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I need someone to talk to a few of the officers and help them resolve some of the problems around here.Major Polatli

Restoring Hope is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Restoring Hope
Speak to Major Polatli in the command center at Camp Forlorn Hope and ask what he needs help with.
Speak to Quartermaster Mayes in the quartermaster's tent south of the command center.
Travel to HELIOS One and speak to Lieutenant Haggerty about the supplies.
Travel to the location marked by the GPS obtained from Haggerty.
Return to Camp Forlorn Hope and speak with Mayes to return the supplies and speak with Polatli to complete the supplies portion of the quest.
Help Dr. Richards with his patients.
Meet with Cooper between Nelson and Camp Forlorn Hope and assault Nelson and kill Dead Sea.
Return to Major Polatli to tell about the victory at Nelson and complete the quest.
Reward: 300 XP
NCR fame
Liberator (On Dead Sea)

Detailed walkthrough

Travel to the Camp Forlorn Hope command center and speak to Major Polatli and ask what can be done to help around the camp. He says that a lot of things can be done and then tasks the Courier with speaking to Mayes in the quartermaster's tent.

Mayes will send the Courier to retrieve a supply shipment that didn't get delivered to the camp. He directs them to Lieutenant Haggerty at HELIOS One to get more information on the shipment. Haggerty will reveal that the missing shipment has a GPS in it, so it can be located on the Pip-Boy's map. The location is northeast of the Southern Nevada Wind Farm, which is west of Camp Forlorn Hope. From the wind farm, go northeast until reaching a short cliff that drops into a small valley. Continuing to look northeast, one should be able to see a few dead NCR soldiers, along with a storage crate that contains the supplies needed several yards away by another small cliff. Taking the supplies triggers an ambush by 3-4 Legion soldiers.

If the Courier can remain unseen (maximum detection level [CAUTION]) by the Legion soldiers that spawn, they will not be hostile. At the time they appear, any of the Legion soldiers that suspect the Courier's presence (but cannot locate them) will put the player in [CAUTION] as usual, but revert to non-hostile once the Courier is [HIDDEN] from them. They will then remain non-hostile. The Courier can also disguise themself as a Legion soldier to avoid confrontation.

After recovering the shipment, return to Camp Forlorn Hope and return the shipment to Mayes, then consult with Polatli. He sends the Courier to the camp's medical center and asks them to assist Dr. Richards. Speak to Richards and he will give the Courier a few tasks. First, he says that he would appreciate a hand in treating some of the injured soldiers. There is an option to not assist in this task. There are no negative consequences for choosing this option. Examine each of the three patients in the medical center and treat them accordingly:

  • Patient 1 suffers from machete wounds. A Medicine skill of 35 is required to treat him or a Med-X, whiskey and surgical tubing is required to carry out treatment.
  • Patient 2 suffers from a leg injury. A Medicine skill of 50 is required to treat him or a medical brace, Med-X, and a bonesaw is required for treatment.
  • Patient 3 suffers from close range blast trauma. A Medicine skill of 75 is required to treat him or tweezers, Med-X, and a super stimpak will be required.

Everything needed for the non-Medicine skill based solutions (except a super stimpak and two of the three Med-X) is inside the tent itself and the Courier will not be penalized for taking anything within it until they have finished with Richards. Regardless of this, a minimum Medicine skill of 25 is still required to successfully treat all the patients. If the Courier's Medicine skill is lower than 25, they will botch the treatment (rather humorously) even if they have collected all the required items. This will result in Richards throwing the player character out of the medical center and will net some NCR infamy. However, the quest will still continue as normal, with Polatli acknowledging that he likely sent the wrong person for the job.

After treating all of the soldiers, return to Richards and let him know. From there, return to Polatli and tell him the soldiers have been treated. He then sends the Courier to rendezvous with Cooper between the camp and Nelson.

Meet with Cooper and his squad and assault Nelson. The Courier will decide whether to attack from the cliff at the east (distance, good for sniping) or from the north (close quarters.) Cooper's squad will vary depending on the player character's success in completing the various side quests and unmarked quests in Forlorn Hope. If every quest was completed in the best possible manner, causing a high morale boost for Camp Forlorn Hope, Cooper will be assisted by Veteran Rangers with sniper rifles. Alternatively, lower ranks of morale will respectively result in Rangers with standard weapons, in the form of a 2 or 4-man trooper squad. There is a cliff nearby if the plan of attack includes sniping. Otherwise, storm Nelson and kill the legionaries in the town. Head to the northeast barracks and kill Dead Sea. He will have a few legionaries with him. After this, return to Camp Forlorn Hope and tell Polatli of the victory. This will complete the quest.

Quest stages

10 Talk to Quartermaster Mayes
40 Go to HELIOS One to ask about Forlorn Hope supplies
45 Follow the GPS marker to the Forlorn Hope supplies
50 Return the supplies to Quartermaster Mayes
60 Speak to Major Polatli
80 Meet with Dr. Richards
110 Help Dr. Richards with his patients
120 Help Dr. Richard find missing hydra
130 Return to Major Polatli
150 Meet Sergeant Cooper
155 Defeat the Legion at Nelson
170Quest finishedTell Polatli about the victory at Nelson.


This quest is in direct opposition to We Are Legion. Finishing either will always cause the other to fail. For example, this quest requires the death of Dead Sea who gives (and closes) We Are Legion and vice-versa with Major Polatli.

Camp morale

Camp morale will determine how many and how strong reinforcements are during the NCR assault on Camp Nelson. There are various local quests to be completed, and the player character's success in completing them will determine how much morale is raised.

0 - 3 Points = No morale (Two Standard NCR troopers)
4 - 6 Points = Low morale (Four Standard NCR troopers)
7 - 8 Points = Medium morale (Four NCR Patrol Rangers with rifles or revolvers)
9 Points = High morale (Four NCR Veteran Rangers)

  • An Ear to the Ground; 1 point awarded for every set of 10 ears turned in, for a maximum of 3 points for 30 ears.
  • Medical Mystery; 1 point for turning in Stone or for Stone turning himself in (and checking back with Dr. Richards).
  • Restoring Hope; 1 point for returning supplies to Quartermaster Mayes.
  • Restoring Hope; 1 point for helping Dr. Richards perfectly.
  • Tags of Our Fallen; 1 point awarded for every set of 5 NCR dogtags turned in, for a maximum of 3 points for 15 dogtags.

Doing the best quest paths possible will yield a total of 9 points.

In older versions of the game, 10 points were required for high morale. Player character had to successfully complete the Return to Sender for additional points. As of version v1.4.0.525 completing the Return to Sender doesn't yield any morale points.

  • Removed in patch: Return to Sender; 2 points awarded for telling Reyes the truth or 3 Points for keeping Hanlon's secret safe and having Reyes join in the secrecy pact. (Note that there will be no objective marker for returning to Reyes at this point, as the quest completes after interacting with Hanlon.)


  • During the recovery of Nelson, one can go to Ranger Milo to get extra support.
  • One can finish Back in Your Own Backyard alongside Restoring Hope by going to Ranger Milo after helping the crucified NCR troopers.
  • In case Lt. Haggerty is dead before getting the chance to talk to her, the Courier can still continue the quest by going east of HELIOS One, and finding the supplies themself.
  • If the player character has killed every Legion character in Nelson before they finish aiding Dr. Richards, the quest will complete upon reporting to Major Polatli, since Nelson has already been freed from Legion control. This works if the player character defeats the Legion even before receiving the quest.
  • It is possible to complete the quest without gaining Legion infamy or failing Beware the Wrath of Caesar!. The hardest part is the house with Dead Sea in it. Crouch and enter after using a Stealth Boy. They have a very low Perception, and as long as they do not notice the Courier upon entering, they will remain friendly. Go straight into the washing room and one can easily take them out with a silenced weapon. Alternatively, if they see the Courier, run outside and they will give chase, at which point they will be gunned down by the NCR. The moment the NCR soldiers tied on the cross are rescued, Legion infamy is gained, even if none of the Legionnaires are still alive to witness it.
  • Wearing Caesar's Legion armor while performing a silent/hidden kill on Dead Sea will help from attaining Legion infamy.

Behind the scenes

The name of this quest is a reference to Operation: Restore Hope, a U.S. initiative to create a protected environment for conducting humanitarian operations in the southern half of Somalia in 1992-1993.


  • PCPC Major Polatli might not recognize the raise in morale points correctly, despite that all previous objectives and side quests were done in the best possible way (i.e. getting 9 morale points). This results in only four NCR troopers showing up at the final stage of the quest, instead of four Veteran Rangers. This might be the result of a bug in Medical Mystery, which doesn't allows for Major Polatli to recognize that the task is done. [verification overdue]
    • This can be fixed by resetting Medical Mystery with the console command resetquest 001214AB. Once Major Polatli comments on the missing medical supplies after completing the quest, it means the morale point is counted correctly for Restoring Hope.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The "Diagnose Patients" bug may leave the player unable to complete the quest in the "Help Dr. Richards with his patients" section. After talking to the doctor and getting permission to treat the patients, interacting with the patients does nothing. One can bypass this by telling the doctor they are unqualified to assist. However, one should still be able to diagnose patients as the quest notes suggest. This occurs only if the "We Are Legion" quest is started (verified on xbox360 and PC) (only if a current quest state is 10). [verified]
    • Alternatively, reset the "We Are Legion" quest by the command resetquest 00125E7E. One can also kill Dead Sea, thus failing and ending the quest "We Are Legion." To do this without affecting the Courier's status with either group, use a Stealth Boy and enter Dead Sea's cabin. Reverse pick-pocket a grenade or similar on him but do not leave the room. Note that killing him also prevents the last part of "Restoring Hope," the assault on Nelson, from occurring.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 After helping Dr. Richards, Polatli may be walking around the mountains between Camp Forlorn Hope and HELIOS One. Fast traveling may fix this. [verified]
    • Xbox 360Xbox 360 He may also be found at Black Mountain.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 When going to the tent to talk to Dr. Richards about helping his patients, one may find inside that every patient is standing up alive and well. Operating on them is still possible. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 After treating each individual soldier for Dr. Richards, an non-player character hostile towards the NCR (Powder Gangers, Great Khans, etc.) may spawn at the tent entrance, attacking and likely killing Richards, causing the quest to fail. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 If one kills the Legion raiding party when they come across the Helios-Hope shipment and fast travels to Forlorn Hope immediately after, the entire camp will be alerted as if there is an enemy nearby and conversation will not be possible. Simply wait for the alert to recede, or leave the area. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 The area around Nelson and Camp Forlorn hope is one of the more bugged-up and crash-happy areas of the game. Save regularly to avoid lost progress. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 If one kills the Legion raiding party after coming across the Helios-Hope shipment and fast travels to Forlorn Hope shortly after, a group of legionaries will sometimes appear inside the camp and attack the NCR soldiers. Although they are easily dispatched, similar to a previously mentioned glitch, one may be unable to interact with any NCR soldiers due to them being in a "perma-alert" mode. [verified]
  • PCPC If one assaults Nelson on their own and kills Dead Sea before getting the "Kill Dead Sea" part of the quest, it may not be possible to turn the quest back in to the Major.[verified]
  • PCPC When opening the supply shipment and taking the supplies the game may crash and must be reloaded. [verification overdue]
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