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Desert Survivalist in Fallout: New Vegas

Desert Survivalist37 (15)

Heal 10,000 points of damage with food.

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Achievement Guide for Desert Survivalist

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The Globalizer
Achievement won on 31 Oct 10
TA Score for this game: 2,781
Posted on 31 October 10 at 06:36, Edited on 28 November 13 at 17:22
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(Updated to reflect the PipBoy method. Credit to the commentors who suggested it.)

First off, you'll want to load up on food. Ideally, carry a lot of low-weight, high-healing foods. (General rules: steaks > meat, created meals > food drops and pre-War food boxes.) Note that "outside" water and bottled drinks (Nuka and sarsaparilla) do not count towards this achievement, though it appears that bottled water does count. EDIT: Also, per Lanceride : Blood Sausages, Thin Red Paste, and Thick Red Paste do not count toward this achievement.

If you're looking to farm food for this achievement, I recommend fast travel between the following locations:

* Ruby Hill Mine / Silver Peak Mine (Bighorners) (near Jacobstown)
* Nipton, then walk east (lots of Bighorners)
* Goodsprings Source (Geckos)
* Crescent Canyon West/East (Golden Geckos) (southeast of Mojave Outpost)
* Nopah Cave (Fire Geckos) (southeast of Red Rock Canyon)
* Bloodborne Cave (Fire Geckos) (southeast of Nellis AFB)

In my opinion, the best sources of food are Geckos and Bighorners. They drop a lot of meat, and using a campfire (at Goodsprings Source, El Dorado Gas & Service, etc.) you can make Gecko Steaks or Bighorner Steaks. Both are made at a 1:1 ratio and do not require any extra ingredients, so you get a good amount of HP for your effort. (FYI, you'll want to avoid the Fire Gecko locations if you're a low level or have weak weapons.)

If you're feeling really creative and want a challenge, get the recipe for Wasteland Omelets from the girl in Sloan and farm Deathclaw Eggs at Quarry Junction and Dead Wind Cavern. I'm not aware of any food in the game that gives more HP -- my character gets 600 HP from each omelet, which has a weight of 1. Deathclaws are tough sumbitches, tho. You also have to have a few other found items in order to make the omelet. Note: The gourmand in the Ultra Luxe Casino sells Wasteland Omelettes, and these return to his inventory over time if you wait. If you're solely going for this achievement and have loads of caps to spend (and don't need XP or any sort of entertainment), this is the way to go. (Credit to stefb42 for this tip.)

Now, take a little damage, however you like. I recommend letting a bloatfly shoot at you a few times, or drown yourself (briefly), or something similar. As long as your health is not 100%, you can go into your PipBoy and eat as much food as you like, and it will all count -- as one commenter noted, you could theoretically eat 10,000 HP of food at once and the achievement will pop. NOTE: Per LV 1 Blue Slime this will only work in Hardcore mode - other difficulties appear to have a cap on healing from using this method. Please see his comment.

To track your progress, go into your PipBoy, press RT to go to "Data", left stick over to "Misc", press Y for "Challenges", and press X to show "Other Challenges". Look for, of course, "Desert Survivalist".

* EDIT: Please leave a comment and be productive if you think this solution can be improved. *
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