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For the playing card, see 10 of Spades (card).
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 1st Recon Alpha Team, living at Camp McCarran in 2281.


The young, stuttering 10 of Spades was born on a farm in the core territories, which meant that he trained with a rifle since he was a young boy (his father said he started when he was just 3 years old).[1] He was good enough at shooting to land a prestigious spot on the Alpha Team around 2280, tremendously improving his shooting in just a year.[2] He originally wanted to be called Ace of Spades, but Lieutenant Gorobets said no... At least not until he got a few confirmed kills. 10 expects to be promoted to jack in short order, though he's going to skip queen for obvious reasons.[3]

10 of Spades is partnered with 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. On one of his first assignments, the pair was ambushed by Cook-Cook's group of Fiends. 10 of Spades was knocked out early in the fight, something he cannot forgive himself for, as his partner was then raped by the Fiend leader and left for dead.[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 characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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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 actionsEdit

Upon completing the Driver Nephi portion of the Three-Card Bounty quest by claiming Nephi's bounty, the entire 1st Recon 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 interactionsEdit

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 quotesEdit


10 of Spades appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

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  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. 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)
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