Black Mountain is a location in the Mojave Wasteland that serves as a radio station for the State of Utobitha. It can be located on the main map easily by spotting the winding road roughly east of Goodsprings and Sloan. Neil's shack is situated at the bottom of the mountain and marks the start of the road.
Black Mountain, a dominant feature of the area, was unoccupied for over a century after the Great War. A pre-War monitoring station focused on China's satellite network, it was the victim of a direct strike, most of Black Mountain’s radar arrays were knocked out immediately. Even though there were valuable materials inside the buildings that surrounded the arrays, the area was so irradiated that no one could survive longer than an hour or so. After the fall of the Master, many of the first generation super mutants headed east. At Black Mountain, they were able to find a place to set up a camp where they could avoid most of the world. It took some time for the super mutants to settle in and repair the equipment at the array, but they were finally able to enlist the help of some ghouls in order to make the array operational.
Over time, nightkin and the more thuggish second generation super mutants trickled into Black Mountain and this eventually caused problems. The de facto leader of the community was Marcus, from Broken Hills. Due to the influx of mentally unstable super mutants, including one particular nightkin named Tabitha, Marcus was pushed out of the group at Black Mountain. He left with a small group of (mostly first generation) super mutants, ghouls, and friendly humans who went on to found Jacobstown. This left the nightkin and second generation super mutants to fend for themselves. Within weeks Tabitha progressively turned the satellite array into a fortress against any and all outsiders. She hallucinates regularly and has convinced the other super mutants (especially the less intelligent second generation) that only she can see the threats against them, due to her “magic eyes” (which are actually a pair of oversized child sunglasses which, of course, she won’t let anyone else touch).
On the road to Black Mountain, there is an overturned satellite dish that is used as a makeshift camp. It contains several trunks, two of which contain several hundred caps. There is also a transceiver where you can pass a 75 Speech check to get Tabitha to declare death to all 'Dumb-Dumbs', after which the transceiver will stop working.
When entering the radio facility via the road, the closest building to the player is the prison building. Inside there will be an imprisoned ghoul mechanic named Raul Tejada who is also a potential companion. As the door to his room is locked, the player must either have a Science skill of 100 to hack the nearby terminal, a key to open the door or by accessing the second terminal near the building's entrance and reading Entry 6. This gives the courier the password, which is 123456789, to unlock the door without hacking the terminal.
The storage building is located between the prison building and the broadcast building, and it contains several random items, a Nuka-Cola vending machine, locked chests, a note written by Tabitha and a broken Mister Handy robot by the name of Rhonda (requires 60 Science to fix).
The broadcast building is at the far end of the property and is identifiable from the single satellite dish on the roof. The building is two floors high and has two doors on the ground floor, one of which is inaccessible from the outside. Once entering the building, the other door can be accessed, it leads to a staircase which then leads to Tabitha's room. Tabitha's room key is needed in order to access her room, it is located underneath the staircase. The door to the first floor inside the fence can be interacted with from the outside, potentially granting access to the top floor whilst bypassing most of the enemies.
- Cuddles' toy car is in the prison building. Read all the entries on the computer terminal, then look on the table for this unique item.
- The unique missile launcher Annabelle is found on the nightkin sniper standing on the radio tower platform.
- One Nuka-Cola Victory in the storage building.
- A Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap in the storage building, between two Sarsaparilla crates on the bottom shelf, left of the training dummy.
- Sheet music book and repair note #3 on the 2nd floor of the broadcast building (Tabitha's room).
Narrated by Neil
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|1||Though some super mutants and nightkin continued to journey to the legendary Utobitha, they found little trace of its existence. Some eventually found their way to Jacobstown, but many wandered off into the wastes, confused and disheartened.||Kill Tabitha|
|2||Tabitha and Rhonda went east, through Caesar's land. Occasionally tales of their exploits found their way back west, though few believed them. Eventually the stories concerning the duo were collected and published, and proved to be quite popular with children.||Repair Tabitha's robot, Rhonda.|
|3||Black Mountain Radio continued to broadcast its peculiar form of propaganda. Raul Tejada faced his execution each day, though pardoned in the end. Travelers venturing too near Black Mountain continue to be harassed by Tabitha's followers.||Do not approach Black Mountain.|
|4||Tabitha, enraged by Raul's escape, took the remaining nightkin of Black Mountain with her and vanished without a trace. Travelers in the region soon learned to avoid the roads at night, as caravans were repeatedly attacked by unseen assailants.||Release Raul, do not complete Crazy, Crazy, Crazy.|
- There is a Radiation King Television poster in Tabitha's Studio. There are few of these posters, and they are a reference to The Simpsons.
- When you fast travel or stand around Black Mountain, the sound of thunder can be heard.
- If you fast travel, or return to Black Mountain, super mutant masters will spawn, generally in groups of threes. They will not be hostile to the character, and cannot be spoken to. Killing one will not cause the others to attack you either. This is in line with Neil stating that super mutants are still streaming in, and he is going to stay and direct them to Jacobstown.
- The nightkin you encounter will still be hostile however.
- If the Courier enters the storage room and doesn't fix Rhonda within 3 in-game days, she will disappear and won't come back. If you want to repair Rhonda, don't enter the storage room until you achieve a Science skill of at least 60.
- The ambiance that plays at Black Mountain is the same ambiance that plays at Necropolis from Fallout, City of the Dead.
Black Mountain appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Xbox 360 When using the terminal in the prison building, the screen may become blurred but not bring up the monitor interface for the computer. This will fix itself by leaving the building and re-entering but using scoped weapons will now show the image of the computer terminal. [verified]
- PC Xbox 360 When climbing back down the mountain after reuniting Tabitha with Rhonda, it is possible that attacking any nightkin or centaur will cause Rhonda and Tabitha to join the fight and attack you. After the original attackers are dead they will disappear altogether. Fast traveling to Jacobstown will show that Tabitha is still hostile to the player. [verified]
- Playstation 3 When fast traveling or climbing the mountain normally, random non-player character's will spawn at Tabitha's compound or in the crater area. They will be non-hostile to both the super mutants/nightkin and to the player. If the player starts a fight with the mutants/nightkin, they will not join regardless of faction reputation. [verified]
- Xbox 360 When meeting Neil for the mission that begins with him, you may be given the optional task to meet him by the overturned satellite dish. Meeting him there, he will ask if you are ready. No matter what reply you give him ("Let's go" or the equivalent of "No not yet. There's some things I have to do first"), he will always respond to the latter. A possible fix for this is telling Neil you're ready to go BEFORE you talk to the super mutant on the radio. [verified]
- Playstation 3 Xbox 360 A variety of non-player characters may spawn on the roads on your way to the summit including, Sunny Smiles, an NCR trooper, a Powder Ganger, some Boomers, and a Great Khan. Surprisingly, they won't be attacked by the super mutants if you're around them, they will go straight to you and completely disregard the other non-player characters. [verified]
- Playstation 3 Xbox 360 Sometimes the nightkin sniper will not spawn, making it impossible to get Annabelle.[verified]
- Xbox 360 The back door to the ground floor of the broadcast building can be entered from outside the fence. [verified]
- PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 Sometimes a deathclaw may spawn in the crater at Black Mountain or along the winding road leading up the mountain. [verified]