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Hi there. I'm Old Lady Gibson, or so they tell me. I've got odds and ends for sale, and I'm pretty good at fixing things, too.

Old Lady Gibson runs a scrap yard north of Novac in the year 2281.


A lifelong scavenger, Gibson has made her life as a trader and repairwoman.[1] In her youth, she traveled with caravans, meeting and getting to know Doctor Henry during these travels.[2] She subsequently settled with her husband in the Novac area. Together they scavenged the REPCONN test site for the better part of their lives, scrapping and selling everything they could from the location.[3][4][5] She mentions that her chair, the "O" from the REPCONN sign, is her favorite.[3]

Continuing to operate the scrapyard after her husband's death, she offers repair services and sells a variety of items.[6][7] If asked about her nickname, she shares that it does not bother her, as she believes living long is an accomplishment.[8] Living with her at the scrapyard are several pet dogs, including Basura, Rey, Reina, Colmillo, Fiel, and Audaz.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.
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This character is a merchant. Bottle cap 911-7299
Sells: ammunition, cards
chems, clothing, explosives, misc. items, weapon mods
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This character can repair items. Repair cap: 79



Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Wasteland settler outfit Big Boomer Food
Old Lady Gibson's key


  • She carries the unique sawed-off shotgun Big Boomer and stocks the components for the weapon repair kit.
  • To the west of the scrapyard place is Gibson's shack, which serves as a part of the quest I Could Make You Care.
  • If the Courier attacks one of Old Lady Gibson's dogs while she is inside the scrapyard building, she will not become hostile.


Old Lady Gibson appears in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 She has a pair of duplicate casino edition caravan cards, if you buy both the game will crash but if you only buy one the game will continue and the extra card will disappear from her inventory. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 It appears that if you come to Gibson Scrap Yard and talk to Old Lady Gibson before obtaining ED-E, she will not give you the unique dialogue options required to continue the quest, and ED-E merely ignores her. Use setstage 001572E8 10 console command to reset the dialogues and continue the quest. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Old Lady Gibson may stop giving you caps for any items that you sell to her. The items will disappear from your inventory, but no caps will appear in their place. The items will not appear in her sell screen or inventory, either. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If your quest marker leads you to Helios One Solar Array area it may point you to the ground meaning that you may have killed Old Lady Gibson. The only way to finish the quest is to return to her garage and obtain the thrust control components from one of the containers. Note that the quest marker will be stuck in place and will not show you back to the garage. Simply ignore it, get the components from her garage, and the quest will update from there. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 At some point later in the game fast traveling to Gibson Scrap Yard may cause there to be a Legionary Assassin sitting outside in Old Lady Gibson's seat. She will still come out in the morning but will stand near the door. If you fast travel away and back again you will find Old Lady Gibson is now seated and the assassin is now standing beside her. When she goes to bed at night he will sit again. It is unknown if he will ever leave. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, when she is inside eating, Old Lady Gibson will become invisible, but still able to interact with the player. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally when leaving Helios One through the room near Fantastic, you will find Old Lady Gibson and her dogs accompanied by several mole rats, all hostile. Loading the auto save will get rid of her however. Also if you walk around a bit you'll bump into invisible items that came from the Gibson Scrap Yard. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Before any patches when you ask Old Lady Gibson to repair an item the console will crash and freeze. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Occasionally when Old Lady Gibson is killed while sleeping her body will appear on the opposite side of the room. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When you talk to her with ED-E, and she activates his Enclave data, she will be gone the next time you come to see her. She could just pop up after that at HELIOS 1 but it is not for sure. This can be very annoying because you will not be able to buy or sell anything to her ever again. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes when trying to sell an item to Gibson, your item will be removed from your inventory, but you will not receive the caps. This can cost players lots of money if they don't make sure the caps are being received. [verified]
  • PCPC If you kill her and steal the key, then take her items from her safe, she will shout "Don't take that!". [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Old Lady Gibson can appear walking in mid air and then land on the ground between Helios One and Camp Forlorn Hope. [verified]
  • PCPC When using the repair option when talking to her it is possible for the game to freeze. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally after you kill Old Lady Gibson she will not have the Big Boomer in her inventory. [verified]



  1. Gibson: "Hi there. I'm Old Lady Gibson, or so they tell me. I've got odds and ends for sale, and I'm pretty good at fixing things, too. You might have noticed the very large building just north of here. That's HELIOS One. The NCR runs the place, so it's off-limits to prospectors."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "How did you meet Doctor Henry?"
    Gibson: "He and I had joined up with the same caravan. Add in a lot of whiskey, and, well, let's just say we got to know each other."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Courier: "What can you tell me about REPCONN?"
    Gibson: "Sometimes it seems like I spent the better portion of my youth in that old wreck of a building. Me and my hubby, may the man rest in peace, used to scavenge there. If it weren't bolted down, you can bet we took it and sold it. A lot of the scrap you see around here is from REPCONN, even my favorite chair."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Did you ever salvage containers of radioactive material from REPCONN?"
    Gibson: "Certainly did. Hubby and me had an old rad meter to help us tell the difference between what you could salvage and what'd kill you. I kept a glowing container from REPCONN around here for years serving no better purpose than a nightlight. Damn thing wouldn't sell. Then along comes the most peculiar-looking fellow, all decked out in a yellow radiation suit, of which he was proud all out of proportion. The man outright asked if I had anything radioactive for sale - imagine that! But he paid handsome for that jar of goop. Only saw him that once. He said something about heading over to Clark Field to put his suit through its paces. A strange one, he was..."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)
  5. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p. 406: "[5.14] Gibson Scrap Yard
    Old Lady Gibson has been running this modest scrapyard for the last few years since the passing of her husband. All she has now are memories, and a collection of hounds that she dotes on. Inside the garage is where Reina and Rey stay, and Old Lady Gibson rests. There's a metal box [Average] to open, either via Bobby Pins and talent, or by acquiring Gibson's through Pickpocketing or killing her. The box contains the Thrust Control Modules; vital for a Side Quest if its active. Unless you're heartless, there's no reason to get on the bad side of Gibson. Speak to her, and she can tell you about HELIOS One, as well as Repairing your items or Trading with you; she's one of the best in the Mojave! Finally, kill Gibson to take her Unique Sawed-Off Shotgun; Big Boomer."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  6. Courier: "Something's wrong with my cyber-dog. I was told to come to you."
    Henry: "It's neural degradation. Bio med gel can only preserve a living brain for so long, so you'll need to find a replacement. I haven't left Jacobstown in years, but there was one woman in Novac... Gibson? I remember her living with a pack of hounds. Aside from her, I know that the Fiends and Caesar's Legion fight alongside dogs. There could be viable specimens among them, if you can get to them."
    (Henry's dialogue)
  7. Courier: "Doctor Henry sent me. I need a new brain for my cyber-dog."
    Gibson: "Doctor Henry? Now there's a name I haven't heard in years. Hard to believe he's still alive. As for your request, it's, uh, a bit ghoulish if you ask me, but Rey is pretty old and I'll probably have to put him down soon enough. As for the price for this favor, 700 caps sounds about right. Rey's like family, and I've got other dogs to take care of."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)
  8. Courier: "Why do they call you Old Lady Gibson?"
    Gibson: "Well, I'll give you a hint - they used to just call me Gibson. I hope you can figure out the rest. I don't mind, to be honest. Living long is a real accomplishment these days. Remains to be seen if I end up dying peaceful in my bed."
    (Old Lady Gibson's dialogue)