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Add-on-specific bugs[]

For add-on-specific bugs please see the following pages.

General advice and notes[]

  • Save often and in different slots. Do not rely too much on autosave. A frequently overwritten autosave slot can easily become corrupted.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Removing the auto-save function in the settings menu will remove most of the save time/corruption issues as well as reducing travel time.
  • PCPC Make sure your computer meets, or exceeds the minimum system requirements. If any component of your computer falls below the minimum system requirements, do not report any bugs you may experience.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Installing the game can help greatly, cutting down load times and lessen glitches triggered by entering certain locations or interacting with some non-player characters. If you are experiencing game freezing and framerate drops, loading screens that last a minute or longer, or multiple crashes ensuing from the same action or location, installing the game can help with some of these issues. It may also help to clear your console cache (found under "memory > device options") which will then prompt you to re-download any patches issued on XBL when you next launch the game. Excess saves may cause this as well.

Using the console[]

On the PC, many non-player character, quest, and player-getting-stuck issues can be resolved through the use of console commands.

Crashing, freezing and other hardware- or software-related issues[]

  • PCPC Using alt+tab may crash the game. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 A message that reads "This save game relies on downloadable content that is no longer available. Some objects may be no longer available. Continue loading?" may pop up. Even if the player selects the "Yes" option, the game will return to the main menu with a message reading "The storage device you selected is no longer available. Load canceled." This can happen even though no downloadable content has been downloaded and even if the Xbox has never been connected to Xbox LIVE. This issue appears to be caused at multiple points in the game. It is fixed in the patch. [verified]
  • PCPC The Pip-Boy at various times may have a poorly detailed or blurred texture due to graphics card related issues. [verified]
    • For ATI video card this is caused by settings in 'Catalyst Control Center (CCC)', or the popular ATI users tool Ray Adams ATI Tray Tools (ATT). With ATT you should go to 'tray icon RMB-click' > Direct 3D > Settings > and check your Texture Preference and MipMap Detail Level settings. If it's on High Performance / Performance you should try and change the state of the both pull-down menus to 'Quality' and accept changes. Check the CCC manual for similar settings.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, the Xbox will crash upon exiting the Hidden Valley bunker.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 The game can crash when going up the stairs to the NCR tents in Bitter Springs. This can make any related quests there nearly impossible to complete. The rate of it crashing seems to be 50/50. Resetting the console does not seem to improve these odds. [verified]
  • PCPC The game crashes when you try to set or overview hotkey-ed slots (key 1-8) regardless of being in Pip-Boy view or actually playing. The glitch is often caused by the cowboy repeater and could be related with other hand-reloaded rifles. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Save file bloat can crash your game during loading screens. The roulette will spin for a period before lagging and then freezing completely. In some cases, this may crash your operating system/console, requiring a manual restart. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the game is saved on Xbox One (cloud save) and attempted to be played on Xbox360 (cloud save), the game will crash upon loading the world with the error message “This Disk Is Unreadable.” (This can be fixed by deleting your cloud save data and restarting your game) Expression error: Unexpected < operator.

Menu-, HUD-, inventory-, and radio-related bugs[]

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes when trying to continue or load the game from the main menu, the game will begin loading, but stays loading forever. Slides will still change, and the roulette wheel will still spin, but the game never actually loads - tested up to 25 minutes. [verified]
    • PCPC An early sign that this will happen on PC is when the developer credits upon starting the game take longer than usual to skip. This can be avoided by quitting through the main menu and restarting the game.
    • Xbox 360Xbox 360 This can be solved on Xbox 360 by clearing the cache on the hard drive and it should then allow you to load. Another option is loading an earlier save file, then reloading the intended save file.
    • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 For PS3 users, the only option when this occurs is to force close and restart the game.
  • PCPC The bar that displays the health of enemies may sometimes become bugged and display an empty bar in addition to also not even showing the numerical amount of enemy health despite the Living Anatomy perk having been selected. This seems to occur sporadically and affect certain types of enemies while sparing other types.
  • PCPC Both weapons and armor with a stolen tag may sometimes lose the tag that designates them as stolen if they are dropped from the inventory onto the ground. This appears to happen at random and is inconsistent at best, but seems to occur mostly when multiple items of that type and of both stolen and non-stolen varieties are quickly dropped one after another or when the process of dropping one of them happens to split up a large stack of such stolen perfect condition items of that particular type.[verification overdue]
  • PCPC Some weapons and types of armor do not correctly stack in the inventory due to certain factors such as whether or not they are marked as stolen, whether they were repaired at merchants or through the regular repair and Jury Rigging process, or whether or not they are simply an item type that is known for being stubborn and refusing to stack easily. This issue is directly related to some kind of bug that is linked with the condition of the item since it only affects weapons and armor while food, medical items, materials, ammunition, etc. do not have this issue.[verification overdue]
    • Weapons and pieces of armor that are bought from a merchant in perfect condition or that are repaired at merchants will almost always refuse to stack with other items of the same type despite all of them being in perfect condition and not being marked as stolen, and will sometimes exist in the player's inventory or inside a container as "ghost" items that only appear if the rest of the items of that type are removed from the player's inventory or from the container in question.
      • It may not immediately be obvious what the issue could be since the bugged item will clearly appear as non-stolen and will have the same perfect condition and value as all of the other perfect items of the same type that are stacking with one another without any issues, but there is a way to "test" this bugged potential "ghost" item or item that is refusing to stack with the others of the same type by simply dropping that bugged item onto the ground and picking it up again. Once the bugged item has been dropped and picked up again, one will be able to see that its condition actually wasn't perfect and only had a condition of about 95% the entire time despite the interface previously indicating that it was in perfect shape and previously not allowing it to be repaired either by the player or by merchants before it was dropped onto the ground. This will make it possible for the player to then fix the bugged item in question through a regular repair or through Jury Rigging, and that bugged item will finally have its condition boosted all the way up to a legitimate 100% which will then allow it to properly stack with any other normal and non-stolen perfect condition items of that same type.
      • It's possible to have multiple instances of such bugged items that are suffering from this issue either in the player's inventory or inside a random container, and they may even be visible in the inventory and appear to be capable of forming a small stack of their own with other fellow bugged items while refusing to stack with the larger non-bugged stack, but the same process can be used to fix them up and get them to properly stack with the larger normal stack.
    • Certain specific items such as faction-related armor and weapons that inflict fatigue effects upon the target such as the Boxing Glove, the Boxing Tape, and the Cattle Prods, and possibly others such as detonators will refuse to stack properly no matter what regardless of their non-stolen status and perfect condition and regardless of whether or not they are dropped onto the ground to attempt to solve their issue through the method mentioned above and will therefore still unfortunately continue to experience the bug that prevents them from stacking properly.
      • If someone wanted to store a larger amount of these particular items and stubbornly wanted neat stacks instead of having each individual item taking up an inventory slot, the only solution to getting these particular item types to properly stack would be to equip each one of these individual bugged items and then do something to cause its condition to be lowered just enough to allow it to be repaired such as getting hit by enemies in the case of the faction-related armor or hitting enemies in the case of the fatigue-inducing weapons. Once their condition has taken just enough of a hit to make the items repairable, one will be able to fix these bugged items through either the regular repair process or through Jury Rigging or simply through bringing them to Raul or a merchant that is capable of repairing items back to perfect condition. After going through the repairing process, the issue with these bugged items will be partially resolved and they will finally be able to properly stack. However, it's very important to note that you need at least six of such items in your inventory to create the initial stack, otherwise a stack of five or less such items will get split back into individual items when attempting to transfer them into any other container or when dropping them onto the ground. Essentially, when it comes to these particular item types, any of the items that are removed from that stack will subsequently refuse to stack again even if the stack remained at six items or more all along, meaning that any attempts to add items to the stack of any of these faction-related armor pieces or these fatigue-inducing weapons will literally require grabbing the whole stack from your storage container and bringing it with you when you repair the item that you want to add to the stack in order for the item to be added to the stack through the repair action itself, otherwise it will simply get added as a separate item and will refuse to stack with the rest.
    • Weapons and pieces of armor that are marked as stolen will not stack with their regular non-stolen counterparts regardless of them all being in perfect condition, and will sometimes even have trouble stacking with one another or will experience the aforementioned issue where they get split into individual items and refuse to stack again after being dropped or transferred into a container if the stack was left to end up with less than six items.
      • In order to get these stolen items to stack, one must follow the same process as mentioned above for faction-related armor and fatigue-inducing weapons.
      • If a stack of stolen perfect condition items has somehow already been created, it is sometimes possible to get them to stack with another stack of non-stolen items of the same type by dropping the stack of stolen ones onto the ground and picking it up again. Just like with other items, this will sometimes cause it to lose its stolen tag and stack with the regular non-stolen perfect condition stack of items of the same type.
    • If the trick that involves dropping these bugged items to get them to reveal their true condition doesn't work for some reason and the item condition remains just high enough to prevent a repair while also being just low enough to prevent it from successfully being added to the stack of other perfect condition items of that particular type, the bugged item in question may outright be impossible to fix to get it to stack properly if the item happens to be something like a Detonator or a pair of Binoculars or Sunglasses that don't experience a loss of condition from using the "weapon" or from taking hits from enemies while wearing the "armor".

Physics engine glitches[]

  • PCPC If a number of small items are on a shelf or tabletop, taking one of them will cause all the others to move upward and then begin bobbing up and down, slightly, but perceptibly, as if they were floating in water. [verified]
  • PCPC Items may occasionally experience a slight shift in their position or even fall through the surface of the static or movable object upon which they were sitting on and possibly even fall through the ground and into the void below. This almost always occurs when there are multiple small items next to one another and the player disturbs them by moving something or by picking up another nearby item.
    • Examples involving the ground include some of the bottles of purified water sitting on the ground near the belly of a dead Pack Brahmin at Clark Field right next to where one of the two Isotope-239 igniting agent quest items are found. If the player picks up any of the bottles or attempts to move the body of the Brahmin or even simply just causes the slightest shift in the position of the items on the ground by walking near them, the water bottles will fall through the ground and into the void below.
    • Examples involving the items falling through other static objects often include situations in which objects are sitting upon one another such as bottle caps sitting on top of a chessboard sitting on top of a picnic table or a movable crate, but may also include situations involving pencils or clipboards falling through counters or medical supplies such as forceps or scalpels or empty syringes or bonesaws falling through the little medical stand upon which they were sitting on and either ultimately falling through the ground below or instead simply landing onto the floor. Unless the object that they were sitting on was a crate or something that can easily be moved out of the way to pick them up off the ground afterwards, this will put them out of reach in terms of being able to pick them up afterwards since they will now be stuck behind the walls of the "invisible box" that makes up the collision of the counter or picnic table or medical stand or whatever the static object might have been.
    • It isn't really possible to predict which items might experience this issue with certainty other than just keeping an eye out for multiple small items sitting next to one another on a shelf or something along those lines and quick-saving the game before proceeding to disturb the items if they happen to be valuable just in case one or more of them do end up falling through the floor or getting stuck beneath a table or whatever the object might be.
    • If reloading from a previous quick save happens to be an option, there may be two possible solutions to get around this issue.
      • The first involves attempting to pick up the items in a different order, because sometimes the issue is caused by a single item that is causing the others to fall through the ground or through the surface of whatever they were sitting on, and it may therefore be possible to pick up everything else around it and leave that item to be picked last.
      • The second potential solution is simply lining up properly in a way that would allow the items to be picked up one after the another in quick succession without having to move the mouse, and then just attempting to click to pick them up really quickly and hoping that you were able to click fast enough and that you managed to get most of them before they had time to fall through the surface of whatever they were sitting on. However, the rate of success will depend on the size of the item since larger objects have a larger profile that will be able to remain in the path of the crosshairs for a split second longer than something that is very small or very thin. For example, it may be possible to use this little trick to pick up three large books one after another, but it will be pretty much impossible if attempted on something small like multiple pencils that have a very narrow profile that is difficult to properly aim towards even when they're sitting on a desk and not moving or falling to begin with.
    • If reloading from a previous quick save is not an option and the item really was something important such as a quest item or an item that must be collected to complete a challenge, there may still be hope to avoid having to lose progress by being forced to reload a much older save game. In some cases, the problem may be fixed by leaving the area and waiting over 72 hours for that building or cave or that particular cell of the world map to be reset, which will cause the game to reposition all of the items in the area and put them back into their original intended position, which will make them reachable again. Therefore, in such cases, it will always be worth a shot to take a minute and either find a bed to sleep in or simply use the wait option for three 24 hour periods plus a fourth 1 hour period and then trying to go back to the location to see if the area and its items have been reset instead of having to go back to reloading an old save game and ending up losing a whole bunch of progress. In extreme cases, if there are multiple items next to one another that fall through the surface as soon as any of the others are disturbed or picked up, this process may have to be repeated multiple times by waiting at least 72 hours in between going back to the location to pick up each individual item one by one.
    • In some cases, the item may spawn behind such an "invisible box" from the very first time that it gets loaded into the world to begin with, which leaves it out of reach in a permanent manner and prevents it from ever being picked up normally. There are many examples of such items throughout the game, but a perfect example of this phenomenon involving a valuable item is the Duck and Cover! skill book that is found in the room where Dean Domino is encountered for the first time in Dead Money. The book is presumably supposed to be hidden behind the bed or something along those lines to make it difficult to spot, but it instead spawns underneath the bed and within the "invisible box" that makes up the sides of the bed which puts it out of reach from the very beginning, and no amount of reloading the game or leaving the area and waiting is ever going to fix this issue. In such cases, more extreme measures may need to be taken in order to be able to pick up the item.
      • It's almost always possible to dislodge such items from behind the "invisible box" that surrounds them by using grenades or any other explosives to literally blow them out of the "invisible box" of the static object that they are under. However, it's not as simple as getting the item to just slide out from underneath the bed or table or whatever the case might be because despite what it may look like, no real gap exists and the item is definitely being blocked by an "invisible wall" that prevents the player from reaching it despite aiming the crosshairs at it both directly and indirectly and trying from every possible angle. As such, it requires a perfect explosion that will somehow essentially get the item to glitch through that "invisible wall" and out into the open where it can then be picked up normally. This will almost certainly require the game to be reloaded multiple times before one manages to land the grenade or place the explosives at just the right location to generate a lucky "perfect" explosion that sends the item flying with enough force at just the right angle to dislodge it from underneath the object and get it out of the "invisible box".
      • Unless someone has managed to figure out some other less commonly-known trick to solve this issue, the only other method that allows these stuck items to be picked up appears to be the use of the "tcl" console command to cheat by momentarily getting rid of collision physics to move underneath the floor or into the "invisible box" of the static object that the item is stuck under and to quickly pick it up before moving back up above ground level and turning the collision physics back on again afterwards. Despite what it looks like, this really isn't that big of a deal in the sense that achievements are only temporarily disabled and will automatically get enabled again once the player restarts the game itself and reloads any of his saved games including the latest in which console commands were used, and taking thirty seconds to do this and reset the game is definitely faster than spending up to fifteen minutes to reload dozens of times in an attempt to place the explosives just right and get the perfect explosion that will successfully dislodge the item. Therefore, it really boils down to the playing style of the player and whether that individual is open to "cheating" by quickly using the console commands for a few seconds to save a bunch of time and get around this annoying issue that is probably one of the most commonly-encountered bugs in the game.

Graphics glitches[]

  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When crouched and holding a rifle while in first person mode, your arms will occasionally appear to be above your head as if the camera moved down your chest and arms did not follow. It can be solved by standing and crouching one or more times. Additionally, the gun seems to disappear altogether from view, even when holstered and redrawn. It can be solved sometimes by switching view to third person and back.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes the player's hand and equipped weapon will simply vanish from the screen as if it had been holstered but the player is still able to fire. The Pip-Boy also becomes invisible at the same time. Movement causes the player's hand/weapon to reappear and disappear erratically. Quitting to the main menu and reloading usually solves this.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, doors appear not to be present and instead you will see the horizon, although this doesn't actually affect the gameplay.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes when using a Stealth Boy, the character model will become completely invisible and will not reappear after the Stealth Boy has worn off.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 After removing the head of a giant or evolved centaur, either by shooting it or using melee, the ground that the centaur is above can be seen through its neck, where the neck gore would be normally seen. Can be easily achieved by going to The Devil's Throat on the top right of the map.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When sneaking in the first-person view, the player sometimes is able to see his clothing but the clothing is transparent showing only certain parts of the item, usually around the neck area and most commonly happens with the bounty hunter duster. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 When in the third person, if you zoom in with your current weapon using the L1 Button then switch to the first-person while still holding L1 your gun will disappear from view when zooming in after that. [verified]
    • Fix - you need to simply un-equip and re-equip your weapon.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Very rarely, when waiting in the section of the Strip with the Lucky 38 and Gomorrah a Powder Ganger and Great Khans will randomly spawn. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes your hands will appear to be abnormally large. [verified]
    • The easiest fix is to reload your game.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes the area will go very dark, a little darker than night, even when still daytime. When it does become night (via waiting) it becomes even darker to the point where you can't see, as well as when you enter a dark cave. Fast traveling or reloading saves does not fix. Restart system to fix. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Weapons used by non-player characters may be invisible to the player. They will fire and reload them as normal, but the weapon cannot be seen. Seems to happen mostly with Fiends. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, everything on the screen will turn bright blue. The easiest way to fix this is to reload the last save that you made before the screen turned blue.[verified]
  • PCPC When entering an interior and leaving it again the sun glare effect is gone. This can be fixed by entering Freeside or quit the game and start up again.[verified]
FNV Nipton flag texture glitch
  • PCPC The Legion flag above Nipton Town Hall will not show the faction's logo and instead, will rotate between several other textures, including branches, birds, the ground, and water. [verified]


Effect bug[]

  • PCPC Loss of perks effect, specifically the loss of stat gain from six implants bought from Usanagi. Possibly loss of 10 Barter points. Unknown if there's any other loss of unseen (as shown on Pip-Boy) effects. After using numerous chems in a radiated environment, that leads to numerous effects line (as shown in EFF page in Status button), when the effect wore off, there's a loss of numerous stat gained during the course of the game, as stated above. It's highly possible there's also a loss of other hidden unshown effects of perks. To repeat the bug: go to a radiated environment, like Vault 34, or Old nuke test site, or Crashed Vertibird, use 20+ chems/mags/foods that led to numerous effects. Wait for it to wear off, then recheck your stat. [verified]

Custom button-mapping bugs[]

  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Using custom control-mappings can cause problems when attempting to activate or use objects, fire weapons, reload, etc. [verified]
    • Unload all your equipment into a container. When you pick it all up again you can once again use the D-pad.

Quest-specific bugs[]

Location-specific bugs[]

Pip-Boy bugs[]

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The Pip-Boy screen may increase in brightness to a point where you can't see anything on the screen. Turning on then off the Pip-Boy light or saving and loading can fix this. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 In some instances when the player turns on their Pip-Boy's light, the entire sky may glare up, regardless if day or night. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When bringing the Pip-Boy screen up, the Pip-Boy moves partially off screen, occluding the view of the Pip-Boy screen. This can be fixed by equipping or unequipping a weapon. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally the damage threshold indicator (Ex: DT 10.0) in the top-right of the Pip-Boy screen will disappear (just the letters 'DT' and the value - all other parts of the screen are fine). Resetting the console, and reloading the save seems to fix it. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 On the 'Stats' screen, certain stats are not accurately reflected. For example, the Courier has consumed water hundreds of time so far, yet 'water consumed' reads as zero. This also happens with 'weapons crafted', the Courier have made gas bombs, time bombs and all the spears in Dead Money and the total is still zero. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 The Pip-Boy character texture can sometimes disappear and not enable to take it back. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 While on the world map, and the dashboard button is pressed the background of the world map will vanish leaving only the map icons, this can be fixed by removing the Pip-Boy or switching from 'Map' to another screen. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 After starting a new file, the Pip-Boy map may have all locations discovered on previous file marked when Pip-Boy was first received. Exiting Pip-Boy and re-entering fixes the map. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, the Pip-Boy will not center vertically on the screen preventing you from seeing the menu options. Exiting and performing some other action (such as holstering your weapon) will sometimes fix it. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you die while opening your Pip-Boy, your game will freeze and corrupt all your data. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, after finishing a game with companions, when you start a new game the companions location will appear on your Pip-Boy map. They will appear in their initial location where you first find them in the game (unknown if this happens with all companions, but does with Raul, Rex, Cass, ED-E, and Boone). [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Switching between the main Pip-Boy screens will become less responsive as you 'fill it with data'. e.g. discovering (and completing) more quests, collecting notes, etc. [verified]

Animation bugs[]

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When unequipping a heavy weapon with a backpack attachment, sometimes the backpack will stay, even if the player is not using that weapon (viewed in 3rd person mode). Other weapons holstered on the back or with backpack attachments will clip through the glitched backpack. [verified]
    • Reload to a previous save not affected by this phenomenon, reset the game console (in case you auto-saved with the bugged backpack on) or change to another weapon while you have your weapon holstered. Keep doing this until the backpack disappears, or if you have another of the weapon in your possession, switch to it (the backpack of the minigun should cancel the one of the Gatling laser.
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 If "True Iron Sights" is disabled, many modded weapons when aimed will block the target reticule and obscure all view. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes your character will hold the gun above the screen if you're in first person. Switching from first person to third person and back will fix this bug; alternatively, you can access your Pip-Boy (fixed with latest patch). [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Zooming in with guns equipped with the scope mod sometimes results in a black screen with a hack computer screen. If you exit the game completely, restart it and "load" a save game rather than "continue", the bug is cleared. [verified]
  • PCPC Zooming in and quicksaving the game and then loading the game will cause the zoomed-in view to overlay the first-person view, you will be able to move around normally but most of the screen will be covered. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, some non-player characters' heads will turn completely upside down, being near their chest. This is extremely rare, but the most notable person to do this is Antony. [verified]
    • PCPC This bug can be solved by changing the screen texture settings in the pause menu.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When activating a computer console for use, the screen becomes blurry, rendering the terminals unusable, but you can hear the typing on the computer as if nothing is wrong. Players can still back out from the screen. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Numerous non-player characters will sit down at a dining table or empty desk and begin to type on a computer that isn't there. You can hear the keys and their fingers will move, but no computer will ever appear in front of them. Note that this has occurred in locations where a computer isn't present. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes after wearing heavy armor such as power armor, the holster and unholster animation for two-handed guns or energy weapons will remain the same no matter what you wear. This can be fixed by reloading the last save. Some NCR rangers may also suffer from this even if the Courier hasn't worn power armor. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes NPC's will be walking in place or standing on top of desks. This happens most often in crowded indoor environments, such as the Mojave Outpost HQ. Leaving and returning to the cell sometimes solves this problem temporarily. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Rarely when you give Craig Boone or Rose of Sharon Cassidy a modded automatic weapon (minigun or assault carbine) their arms will disappear and render outside of the playable area and be useless until the weapon is taken out of their inventory. A temporary fix would be giving them an unmodded version of said weapon. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes upon an enemy's death, its body will stretch out incredibly far. [verified]
    • PCPC Using the "sgtm" console command to speed up the game will dramatically increase the odds of the issue happening, and will pretty much guarantee it when the speed is increased above 3 or 4. Not only will the various body parts of the dead bodies stretch for up to dozens or even hundreds of yards, but the body itself will begin to experience a weird collision issue and will begin flapping up and down and may get propelled way up into the sky and end up hundreds of feet away relative to its initial ground position. It's sometimes possible to clearly see the bodies crashing back down onto the ground if the speed is suddenly set back to normal through the "sgtm 1" command while the bodies were mid-flight and in the process of being catapulted into the sky by this weird collision issue the occurs at such higher game speeds.

Weapon bugs[]

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Weapons that ignore damage threshold and damage resistance will not actually ignore DT/DR due to an engine bug. [verified]
  • PCPC When reloading a weapon one bullet at a time while holding down "Walk", bringing up the Pip-Boy and unequipping the weapon, one will fly forward at tremendous speed. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Due to an engine bug, weapons firing non-hitscan projectiles with explosions, such as missiles, will only deal explosion damage and no impact damage. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If one throws mines too close to each other and then take one, any mines close to it will disappear and other mine will be lost. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes there is a chance when aiming and firing with any weapon, the screen will cut to black. The hud will still be visible. Restarting the game will fix this. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, when reloading a weapon that reloads one bullet at a time, after reloading the weapon will not show any movement animations. Aiming down sights, bringing up the Pip-Boy, crouching and reloading a save will fix this. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Weapons may freeze and refuse to fire. Going to the Pip-Boy and unequipping and then re-equip the weapon will fix this. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes a weapon will fire straight down from muzzle to the ground when fired in first person. It will still fire properly in third person. Reloading a game can sometimes fix this. Otherwise, exit New Vegas and reload the save. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Anything related to the hot-key functionality might cause the PS3 to hang, requiring a hard reset, including: using R2 to assign a weapon to the analog-pad hot-key from the Pip-Boy interface, using the D-pad to change weapons. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 After reloading a pump-style or shotgun, the fire trigger may not work from 0 to 60 seconds after the reload. This also occurs with the cowboy repeater and lever-action shotgun. It may also affect more than the fire trigger. The Pip-Boy cannot be accessed, cannot aim, or search bodies and crates. [verified]
    • Do not let the ammunition in your gun run out, i.e., reload before it's absolutely required to fire another shot.
    • PCPC Performing a quick 360-degree spin or taking a step backwards, allows the weapon to be fired once again.
    • PCPC Hitting the fire key/mouse button won't fire the weapon while in this glitch, but fixes it quickly.
  • PCPC All guns you load rounds into individually such as the .357 magnum revolver, hunting shotgun, and cowboy repeater may not work. It happens with all reloads whether it's firing every shot, pressing reload button or switching ammunition types. All controls including the esc key will be locked out. The last thing you press before LMB (fire) will happen except if you press LMB twice. [verified]
    • Press tab then LMB to bring up the Pip-Boy, then press tab again to gain controls back. Beware having to reload any of these weapons in V.A.T.S., as you will stand doing nothing for a while.
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 When you have an upgraded, as well as a standard 9mm submachine gun, moving them in and out of a container might make the standard one disappear (it reappears upon removing the other one) or be "magically" repaired to full condition. Similar problems with plasma rifles found, this happens with many weapons on the PC while trading with companions. See also the bug list of 'Crashing, freezing and slowdowns' above: There seems to be a generic item bug which happens from time to time. Similar things can happen not only with weapons but with other items as well. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 After finishing hacking/using a computer then attempting to zoom in with a scoped weapon, you will have a computer monitor display instead obstructing your view. [verified]
  • PCPC Revolver type pistols fired from the third person camera do not hit where aimed. Instead, they hit much higher, probably due to the fact that revolvers have a bigger kick and the weapon moves upward when fired therefore the bullet is set to leave a little to late and hit a lot higher than aimed. In the first person camera this bug does not manifest. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 The + sign that indicates the weapon is modded may not show up when opening storage containers or trading like it normally should. [verified]
  • PCPC The + sign that indicates a weapon is modded may disappear when another weapon of the same type is traded. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Firing a missile launcher until it breaks with either HE or HV missiles equipped, and then switching to another weapon using the Pip-Boy will cause any remaining missiles to be loaded into the selected weapon. This weapon will now fire missiles instead of its normal ammunition. This works with almost all weapons tested, including melee and thrown. For example, instead of hunting shotgun firing 7 buckshot pellets at 10x7 DMG, it fires a spread of missiles at 24.3x7 DMG. This only costs 1 missile worth of ammunition. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes after completing the Old World Blues and Dead Money DLC, the Gauss rifle will sometimes either jam in V.A.T.S. and keep you in the firing position in real time indefinitely, or knock every one of your enemy's hit points down to one or two and other shots will not or will kill them until another weapon is equipped. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you switch to hollow point rounds for the cowboy repeater and V.A.T.S., you will be frozen in V.A.T.S. and will not fire. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which you have a re-loadable weapon equipped and drawn, the reload animation takes twice as long as normal. This can be solved by simply switching to another gun and then back again. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Trying to repair boxing tape can freeze the game. [verified]
  • PCPC Performing the glitch to obtain infinite ARCHIMEDES II Charges or using console commands to get them for the Euclids C-Finder will result in the weapon being able to fire but the beam will never come down and the targeting lasers will randomly show up nearby. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes you will lose a weapon or two when you exit a New Vegas casino. So don't bring weapons with you if you plan to gamble. This also affects any weapons held by companions. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Even if the player doesn't have the skill needed to hide their holdout weapons when they enter a casino, attempting to hide them will result in the weapons (knives, switchblades, Silenced .22 pistol, etc.) staying in your inventory even when they're supposedly being taken. [verified]

Barter system bugs[]

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If a vendor's standing cap count via barter exceeds approximately 32,000 caps (likely 32,767 (2^15 - 1) or more), that vendor will no longer transfer caps back to the player when the player sells items to them. However, the vendor will continue to accumulate caps for items sold to the player. This upper limit count may not apply to vendors that provide repair services or have shared inventories, as caps accumulated in those cases are handled differently for some vendors (like Samuel Kerr). The map cell the vendor operates out of (not the vendor inventory) generally has to reset to fix this condition. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Vendors that offer repair service may track caps accumulated from repair services and item sales separately. Caps received via repair services for these vendors are assigned to accumulate as personal inventory, though still display in their store inventory. Caps accumulated for such vendors through their repair services cannot be exchanged for items bought from the player. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 A vendor whose inventory contains quest related items will not reset. This is only sometimes alleviated when related quest conditions are met. Examples include, but not limited to Blake, Ralph, and the SCIU (of Old World Blues). [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Do not at any point attempt to sell any faction armor that is currently equipped as it will result in you receiving the notice that the armor has been removed and you are no longer dressed as the said faction. You will be unable to select "A" to accept the message, if you do hit "A" it will simply sell or buy the next item in the list. When this happens, if you press the start button and then resume, you are then able to get rid of the notification. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The vendor's name is blank when the barter screen is first opened. If the category of the vendor's items is changed, when you cycle back to the vendor's name, it is now displayed. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Selling a modded weapon and then subsequently trying to buy back the weapon, will result in the purchasing of a different form of the weapon (if it is stocked).[verified]
    • Example: Trying to buy back an extended mag 10mm pistol while other 10mm pistols are present will result in the purchase of the unmodified weapons first. Purchasing all weapons did not solve this problem, as the modded weapon would not be transferred, though caps were lost.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the user abuses the infinite caps glitch with a vendor, the item the player is buying may duplicate in their, or the vendor's inventory. If the item duplicates in the players' inventory and the player is already carrying an item of that type, all the duplicates will not be listed. However, once the player drops or stores that item, the duplicates will appear.[verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 When repeatedly buying items from vendors, the item the player is buying may simply disappear when the player accepts the trade. The player will still be charged for the purchase, but never receives the item. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When bartering with a traveling merchant, the barter system may freeze upon finalizing a transaction when purchasing one or more cards - this is either because you pressed a button before the system inserted the card to your deck (to avoid this wait a second after you hear one or two clicks before you press any buttons) or it is because you bought two of the same card at the same time. It is quite likely that this only occurs when trying to purchase a card that you already have one of within your inventory.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 First time bartering with Alexander at 188 trading post or Vendortron at Gun Runners: save, quit to main menu, continue from lasted saved game will refresh the inventory (including 45-70), once you leave the area the bug will stop working, but if you continually go through the process you can get unlimited amounts of stuff. If you quit to the console's main menu and then "continue" from the games main menu, it will refresh even if you had left the area and returned.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 When buying multiple ammunition boxes, the game only adds the amount listed for 1 box, a workaround would be to buy all the ammunition boxes, then sell all, but one back and exit the buy/sell screen. Then once the game registers the ammunition as being added, repeat as needed. DO NOT exit the buy/sell screen till you sell the ammunition boxes back as that will simply cause the game to only add the amount listed for 1 box.[verified]
  • PCPC The addiction and radiation treatment will begin, but the NPC doctor will have its AI released, meaning they will wander away and even engage others during the procedure. If there are still pending dialogue with the player, they will come back and engage the PC after that.[verified]
  • PCPC Some merchants such as Blake from the Crimson Caravan Company or Quartermaster Bardon over at the Hoover Dam offices or perhaps even the Great Khan armorer over at the Great Khan armory will often have "ghost" items in stock that may be purchased and exploited to essentially empty out their entire inventory and their entire supply of caps. This will often occur with high value items such as the Displacer Gloves, the Ballistic Fist, Combat Armor, or Recon Armor that will appear in their inventory as having a low condition and be offered for a very low sum of caps. In reality, the vendor will most likely also have 1 or 2 extra perfect quality "ghost" items of that type that do not show up but that exist in his inventory, and purchasing the cheap low quality one that does show up will instead yield the high value perfect condition "ghost" one while clearly leaving the crappy one in their inventory. This allows the player to get an item that is worth thousands of caps for just a few hundred and sell it back and forth to the merchant for a very high profit each time the player purchases the "ghost" item to sell it right back to them. This can be repeated until the merchant is completely out of items and caps as long as the player only buys and sells a single one of these "ghost" items at once. Attempting to buy multiple of the same item type at once will ruin the trick and cause the player to eventually genuinely end up with the low quality version of the item in their inventory, after which the trick will not work anymore since the full value perfect condition "ghost" item will then start to correctly appear in the inventory of the merchant upon that item being sold back to him.[verification overdue]

Leveling bugs[]

  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 After completing a playthrough and starting a new one as the opposite sex (tested male to female), the Courier may not level up past level 1 despite gaining more than 200 XP. This can be fixed by starting a new playthrough as the same sex you were on your original playthrough. This may also occur if you pick a different race, but are the same sex as your original PC. It is not confirmed whether or not trying the old race fixes this.[verified]
    • When helping the Powder Gangers or agreeing to do the tutorial, but not finishing the whole quests will lead to being left at permanent level one even IF you change races when it asks you if you would like to rebuild your character before the Courier makes progress.
    • Changing race in a new playthrough does no longer prevent leveling up past level 1 in the new patch.
  • PCPC If you are killed just as you level up you may stay at your previous level and require the same amount of XP for the next level to progress. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Even with no DLC, a character may level up beyond 30.[verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you save or auto-save after gaining enough experience to level up, but before assigning skill points or perks (due to being in combat or under "caution"), loading that save will cause you to skip the level you are advancing to and go to the next one. This causes you to miss out on the skipped level's skill points/perk. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 There are many speech check challenges that can be repeated. Since successful speech checks award XP, this can be exploited to achieve unlimited XP. For example, if the courier asks Angela Williams about her opinion on Dr. Hildern, her response will prompt a 25 speech check. This action can be repeated, awarding around 40 XP every time.[verified]

Gameplay bugs[]

  • PCPC Workbenches may be unable to use schematics because it doesn't list what you can make. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When leaving the tutorial area flying, killed due to an explosion, you still get the option to rebuild your character. When you do so, the game freezes. If you choose the option to 'finish onward' the game continues to load your last save (like normally on death). [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes in combat, an enemy will face the other way and fire at nothing, but the game will think the bullets are hitting you when they don't appear to, and you lose health. [verified]
  • PCPC Beams and bullets can shoot backwards out of an NPC gun. [verified]
  • PCPC Missing in V.A.T.S. will sometimes cause grenades from grenade launchers to clip through you. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Dead Money poison gas carries over on save files if you save within the gas. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When performing various unarmed attacks, characters' vocal expressions (yells, grunts) are that of a female despite the character being chosen as a male. Perks, non-player character interaction, and the player character model are that of a male as well. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Companions and other non-player characters may randomly flee, and possibly never return to their original location. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Dropped items in The Hopeville missile silo bunker will sometimes seem to fall through the floor. The item dropped remains where it is although invisible. [verified]
  • PCPC Occasionally, after changing ammunition types in one of your guns, you will be unable to manually swap ammunition types from within the Pip-Boy. It is still possible to change types via the hotkey, but when selecting a new ammunition type in the ammunition menu you will get an empty-sounding click and the square indicating selection will refuse to move. Experienced with Lucky, the service rifle, and the varmint rifle. [verified]
    • Dropping the affected weapon and picking it back up appears to fix the issue.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Boxes or jars of ammunition primer or powder are useless and take up weight until dropped or stored in a container, and then picked up again, at which time the quantity of weightless ingredients is added to the inventory. This applies to most boxes and jars with a few exceptions, such as "ammunition box, Microfusion cell", which are correctly added as ammunition immediately. In hardcore mode, this 'bug' is actually a benefit; a box of 250 5.56mm surplus rounds weighs only 5 pounds as opposed to 250 individual 5.56 rounds, each weighing 0.03 pounds, totals up to 7.5 pounds. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If an enemy attacks someone that is Neutral to the player and the enemy, the Neutral non-player character becomes hostile to the player. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Purchasing the Strength implant does not increase Strength when at level 7. [verified]
  • PCPC Occasionally, clothing and armor is not properly unequipped, resulting in being attacked for no reason by friendly factions, independent of your reputation. [verified]
    • Try to remember which faction armors you had equipped before this happened and re-equip it. Example: If the NCR starts attacking for no reason, and you were dressed as a Legion some time before, try to re-equip the Legion armor and unequip it again. Make sure you receive the message that you are no longer dressed in Legion clothes. If you were wearing a Brotherhood armor before that caused this bug, only un-equipping a Brotherhood armor will fix it.
    • The above fix doesn't always work. In case your reputation is too negative, you'll have to use the console command setreputation factionid x y.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes weapons do not properly hotkey when multiple items are being assigned. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Loading a save may change your current reputation with a faction. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Various wasteland critters often fall through the terrain. Occurs most often over high, rocky, and uneven ground. Also occasionally occurs at Lake Mead with lakelurks. This can result in creatures with half their bodies exposed and half their bodies submerged, making them destructible but unable to move or attack the player.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When a new game is started, sometimes vendors and traders stock will never change and you won't be able to buy new things through the entire game.[verified]
    • On Xbox 360, clear the system cache by going to Storage Settings > Memory > Press Y while Hard Drive is highlighted > Clear System Cache. After you've done this, all vendors will refresh their inventory.
    • Go up to the vendor that you want to refresh their stock, then create a save, exit to main menu, then continue from the save you just created. (Note: Only the vendors stock that you saved by will be replenished)
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Corpses will often become either immovable or unlootable, which also happened within Fallout 3. Occasionally, revisiting the body will result in it being able to be looted, but at other times it still will be set in and you won't be able to interact with it. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Goo and ash piles will permanently sustain. If a respawnable NPC is turned into an goo or ash pile the goo/ash pile will share their inventory after respawning. If turned into goo/ash again it will spawn another pile duplicating them infinitely. When looting an ash/goo pile while sneaking, the piles show as a pickpocket attempt on all NPC's that can be pickpocketed, allowing you to pickpocket/loot NPC's at a safe distance. This glitch also occurs when revisiting an area where energy weapons were used previously. Ash and Goo piles can be 'looted', stripping a dead non-player character several feet away. [verified]
  • PCPC Occasionally a glitch will occur causing the doorman of a casino to not interact with you or even disappear, causing you to be frozen. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you take advantage of your companion's inventory to store weapons while at a casino and then enter an area where your weapons are confiscated, the weapons stored in your companion's inventory may not be returned once you leave these areas. [verified]
    • It is possible to break into the cashier area and steal your weapons back. There should be two lockers that have the items, but this will turn the casino hostile.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes after auto-saving and then turning off the console (sometimes without even turning off the console) the right stick can become stuck. It can still be used to look around on the map screen in your Pip-Boy. [verified]
    • Entering V.A.T.S. and performing cinematic kills has been known to unstick the controller.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you kill everyone in a casino on the strip (such as the Gomorrah), the game may freeze when you walk into it again because there is no person to take your weapons. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 During a cinematic kill while not in V.A.T.S., occasionally, the game will remain in such a slow-motion state following the kill. This can continue for anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. [verified]
  • PCPC Enemies can move through the player during hand-to-hand combat, and will sometimes be thrown away several meters in a random direction faster than the non-player character can move. This can result in targeting problems if the player attempts to use V.A.T.S. in melee or situations where an enemy can strike at you from a longer range than their weapon seems to allow. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Some versions of the Xbox 360 experience problems while attempting to hack a computer terminal. The screen blurs out but the hacking mini-game does not initiate. This seems to only occur with the terminals with the non-foldout keyboard. [verified]
    • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 This bug seems to only happen if you change the default button mapping of X on the PS3 or B on the Xbox 360 to another button. Restoring your button mapping to default will allow hacking the stationary (not foldout keyboard) terminals or a bypass is by holding the 'activate' button down, this will bring up the hacking screen enabling you to hack. Keep it held down till you complete the hack, release, then re-enter the terminal. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes when equipping a weapon mod to a weapon, the mod (scope, extended magazine, etc.) may not show up on the weapon but the effect will still be applied to the weapon. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Occasionally, when attempting to fast travel, the game may tell you that fast travel is currently unavailable from your location. [verified]
    • The fix is the same for the 'Custom button-mapping bugs' for Xbox 360: unload all of your inventory weapons (in worst cases - all equip-able items) to a container or drop them and after picking them up try to re-set your hotkeys. If this doesn't work add Save > Exit game > Start game > Load - and then pick up your items.
  • [Platforms needed] If you have more than 2 different save games, it will automatically stop you from leveling up (2 completely different saves, not more than 2 of the same save game).[verification overdue]
    • Reloading from a very early save (this may not work) or restarting the game may fix this.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 After convincing the Great Khans not to form an alliance with Caesar and completing Aba Daba Honeymoon, every once in a while your character may disappear entirely and a random Great Khan will appear in the area. Your character will re-appear after talking to someone. [verified]
  • PCPC The day of the week is set to Sunday when loading a save just after starting up the game regardless of the date in that save. This causes vendors' inventories not to reset unless three game days pass without exiting the game entirely. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When hostile non-player characters are sneak-killed (feral ghouls, Vipers, etc.) you are given good Karma, but when they are killed without sneaking there is no Karma gained or lost. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes while walking up rocky terrain, the player character may randomly fall through and will not be able to get out. [verified]
    • Moving while in third person view can negate the chances of this happening.
    • This can be fixed by fast traveling to any location. However, if this occurred with hostiles nearby, the only solution is to load an earlier save as they can still detect the player character inside the terrain.
    • PC users can open the console and use tcl to get out.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you move any Fallout: New Vegas file that has a companion following onto a memory unit, then you insert the memory unit into an Xbox 360 without Xbox Live, and no title updates on either the Xbox or the memory unit, the current companion will keep entering conversation if they get too close to the player while following. This was only tested with Boone. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 While aiming at a target and shooting the target outside of V.A.T.S. the bullets will either not shoot but your ammo count goes down or the bullets do nothing. [verified]
  • PCPC Occasionally, items picked up can become unsellable to vendors permanently. This occurs on acquisition and other triggers (likely repair). This does not affect the item's use, crafting, or whether or not it shows up when opening boxes, only store inventories. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 When running occasionally the player will run very quickly even with the weapon equipped. [verified]
    • This can be fixed by saving and loading that file.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 If the player character decides to flee from a hostile, usually a creature, and loses them due to a boundary restriction on that hostile, the player's [HIDDEN] status becomes [CAUTION] as usual but will stay that way for a considerable time in the surrounding area, when approaching non-hostile NPCs they will react as if a hostile is close by, fleeing from the Courier. [verified]
    • To fix this, continue your venture until the status disappears or fast travel to another location.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Upon loading a player in the tutorial area, limbs may become permanently crippled with no recourse(i.e., seeing a doctor, sleeping in normal mode, applying stimpaks, doctors bags or hydra will not fix the affected limb/limbs). [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 One can make their player character appear as if they were melted by a plasma weapon. Using the ammo switch exploit to load an AOE ammunition type (i.e. Mini Nuke - Big Kid) into a plasma weapon. Then by sneaking and firing at an NPC, the cinematic kill cam will play, during which the player shoots at a wall to kill themselves. Upon reloading, the player character's joints will no longer be rigid upon death. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 One very common glitch encountered is having the Courier get stuck in/on an object so that they can't move or leave. [verified]
    • If the player character is close enough to a chair, stool, or other sittable objects, sitting in the object and then getting up should free the Courier.
    • Since loading a game gives the player a slight brief boost forward, a save/load sequence can often be used to free the Courier. Move as far forward as possible in the direction you want to escape, then save. While reloading the game attempt to jump and move forward at the same time.
    • PC players can usually free themselves with console commands. Specifically, open the console with the ~ or ` key, type tcl to enable moving through objects, close the console and have the Courier walk free, then open the console and use tcl again to turn this mode off. You should then save and relaunch the game so that achievements will not be disabled.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 When playing the game, for uncertain reasons, your entire field of vision can become permanently blurred, without having any head injuries at all. The blurring is absolute and total, not fading in and out of focus in cycles like when you have a crippled head. There appears to be no way of fixing this bug, turning the Pip-Boy light on and off, sleeping, fast traveling, getting killed, and reloading the game and rebooting the system several times do not fix the problem. Perhaps getting a crippled head may make a difference, but more likely the cycles of blurriness would not even be apparent as your vision is already at maximum opacity. [verified]
    • This can be fixed by going to Guardian Peak, wandering around for a minute, and using the Pip-Boy a couple of times. It may be necessary to enter the cave in order to fix the problem.
  • PCPC If you kill an NPC and the death is shown in cinematic form, then kill another NPC and the death is also shown with cinematic presentation, the first NPC's nametag may replace the second NPC's tag after death. [verified]

PC only bugs[]

Stuttering, crashing, freezing, and slow-down issues are often hardware- and/or software-related.

  • PCPC A common bug is a slowdown when opening containers or loading new areas, looting or searching corpses. The cause of this slowdown is due to third party graphic software. Uninstalling software such as ASUS SmartDoctor, ASUS Gamer OSD or FRAPS will resolve this issue. [verification overdue]
  • PCPC Entering the Steam overlay menu, exiting to the Windows home screen (without quitting the game) and then entering back into the game again will result in a pause menu bug where the player character can fully move with the menu still on and the world will be in a paused state. This can be exploited to move past enemies for short distances but areas will not properly load with the menu still on, and moving longer distances will crash the game. [verification overdue]