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All right now. We're gonna be making something folks on the trail call Healing Powder.Sunny Smiles

By a Campfire on the Trail is a tutorial quest in Fallout: New Vegas. This tutorial quest introduces the player to crafting. Sunny Smiles shows the player how to use campfires, which in turn can help the player understand how to use both the work and reloading benches.


After finding that the Courier knows their way around a gun, Sunny Smiles offers to teach them how to live off the land and craft medicine at a campfire.

Quick walkthrough

Tutorial Quest: By a Campfire on the Trail
Find broc flower and xander root
Collect xander root by the tree trunk outside of Goodsprings schoolhouse.
Collect broc flower at Goodsprings Cemetery
Bring the broc flower and xander root to Sunny Smiles and use the campfire to make healing powder.
Reward: 30 XP
Next Quest: They Went That-a-Way

Detailed walkthrough

After finishing the quest Back in the Saddle, Sunny offers to show the Courier another trick for surviving in the wasteland: using campfires to cook food. If the player character chooses to end the tutorial during Back in the Saddle, this quest is not available.

Sunny asks the Courier to retrieve a xander root near the Goodsprings schoolhouse and a broc flower from the Goodsprings Cemetery. Both plants can also be found on a hill directly south of the campfire where she waits.

The plants Sunny directs the player character to are newly added to the specified locations by the quest. At the schoolhouse, a new xander root is added to the patch where only two had grown near the east entrance, along with two giant mantis nymphs that now guard the area. The cemetery, previously without any broc flowers have one added near the open grave at the back, as well as four bloatflies and a bark scorpion. The new plants are permanent and will respawn after being picked, but the creatures will not.

After retrieving both items, the Courier should meet Sunny back at the campfire near the Goodsprings water source. After talking to her, go to the campfire to make healing powder.

When this quest is over, Sunny will tell the Courier to head over to the Prospector Saloon and talk with Trudy.

Quest stages

10 Find a broc flower and a xander root
30 Use the campfire to make healing powder
40Quest finishedGo and meet Trudy at the Prospector Saloon.


  • If the Courier has used either the xander roots or broc flower before giving them to Sunny Smiles, the waypoint will disappear, but the ingredients will respawn every 72 hours.
  • If healing powder is already in the Courier's inventory, Sunny will move on with the quest as if they had created it using the campfire.
  • There usually are some broc flowers and xander roots nearby, to the south of the campfire where Sunny waits, avoiding the need to go over to the schoolhouse and cemetery.

Behind the scenes

  • As well as acting as a crafting tutorial for the player, retrieving broc flowers and xander roots is also a reference to the start of Fallout 2, particularly Hakunin who will make healing powder upon returning to him with the same two ingredients.
  • The title of the quest is a reference to the song "By a Campfire on the Trail" by The Sons of the Pioneers.


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When following Sunny Smiles and talking to her at the campfire, the quest will become marked as done on the Pip-Boy. Sunny will go back to the Prospector Saloon without teaching the Courier how to make healing powder and no broc flower nor xander root will appear on the hill south of the campfire. So it's better to go to the Goodsprings Schoolhouse and to the Goodsprings Cemetery and talk to Sunny with all the ingredients. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Once the player has collected sufficient ingredients, if they interact with a campfire before they have talked with Sunny, even if they haven't actually made anything (just exited), she will approach the player, tell him/her they have enough, then immediately enter the dialogue as if you just crafted healing powder. [verified]
Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
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Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
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Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
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