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    Last updated October 25, 2000
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    Copyrighted by Cole Simmons, A.K.A. Kazorky Pantz, June 2000
    After playing the excellent game Fallout extensively, I have decided to share
    what I believe is the best, easiest possible way to not only solve every quest
    in the game, but also to achieve such hallmarks as obtaining the maximum level
    possible for your character, increasing your stats to their maximum levels, and
    finding out why exactly the world of Fallout is as it is in the first place.  I
    did not write this guide in order to explain things to you, however; you will
    have to make your own discoveries regarding the plot and sub-themes in the
       1.  Character creation
       2.  Some Rather Important Game tips
    B.  Vault 13 / Shady Sands
    C.  Vault 15
    D.  Junktown
    E.  The Hub
    F.  Necropolis
    G.  Vault 13
    H.  Shady Sands / The Khans
    I.  The Hub
    J.  The Glow
    K.  The Brotherhood
    L.  Gettin' Stronger
    M.  The Hub
    N.  Adytown
    O.  The Military Base
    P.  The Brotherhood
    Q.  The Military Base
    S.  Gettin' Stronger Still
    T. The Cathedral
    U. The End (sorta)
    So, without further ado....
    A.  Gettin' Started
      1. Your Character
    This guide really refers only to one type of character, but it is, in my
    opinion, the character best suited for the completion and enjoyment of the
    What I advise you to do:
    STR: 4
    END: 5
    PEC: 7
    INT: 7
    CHR: 5
    AGI: 6
    LCK: 6
    Why I advise you to do this:  First of all, the decrease in strength will NOT
    affect you in any noticeable way unless you tend towards a melee type
    character, and in that case you should not read much of my FAQ.  I'm a weapons
    man.  But an average strength will not bother you at all; when you get the
    power armor, your strength will be 10 - and will not be a concern (even for a
    melee character).  Increased Perception lets you shoot things with guns a long
    way away with more accuracy.  Increased Intelligence lets you gain more skill
    points per level, and also increases the amount of experience you get from
    certain tasks.  More agility will give you more action points - especially
    helpful to a sniper.  (Plus, with 8 PEC and AGI, you'll be able to get the
    Sniper perk at level 18 - this upgrades all your ranged hits to critical
    damage.  (That's a good thing.)  Increased Luck actually helps quite a bit --
    you're more likely to succeed in using skills, hitting targets, causing
    critical hits, gambling well, and basically doing anything you want to do a
    little better.  Besides, if you don't have sufficient luck, there's no way
    you'll be able to find the ULTIMATE WEAPON in Fallout.
    My preferred tag skills:
    Small Guns (recommended above all other skills.      Being able to shoot guns
    well is ESSENTIAL to blazing through Fallout without a whole lot of fuss.)
    Gambling (get your gambling skills over about 75% with good luck and you'll
    never have to worry about money.  EVER.)
    The last is a toss-up between Energy Weapons and Speech.  Speech is always good
    to have, but Energy Weapons is a necessity a lot sooner than you'd think -- and
    a tag helps a LOT to become proficient in their use earlier.
    As for Traits - GIFTED IS A MUST.  This gives you +1 to ALL attributes and a
    small penalty in your skills (-10% to all skills, -4 points per level).  This
    is more than worth it.
    As for the other trait, it's best to pick something with little effect -
    personally, I rarely choose any other Trait except for Bloody Mess ;)
    DON'T PICK SKILLED.  Skilled sucks - having one perk every four levels is not
    worth it.  You can always improve your skills.
    The name, sex, and age of your character are inconsequential.
        2.  Some Rather Important Game Tips
    My game tips aren't like anybody else's, I guarantee.  But I can get a level
    17 character in two or three days, and I always get at least 100,000 caps
    before I cease my play, so go figure.
    1.  In combat, always use targeted shots if using a rifle or pistol of any
    kind.  Try to get close to your enemy, and shoot them repeatedly in the
    eyeballs.  Usually, with a good Luck and good Perception and good Small Guns
    skills, you can kill any foe in one good shot by doing this.
    2.  When browsing over your fallen foes' corpses, pick up only money and
    healing chems (unless you happen to see they have better guns or armor than
    yours, or you need ammo -- and then leave behind any discarded munitions or
    armor on their bodies.)  Carrying around thirty guns and leather jackets is
    really pointless.  Take what you need, but don't play the pack rat.
    3.  Don't use Stimpaks or the like unless you're severely wounded (your HP
    counter is yellow).  Stimpaks are your friends -- but don't waste them.
    You'll be a lot happier if you end the game by facing the legions of minigun
    toting super mutants with an inventory of 150+ Stimpaks -- quite easy if you're
    conservative throughout the game.
    4.  Don't do drugs.  Drugs are bad.  (Actually, this is a personal thing; if
    you enjoy being addicted to chems and having the wildly fluxuating stats that
    accompanies their use, then be my guest.  I just stay away from them; I don't
    need them.)
    5.  Be careful who you kill.  Don't shoot little kids, even by accident -- I
    hate nothing more than to have important people who I plan on completing quests
    for suddenly start shooting me because of a bad shot -- if this happens, reload
    your game and try again.
    RELEVANT TO THE GAME.  A good character can get you through the game easily,
    but that doesn't mean that some yahoo with a 10mm piece of crap can't get lucky
    and critically hit you in the eyeball for 274 HP worth of damage.  And if that
    happens while you're two steps from beating the game, and you saved back after
    leaving Vault 13 the first time, you're not going to be real nice to friends
    and family for days following.
    7.  GET THE PATCH to v1.1!  This is essential.  Not only does it fix a lot of
    stupid bugs and glitches, it removes the time limit from the game -- if you
    don't get it, you'll have to complete the game in 500 days, and that really
    sucks.  Trust me.  So UPGRADE.
    8.  Personally, I prefer to play the Good Guy.  I just like being the champion
    of humanity in this game, though it's a choice you could deviate from and still
    have fun with the game.  However, there are more experience points to be gained
    from peaceful solutions to problems, and being a Good Guy will definitely get
    the right people to like you in the right situations.  Just a thought to
    9.  Here is a list of Perks that will, I assure you, help you to become a
    walking incarnation of death in the world.
    For your first Perk, choose Toughness.  Choose it again a few times until
    something better comes along.  I prefer to gain all three ranks of it, the 30%
    damage resistance boost makes me laugh derisively later on when raiders attempt
    in vain to do even a single HP worth of damage to me.
    More criticals is another Perk I like to stock up in.  More criticals is fun.
    Here's the best Perk combo in the game:
    Action Boy (one rank)
    Bonus Rate of Fire (must be level 9)
    SNIPER!!  Get Sniper on level 18.
    With these three, and the Ultimate Weapon, (to be mentioned later), you can
    easily do about 300 HP of damage to your enemies every turn, sometimes upward
    of 800HP.  This'll be explained later.)
    10.  If, at any point in your journeying, you happen to come across a crashed
    UFO with two alien bodies next to it, SEARCH THE BODIES AND TAKE THE GUN.
    11.  If, at any point in your journeying, you happen to come across a lone
    traveler going through the mountains, make sure you TALK TO HIM ABOUT SINGING,
    and ASK HIM ABOUT THE CELTIC SONG.  This will boost your charisma by one point.
     This is the only time in the game you can improve your charisma.
    12.  When you've worked up your weapons skills and gambling skills, try working
    on the doctor skill.  It's MUCH better than the first aid skill, can repair
    broken limbs, and does 10-15 HP worth of healing with each use at high levels.
    That's about it.  The rest of what you need to know, you'll find below.
    (I'm a poet but don't know it.)
      B.  VAULT 13 /  SHADY SANDS
    Vault 13 and the area beyond are barely worth mentioning at the moment.
    Search the corpse next to you, pick up what you want, arm yourself with the
    10mm, and kill all the rats in the area.  There are 20 of them.  This may not
    seem like fun, but its 500 experience points (XP from now on), and that's
    halfway to the second level.
    Once you've done this, leave the vault and head for Vault 15, but stop in at
    the unknown city on the way -- Shady Sands.
    There are only a few things to do in Shady Sands, but you'll leave with at
    least one level up for doing them.
    1.  Talk to Katrina at the gate about everything you can.  This'll earn you
    about 300 xp.
    2.  Search all the bookcases in the town except for the one in Razlo's (the
    doctor) house -- he doesn't appreciate it.  You'll find throughout the town
    some ammo, a rope, and a few books that will increase your outdoorsmanship
    3.  Talk to Ian in the guardhouse to the east of the gate, and ask him for
    directions to Junktown and the Hub.  Also ask him to assist you -- you may have
    to offer a share of the loot a few times, but he SHOULD come with you without
    being paid.  Once he agrees, steal his money from him -- he doesn't need it and
    won't get mad if you take it.
    4.  Talk to Seth, the man by the gate.  Get him to take you to the Radscorpion
    caves, and kill all the scorpions.  Take them one at a time, strike from as far
    away as you can, and let Ian do most of the work.  Once you've killed them all,
    grab one of their tails and go back to town.
    5.  Go to Razlo's hut, give him the tail, and give the antidote he makes to the
    sick man in the back room.
    6.  Go to the second part of town to the east, and talk to the farmer out in
    the garden.  Talk to him about crop rotation for 500 xp (requires good speech
    and science skills.
    That's it.  You're done with Shady Sands for now.  Leave the way you came, and
    go over to Vault 15.
      C.  VAULT 15
    Vault 15 is pretty cut-and-dry.  With Ian in tow, of course, go through all
    three levels of the vault (accessed by going down the ladder in the shed) and
    kill every single rat and variation of rat that you find.  You'll need a rope
    to go down the elevators, but you'll find another in a locker on level 2 and
    you should have brought one from Shady Sands to go down the first one.  In
    Vault 15, you'll also find a leather jacket and a 10mm SMG, a small machine gun
    that works wonders with burst mode.  When you get to the very end of level
    3, you'll get a chunk of xp.  After that, clean up the rest of the rat
    infestation and go back out the way you came.  Next stop:  Junktown.
      D.  JUNKTOWN
    Junktown is a fun place to make your name known -- for good or for evil.  If
    you prefer to take the high moral road, though, you'll find it much easier (and
    rewarding) in the long haul.  Trust me.
    Here's what you need to do:
    1.  Nothing much in the first area.  Search everything you want, get healed by
    Doc Morbid if you mind the cost.  (If you want, you can go down the ladder in
    the hospital and talk to the midget -- he'll tell you about Doc Morbid's rather
    odd scheme.  You can capitalize on that later, but I just avoid the evil doctor
    2.  Go north to the second part of the city and go in Darkwater's, the shop to
    the east.  SAVE YOUR GAME, and then talk to Killian.  After you're done talking
    to him, Kenji (some guy in red) will attack him; empty a clip into
    Kenji and end combat.  If Ian happened to get his stupid but in the way of
    Killian's shots, or you accidentally hit a guard, or something terrible happens
    and you end up fighting all of Junktown, you'll know why I told you to save
    3.  When Killian asks you to help with the Gizmo problem, say yes, and you'll
    get a tape recorder and microphone.
    4.  Go to the Crash-House Inn and buy one night's sleep.  You'll awake in the
    night with the landlady screaming at you; save the game and go talk to the
    crazy guy in the adjacent room.  Be calm and polite to him, keep talking, and
    eventually tell him he can just leave and won't be bothered.  You'll get 1000xp
    (and Sinthia will make it worth your while... hee hee).
    5.  Go north to the third part of the city and into Gizmo's casino.  At the end
    of the building, you'll find the big G man himself; talk to him.  Take a
    hypothetical situation in the conversation, get Gizmo to hire you, and ask what
    his motive is.  Try not to say anything stupid.  When you've been asked to
    leave, go back to Killian and play the tape for him.  When he asks you if you
    want to help take Gizmo down, say yes, and go back to the guard standing just
    inside the gate to the town, Lars.  Talk to Lars, and go fight Gizmo.
    What I do here is basically shoot Gizmo in the eyes a few times, and if Izo
    gives me any trouble I do the same for him too.  This fight should end quickly.
    6.  Get your reward from Lars and go search Gizmo's place.
    7.  Find Phil and the troublesome dog in the same area of town as the casino;
    if you walk up the dog with a leather jacket on, he'll think you're his owner
    and come with you.  If you don't have a leather jacket, give the dog a piece of
    meat (you can find one in the casino), and he'll come with you.  Your new
    friend is Dogmeat, one of the most popular NPCs and allies in Fallout.  He
    won't last through the whole game, but you'll greatly enjoy the memories you'll
    8.  Go to the Skum Pitt north of Phil's house and go in around evening.  Talk
    to everybody, and soon one of the Skulz inside will start some trouble with
    Trish, the waitress, and as a result loose a variety of body parts.  Talk to
    Trish and ask her about Saul.  Talk to the singing guy, compliment him, and get
    directions to the Brotherhood and Adytown.  Talk to Tycho, and ask him about
    the dangers of his travels, how he survived, and about his survival skills.
    He'll ask if you want to learn a few pointers, agree, and you'll get a boost to
    your Outdoorsmanship skills.  Then tell him you're cleaning up the Skulz, and
    ask him to help.  Tycho rocks; you'll wish Ian would just go away after you see
    how Tycho handles himself.
    9.  Go north of the casino and talk to Saul, the boxer.  Talk to him about his
    family and why he stays in Junktown.  Talk about Trish, and how she feels about
    him boxing.  This will get you a few hundred xp.
    10.  Go in the Skum Pitt and rest till morning.  Take the urn on the bar and go
    to the Crash-House.  Go in the part that the Skulz are staying in, talk to
    Vinnie, and ask him if you can join.  Show him the urn, say you have other
    stuff to do before you kill Neal, and go talk to Lars.
    11.  Lars will ask you to help them bust the Skulz; agree and you'll have a
    good fight.  You have Tycho, Dogmeat, Ian, and about six police officers on
    your side, though, and it shouldn't be too hard.  When you've won, give Neal
    the urn back for more xp and that's it.  You're done with Junktown.
      E.  THE HUB
    The Hub is a really cool place, but you won't be here long on your first
    go-through.  There are only a couple of reasons to go here now.
    1.  Go to the Maltese Falcon bar/casino in the second area of the Hub.  If you
    gambling skill is above about 50%, talk to the dealer by the roulette tables
    and hold down the 1 and 4 buttons on your keyboard for about ten minutes, or
    weigh them down.  You can start with as little money as 100 caps and when you
    come back, you should have several tens of thousands.  With gambling really
    high, it's possible to win thirty thousand caps in a couple of minutes.
    2.  Once you have enough money, go to the library in the same part of town and
    buy as many books you need to get your skills in the related areas about 91%;
    books can't increase skills beyond that percentage unless you're playing on an
    easier difficulty setting.  If you run out of money, go gamble some more until
    you have enough.
    3.  Once your skills are raised enough, take another chunk of change from the
    casino and go buy some stimpaks and whatever else you want from the midget in
    the convenience store.  Then go take one more chunk of money and go to the part
    of town to the east, Oldtown.  In one of the buildings there you'll find a
    weapons dealer; buy some combat armor, a sniper rifle, some .233 ammo for the
    rifle, and if you want, a combat shotgun for Tycho and maybe a .44 for Ian.
    (To equip them, just steal from them, plant the weapons and ammo in their
    inventory, and tell them to draw their best weapons next time they're in
    That's all for now -- you have great armor, a great weapon, an infinite source
    of money, and the ability to lay down some serious smack.  Time to swing by
    Necropolis is a rather large and complex town with several rather simple tasks
    to perform.
    1.  First area : kill all ghouls standing in the street.  Find the sewer and
    cover descend.
    2.  Sewers below first area:  kill all rats, find path to sewer below second
    area (it's in the north).
    3.  Sewers below second area:  talk to ghouls and agree to help them fix the
    water pump.  Kill all rats, find ladder to above-ground second area.
    4.  Second area:  kill everybody and everything.
    (Okay, that one warrants some explaining.  There are a LOT of ghouls here, and
    they're all evil.  They're begging for you to kill them in their own evil way.
    First, kill every ghoul you find on the street and in the small buildings near
    the sewer cover.  Next, there's a church to the north here, and inside is the
    ghoul leader, Set, and his minions.  A full frontal assault will usually be
    VERY difficult and get your companions killed, so do this:
    Go to the north side of the church ON THE OUTSIDE, stand in front of a window
    into one of the side rooms, and snipe everybody inside in the eyes.  They won't
    retaliate.  Repeat at the other two rooms.  Then go to the other side of the
    church and repeat.  Once you've killed all the ghouls you can snipe, go in the
    front and take out the remainders.  It shouldn't be too hard.  Grab some stuff
    from the corpses and environment.)
    5.  Now that you've killed all the ghouls in the central part of town, go back
    down into the sewers and find the path leading to the third area north of your
    current position.  Climb up the ladder, kill the ghouls you find, and save your
    6.  There are six mutants in this part of town -- some are pansies, one is mean
    and has a laser rifle, and one is a wuss but has a flamer (which is BAD news to
    somebody at a low level.)  Kill the first mutant you see from a distance.  The
    next mutant is in the water shed to the north; snipe at him from the window to
    the rear of the building.  He shouldn't be a problem; keep sniping through that
    window if the other three in the hall attack.  The rest shouldn't be a problem
    either.  There's one more in the small building to the east of where you are
    (roughly); kill him two.
    7.  Go down the sewer cover, kill the rats, grab the junk you'll find down
    8.  Go back to the peaceful ghouls in the sewer; they'll give you some books if
    your repair skill is too low.
    9.  Go back to the watershed (where the mutants were), find the pump, and use
    the parts on it until they work.
    10.  Go south in that same building, lockpick the jail cell if you can and talk
    to the ghoul there for 500 xp.
    11.  Find the sewer cover in the room by the jail cells, go down.  Kill all
    ghouls you find on all three levels of the vault down there, find the working
    water computer on level 3 and search it to find the Water Chip.
    And that's it.  Take the chip back to Vault 13 and you will have completed your
    first major quest in the game.
      G.  VAULT 13 (AGAIN)
    There aren't many things to do in Vault 13, but nonetheless you'll leave with a
    LOT more xp than you came with.  Listed below are some things to do in your
    brief stay:
    1.  On the second level of the vault (the living quarters), find the red-haired
    lady in the room to the north and talk to her about the Overseer's concern for
    the vault.  This'll get you about 700 xp.
    2.  On the third level, talk to the guy in front of the storage rooms, and find
    out about the water thief.  Go in the room adjacent to the storage room and
    hide, then rest until midnight.  You'll see a vault dweller go through the hall
    soon after; wait until he's looked in a box in the storage room, then confront
    him.  Threaten him if you need to, but look in his pockets.  You'll get 1000xp
    for solving this quest.
    3.  On the third level, find the Overseer and talk to him (you'll have to stand
    directly in front of him to do so.)  You'll get 7,500xp.
    4.  If your character is old enough, you can use one of the computers in the
    library for a few hundred xp.
    5.  Go back and talk to the Overseer again, then leave the vault and head back
    to shady sands.
      H.  SHADY SANDS  (again)
    Things have gotten a little bad in Shady Sands since your last visit.  The
    Khans have kidnapped Tandi, and everybody's pissed.  So go to the raider's camp
    and find Garl, their leader.  You can either fight him hand to hand for
    Tandi's release, or you can threaten him with powers you can't explain -- he'll
    let her go if you do.  Return Tandi to her town, talk to Aradesh for your
    reward, then return to the Khan's camp and kill every last one of 'em (except
    for the slaves).  This should be no problem with your Sniper rifle and combat
    armor and with Tycho beside you toting a combat shotgun, so I won't go into
    detail.  When you've wiped them out, go back to the Hub.
      I.  THE HUB  (for the second time)
    As said before, there are a lot of things to do in the Hub, but yet again I'm
    advising you to stop in only for some money (if you need any) and some
    anti-radiation chems this time.  To get the chems, you can talk to Vander --
    he's a peddler living in Old Town on the far east side.  Just ask him to sell
    to you and buy some Rad-Aways (about four) and some Rad-X (about four).  Once
    you have those (and a rope), you'll be heading out towards the Glow.  Also, it
    would be quite a good idea to get at least about 25,000 caps before leaving --
    that won't take you too long.
      J.  THE GLOW
    The Glow may not be on your map at this point in the game.  It's easy to find,
    however.  Just head South-East from the Hub and keep going that way until you
    see a big crater on the map with one of those green circles around it (that
    means it's a location you can explore in detail.)  Stop at a square adjacent to
    the crater on the map and double-click your location to go to the close-up
    screen.  Take two Rad-Xs, then go to the glow.  For now, you only have two
    tasks here.
    1.  Use the rope on the beam hanging over the crater to create a way down.
    Climb down the rope.
    2.  Run around the first level searching all the bodies.  You'll find a yellow
    key card that you should hang onto, and also a holotape that you can use in
    your inventory for 100 xp.  Once you have the tape, you can leave the Glow and
    head towards the Brotherhood.
    (If you find later on that you have been radiated, just take a Rad-away and
    your problem should be solved.)
    The Brotherhood is a GREAT place to improve upon your character.  Here's what
    you need to do:
    1.  Talk to the door guard and ask him if you can join, then find out about the
    quest.  You've actually already done this; the tape from the Glow was the relic
    you needed to find.  Talk to the guard again and give him the tape.
    He'll open the door for you.
    2.  On the first level, find the gym in the east room and stand by the mat and
    listen to the instructor.  If you listen to the whole course, you'll get 500xp
    and a boost to your unarmed and melee skills.
    3.  Talk to Talus in the gym to learn about the trapped initiate.
    4.  Talk to Michael by the gym to get some good stuff.  Don't ask for power
    armor, though -- you can get it somewhere else in this building.
    5.  On the second level, you'll find the scribes.  Talk to Vree about using
    computers, weapon designs, basically everything available.  When she directs
    you to the computer terminal, use it.  Talk to Sophia about the history of the
    Brotherhood and you'll get a holotape.  (Every time you get one of these, use
    it in your inventory to learn its contents -- they'll appear of the status menu
    on your PipBoy.)
    6.  Also on the 2 (or perhaps 3rd, I'm not sure) level, you'll find the doctor.
     She'll cure your radiation poisoning at any time, as well as heal you, for
    free.  Also, if you ask her about the operations, you can boost each available
    stat one point, one time, for a few thousand caps.  Do this for all available
    7.  On level 3, you'll find the workshop in the eastern corner, where a suit of
    power armor is waiting to be repaired.  Talk to the mechanic in there, then go
    talk to Michael.  Tell him you need a systolic motivator, but you don't have
    the papers, although it's imperative.  Then beg.  He'll give you the part; go
    take it to the mechanic again.  Use the repair skill on the suit, and put that
    bad boy on.  You're now just one step below the best armor in the game.
    For now, you're done with the Brotherhood.  Leave now, for it's time to build
    your character into the most lethal man/woman on the planet.
    This part is slightly boring, but you'll be VERY happy you do it later on.
    What you need to do, basically, is wander around the map.  Wander anywhere
    except the North-west and South-east; the South-east is radioactive in the area
    around the Glow, and the North-west is full of really tough guys with miniguns
    and the like.  You might not fare well at this point against those behemoths.
    But anyway, you need to just wander, kill all hostiles you find in the random
    encounters, and keep your eyes open for special encounters.  This is what
    you're looking for:
    A crashed UFO with two aliens alongside it.  On the body of one you'll find the
    Alien Blaster, a small pistol.  THIS IS THE BEST WEAPON IN THE GAME.
    It holds 35 shots of Small Energy Cells, which are lightweight anyway.  The gun
    weighs very little (as compared to the larger energy weapons and their ammo).
    It only costs four AP to shoot.  And it does 40-70HP worth of damage WITH EACH
    SHOT!  No other gun in the game does this.  If you find this gun and your
    energy guns skill is at 100% or around there, USE IT NOW AND NEVER STOP.  If
    your energy guns skill is lacking, BUILD IT UP EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.  When you
    get the ability to choose these perks, GET THEM IMMEDIATELY:
    Action Boy (one rank)
    Bonus Rate of Fire (one rank)
    With one rank of Action Boy, you can fire one targeted shot and one untargeted
    shot with the Alien Blaster each turn.  (BTW, a critical hit in the eyes with
    the Alien Blaster does 150-350HP.  I've killed DeathClaws with one shot before
    with this gun.)  With the Bonus Rate of Fire Perk, you can fire THREE
    untargeted shots each round (each doing 40-70HP of damage!).  With this gun and
    Obviously, don't stop looking until you've found this gun.  Once you have it,
    start stocking up on Small Energy Cells.
    Also, look for the lone traveler in the mountains, and when you find him make
    sure you talk to him about singing and ask about the Celtic song.  This will
    boost your charisma by a point -- you can do this nowhere else in the game.
    And that's it.  This 'Gettin Stronger' section isn't really about levels, it's
    about getting the Alien Blaster -- the Ultimate Weapon in Fallout.  Once you
    have it, you'll find yourself grinning with contempt every time some two-bit
    raider tries to attack you with a 10mm gun -- and when you have the two Perks
    mentioned above, you can kill three hostiles every turn.  This is a HIGHLY
    IMPORTANT step to mastering Fallout.
      M.   THE HUB  (time to do some stuff now)
    Okay, you have the second best armor in the game.  You have the best weapon in
    the game.  You have buttloads of money and an itchy trigger finger.
    Hopefully, you have a high karma and the will to make it even higher.  The Hub
    is definitely the place to be.  Here's what you can do:
    1.  Buy whatever you want first.  The Hub is the best place in the game to find
    most everything you could want.
    2.  Find the poor farmer in the south-west corner of Downtown, the one who's
    resting in the ruins of a building.  Get him to tell you about his problems and
    offer to help.  He'll take you to the farm he was kicked out of; just kill all
    the raiders inside.  The best way to do this is to open the door, then move to
    the side and let them come to you one by one.  It really shouldn't matter,
    though -- you can easily vaporize them with the Alien Blaster.  When you're
    done, leave.  You'll appear back in Downtown near Ivan; he'll give you a
    sawed-off .233 rifle, one of the most powerful non-energy pistols in the game.
    If Ian's still alive at this point,(which he never seems to be when playing
    with me) give him that pistol if he doesn't have something better already.
    3.  Go in the Maltese Falcon and talk to Kane, the guy in black standing by the
    bar.  He'll offer you a job, agree to hear about it and you'll find yourself
    talking to Decker.  When Decker asks if you want the job, say no and leave.
    (You can say yes and get 500 caps from Kane, but when you double-cross
    Decker later the quest will stay on your PipBoy screen, and that's just
    annoying to me.)  Go to the Police Station and tell Sheriff Green Decker tried
    to hire you to kill Hightower.  Agree to come with the fuzz and you'll end up
    fighting Decker and his merry bunch.
    This is sorta tough, just because of Kane.  Kane is the resident bad-@$$ of the
    Hub -- he can kill you QUICK unless you have some GOOD armor and still he can
    be a pain.  What's even more frightening about him, aside from the obscene
    amount of damage he can absorb, is he fights so well with only his FISTS.
    Anyway, Kane should be your first and foremost priority.  There's a guy with a
    sledgehammer in the room, but you shouldn't take hardly any damage from him
    with the power armor.  Shoot Kane repeatedly in the eyes if you can, just
    anywhere if you can't.  With the Blaster, you shouldn't waste more than three
    or four turns on him anyway.  Then kill Decker, and the rest of his posse will
    surrender.  After you get your reward from the sheriff, you can go back down
    there and loot the corpses (there's a staircase in the room behind where Kane
    4.  Go talk to Butch in the Far-Go Traders office and he'll offer you the job
    of finding the missing caravans.  (Butch is an idiot.)  After you've talked to
    him and Rutger, his assistant, go find Beth in her weapons shop just to the
    south a little ways.  Talk to her about the deathclaw and the only person who's
    seen it.  Then go find Uncle Slappy in OldTown; talk to him about the
    deathclaw.  He'll tell you to talk to Harold, who's in the building right
    behind him.  Talk to Harold, then go talk to Slappy again and get him to take
    you to see the deathclaw.  Go into the caves a short distance and you'll find
    the deathclaw.
    The deathclaw is a mean SOB.  The instant you even CROSS his line of sight, no
    matter how far away you are, he'll be off after you.  He's fast.  He hits hard.
     He hits often.  He has about 250+ HP.
    But, with the Alien Blaster, you can kill him in two turns, one if you're
    lucky, a couple more if you're not.  Shoot at the eyes when you can, and he'll
    die soon enough.
    When he's dead, talk to the mutant, and you'll get a holotape.  (Don't' forget
    to read it.)
    Take the holotape to Butch, tell him your story, then tell Rutger the same
    story and you'll get your reward for solving the quest.
    5.  Go to OldTown again.  In the building directly to the south of the entrance
    grid, you'll see a building with some tough, mean guards.  These are the guys
    holding the Brotherhood initiate captive.  Just walk up to the window, fire a
    few blasts into the eyes of the people nearest you, kill those who come running
    out to fight, and lockpick the door to the back room to free the initiate.
    6.  If you want, you can find the stairway leading down in OldTown and climb
    down it to find the Thieves' Den.  Lockpick all the doors, avoid the traps (or
    just run through them like I do), and talk to the thieves.  You can ask to join
    them if you want, in which case you'll have to steal the necklace from
    Hightower (everybody hates this guy, apparently).  That's easy enough.  Go to
    the Heights (west of Downtown) at midnight, sneak into Hightower's house when
    the door guard walks away, find his footlocker, lockpick it and avoid the trap,
    grab the necklace, and bring it back to the Den.
    And that's it for now.  Later, the Hub becomes a good place to gain experience
    through the Crimson Caravan, but for now you have more important things to do.
    Leave the Hub and head to Adytown (which was formerly Los Angeles; you can see
    by the map at the entry screen.)
       O.  ADYTOWN
    Adytown is a seemingly nice city at first, but one you talk to people and dig
    up some dirt, you'll find that it's got some rather terrible problems that are
    just begging for you to eradicate.  Do this:
    1.  Talk to Zimmerman in the second building to the south-west of your entry.
    He's allegedly the 'mayor' of the town, but you'll soon learn he's not the
    authority in Adytown.  He'll tell you to help him get revenge for the death of
    his son -- agree.
    2.  Find Chuck the fortune teller to the far south-east of the city and keep
    talking to him, being polite of course, until you find that your Luck has
    improved by one point.
    3.  Go north to the next area in the town, where the Blades reside.  Find the
    leader of the Blades and tell her you've come to pay her back for killing
    Zimmerman's son.  She'll start cussing a lot, and tell you about the
    Regulator's evil deeds.  Agree to help her by giving the disk to Zimmerman and
    also getting help from the Gunrunners, and she'll give you a holotape.
    4.  Here, you have two choices:
      a.  help the Blades by getting the Gunrunner's aide
      b.  help the Blades by single-handedly taking on every single Regulator in
    I MUCH prefer the second choice.  It's a lot easier, IMHO, and you have no risk
    of losing Smitty and Miles, the blacksmith and chemist, which is likely if you
    help the gunrunners now.  So, if you want the easy road, chose the second.
    Here's what you do.  Take the disk to Zimmerman.  He'll get mad, then dead.
    Kill the Regulators you see, then go through town killing the rest.  The game
    won't tell you when you've gotten them all, but the townspeople will be saying
    things like 'Now we can start a new life' and 'This town is better with the
    Regulators gone.'  It's pretty self-explanatory.
    5.  With the Regulators gone, go talk to the leader of the Blades again to get
    the xp for the quest.  Also talk to the Scottish guy in front of the Blade's
    building and get him to teach you some hand-to-hand skills.
    6.  Go east of the Blade's area of town to find the Warehouse, where about
    three or four DEATHCLAWS are just walking around.  Kill 'em.  It may be
    slightly difficult, but far from impossible.  When they're dead, find the dead
    guy to the east, and search him to find some junk.  Then find the stairs in the
    warehouse, go down them, kill the Mother Deathclaw and her eggs.  (You can
    leave them alive if you want to, and keep killing the respawning deathclaws for
    xp, but the battles are tough and there are easier ways to get xp, so I choose
    to kill them all quick.)
    7.  Go east of the warehouse to find the gunrunner's fortress.  Go in, talk to
    their leader, tell them the deathclaws are dead, and you'll have free access to
    the hordes of weapons that they have (although that's rather pointless at this
    part of the game; you have the UTLIMATE WEAPON, remember?)
    8.  Take the junk you found in the warehouse back to Miles, the chemist in
    Adytown, and he'll tell you to take them to Smitty.  Do that, then take them
    back, and you'll get some xp.  Also, if you talk to Miles again, he'll tell you
    about the chemical hardening process for your power armor -- agree to help him,
    go to the Hub again, talk to the librarian, get the journals, and take them
    back to Miles to upgrade your armor into the Hardened Power Armor, the best
    armor in the game.
    And that's the end of that.  If you want, you can get another ally from the
    Followers of the Apocalypse to the west of the Blades, Katja, but I think she
    sucks anyway, and my companions have a bad habit of dying, so I don't.  Your
    next stop is ...  THE MUTANT BASE!!!
    Okay, this one's really only a "Okay, I'm here, time to go" deal.  Head
    north-west, a VERY long way, until you find a new location.  You may encounter
    some patrols on the way -- save often, because miniguns with critical hits kill
    you nearly every time, but besides that the patrols should give you no trouble.
    When you find the base, enter it, then go back to the Brotherhood.  Now is not
    the time...
       Q.  THE BROTHERHOOD  (one last time)
    This stop is purely for xp.  Go to the fourth level, find General Maxson, tell
    him what you saw up at the base.  Argue that a counter-strike is needed.  Then
    go to the meeting room and argue with the elders there.  They'll agree to send
    out a force to help you, and you'll get some xp.  That's it.
    You can also tell Talus, who's in the gym, about your rescue of the initiate.
    Time to go to the Military Base again -- this time you're going as the
    Okay, this is fun.  MUTIES MUST DIE is really your main priority here.  There
    ARE ways to go about this in a stealthy, sneaky sort of way, but this is the
    EXPERT'S guide to Fallout -- which means I want you to go in with gun blazing.
    It's worth more xp and it's much more fun.
    Here's how it goes:
    1.  At the entrance, kill the four or five guards you find.  What with the
    Paladins helping and everything, this should just be gory, not difficult.
    Search the remains of the guards and you'll find a bunch of radios (take one)
    and a holotape (read it).  Use the radio and tell the base there's a bunch of
    hostile humans attacking, requesting back-up at the location to the south.
    2.  Open the door and go in.  You can bypass any GREEN force field in the
    building by using the repair skill on the generator by the field, and you can
    just run through a red field, but you take damage.  Kill everybody on this
    level.  (Good advice for fighting mutants -- fire at them from a doorway, then
    move and let them come to you one at a time.  Standing in the midst of a crowd
    is begging for trouble.)
    3.  On the eastern side of level 1, you'll find a computer along the wall
    that's labeled just 'computer', not 'Mach IV computer'.  Use your science skill
    on it to earn some experience points.
    4.  Find another computer labeled like that and use your science skills on it,
    then just use it to gain an interface.  You can adjust the movement parameters
    on the pest control to nothing to make the sentry robots not move, but don't
    adjust any other parameters.
    5.  Go to level 2 and kill everybody.  Search the lockers for good stuff.
    6.  Go to level 3 and kill everybody.  Find the elevator to level 4.
    7.  On level 4, kill the muties most immediate your position, repair the Mr.
    Handy, and tell him to complete his task.  Kill everybody else -- make sure you
    save before fighting the Lieutenant of the Master's Army -- he's a tough one.
    (And his death is spectacularly nasty -- you might want to watch it again and
    8.  When you've looted all you want and you're tired of the military base, go
    to the vat control room on the fourth floor, laugh at the funny exploding
    people, hack into the computer, and set the base on the three minute silent
    self destruct mode.  Then RUN RUN RUN out of the place, and don't stop until
    you're on the world map again.  You'll see some pretty fireworks, and if you go
    back to the base you'll see the destruction you've cause, and 10,000 more xp on
    your character.
    Well, you've crippled the Master's army, you've stopped production of mutant
    reinforcements, you've rid every city you've stopped in of its seedy underbelly
    of crime and hatred and apathy, evil across the face of the world fears you,
    and you have impenetrable armor and the most lethal weapon ever to grace the
    surface of your world.  What now?
    You need to be stronger.  At this time, you most likely won't have much trouble
    at all with the final quest in the game, but nonetheless it's really cool to
    have a level 21 character -- and it's quite easy to get one.
    There are two ways.  One is the easy way, one is the easier but slower way.
    The easier but slower way is the Crimson Caravan, whose office is in the
    downtown area of the Hub.  There are caravans leaving the Hub every 3rd and
    17th day of every month; just talk to the lady in the Crimson Caravan office
    and tell her where you want to go.  Touring with the caravans will present you
    with huge crowds of raiders, large swarms of manti, a few hostile ghouls, and
    the occasional deathclaw.  More importantly, you can always get a handful of
    stimpaks from a tour with the caravans, and the fights (even the ones where
    you're mobbed by twenty raiders at once) are VERY easy to somebody of your
    abilities and armament.  Just keep going back and forth with the caravans,
    resting between to pass the time between journeys, and you'll gain a level up
    pretty frequently.  You'll also end up with a lot of stimpaks.
    The other option is to keep finding random encounters up by the military base.
    Each patrol you decimate will give you 1,000 to 2,000 xp, and unless you happen
    to get torn to shreds by a lucky minigun blast, these aren't too hard.
    Hit the centaurs first if there are any, then mutants with miniguns or flamers,
    then floaters, then the rest.  Don't worry about the wusses punching you while
    you do this.
    Doing either of these things will get your levels up pretty quick if you just
    spend enough time doing them.
    If you want, you can also take a trip to the Glow -- bring Rad-X and Rad-aways,
    then find the keycards to the elevators and explore the place.  The robots
    you'll find can (and should) be killed while inactive, you'll get the same
    amount of xp and they won't attack back.  You can repair the generator on level
    6, and on all levels there are lockers and safes in the wall providing tons of
    ammo and also lots of information on the FEV virus.  It's worth the trip.
    Another way to get a high level is to clear out the Cathedral, home of the
    Master of the mutant army....
    This is the birthplace of all the evil conspiracies in the Fallout world... a
    creepy, disturbing place.  Fun, too, and a good source of xp.
    Here's what you need to do:
    1.  Upon entering the cathedral, I advise you not to kill just whomever you
    want.  I know they're all a bunch of annoying idiots, but killing these people
    will decrease your karma -- and that's just a personal thing, but I like my
    karma and rarely do anything in the game to lower it.  Kill if you want, don't
    kill if you don't.
    2.  In the cathedral interior, find and talk to Lasher -- the angry guy to the
    north-west.  If you convince him you need to talk to Morpheus, the leader of
    the Children, he'll give you a badge that will unlock the doors in here.  Or
    you can kill him and take it.  Your choice.
    3.  Find the locked door to the north-east and either use the badge on it or
    lockpick it.  Go up the stairs to each successive level of the cathedral,
    killing all the Nightkin (they're really just mutants with StealthBoys, not
    ghosts), and when you get to Morpheus . . . kill him too.  Now go back down the
    stairs, go to the left a little ways, and you'll find another flight of stairs
    going down.  Go down, walk to the end of the basement at the right corner, and
    wait for the secret door to open.  Kill the guy who comes out, then proceed
    beyond the door, killing everything and everybody that comes between you and
    progress.  Repeat on the first floor.  If you hack into one of the computers in
    the medical room, you can get some xp.
    4.  On the second floor, kill all the muties and scientists.  Free the
    prisoners by using the terminal on the wall ... poor prisoners.  Talk to the
    crazy people in the room to the north-west, and ask them about the weird things
    they talk about, then ask them about nullification to get a psychic nullifier.
    This REALLY comes in handy when you fight the Master.
    5.  On the third floor, just kill everybody.  If you proceed through the door
    on the east side of the floor, you'll see a nasty hall -- this leads to the
    What I do is go in, kill all the muties and crazies in the Vault under the
    Cathedral, and leave.  You get a lot of xp, and you won't finish the game.
    (Killing the Master ends the game.)  When you're ready, you can finish him, but
    that level 21 character is still waiting to be achieved...
    If you want to kill the Master now, it's quite easy.  Just walk up to him and
    start shooting him in the eyeballs when you're done talking.  He'll shoot you
    back, of course, but all he has is a dual-laser chaingun, and those things
    don't do diddly squat.  Mutants will spawn in the chamber behind you, but if
    if anybody else has discovered that, but it'll keep the room clear while you're
    killing the Master.  When he dies, just run out of the place onto the world map
    before the explosion starts, and the game's over.
    If you got the tape from Vree concerning the mutant's sterility, you can also
    convince him to commit suicide -- but that's no fun...
    Anyway, that's the end of the cathedral.
       U.  THE END -- OF THE GUIDE
    Basically, that's everything worth doing in Fallout.  Getting a level 21
    character is really the final quest, in my opinion.  You have the best armor,
    best weapons, and everything else that anybody could want in the game -- just
    have fun killing evil people over and over again.  I take much joy in wiping
    villainous scum from the face of the earth in this game, and having them not be
    able to even hurt you makes it even more fun -- if you've worked long and hard
    to achieve that invincibility.  (Cheating sux, BTW).
    Fun things to do at this point include experimenting with different weapons
    (you should be proficient in all weapon use at this point), taking on hordes of
    raiders with your bare hands, or trying to wade through a murderous crowd with
    a super-sledge hammer or flamer.  Or, if you're so inclined, you could try
    killing every person in every town.  (Hee hee.)
    But regardless, I hoped you enjoyed my guide, and I hope it helped.
    If you have any questions or comments, you can Email me at
    Copyrighted by Cole Simmons, A.K.A. Kazorky Pantz, June 2000