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This gadget I'm handing you is called an override module! Mr. House had two of these made years and years ago - just like him to think ahead! Take the module to the El Dorado substation and attach it to the power control terminal! I'll handle the rest!Yes Man

Wild Card: Finishing Touches is a main quest in Fallout: New Vegas.


In order to control Securitrons beyond the confines of the New Vegas Strip, Yes Man requires the Courier to install an override module in the vicinity of Hoover Dam. Additionally, President Kimball must be kept alive so he can take the blame for the defeat of the NCR at Hoover Dam, absolving New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Main Quest: Wild Card: Finishing Touches
Go to the El Dorado substation.
Plant a chip to extend the Yes Man's broadcasting range.
Reward: NCR infamy, 500 XP
Leads to: You'll Know It When It Happens

Detailed walkthrough

  • The Courier will be given this quest once they have finished all previous Wild Card quests from Yes Man. It requires the player character to upload an override chip into the El Dorado substation controlled by the NCR. An optional objective to the quest is for the player character to save President Kimball when he arrives to give his speech. This option is only available if the player character's reputation with the NCR is in good standing, otherwise, the quest cannot be accepted from Yes Man.
  • The main part of this mission is very simple. Go to the El Dorado substation and upload the override chip into the terminal located inside. There will also be a few NCR troops inside though that will shoot on sight. Killing them is one method of bypassing the situation, but there are other nonviolent approaches as well, should one wish not to kill them. A Stealth Boy can be used to bypass them, though using an NCR armor disguise will ensure that the guards do not attack the player character. If the optional part of this quest is done and the Courier kills the troops in the substation, it will have little impact on their reputation because the player character is well-liked. Another way to avoid being attacked by the NCR troops in the substation is to immediately exit it once it has been entered. When the player character then enters it a second time, the NCR troops will not attack them.
  • Optional: After the other parts of this quest are done, Yes Man asks the Courier to convince the Followers of the Apocalypse to give full assistance to the New Vegas region; simply go and talk to Julie Farkas. Unless they are idolized by the Followers, she will decline the Courier's request, mentioning a short supply and limited resources. One can obtain idolized status by donating medical supplies, leaving and returning to repeat the cycle until given idolized status and offered to join the Followers. Once this is done, report back to the Lucky 38 and complete the quest. Note: Due to a scripting error, this optional objective will only become available after one has completed Friend of the Followers.

Quest stages

75 (Optional) Protect President Kimball during his official visit to Hoover Dam before powering up El Dorado substation.
80 Go to the El Dorado power station and install the override chip.
86 (Optional) Convince the Followers of the Apocalypse to support an Independent Vegas.
90Quest finishedReport back to Yes Man.


  • Unless one is wearing NCR faction armor and so act in disguise, Boone will leave the Courier if he is with them when installing the override chip at the substation. Without the benefit of a faction disguise, a work-around is to tell Boone to wait outside of the substation so that he does not witness the chip installation, then he will remain with the Courier.
    • If Boone's quest is done beforehand, he doesn't seem to leave as long as the player character doesn't kill anyone.
  • Even if the player character is Idolized with the NCR, they will lose the quest You'll Know It When It Happens if one goes to the El Dorado substation first. Completing You'll Know When It Happens first and then going to the substation results in the quest ending with the player character's NCR fame at 'neutral' or higher.
  • Doing the optional quest of asking Julie Farkas to support an independent New Vegas has no effect on the Old Mormon Fort ending, although the Followers will leave Medical supply boxes for the Battle of Hoover Dam.
  • A cut stage of the quest required the player character to meet a Securitron near the El Dorado Substation after planting the override chip. The Securitron would lead them to a nearby ridge facing New Vegas, and a cutscene would activate showing the Lucky 38 being lit up.
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
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!
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