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Me and Cornelius have been friends as long as I can remember; I would never take his watch. I've searched everywhere hoping to find it so we can be friends again, but I've had no such luck.Farrel

Farrel wants you to find Cornelius's gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to Farrel is a quest in Fallout 2 obtained from Farrel in Modoc.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Farrel wants you to find Cornelius's gold pocket watch. Find it and return it to Farrel 
Speak to Farrel
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 Farrel. 
Reward: 500-1500 XP, -5 or +10 Karma 

Detailed walkthrough

Obtaining the watch

Asking Cornelius about the watch, he will mention that Farrel has a safe. However, Farrel is a bit touchy about it and won't let you open it. If you do, the watch isn't there and Modoc will turn hostile.

Anyway, go outside and into the outhouse. You can open the "toilet" and climb down. A huge cavern filled with goo (yuck) is there, with a pile of rocks blocking the passage to the north. Your character will remark that the cavern is full of methane gas, so the smallest spark would blow it sky-high.

Leave your NPCs outside and obtain dynamite or plastic explosives (at Jo's). Put it near the blockade then RUN! As soon as you climb back up, it will go off, turning the outhouse into a crater and covering half of Modoc with goo (extra yuck). It is possible to die in the explosion, so save first. It is also possible to survive the explosion in the cavern if you hide in the farthest corner, but you will have to leave and come back for the rocks to be cleared, so doing this is not beneficial in any way. Setting off the explosion earns you 500 XP.

Now, go into the cleared blockade. You will find a mole rat defending its lair. Kill it, then scour the lair for the watch and a bag.

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.

You may also 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

If you attempt to open the safe in Farrel's house once, so that Farrel yells at you, you may then tell Cornelius that Farrel is keeping the watch in his safe. Doing so will earn you negative Karma and no XP.



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]


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 trading post · Modoc tannery · Slaughterhouse pen) · Modoc brahmin pastures · Rose's Bed and Breakfast · Farrel's garden · Modoc caves · 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