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Apparently he hasn't considered the effect on the troops' morale of seeing their beloved leader get his brains blown out by a Legion sniper.Robert House

The House Always Wins VI is a main quest in Fallout: New Vegas.


New California Republic President Aaron Kimball is visiting Hoover Dam to inspire his troops in the Mojave and Mr. House sends to the Courier to ensure that Kimball's speech is uneventful.

Quick walkthrough

Main Quest: The House Always Wins VI
Have neutral or lower reputation with the NCR.
Protect Kimball from all three assassination attempts in the quest You'll Know It When It Happens.
Reward: Quest failure
Reward: Quest complete
Leads to: The House Always Wins VII

Detailed walkthrough

Quest stages

Part VI

71 Go to Hoover Dam and Protect President Kimball during his visit.
72Quest finishedInform Mr. House that President Kimball's visit was cancelled.
73 Inform Mr. House that President Kimball survived the assassination attempt.
74Quest failedInform Mr. House that President Kimball is dead.


  • This quest will automatically fail if the player character does not have a reputation of accepted or higher with the NCR, with Mr. House noting they will not let the Courier come within a thousand feet of the president.
  • Killing Ranger Grant instantly before President Kimball's arrival or leaving the Hoover Dam area after preparing for the speech during You'll Know It When It Happens will automatically result in Kimball being assassinated.
    • Attacking Grant or any NCR personnel in his presence prior to Kimball arriving will result in the speech being canceled, but Mr. House will give the same response as if the player character successfully protected Kimball.
  • If Kimball is assassinated by the Legion or the player character kills him during his visit as part of You'll Know It When It Happens, this quest will fail upon returning to Mr. House. He will be furious at what has happened and says that he will be forced to gamble on the outcome, but will still give The House Always Wins VII.
    • If the player character removes the Vertibird bomb but then attacks Kimball and lets him escape, returning to Mr. House will result in the quest failing and him asking why the player character attacked Kimball. Regardless of the response, he still gives The House Always Wins VII as above.


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 At times, while the quest is active if one chooses to equip NCR armor that causes the faction glitch to happen prior to speaking to Ranger Grant, they will gain NCR infamy and the entire Dam (including Grant) will attack the Courier. Even after killing Grant, changing clothing, or waiting any amount of time it will be impossible to complete the quest. When returning to Mr. House he will continue to tell the player character to go back to the Dam and protect the president, even though the president will now never show up. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes when trying to complete Part VI and protect President Kimball, President Kimball stays at the microphone, even after the speech was cut short. This results in not being able to finish the quest. Standing on the platform near the president does trigger the running animation but the president stays on his place. Reloading the save doesn't resolve this problem. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, if the Courier's reputation with the NCR is too low to complete the "You'll Know It When It Happens" Quest (aka The House Always Wins, Part VI), Mr. House will fail to recognize this and send them to Hoover Dam anyway. Upon arriving at Hoover Dam, one will fail "You'll Know It When It Happens," but the active goal for "The House Always Wins" will still direct the player character to Hoover Dam and prompt them to search for Ranger Grant. Furthermore, one's reputation with the NCR will drop, and the soldiers at Hoover Dam may become hostile. Upon speaking to Mr. House again, he will still demand that the Courier go to Hoover Dam to save President Kimball. Reloading a save prior to completing "The House Always Wins, Part V," may cause Mr. House to immediately recognized the player character's NCR reputation is too low and start Part VII of the quest instead. [verified]
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
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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
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Add-on quests
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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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