Shit, yeah. Mayor Cobb - I like the sound of that. Running my own town will give me more pull with the guys at the prison, too.Joe Cobb

Run Goodsprings Run is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Run Goodsprings Run
Talk to Joe Cobb.
Kill Ringo.
Convince Chet to aid the Powder Gangers with a Speech or Barter check.
Trick Doc Mitchell into aiding the Powder Gangers with a Medicine check.
Return to Joe Cobb with the supplies.
Attack the town of Goodsprings.
Talk to Joe Cobb after the firefight.
Reward: Powder ganger fame
Goodsprings infamy

Detailed walkthrough

  • After witnessing the argument in the Prospector Saloon (requires finishing Back in the Saddle), find Joe Cobb leaning up against a small house at the southeastern edge of Goodsprings. He will ask the Courier to kill Ringo, a Crimson Caravan merchant who has fled to Goodsprings to escape the Powder Gangers.
    • Going too deep into dialogue with Cobb will cause the player character to fail Ghost Town Gunfight, even if they have no intention of helping the Powder Gangers.
  • Go to the Goodsprings gas station and kill Ringo, then return to Joe.
  • Joe will tell the player character to get supplies from Doc Mitchell or Chet.
    • Chet can be convinced to supply the Powder Gangers with leather armor with a successful Speech or Barter skill of 25.
    • Doc Mitchell can be lied to, then he must be convinced with a Medicine skill check of 25 to provide aid for an "injured man down by the highway."
    • If lacking in the appropriate skills, one can always buy the supplies, pickpocket the doctor, or simply kill the doctor and take the supplies.
  • Head over to Joe Cobb and give him the supplies, and help the Powder Gangers attack Goodsprings. Most non-player characters in town will become hostile, but one will receive assistance from several Powder Gangers. If not killed previously, Doc Mitchell, Easy Pete, Trudy, Sunny Smiles, and Cheyenne will gather around the Saloon and fight the Courier and the Powder Gangers.
  • Once the residents of Goodsprings are dead, one can talk to Joe and claim the reward.

Quest stages

10 Kill Ringo.
15 Tell Joe Cobb that Ringo is dead.
20 Plan your attack on Goodsprings with Joe Cobb.
30 (Optional) Shake down Chet for supplies.
40 (Optional) Obtain Doc Mitchell's spare medical supplies for the Powder Gangers.
45 Hand the spare medical supplies over to Joe Cobb.
60 Let Joe Cobb know once you're ready to take over Goodsprings.
70Quest finishedDefeat the Goodsprings militia.


  • This quest is the antithesis of the quest Ghost Town Gunfight.
  • Whichever quest one chooses to complete will simultaneously cause one to fail the opposing quest, and will affect the reputation with both factions once the quest is complete.
  • If Joe dies during the course of the attack on Goodsprings, but the attack is successful, then the quest will end once all hostile Goodsprings inhabitants have been killed and grant the XP reward to the player character. No further reward is obtainable since Joe is dead.
  • If the player character has already spoken to Ringo and agreed to help him, Joe Cobb will dismiss them when they ask to help him take over the town. Each time he is asked, he will claim he does not like the look of the player character.
  • If the player character has killed Ringo previously, dialogue options will allow them to immediately begin gathering supplies.
  • Once this quest is completed, the surviving Goodsprings citizens will sometimes say, "That was a hell of a way to repay Doc, if you ask me." when interacted with.
  • Chet does not take part in the fight, and still runs the general store after the quest is completed.
  • Both Ringo and Joe Cobb will talk about Ringo's safety hideout, saying that Ringo could shoot Joe Cobb through the windows. However, the windows on the outside of the gas station are boarded up, and there are no windows in the interior of the gas station, through which Ringo could shoot or see anyone coming.

Behind the scenes

Two small dialogue options were cut from the quest, pointing to an additional task Joe would have asked the player character to perform: freeing the town's bighorners. While Joe's responses are not present, presumably, this would have been intended to create chaos in town. The option was likely removed owing to the presence of free-roaming bighorners in Goodsprings in the final release of the game, although Joe still mentions this when spoken to.


  • Has platform::PCPC Has platform::Playstation 3Playstation 3 Has platform::Xbox 360Xbox 360 When the player character kills Ringo and informs Joe Cobb, he will ask them to get supplies from Chet and Doc Mitchell. Before getting supplies, one can kill Joe and fail the quest, but Chet and Doc Mitchell will still be locked in the 'Help the Powder Gangers' dialogue option, and one can get infinite experience, leather armor at about 50% condition, 30 9mm rounds, and Powder Ganger fame. (See Fallout: New Vegas exploits.) [已验证]
  • Has platform::Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes, the mission will not complete. Even though the Courier has killed every citizen in Goodsprings, Joe Cobb will still say that there are people to kill. When attempting to talk to Chet, he will simply say, "Can't talk now, there's a gunfight!" The mission is stuck in this limbo forever. This issue may happen because Doc Mitchell is stuck inside his house. The player character will have to go in and kill him to complete the quest. [已验证]
  • Has platform::PCPC Has platform::Playstation 3Playstation 3 Has platform::Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, the player character will not be able to loot Doc Mitchell's body if they kill him. Saving and reloading does not fix this bug. [已验证]
  • Has platform::PCPC Has platform::Xbox 360Xbox 360 Has platform::Playstation 3Playstation 3 For some reason, during the quest Run Goodsprings Run, if the player character kills Ringo and takes his deck of Caravan cards, it may freeze for a couple seconds and make the noise of scrolling down the Pip-Boy menu, then stop and the rest of his things can be taken. It does not seem to cause any problems other than freezing for a moment with the noise. Caused by each individual card being added to the player character's inventory. [已验证]
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