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Rite of Passage is a side quest in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Honest Hearts.

Quick walkthrough

  1. Collect 3 sacred datura roots.
  2. Return to White Bird.
  3. Go to the Ghost Den.
  4. Kill the Ghost of She.
  5. Loot the corpse for its paw.
  6. Return to White Bird.

Detailed walkthrough

You can begin this quest by asking Waking Cloud about her yao guai gauntlet. She tells you to speak to White Bird and marks White Bird's Cave on your Pip-Boy map.

When you speak to White Bird, he will tell you to return to him with 3 sacred datura roots. The roots can be found along almost any road or riverbank in Zion. If you are following your Pip-Boy map to find the sacred datura roots, you will need to pass through Half Mouse Cave to reach the high areas and walkways along which they are located. You can also simply buy the roots from Joshua Graham when you first encounter him, or pick them from along Utah State Route 9 between the Old Rockville Bridge and the North Fork Bridge.

After the roots have been collected, White Bird will offer to make you a tea from them, and you have the option to accept or to say you are not ready. Be aware that if you accept the tea, your screen will be blurry and strangely colored until you complete the entire quest, so only accept if you intend to finish the quest immediately. Once you drink the tea and are under its influence, White Bird will tell you to kill the Ghost of She and bring back its paw, and will mark the Ghost Den on your map. If you speak to White Bird again, you have the option to ask about the Ghost of She, and he will tell you to ask Waking Cloud. If you ask Waking Cloud about it, she will tell you the tribe's story about the beast.

To reach Ghost Den, you must follow the river back out of the Narrows. When you get to Caterpillar Mound, follow the river east. After a bit you'll see a pathway that leads to Vault 22 dwellers' guard camp. Take care on the way to the Ghost Den as giant spore plants and spore carriers may be found along the way near the Vault 22 dwellers' guard camp, and the den itself contains several yao guai cubs and/or giant yao guais depending on the player's level. Once you travel far enough into the Ghost Den, the Ghost of She will appear as a flaming giant yao guai. When you are coming close to the marker on your map be warned, a flash of light will blind you for a moment just as Ghost of She appears! Caution is advised as when her health drops to half she will divide into four copies of herself. If you kill the original, the other three will disappear. One way to figure out the original, is to go into V.A.T.S. and check which one has the highest health, that's the original. After defeating the bear and looting its corpse for the paw, travel back to White Bird. The hallucinogenic effects will be removed from your screen, and you will be rewarded with She's Embrace and a level-dependent amount of XP.

Journal entries

5 Speak to White Bird the shaman.
10 Pick the roots from the 3 sacred datura plants.
20Icon checkReturn the roots to the Shaman.
25 Pick the roots from the 3 sacred datura plants.
30 Return to the Shaman to start the ritual
40 Retrieve the paw from Ghost of She.
50Icon checkReturn to the Shaman.


CAUTION: The effects of this quest may cause motion sickness.

  • Once the player accepts the tea from White Bird, strange visual effects such as blurring, discoloration, blinding lights and major motion blur will persist until the quest has been completed. This is why it is highly recommended to finish the quest before doing anything else.
  • You can fast travel to the Ghost Den, (and back to White Bird's Cave), during this quest if it has been previously visited.
  • When talking to White Bird for the first time with the Wild Wasteland trait, asking what he is talking about will cause him to reply "Take drugs. Kill a bear".
  • The sacred datura root tea effects differ from the regular datura poison.
  • The Ghost of She's strange physical characteristics are a result of the PC being under the influence of a datura derived drug.[1][2]
  • It is comparable to the quest Walking with Spirits from the Fallout 3 add-on Point Lookout, where the player is exposed to some form of mother Punga gas, resulting in severe hallucinations.
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Purchasing the datura roots from Joshua Graham doesn't satisfy the quest objective. The player has to pick the datura roots marked on the Pip-Boy 3000 map.
  • The quest can not be completed if the player has already finished the main quest. White Bird will disappear after the completion of the main quest.

Behind the scenes

  • A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person's progress from one status to another, usually life to death.



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 · 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 · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · 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
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!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse
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