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    Version 1.0.1 (2/9/2009)
    By Nick Zitzmann (writer and editor) and Josh McGill (writer)
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    1.0 (1/27/2009):
    First release.
    1.0.1 (2/9/2009):
    Corrected a few small errors.
    Executive summary: The Experimental MIRV is the Best. Weapon. Ever.
    In more detail: The Experimental MIRV ("MIRV" stands for "Multiple
    Independently-targetable Reentry Vehicle" according to Wikipedia) is a missile
    launcher, similar to the common Fat Man missile launcher, with one very big
    difference - instead of launching one Mini Nuke missile at a time, it launches
    eight Mini Nuke missiles at once. Eight. Nuclear. Missiles. At. Once.
    Are we even thinking about the possibilities here?! With one of these, you
    could, for example, vaporize one of those Super Mutant Behemoths in only one
    shot. Heck, you can vaporize just about anything in only one shot. We've
    enclosed a few possibilities if you need some ideas; see G01 below for details.
    There are, of course, two catches. First, it will only fire eight missiles at
    once, no more or less, so the number of times you can use this weapon is equal
    to the number of Mini Nukes you are carrying divided by eight. And Mini Nukes
    are sort of rare, though you can sometimes find new ones up for sale at Flak
    and Shrapnel's in Rivet City.
    The other catch is, the Experimental MIRV is a very difficult gun to acquire.
    The only one in the game is inside the National Guard Depot's bunker, and the
    only way to get in is to find the password left behind by four members of the
    Keller family, who took refuge inside the bunker on the day that the Apocalypse
    All plot details below have been obscured for the benefit of those of you who
    have not yet finished the main quest.
    To reach specific places in this FAQ, please use your browser's Find feature
    (Command-F on Mac OS X, Ctrl-F on Windows and GNU/Linux) and enter one of the
    below three character codes to jump to a specific section.
    T00: Alex's Tape (OPTIONAL)
    T01: Tina's Tape
    T02: Candace's Tape
    T03: Dad's Tape
    T04: Ralph's Tape
    G00: And Finally...
    To get the MIRV, you must first collect four of the Keller Family Code Tapes.
    The first one, Alex's, is completely optional. You can acquire them in any
    order. Once you have the four mandatory tapes, then you need to go to the
    National Guard Depot Bunker to claim your MIRV.
    Location: The Capital Wasteland, just to the north of the VAPL-58 Power
    Station. The quickest way there is quick jumping to Jalbert Brothers Scrapyard.
    And if you don't know where that is, then head to Little Lamplight and move
    eastward. Little Lamplight is place you'll visit during the game's main quest.
    Head east for a short jaunt. You should be able to see the towers.  There are
    three towers to the north of the station building. There shouldn't be any
    enemies here, but a random Radscorpion or Raider could show up. The very last
    tower is the one you want, though. You should see a boarded up shack at the
    base. Head inside and look for the bookcase. The tape will be on top.
    T01: TINA'S TAPE
    Location: Hallowed Moors Cemetery. The quickest way is to go to Hamilton's
    Hideaway and head northeast. This is about the toughest of all of the tapes to
    get. Upon arriving at the cemetery you will be attacked by a couple of Super
    Mutants who will probably have sledgehammers. As you get closer (if they
    haven't already), a Super Mutant Brute, a Super Mutant Master, and a Centaur
    will be gunning for you. After you take them out, head inside the chapel and
    look on the altar to the left of the doorway for the second tape. There is also
    a slave inside you can free for good Karma and some loot.
    Location: Grisly Diner. The quickest way is to go to the Temple of the Union
    (which is to the north and slightly to the west of Canterbury Commons) and head
    north. On your way, you'll probably run into some slaves, and maybe some
    slavers, depending on whether you won the "Head of State" quest for the slaves
    or not. Also be on the lookout for Giant Radscorpions. After a short trip, you
    should see the Grisly Diner. Go inside and to the back room. You'll probably
    run into 3 or so Raiders. Head to the left and look for a desk. The tape will
    be on top.
    T03: DAD'S TAPE
    Location: Abandoned Shack, an unmarked location very close to Rockbreaker's
    Last Gas. The quickest way there is to go to Jalbert Brothers Scrapyard (see
    T00 above) and head north. The station looks like a big rocket from a distance.
    There will probably be a couple of Super Mutants hanging around here, and
    depending on where you are in the game's main quest, there may or may not be an
    Enclave camp set up at the station. Look up the nearby mountain for a shack on
    top. Head around the trail and up the mountain. 2 more Super Mutants will be up
    here shooting random stuff. Take them out and head into the shack. Look for
    tape #4 on top of the workbench.
    BONUS: If you can unlock the Very Hard locker in here, or use Dogmeat to
    circumvent the security, there's a neat gun inside called the "Victory Rifle."
    Unless you've been ignoring small guns for some reason, you ought to pick this
    one up. It's like the regular sniper rifle, except that it knocks enemies down
    on critical hits.
    MORE BONUS: Other than the rifle, there is a good deal of other great stuff you
    can find in this shack. Don't miss the two skill books and the bundle of bobby
    Location: The Capital Wasteland, in a tent just north of the Anchorage
    Memorial. The easiest way to get there is by going to the Tepid Sewers and
    heading north up the street. After a few feet, a Centaur will start spitting at
    you. Take it out and keep going. Look for a broken-down truck with a large tent
    next to it. Take out the other Centaur if you haven't already and head around
    the side of the tent and to the front. If he hasn't come to investigate, take
    out the Super Muntant keeping guard of the Slave and look around inside the
    tent for the final Keller Family tape.
    G00: AND FINALLY...
    If you got T01 through T04 above, then you can open the National Guard Depot
    Bunker and get your MIRV.
    First, here's how to find the Depot: It's in the northern part of downtown DC,
    in the Friendship neighborhood. You'll find it just to the east of the Chevy
    Chase North metro station. You can either walk there from the exterior Capital
    Wasteland, or take the Metro. If you take the Metro, then you need to be aware
    that the in-game metro map leading to Friendship is wrong. The map suggests you
    need to go through Central; you actually need to go through Chevy Chase. If
    you've been playing the game's main quest up to the GNR part, then you've
    already been through that station.
    OK, once you've found the Depot's front door, go on in. You'll be inside the
    Depot Offices. Search around here to find a door leading to the Training Wing.
    Inside the Training Wing, search around for another door that leads back to the
    Depot Offices. When you enter this door, look around the room you're in for a
    small switch that should be close to the wall. Flick that switch, and you'll
    see some lights start to swirl around a few stories below you. Jump down to the
    swirling lights and enter the door that is now available. You'll find yourself
    inside the Armory.
    Get all the gear you need here, and don't forget to pick up the Small Guns
    Bobblehead located to the right of the Bunker door. You can now use the
    terminal to open the door. If it won't open, then you probably missed a tape or
    several. Inside the bunker, you'll find a Glowing One, who is probably Papa
    Keller (apparently a note that was left in the game data but made inaccessible
    stated that Dad left the bunker several times), and the bones of Alex, Tina,
    and Candace. The MIRV is in plain sight on a desk behind where you found Papa
    Keller. WOOHOO!
    OK, I guess we ought to give you two warnings here:
    1) SAVE YOUR GAME. Some of the things we are about to suggest here will lead to
       your character becoming massively dead, or lead to some NPCs becoming
       massively dead, and in either case, you'll want a saved game so you can roll
       things back to the way they were.
    2) DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Yes, this should be obvious to most of you, but
       there are people out there who will believe everything that they see on TV,
       so we must say this: There is quite a big difference between launching
       massive nuclear attacks in a virtual environment and launching massive
       nuclear attacks in real life - you won't get rollbacks in real life. So if
       the world ends tomorrow, and your state happens to have nuclear weapons, and
       you somehow acquire your own nuclear warhead(s), then please don't try any
       of this, because some people might actually care if you wipe their city off
       the map. Oh, and blowing yourself up with a nuclear weapon would be an
       awesome (for everyone except for you, and your family, and everyone in your
       vicinity, and everyone who cared about everyone in your vicinity, ...) way
       to get yourself nominated for a Darwin Award. So don't say we didn't warn
       you... :)
    Now that we have that out of the way, here are some fun things you can do with
    your brand new MIRV:
    1) First, if you're playing the Windows version of the game, you can make your
       character invincible _and_ give him/her unlimited ammo by running the
       console command "tgm", meaning "Toggle God Mode". To do this, open the
       console by pressing the ` button, type "tgm" without the quotes, press
       Return, then press ` again to dismiss the console. You can make your
       character mortal again by re-doing these steps.
    2) You know the rocket jump, right? In FPS games, that's where you aim a rocket
       launcher at your character's feet, jump, and launch, which hurts the
       character, but greatly increases his/her jump height. Now try that with
       your MIRV. Better yet, try it at the top of the Washington Monument or
       Tenpenny Tower. Enjoy your flight! Wheeeeeeeohnoooooooo**SPLAT**
    3) If you're feeling pretty evil, then launch your MIRV in a small but heavily
       populated space. A particularly good shot may even cause tons of guts to fly
       everywhere, which isn't so funny in real life, but looks hilarious in F3.
    4) Spawn 20-30 Super Mutant Behemoths in a big empty part of the Wasteland. Go
       nuts. This is also a Windows-only thing; the console command is
       "placeleveledactoratme 0001CF95".
    Special thanks to:
    - CJayC (if you're reading this on GameFAQs, then you know why)
    - Wikipedia (for the definition of MIRV)
    - The Vault Fallout Wiki, <http://fallout.wikia.com/>, for the super mutant
    behemoth spawn code

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