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If I keep at it, eventually I'll make it to Ace. Think I'll skip Queen though.

"10 of Spades" is the youngest member of the NCR's First Recon Alpha Team, living at Camp McCarran in 2281.


10 of Spades was born on a farm west of the Mojave, trained to use a rifle since the age of three.[1] He was recruited into the military a year before meeting the Courier.[2] His nickname was given to him by Lieutenant Gorobets, who said more experience was required before he would be granted his original request, to be called the Ace of Spades.[3]

10 of Spades’ partner in the field is Corporal Betsy, a veteran sharpshooter who volunteered for the spot after everyone else refused to put their hands in the life of a new recruit.[4] On one of their assignments, the pair was ambushed by Cook-Cook's group of Fiends. 10 of Spades was knocked out, and Betsy was assaulted by the Fiend leader. Unable to prevent this or protect his partner, 10 of Spades feels responsible and struggles to forgive himself.[4][5]

If asked about how to help Corporal Betsy, he will recommend Doctor Usanagi, who helped him with his stuttering.[6]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


  • I Don't Hurt Anymore: 10 of Spades is needed for one of the paths for completing the quest by convincing Betsy that everyone is worried about her and that she should seek help.

Effects of player's actions

Upon completing the Driver Nephi portion of the Three-Card Bounty quest by claiming Nephi's bounty, Alpha Team moves to Camp Forlorn Hope to help with the Legion at Nelson. 10 of Spades can then be found in the Camp Forlorn Hope mess hall.

Other interactions

If the player character makes fun of 10 of Spades about his stuttering, he will become agitated. However, it is possible to apologize to him, which will allow the player character to speak with him once more. This apology removes the option to again make fun of his stutter. Making fun of his stutter twice will make him angry, and he will not talk to the player character afterward.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
NCR face wrap armor
1st Recon beret
Hunting rifle


10 of Spades is one of the shortest characters in the game, similar to the height of legionaries.

Notable quotes


10 of Spades appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.



  1. The Courier: "How long have you been a sharpshooter?"
    10 of Spades: "Shit. Long as I can r-r-remember. Had a rifle in my hand since I was three, that's what my dad always says. Learned to shoot on our ranch. Way west of here. Same as the LT, he's a f-farm kid too."
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "When did you enlist in the military?"
    10 of Spades: "Oh. They recruited me... what, a year ago? Taught me to kick even more ass than before. These guys... they really know how to kick some ass."
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Ten of Spades. Where did you get that name?"
    10 of Spades: "The LT, Gorobets, gave it to me. See, I w-w-wanted to be Ace of Spades. But the LT says, sorry kid, you're t-t-too green. So he calls me Ten instead. It's okay, though. I get a few more k-k-kills under my belt, he'll move me up to Jack. Jack of Spades. Sounds better, right? I keep at it, eventually I'll make it to Ace. Think I'll skip Queen, though."
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Courier: "I heard about what happened to Corporal Betsy."
    10 of Spades: "The LT t-t-told you about that? Shit. Man, that's sh-sh-shit."
    The Courier: "Tell me what happened."
    10 of Spades: "It was m-my fault. See... I was kn-knocked out when it happened. That b-big guy sneaked up on us. I let B-Betsy down."
    The Courier: "Why do you think you let Betsy down?"
    10 of Spades: "She's my g-g-goddamn partner. See, we work in pairs. We spot for each other. W-watch each other's backs. Nobody wanted to w-work with me. They said I was too green. But Betsy volunteered. Shit, you don't even know how big a d-d-deal that is. She trusts her life to the newbie, and I sit there and let her get raped by that... p-p-piece of shit."
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "If you were unconscious, how could you have done anything?"
    10 of Spades: "Shit. You sound like the LT. I should've w-woken up. I shouldn't have gotten knocked out in the f-first place. That shit was my fault. I don't want to talk about it anymore, all right?"
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "I'm trying to convince Corporal Betsy to go see a doctor. Any ideas?"
    10 of Spades: "Oh, b-b-because of what that fuck Cook-Cook did? W-well, it's n-not the same thing, but D-Doc Usanagi helped me with my s-s-stuttering. The d-doc has a c-clinic north of here. Can't m-m-miss it. You should t-talk to Bitter-Root, too. He's b-been to see the doc, too."
    (10 of Spades’ dialogue)