Hardcore trophy in Fallout: New Vegas


Played the game from start to finish in Hardcore Mode.

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How to unlock the Hardcore trophy

  • RealBlazeStormRealBlazeStorm286,248
    17 Jun 2015 28 Jun 2015 28 Jun 2015
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    I asked Warboy925 over on TrueAchievements to use his textguide for this achievement, and he was so kind to let me use it. So here is his guide. I copy-pasted everything, so all credit goes to him, and snowdick1; the creator of the videos. This whole textguide is based on his videos. Good Luck!

    Following this guide will get you at least these 3 achievements if you haven gotten Wild Card or No Gods, No Masters yet, it MIGHT also be possible to get more, but I played and beat this game before, so its possible that I got some achievements on another play-though that I would've gotten here....
    So to be clear, this will at least give you these three achievements:

    Wild Card
    No Gods, No Masters

    You do not have to worry at all about leveling up,I was level 8 naturally and killed NOT ONE person, except Benny and Mr. House, and I only died ONCE the whole game and not at all my second playthrough making this guide.....

    Important tips: Save often and know how to read your compass, I will be using N, S, SE by
    E, or E by SE, and other directions often!!! Just In case you didn't know, (SE by E) or
    (E by SE), for example means the point on your compass between SE and E.....on to the
    game!! Oh, last tip, RUN LIKE HELL!! A couple times, you will encounter Deathstalkers,
    (only around Vault 19), you may get spotted by Super Mutants by Black Mountain, just run
    and you should be fine, if not, reload a save...

    Choose a female character (for "Black Widow" perk) and make sure you choose Hardcore-Mode when prompted. You need to play on "VERY EASY" as well....

    S.P.E.C.I.A.L., you'll want this setup
    Strength: 1
    Perception: 1
    Endurance: 10
    Charisma: 10
    Intelligence: 8
    Agility: 1
    Luck: 9

    Skill Tags: You'll want Speech, Survival, and Medicine.

    Beginning 2 perks: You don't need any at all!!

    Perks: Choose "Black Widow" on Level 2, and make sure you have 45 on Survival for "Travel
    Light" on Level 4 (you should bump up between 2 - 3 levels while you are in the "Four Tops"), after level 4, pick whatever you want, [Correction: you might want to pick up [TOUGHNESS] as your perk at level 6], game over/achievement should pop up around level 7 or 8

    BTW, if you have the Ultimate Edition, the vault 13 canteen is VERY useful, as well as the starting armor you get!! If not, I highly suggest at least getting the Courier's Stash. If you only have the base game, you will need to either buy or find some extra water and stimpaks...this is just a guide to get you though the game as quickly as possible, I'm not going to tell you when to drink or what to pick up....I'm going to assume you played this game before and know where you need to buy items....

    Start of Part 1 of the video

    [There are some things I had you pick up that is not in the video due to maybe you needing some money for water or supplies]

    The Saga Begins: You will wake up in Doc Mitchell's office, choose being a female, then go to the "Vit-o-matic Vigor Tester" and choose the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. settings posted above (1, 1, 10, 10, 8, 1, and 9.) Go sit on the couch and just choose all the top answers, there is no right or wrong answers....when it comes to skills, just uncheck "melee weapons", and check "medicine", speech and survival should already be checked for you...when it says "CHOOSE UP TO 2 TRAITS (OR NONE)", just push "X", you really don't need any of them....

    Before he walks you out, go though his house and pick up ALL the healing items you can find, plus you might need the 8 bottle caps on the bookshelf on the way to the door.. You will be forced to talk to him again, just choose "Thanks for patching me up Doc", and you will be prompted to choose Hardcore Mode, MAKE SURE you select YES!! If you have the DLC, put on the "Lightweight Leather armor", if not, just wear the "Vault 21 Jumpsuit" the kind doctor gave you....if you don't have the DLC that gave you "Vault 13's Canteen", you might want to talk to the Doc before you leave and buy at least a dirty water first since you only have 26 caps now.
    (Your Medicine should be at least 30, you can pass a "[Medicine 30] speech test" to receive 3 free stimpaks and another "[SPEECH 30] speech test" for 2 more stimpaks)

    To Goodsprings Cemetery: Once you step outside, look "NE", you will see a water tower in the short distance, head there...you have discovered "Goodsprings Cemetery", look on one of the graves for healing items, and grab the "Goodsprings Snow Globe" off another grave for an easy 2000 bottles caps later......head "N" under the water tower and you should get that revising your character screen, just choose "Finished - Travel Onward" and move on..you might really, really wanna save now..

    To Vault 19: Continue "N" a very short way and you will see a big rock ahead of you climb along the side of it heading "E" (I asked you to save only because there is a chance you might get stuck) ignoring the bloatflies until you see 2 men on a "cross", continue "NE", you will see a road ahead of you and you may see some Deathstalkers, if they see you, just run like hell EAST by NORTHEAST until you see "Vault 19" in a fenced-in area just off the road, run inside the fenced-in area and climb up the "mountain" on the NE side,

    To Samson Rock Crushing Plant: save here, then continue "E" at the "fork" on top of the "mountain", hugging the left side....now head NE towards the Powerline Towers...until you
    reach Samson Rock Crushing Plant...

    To Camp McCarran: You will now want to travel N by NE until you reach a "freeway", (You know you are going the right way if you see some big red containers on your left hand side), jump down into the freeway, and continue "N" until you see a small broken section on your right and a big red container that has "fallen" into the "freeway" right in front of you...go up that broken section, then run "N" for a very short while along the top side of the freeway until you reach some shelled-out buildings, run "NE" through the building and you should see 2 vertical "EL RAY" signs ahead of you, run past EL RAY MOTEL, and into CAMP MCCARRON, straight ahead of you on your right.....

    Getting to the New Vegas Strip: Inside Camp McCarran, look to your right, see that big building? Thats right! We are going inside, (you want to enter the west-most set of doors)....once inside you will see a set of broken escalators on your left (I would save before going up), around the corner to the left, you will see 2 guards, run past them and enter the door (they WILL be shooting at you, so RUN!!!), run straight for the MONORAIL, and press "A" to take it to the strip, go through the double doors on the left and down the stairs where you MIGHT get stopped by a NCR Trooper, just answer, "No, I've been here before", to make it quicker, head out the double doors onto the strip..

    On The Strip: Look to your left, you will see the Ultra-Lux, thats where we will be heading, go inside and just hand over your weapons...Head SE to the back of the casino and through the double doors and press "A" to talk to "Mortimer", just select "Goodbye", and head back out into the strip, (what we just did was make "contact" with The White Glove Society, it will make more sense later on in the game)....

    Next stop The Tops, right in front of you, enter and turn in your weapons..wait a few seconds, you WILL gain 3 levels, put 3 points into SURVIVAL so you have 45, and ALL the rest into SPEECH, choose "BLACK WIDOW", more into SPEECH then "TRAVEL LIGHT" for level 4
    First thing, walk back to the front desk and talk to Swank who is the guy next to the one that took your weapons, choose "I think you should know something about Benny", then choose the [SPEECH 15] option, then the [SPEECH 30] option, next the [SPEECH 45] option, then choose whatever you want, it goes back to "That's it. What do you think?" anyways..he gives you your stuff back as well as a key, select "Okay, I'll do it", (I think the reason you have to talk to Swank is because he lets the heat off of you after you kill Benny)....
    ...speaking of which, you will see him walking to the right side of the casino, talk to him and choose ALL the [BLACK WIDOW] options, and then he will give you another key to his room....go figure? Head to his room via the elevators in the SW corner of the casino, you want the 2nd one on your right...out of the elevator turn right, his room has a planter on each side of his door, enter, and wait for Benny....follow him into the bedroom and choose the top option (involves having sex with Benny)...after the dark cutscene, choose [Kill Benny in his sleep], you will want to loot Benny for his special gun, Maria, and some ammo...you should gain another level, dump it all in SPEECH..
    ..now, you will want to enter a door in the EAST side of Benny's room to meet Yes Man,
    (You might wanna save just in case) choose all the top options up until you are able to
    select "I've been invited to visit the Lucky 38", then select the following as they show up...
    "What do you know about the courier Benny shot?"
    "I have the Platinum Chip, remember?"
    "Let's talk about something else."
    "So I should ask these tribes if they'll support an Independent Vegas."
    "Which tribes should I "get to know""
    then finally "Goodbye", which is your queue to leave the casino and head to Lucky 38, but before you go, you can talk to Swank again before you leave and he has a [BLACK WIDOW] option that gives you 100 caps!!

    On to Lucky 38: Once you are out of The Tops, turn left and head through the gate, on the
    other side, the Lucky 38 is directly to your right, you need to talk to Victor the robot to be let in....Victor mysteriously teleported ahead of you by the elevator door, tell him you wish to go to the Penthouse (lack of other choices till later, lol), as soon as the loading screen is over, you will see a robot named Jane....remember that snowglobe I told you to pick up in Goodsprings Cemetery? She is the one who will buy it off of you, just select "What's with the snowglobe collection?", then select "I've got a snowglobe for Mr. House's collection", and now you are 2000 caps richer!! Now go down the stairs, you can raid the fridge around to the right first if you'd like, then head back and go through the curtain covered door..now equip the gun you looted from Benny, because we are going to be in a rush!!
    See that computer terminal ahead of you? Use it to open the Antechamber, the robots now turn hostile so as soon as the door opens, run straight to the next terminal and use it to unlock the control room elevator, use the elevator door asap because the 2 robots will
    be shooting you...now use the terminal ahead of you to unseal the LS chamber....use the gun to kill him....you should level up again to level 6, dump the last 5 points into [SPEECH] and the rest into [MEDICINE], (I didn't think about it til just now, but you might want to pick up [TOUGHNESS] as your perk) You can leave safe and sound now, the robots are no longer hostile..and you now have access to the Presidential Suite in case you wanna sleep or loot just to sell things for more water or food..next stop......

    (Before we set out, MAKE SURE you have the quest "Wild Card: Side Bets" active!!!! The
    quest will always update after making contact with any of the required factions, it will
    come in handy, because on hardcore mode, you really don't want to backtrack because you
    missed someone..now with that said....)

    Gomorrah.....As you leave Lucky 38, it is smack right in front of you, all you need to do is enter, the guy up front will ask for your weapons, just select, "Nevermind, I'll be back", that's it!! You just had contact with the Omertas...you will be outside of Gomorrah after the thug "politely" asks you to leave...

    From Gomorrah, head left and through the Freeside gate..if you need supplies, might as well get them here while we are passing through, keep going and go through the "blue Bus" looking gate, and exit the gate that usually has 3 guys standing to the left "Exit to Outer Vegas" (the real reason we went through all the gates was so we can "discover" [FREESIDE'S NORTH GATE] so we can fast travel back later)

    (Just a warning, it may be easier to wait until it is early morning before we continue, Hidden Valley is hard to navigate at night because of the nighttime dust storms)

    Start of Part 2 of the video

    On to Hidden Valley: Speaking of fast travel...we now need to fast travel back to Goodsprings Cemetery....as soon as you arrive, look E by SE. you will see a large white cross, that is where we are going to travel, from the cross head East by SouthEast ALL THE WAY until "You have discovered HIDDEN VALLEY" pops on the left side of the screen..now fast travel to Hidden Valley...from where you "land", head NW towards the bunker door, pull out your weapon, and press L3 to crouch, as soon as the 3 brotherhood soldiers come out, pickpocket the "Hidden Valley Bunker Key" from one of them, back up and use the key on the door you just entered from and take a few shots at any of the soldiers...(the reason you shot at them was because it was an easy way to "make contact")

    Road to El Dorado Substation: Once outside, head North until you get out of the fenced in area, then proceed to travel East by NorthEast until you "discover" Neil's Shack, head East up the road and Neil, a friendly Super mutant will greet you, just choose the 2 top replies and Neil will be on his way...ok, now you see that huge white satellite dish above you in the distance? We are going to head in that direction until "You have discovered BLACK MOUNTAIN" pops on the left side of the screen..now fast travel to BLACK MOUNTAIN...from there, head East then SouthEast when you are able....you should see a building soon at the foot of the mountain, head there and you will discover "EL DORADO SUBSTATION" (Reason for needing to discover this location will be apparent later)

    Red Rock Canyon Bound: Fast travel back to Vault 19, head West then NorthWest hugging the
    mountain on your right, if you see a Deathstalker running towards you, trust me, he doesn't want a hug or a Scooby-Snack, just RUN!!!! You will be traveling Northwest for quite a while until you "discover" RED ROCK CANYON, don't worry, the quest will update a few seconds later....when it does...

    (You may want to pick up at least 3 DOCTOR'S BAGS or you can always reload the save until
    you get to the gate uncrippled) (right after I wrote this, I did a reload, and I made it to the gate without any crippled limbs)

    Flying to Nellis Air Force Base: (Nice pun, huh?) Fast travel back to FREESIDE'S NORTH GATE..there will be a freeway above you, we will be following it East by NorthEast until we reach a road with a shack on the left hand side (now is a VERY good time to save), run along the road then RUN LIKE HELL NorthEast until you reach the gate, pick the 2 top options, then Raquel will talk to you, tell her to "Lead the way", and you will automatically be taken to Pearl, the leader of the Boomers, just choose all 3 top replies and the conversation will end automatically and we are done with all the factions!!!

    Meeting up with Yes Man: Fast travel to THE STRIP NORTH GATE, head towards The Tops where
    you will see Yes Man standing out front, select, "I'm ready for you to join me at the Lucky 38."

    Start of Part 3 of the video...

    Enter the Lucky 38, activate the elevator and choose to go up to the penthouse you will automatically be put in a cut scene, go towards the force field to start the demonstration, after the demonstration is over, you will be brought back to Yes Man with a new level gain, put the points where you want, then deal with Yes Man...
    Talk to Yes Man and select "Let's talk about the tribes I should get to know", choose to IGNORE ALL OF THEM, of course you have to do each faction one at a time......you will get
    some new choices now, choose, " The NCR hates me. They won't let me within 1000 feet of Kimball.", then select, "Ok, I'll get it done."

    Rapido to El Dorado Substation: (Another nice pun) And this is why we needed to take that little side trip earlier, so we can fast travel there now!! You need to run in, active the terminal, select "Power the substation", exit the building and immediately open your pip-boy to fast travel back to THE STRIP NORTH GATE (The first time I played this, I had hostile NCR troopers and I had to run for awhile until I was able to fast travel again, I JUST did this again now, and I was able to fast travel as soon as I stepped outside......just a warning in case you get the hostile NCR scenario)

    Well anyways, fast travel back to THE STRIP NORTH GATE and head back to the Lucky 38 to meet up with Yes Man again, talk with him and select, "I'm ready to go to the dam", then
    "Fine, just tell me how", this is going to be a point of no return (until you finish the game), if you are ready, select "Let's do this!" and you will be transported to the dam

    Here at the darn dam: Run North-ish along the dam and enter the second doorway on your
    right, you know its the right door if you see a lot of the Legion's troops coming from the west...enter the Elevator to Hoover Dam offices, can't miss it, it right there on your right, you may have a friendly Securitron MK II escort (which is a good thing), basic directions to your goal, left, go around the corner first left, then through the doors the 2 brotherhood soldiers are guarding, (a [SPEECH 75] test will get them to leave their post) the terminal you need to activate will be straight ahead of you...install the override chip, and now you need destroy the dam's generators, exit the room, head right then around the corner head to the other side of the hall and go left around that corner, enter the door ahead of you at the end of the hall, and prepare to get shot at, what you need to activate is the small yellow box on the left wall from where you entered, select "Overload and blow it up!"

    Run Forrest Run!!: Time to blow this joint....you'll get that joke later but we need to head back past the area where we activated the first terminal...running all the way....go straight, turn right around the corner, head to the other end, and turn right around the corner again, take the first left and past the door we got rid of the 2 brotherhoods earlier, at the T-section, make a left, right around the corner, duck into the first left and take the door in there to the outside...

    Stopping the Legion: Turn to your right, we are running all the way to the end of the dam, and making a left when we see our robot friends.....enter the gate to the Legate's Camp, run East avoiding all enemies until you reach some "wood steps", look up and to the left, you see that guy with the scary mask? Time to talk to him....select these options..

    "If you think you've got any chance of taking Hoover Dam, you're wrong."
    "Maybe you're willing to listen to reason"
    SELECT ALL [SPEECH] OPTIONS.......until you get to....
    "There is victory in wisdom"
    Take the last [SPEECH] option

    General Jackass: Head back to the gate and it will blow up, and you get another conversation with him......select.....

    "Hold that thought, General. I want you to introduce you to some friends."
    "General Oliver, Hoover Dam is ours. Leave at once."
    "Are you sure that's wise?"
    "How about I ask these robots to fuck you and your entire battalion with a rocket barrage?"
    "[SPEECH 100] [Bluff] Because you're talking and not attacking?"
    "Can't do a worse job than the Republic, that's for sure"
    "Is that all? Because I've got work to do, and NCR words don't mean much around here"

    Yes Man comes up to you and now its Game Over!!! Enjoy the achievements...

    Special thanks to Lizardkingv666 for encouraging me to write this text guide, and a very special thanks to Snowdick1 for his support and permission

    Guys, this guide took me literally HOURS to write, I spent all day watching the videos, pausing it, writing things down, then following it along on my game....if you need to vote negative, please explain why so I may better this, the other guides were great, but not nearly as detailed as mine, nor did they explain why things were being done...enjoy!
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