Malcolm Holmes was a collector of star bottle caps to get the treasure that's hidden in the Sunset Sarsaparilla headquarters building. He claims to have retired from collecting the caps, but if the Courier pickpockets him (or kills him), they will find up to six star bottle caps in his inventory. Holmes also warns that there are people willing to kill for the blue star caps, including someone named Allen Marks.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
|This character is a merchant.||Sells: weapons, apparel, aid|
|This character starts quests.|
- The Legend of the Star: Sometime after the player character has picked up their first star bottle cap, they will encounter a man who claims he has been following them. Holmes approaches and introduces himself as a retired trader who noticed they had the same interest in the bottle caps that he collected long ago. He also mentions that if enough caps are collected, the treasure can be claimed from someone named Festus.
|Apparel||Weapon||Other items||On death|
|Roving trader outfit
Roving trader hat
|.308 round x24
Bottle cap x54
Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap x6
- Sometimes, Holmes will be killed by hostile enemies before he can reach the Courier.
- When the appointed time for his dialogue comes, Malcolm will approach the Courier, regardless of them being in combat or not.
- Malcolm seems to approach the player character after a set amount of time following obtaining one's first Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap.
- Malcolm can appear in any location on the map, even those that would be inconvenient, such as on the scavenger platform. After talking to the Courier, he swims off, no matter if the water has been cleared of lakelurks or not.
- If one chooses to start a second dialogue with him, the option to trade with him will appear. He will have other items to trade that will not drop when he is killed and are not available to be pickpocketed.
- After speaking with the Courier, Malcolm Holmes will walk directly to the Mojave Outpost. He will disappear from the game once he arrives there.
- After he has been spoken to, most people and creatures will ignore his presence.
- If attacked but not killed, he will pursue the player character for a considerable amount of time. If the Courier advances into more dangerous parts of the map, Malcolm could be killed. For example, by the Boomers bombardment while approaching Nellis Air Force Base.
- If one trades with Malcolm Holmes, the caps dropped after killing him will not increase. However, if the Courier purchases his .308 rounds, they will no longer be available when he is killed.
- Malcolm is carrying the roving trader hat and roving trader outfit, both of which are valuable for player characters to increase their trade profit and pass Barter checks at the lower levels where one is likely to encounter Holmes
- "Hello there. It's good to see a friendly face. Almost took you for a raider, I did. Name's Malcolm. Malcolm Holmes."
- "Nah, I gave it up years ago. Too dangerous. And even if I did still collect them, I'd tell you the same. There's people out there so mad with the idea of treasure that they'll attack strangers just on the suspicion that they have some of those caps."
- "There's an old wasteland legend that says somewhere out there is a fabulous treasure from before the war. Those caps with the blue star on them, the tale goes, are the key to that treasure. They're called Sunset Sarsaparilla Stars."
Malcolm Holmes appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
PC Malcolm's chest will sometimes be invisible when he initially approaches you. Simply loading from the last save fixes this.