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You sure came a long way to rob this place. Guess greed is in the blood.Dean Domino when first meeting The Courier and being a companion

Find Collar 14: Dean Domino is a main quest in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


This quest is one of three given to the Courier after completing the quest Sierra Madre Grand Opening!. Speaking from the hologram fountain at the center of the Villa, Father Elijah instructs the player to recruit three companions, including Dean Domino, in order to carry out a heist at the Sierra Madre Casino & Resort.

Quick walkthrough[]

Quest: Find Collar 14: Dean Domino 
Find the Residential District
Bypass traps and defeat ghost people
Find Dean in his hideout and talk to him. 
Reward: Dean Domino as a possible companion. 
Next Quest: Fires in the Sky 

Detailed walkthrough[]

Reaching Dean[]

If you have at least 50 Lockpick skill and enough health to run through a toxic cloud, you can reach Dean almost immediately by opening the locked gate at the end of the alley directly south of the entrance from the Villa. The first toxic region you find beyond the gate, with two staircases in front of you and at least one ghost person, is NOT the way to reach Dean, only a treasure trove that you should loot after Dean joins you and provides the Unclean Living perk. Instead, when you see the area described, turn right (south) and follow the sheltered awning until you see another passage leading to the right (west). There will be another corridor leading south that is filled with toxin. Run down that, and you will reach Dean's demesne.

Lacking the required skill, it will be necessary to run the gauntlet of Dean Domino's traps. The street leading to the right in front of the stairs you see when you first enter the Residential District, and the makeshift walkway to the left at the top of the stairs, lead to side rooms with a few supplies, guarded by a ghost people variant and a shotgun tripwire, respectively. The doorway leading right from the top of the stairs has a pressure plate that triggers a double shotgun trap. Inside the room is an armed frag mine, and the doorway on the other side is guarded by a tripwire-activated grenade bouquet.

The doorway opens out to overlook a large enclosed courtyard, easily reached by descending the stairs to a smaller courtyard. However, the large courtyard is filled with toxic gas, and watched over by a Ghost Person that remains in one place (second floor balcony, the very center of the opposite side of the courtyard). The courtyard itself holds a treasure trove of energy weapon ammunition, marked by a convenient glowing package of Rad-Away, but gathering it without Dean's help is almost certain to drain your health dangerously low. The cloud doesn't extend to the area under the awnings of the buildings surrounding the courtyard, though, and directly under the Ghost Person on the second floor you'll find a storage area guarded by a frag mine, containing one of Dean's stashes.

To continue toward Dean, you must climb the staircase at the entrance of the toxic courtyard, leading to a room that opens onto the courtyard balcony. There is a tripwire that triggers a grenade bouquet in the doorway to the room. The balcony is too narrow to sneak past the Ghost Person, even using a Stealth Boy, so be ready to fight. Once completely around the balcony, another door leads to a pressure plate that sets off a shotgun trap. This trap is aimed at a fire extinguisher in the doorway, which explodes violently when shot.

From the next room, there are two poison-free paths that can be taken through the toxic cloud covering the alley. One is down a staircase from the room with the bed in it, the other is out onto a balcony from a second room reached from a hole in the wall of the first. This upper path has more traps than the lower path and can only be safely used in one direction, but it does allow the player to easily ambush a ghost person waiting at the end of both routes, while the lower path forces the player to walk down a hallway the ghost person is watching directly, and may require a Stealth Boy to achieve a sneak critical.

  • Top path: Exit onto the balcony from the room past the bed room, watching out for a frag mine or two along the way. Follow the balcony to a makeshift walkway leading to the left. This walkway is oddly free of the toxin, while the rest of the balcony is not. On the other side of the balcony, atop a stairway, there is a tripwire that drops another grenade bouquet. You can't see the tripwire without looking down as you reach the end of the walkway, due to the height of the stairway's edge. Inside the following room there is another frag mine, followed by a balcony that leads to the trickiest trap of all: a drop into the safe area at the end of Poison Alley, practically behind the ghost person, but directly onto a pressure plate that triggers a grenade bouquet directly under your drop-off point. It can be tricky to either avoid setting off the pressure plate or defusing the grenade bouquet before jumping off, but a third option can be to jump on the pressure plate and run as fast as you can, leaving the ghost person to deal with the grenades. There is no cause for concern if God is with you, as you can land directly on the pressure plate without setting it off.
  • Bottom path: There is a small safe area at the bottom of the stairs leading to an area under the balcony, where you aren't bothered by the poison. The area behind the staircase is also safe, and contains a vending machine where you can buy food and drink, but you will have to run through the cloud to leave the vending machine area and return to the bottom of the staircase. Just beyond the corner with the ammunition box and graffiti ("One of dead men isnt") is a tripwire that drops a grenade bouquet, though it may have already been tripped by a wandering ghost person. At least one more ghost person is set here, though, and it's very difficult to sneak up on him without a Stealth Boy. Beyond this ghost person is the safe area leading to Dean's domain. If you look to the left, into the street, just beyond the cloud, you will see the pressure plate and grenade bouquet mentioned at the end of the top path.

Convincing Dean[]

Once you reach the area with Dean, you will start hearing him speaking to himself. Continue to the end of the street to find the stairs to Dean Domino around the last corner. Continue up until you find Dean, drinking a Sierra Madre martini and enjoying the view of the Residential District through his makeshift bay window. He won't talk to you until you sit in the chair next to him, so you must sit on his obvious trap and hear him out.

During the conversation, Dean tells you he has placed a bomb under the seat to threaten you into cooperating. You will have several opportunities to make skill checks to guide the conversation. There is no consequence in succeeding on either the Explosives or Speech check. However, the crucial choice occurs on the menu with the Barter check and the options "I'll cooperate. What do you want?" and "I'm not going to help you." Selecting either the Barter check or the refusal dialogue will lock you into telling Dean about the linked bomb collars, which will make Dean hate you and thus become unsaveable, making it necessary to kill him during Curtain Call at the Tampico. (Selecting "I'm not going to help you." and then "Either deal with me as an equal, or I walk." will make Dean decide to kill the player, leading to instant death after the dialogue ends.) Agreeing to cooperate will make Dean like you and agree to join.

If your Explosives skill is at least 30, you can disarm the five grenade bouquets Dean has set up in the Residential District. This will give you 15 frag grenades, which will be very useful in destroying hard-to-reach hologram emitters that you come across (such as during the quest: Heist of the Centuries).

Once you get Dean Domino to join you, be sure to travel around the Residential District and loot it thoroughly. In particular, the center of the large courtyard and the area behind the locked gate (accessible through the toxic hall north of where you meet Dean) have enough supplies to keep even Hardcore characters going for quite a while. Looting Dean's secret stashes while he is present will not turn him against you. In fact, Dean can be asked about the stashes and will grudgingly accept that the player is looting them.

Quest stages[]

10 Get to Dean Domino at his hideout in the residential district.
20Quest finishedRecruit Dean Domino.


  • In order to avoid having to kill Dean Domino, the player character must agree to work for Dean in their initial meeting, otherwise Dean's pride will be insulted. (Specifically, do NOT succeed at the Barter checks). Any kind of confrontational speech with Dean should be avoided throughout the add-on, this includes telling him about the bomb collar.
  • If you have Explosives over 25, you have an extra option in the opening dialogue sequence.
  • The three quests (this one, Find Collar 8: "Dog" and Find Collar 12: Christine) can be completed in any order.


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
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find it in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
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 · 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
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre · Return to the FountainCut content
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
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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