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A man nearly kills you, so you track him across the breadth of the Mojave?Caesar

They Went That-a-Way an achievement/trophy and the first main quest in Fallout: New Vegas.


After getting stitched up and enlightened on some useful wasteland skills, the Courier leaves Goodsprings to track the man that shot them in the head, visiting many settlements in their search for clues.

Quick walkthrough

Main Quest: They Went That-a-Way
(Optional) Talk to Victor about your rescue.
Inquire about your delivery assignment with the administrator of the Mojave Express in Primm.
Find Primm's lawman to get information on where your attackers went.
Head to Novac through Nipton. Ask around Novac about your attackers.
Find out from Manny Vargas where the Great Khans were headed, by either doing the quest Come Fly With Me, convincing him using the Confirmed Bachelor perk, or by accessing the terminal in his home.
Intercept the Great Khans at Boulder City.
Reward: 1000 XP
They Went That-a-Way! Achievement/Trophy
Leads to: Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

Detailed walkthrough


To obtain the next location, either threaten the deputy with a Speech skill of at least 40 or obtain Deputy Beagle's journal. There are three ways to obtain Deputy Beagle's journal.

  • Free Deputy Beagle. After this, he can be convinced to help clear out the rest of the hotel with a Speech skill of at least 25. If he is spoken to before exiting the hotel and the Courier offers to give him a gun, his inventory will be opened. There his journal can be taken. Note that this is the only way to obtain the journal without accruing negative Karma.
  • Kill Deputy Beagle and loot the journal off his corpse.
  • Pickpocket the journal from Deputy Beagle. Doing this at any time will cause negative Karma.

After obtaining and reading the journal, or if Deputy Beagle has told the Courier the next location, the next stage of the quest will begin: heading to Novac through Nipton.


  • Head to Nipton (down the road south, then east). Upon arrival, the Courier will be approached by Oliver Swanick, who will claim to have won a 'lottery' there. The player may choose to continue on to Novac, skipping the remaining optional encounters, or investigate Nipton further.
  • Entering the store on the left, the Courier will find Boxcars, who tells them that the Legion took a few hostages, and that they need to go to Novac. Speaking to him about this opens up the quest Booted. One can also gain Karma by giving Boxcars Med-X.
  • Lastly, Vulpes Inculta addresses the Courier if they approach the town hall. He will tell them to spread word of what the Legion has done, giving the mission Cold, Cold Heart. An important thing to note is that if Boone has been brought as a companion from Novac prior to visiting Nipton, he will start attacking the Legion regardless, rendering Vulpes hostile and unable to be talked to.

(Note: Caesar's Legion Fame can be gained when speaking to Vulpes Inculta about the events that happened at Nipton. Proceed through the dialogue asking what happened until given the dialogue to agree with the method that Vulpes used. Upon agreeing the Caesar's Legion fame will be achieved.)


  • On the way to Novac, the Courier will be ambushed by several Viper gunslingers if they travel by the road up the hill. There are four - five on the ground with two above on the rocks, with at least one of them wielding a grenade rifle.
  • At Novac, ask around and find Manny Vargas (located in the Dinky the T-Rex during the daytime, and in his hotel room during the night).
  • Go through the Dino Bite gift shop and talk to Manny:
    • He will make the Courier clear out a building to the west, the REPCONN test site, before he tells them anything, beginning Come Fly With Me. However, if one wants to skip REPCONN, just go to Manny Vargas's motel room and activate the terminal there, a file called "Message: Khan hospitality" will be present; it says that the attackers are headed to Boulder City.
    • Manny can be killed, and the necessary quest item will be on his corpse.
    • The holotape can also be pickpocketed. Either looting or stealing the holotape bypasses Come Fly With Me.
    • With the Confirmed Bachelor perk, the Courier can tell Manny that he sees he's been neglected. Manny decides that the Courier's a nice guy, and will say where the Khans are heading.

Boulder City

  • Manny will then tell the Courier that the Khans went to Boulder City.
  • Go there and begin the quest Boulder City Showdown. About halfway through, when talking to Jessup, the quest will be completed.
  • The Courier can initially side with the NCR or choose to talk things out with the two sides. If the Courier gets the Khans to stand down, Lt. Monroe will inform them high command wants them dead. From here the Courier either appeals to his humanity and is gifted the engraved cigarette lighter, or in battle it is looted off of Jessup.
  • If the showdown is ended peacefully, good reputation will be gained with the Great Khans and Jessup will give the Courier a quest item, Benny's engraved cigarette lighter.

Quest stages

10 Find the men who tried to kill you.
25 [Optional] Talk to Victor about your rescue
30 Inquire about your delivery assignment with the administrator of the Mojave Express in Primm.
34 Find Primm's lawman to get information on where your attackers went.
40 Head to Novac through Nipton. Ask around Novac about your attackers.
45 Find out from Manny Vargas where the Khans were headed.
50Quest finishedIntercept the Great Khans at Boulder City.


  • This quest can be completed at any time by simply going inside the The Tops casino and finding Benny there.
  • The holotape on Manny/his diary entry is from McMurphy, whose corpse can be found at the back of the building where Jessup can be found.
  • If the Courier is vilified by the Legion, Vulpes will attack them on sight and the quest Cold, Cold Heart will be unobtainable.
  • If this quest is completed before speaking with Trudy from Goodsprings, it prevents her from displaying a dialogue option which initiates the unmarked quest Trudy's Radio Repair.
  • If the quest My Kind of Town is completed before talking to Deputy Beagle about Benny, the dialogue option will not be present, although this can be fixed by pickpocketing his journal off him.

Behind the scenes

  • The name of this quest is a frequently used and parodied Western B-movie line, much like, "Let's head 'em off at the pass!"
  • Upon first talking to Jessup, one of the possible responses to his surprise at the Courier's survival is "I got better..." This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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 · Arachnophobia · 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