope that this guide makes you the best Courier that you can possibly be, and as always, thank you for reading Avid Achievers!
Question: Is Fallout New Vegas A Bethesda Game?
Answer: Fallout New Vegas was published by Bethesda and is a Bethesda-owned property. However, this game was handed out to another developer in the form of Obsidian Entertainment while Bethesda was working on Fallout 4, and if I do say so myself, they did one hell of a job!
Question: What is the Best Faction to Side With?
Answer: It’s a matter of preference, really, as they all have their flaws. However, if you want the best outcome for the people of the Mojave, you will probably want to go with Mr House. I would argue that this is probably the canon ending if the developers had to choose one. However, if you want to have the most fun, then I would argue that the Wild Card route is easily the best.
Question: What is the Toughest Trophy?
Answer: I would say it’s the Caravan Master trophy. Not only because Caravan is a stupid game that’s hard to learn and master, but also because the players are hard to find, you need to build a good deck by finding cards and buying them from merchants, and it takes forever to win thirty games, so it’s a real grind as well.