Can You Beat Fallout: New Vegas Without Looting Anything?

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There’s a part of the Fallout games that you never really think about: looting. You look through any contain or corpse you come across in an effort to find items, equipment, and caps. But, what if you couldn’t loot anything? Can You Beat Fallout New Vegas Without Looting Anything?

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Can You Beat Fallout: New Vegas Without Looting Anything? (in text form)

There’s a part of the Fallout games that you never really think about: looting. You look through any contain or corpse you come across in an effort to find items, equipment, and caps. But, what if you couldn’t loot anything? Can You Beat Fallout New Vegas Without Looting Anything?

First, let’s talk about what looting actually is. If you add an item to your inventory, it’s looting. Picking a gun up off the floor is looting. Picking the lock on a safe and taking its contents is looting. If you yourself add an item to your inventory, it’s looting. This is where things may get controversial. Without looting, there are two ways to get items: buying them, or an NPC giving them to you. For example: Sunny Smiles gives you a Varmint Rifle at the beginning of the game. That isn’t looting. Great, we’ve got our definitions. Did you pay attention? There’s gonna be a quiz later.

Now, onto the game itself. I have the Ultimate Edition of New Vegas, so some items are added to my inventory whether I want them to be or not. These items are, effectively, all I’ll have to work with throughout the entire playthrough. I say effectively because I… you know what, I’ll tell you later.

I decided to be a boring little nancy boy and pick Speech, Barter, and Survival as my tag skills. Speech to be boring, Barter so that I could get as much ammo or as many Stimpaks as possible from the few caps I’d have, and Survival to have as many hit points as possible. For traits, I chose Skilled and Good Natured. Skilled gives you 5 points in each skill put decreases experience earned by 10%, which can be countered with the Swift Learner perk when you first level up. Good Natured increases non-combat skills by 5 points whole decreasing combat skills by 5. So before I even leave Doc Mitchell’s house, my Speech skill is up to 50.

Here’s what I’ve got to work with: a few sets of armor, most Light with one Medium. For healing items, I’ve got 5 Bleak Venoms, 3 Doctor’s Bags, 9 Stimpaks, 3 Super Stimpaks, and 4 Weapon Repair Kits. And for weapons, after talking to Sunny Smiles, I have a 9mm Pistol, Binoculars, a Broad Machete, a Mercenary’s Grenade Rifle, a Sturdy Caravan Shotgun, 10 Throwing Spears, and a Weathered 10mm Pistol. This is pretty much all I’ve got to work with.

My first goal was to level up to get that 10% experience boost I mentioned earlier. I fixed Trudy’s radio, talked to Ringo, gathered support for the upcoming against the Powder Garbage Disposals, and let the firefight begin. I used the grenade launcher to kill as many of them as I could, then the shotgun to pick off the rest. I leveled up, raised Lockpicking up to 25, and began heading North. You might be wondering why I’d invest in Lockpicking. I can’t take anything from the containers I crack open, but I can get the experience from it, which is pretty useful.

At 10xp a pop, the Bark Scorpions surrounding Hidden Valley turned out to be a nice little treat, as did the nearby Centaurs, though they were a bit harder to take down. Harder still were the Super Mutants and Nightkin atop Black Mountain. I died many times trying to take them out. Eventually, I was able to free Raul, much to Tabitha’s dismay. Together we killed Tabitha, I leveled up again, and things were looking… decent.

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