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That’s my watch! What are you doing with that? Give it back! [He snatches the watch from your hands.] I think you better go; we don’t take kindly to thieves around here.Cornelius

Cornelius has lost his gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to him is a side quest in Fallout 2 obtained from Cornelius in Modoc.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Cornelius has lost his gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to him
Speak to Cornelius.
Go to the outhouse and enter the toilet.
Plant a dynamite or plastic explosives in the cave.
Get out of the cave.
Reward: 500 XP
Enter the cave and kill the mole rat.
Pick up the golden watch.
Return back to Cornelius.
Reward: 500-1500 XP, -5 or +10 Karma

Detailed walkthrough

Obtaining the watch

When asked about his watch, Cornelius will mention that Farrel has a safe. However, Farrel will not allow the Chosen One to open it. If the safe is opened anyway, the watch will not be inside, and all of Modoc will turn hostile.

In the outhouse outside of Rose's Bed and Breakfast, should the Chosen One open the "toilet" and climb down, he will find a huge cavern with a pile of rocks blocking the passage to the north. Methane gas is present here, so the smallest spark would trigger a massive explosion.

At this point, the Chosen One should obtain dynamite or plastic explosives to plant at the blockade. As soon as he exits the cavern, they will go off, turning the outhouse into a crater. It is possible to die in the explosion. It is also possible to survive the explosion in the cavern if the Chosen One hides in the farthest corner, but he must still leave and return for the debris to be cleared. Setting off the explosion will earn the player character 500 XP.

Proceeding into the cleared blockade, the Chosen One will find a mole rat defending its lair. The watch, a bag and a fruit can be found within the lair, near the lair there's also a shovel (left of lair) and at least two rocks.

Returning the watch

Give the watch to Farrel, or give the watch to Cornelius and say the rat had it for a reward of 1500 XP and +10 Karma.

Additionally, you may return the watch to Cornelius and claim that Farrel stole it for a reward of 500 XP and -5 Karma instead.

Finishing the quest without returning the watch

Attempt to open the safe in Farrel's house once so that Farrel only yells at the Chosen. The player character may then tell Cornelius that Farrel is keeping the watch in his safe. Doing so will earn the player character negative Karma and no XP.


Behind the scenes

Methane is a non-odorous gas. It is therefore impossible to smell methane in its natural state.


  • If the watch is below a bag in your inventory when you give it away it won't be removed from the inventory, so you can give it to both Cornelius and Farrel for additional XP.[verified]
  • The toilet explosion cutscene is only triggered if the explosive's timer is set to the default one minute.[verified]


CharactersJo · Grisham · Balthas · Biff · "Chicken" · Cornelius · Farrel · Rose · Jonny · Davin · Miria · Laddie · Balthas' wife  · Modoc citizen · Modoc trader · Vegeir · Slag guard · Slag citizen (the Ghost Farm Slags) · Stable boy
LocationsModoc Main Street · Modoc brahmin pastures · Rose's Bed and Breakfast · Farrel's garden · Modoc caves · Slaughterhouse pen · Ghost Farm
QuestsSomething strange is happening at the farm northeast of Modoc. Investigate and report back to Jo · Cornelius has lost his gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to him · Farrel wants you to find Cornelius's gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to Farrel · Jonny is missing. Find him and bring him home to Balthas · Jonny's in the Slag caves. Find a way to get Jonny back home to Balthas · Farrel has a rodent problem in his garden. Remove the infestation · Deliver Slag message to Jo in Modoc · Jo is suspicious of the Slags. Find out about the dead bodies at the Ghost Farm and find out what happened to Karl · Go to the Den and tell Karl it's alright to come back home · Kill the "chicken" · Help Bess the Brahmin