Gun Runners Arsenal

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Gun Runners Arsenal

Pros Only achievement in Fallout: New Vegas

Pros Only

Complete any three Gun Runners' Arsenal (GRA) three star (***) Challenges.

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  • Cadenza LunareCadenza Lunare135,808
    02 Oct 2011 04 Oct 2011
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    If you're late in the game and don't want to start anew like I did, here are some tips. I had been working towards the Mr. House ending, and had already killed the majority of Caesar's Legion for fun. You only need to complete THREE of these in ONE play through to get the achievement.

    For the record, unique weapons of the weapon type necessary to complete these achievements count. For example, Dinner Bell is a shotgun, and counts towards all GRA challenges that require a shotgun. Also, the Killing Blow is all that matters. You could weaken an opponent to 1-2 bars of HP with any weapon, and finish them off with the challenge weapon, and then still get credit.

    Also, dismiss your partners, as they can screw you out of a challenge by taking the shot themselves.

    Against All Tyrants::

    ***Kill ten named Legion members with Hunting Revolvers, Ranger Sequoias, Brush Guns, Service Rifles, Hunting Rifles, or Cowboy Repeaters.

    PROS :: The weapons required for this challenge are fairly common, even in the late game.
    CONS :: Highly limited number of named Legion members. Easy to screw yourself out of this one.

    RECOMMENDED :: If you can go for this one and you have enough Legion alive (check the list below), by all means do this one. Not recommended for people attempting to do a Legion ending.

    Acquiring the weapons required is fairly simple - NCR Veteran Rangers like to carry Ranger Sequoia, and you get one for free if you complete the Return to Sender quest and convince Chief Hanlon to commit suicide. I wager you could also simply kill him and take it. Otherwise, the majority of these weapons are purchasable from the Gun Runners.

    The challenge will be impossible if you've already undertaken NCR quests which require you to kill Legion members or just gone on a killing spree against the Legion. For me, this challenge was impossible because I had already killed half of them just doing quests.

    For the rest of you, there are only 17 named Legion members with names in the game, one of which is the final boss, and Alerio only appears if you killed Vulpes Inculta in Nipton. You can get credit for Vulpes Inculta AND Alerio, if you kill Vulpes in Nipton with a required weapon, and then kill Alerio when he shows up later, upon retrieving the Platinum Chip. Silus, the Legionaire held hostage in Camp McCarran, does not count because you cannot bring the required weapons inside his cell. Here are the valid targets' identities and locations ::

    Captain Ronald Curtis - Camp McCarran (Insider for the monorail bomb quest, disappears if completed)
    Dead Sea - Nelson (Inside a Barracks in Nelson)
    Atticus - Caesar's Legion Safehouse (Only accessible if you are good enough with the Legion for the key)
    Aurelius of Phoenix - Cottonwood Cove (Second floor of the HQ building)
    Canyon Runner - Cottonwood Cove (Patrols the area outside)
    Cursor Lucullus - Cottonwood Cove (The ferryman, moves to the Fort later)
    Decanus Severus - Cottonwood Cove (Patrols the area outside)
    Alerio - The Strip, Outside the Tops (Only shows up if you killed Vulpes, otherwise Vulpes does)
    Gabban - Nipton (One of Vulpes' men)
    Vulpes Inculta - Nipton/The Strip/The Fort (Kill Vulpes at Nipton to get Alerio to spawn later)
    Karl - Red Rock Canyon (The Legion emissary at RRC, sleeps in the Longhouse. Can be killed by Papa Khan and friends in the Oh, My Papa quest)
    Alexus - Techatticup Mine (Inside the Mine)
    Antony, Caesar, Lucius, Otho - The Fort (Antony is inside the Fort, outside Caesar's tent. Caesar and Lucius are inside Caesar's tent. Otho is inside the Fort, by the arena.)
    Legate Lanius - Final Boss (Non-Legion Endings)

    As you can see, it's very easy to screw yourself out of this one if you, like me, didn't expect the challenges. However, in theory this is one of the easier ones to execute if it's available to you.

    Armed For Bear::

    ***Kill 15 named NCR Rangers or commissioned officer (Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General) with Machetes, Rippers, Chainsaws, Throwing Spears, or Ballistic Fists.)

    PROS :: Since most people don't usually have a reason to kill these people, they're usually still available to most players. The weapons are easy to find. There are about 35 named NCR personnel.
    CONS :: If you killed all of NCR, you're screwed out of this one.

    RECOMMENDED :: If you have the NCR personnel alive, do this one. If you're good with Sneak Attack Criticals, even NCR ending characters can get this challenge done.

    If you don't want to lose reputation with the NCR, you can pull off sneak attack criticals on these and escape with no loss to reputation. Machetes and Ballistic Fists can be found from Prime Legionairies and other Legion personnel in the Fort, and Ballistic Fists are incredible for Sneak Attack Critical kills even on low strength/melee skill plays. Otherwise, the Gun Runners tend to sell Rippers/Chainsaws or you can get a Chainsaw from Motor-Runner in Vault 3.

    If you go to the Ranger Stations Alpha/Bravo/Charlie/Delta/Echo/Foxtrot, each has a Comm Officer and a named Ranger which you can assassinate. The only exception is Charlie, which only has one Comm Officer and he can get killed in a Legion Raid late game. If you kill all the named Ranger Station personnel, that is 11 towards your total, and you only need to kill four more. If Camp McCarran is still intact, you can find five named personnel there, unless you completed the Three-Card Bounty quest which will cause First Recon to move to Camp Forlorn Hope. Camp Forlorn Hope has Major Polatli in the main tent and the First Recon officers if they have moved there. Bitter Springs has 2 named officers, Helios has 1 standing outside the main entrance, and Novac has old Ranger Andy in one of the hotel bungalows. The Mojave Outpost also has three named personnel - two in the offices, one on the roof of the bar/barracks where you recruit Cass.

    Crackerjack Timing
    ***Kill ten Mojave Wasteland Cazadors with Tin Grenades, Long Fuse Dynamite, and Time Bombs.

    PROS :: Cazadors can be fought relatively common, and on demand at The Thorn.
    CONS :: You have to fight Cazadors. The weapon selection is highly prohibitive and hard to get in the late game, or get specific perks.

    RECOMMENDED :: Only if you just happen to have the means to get the weapons or have them already. Bring antivenoms, just in case.

    This one is a pain, and I only recommend doing this one if you have absolutely no other choice. Tin Grenades require the Mad Bomber perk, 25 explosives skill, 1 tin can, 50 pistol powder, and 1 duct tape. Long-Fuse Dynamite is hard to find late game if you already savaged the Powder Gangers, and Time Bombs require 50 Explosives skill, 5 dynamite, 1 egg timer, 1 duct tape, and 1 scrap electronics.

    If you've already screwed yourself out of the NCR and Legion killing challenges, you need to get AT LEAST 10 of either of these weapons, and find Cazadors. They can commonly be found in the vicinity of Jacobstown/Remnants Bunker, east of Helios ONE, or north of Goodsprings near the Powder Gangers' vault.

    However, the best way to prevent a long search is to do the quests for Red Lucy at the Thorn until you're able to request the ability to fight Cazadors on demand.

    If you do this, you can weaken the Cazador before the gate even opens and finish them off in VATS with the explosive, and repeat as desired. It is highly recommended that if you are going for this one to save before an attempt and after a successful one as to avoid having to farm up more of the explosives.

    Deathclaw Pro Hunter

    ***Kill 5 adult Mojave Wasteland Deathclaws with .22 Pistols, Switchblades, Boxing Tape, Recharger Rifles, or Dynamite.

    PROS :: Deathclaws can be fought on demand at the Thorn.

    CONS :: These weapons are a pain to find in the late game. Deathclaws tend to tear you apart.

    RECOMMENDED :: If you know what you're doing, this one can be a cinch, especially if you have Deathclaws to fight at the Thorn.

    If you're going to be doing this one, by far the best way is to unlock the Deathclaw fight at the Thorn by completing Red Lucy's quests, and fighting them one on one. You can land sneak attack criticals with your normal weapons before the gate even opens, get them to low HP, and then finish them off with the weak weapon in VATS. Use whichever weapon out of the base list your character is most proficient with to prevent any unfortunate accidents.

    If for whatever reason you can't go to the Thorn due to killing them all, Deathclaws spawn around the Quarry Junction, the Gypsum Train Yard, and south of Vault 3 near the mountains. However, it is much easier to fight them in a controlled environment.

    Man-Machine Interface

    ***Kill 10 Mojave Wasteland Mr. Gutsys and Sentry Bots with Brass Knuckles, Spiked Knuckles, Tire Irons, and Lead Pipes.

    PROS :: Robots are on a respawn timer at New Vegas Steel. The weapons are easy to find even at high level. Love and Hate count as Brass Knuckles.
    CONS :: None, really.

    RECOMMENDED :: If you can do this one, do this one.
    This one is a breeze - first and foremost, there are a good amount of Sentries and Gutsies at the Crashed Vertibird east of the nuclear test site. If you need a pipe or knuckles, go fight some Fiends near Vault 3 and you're bound to come across some who are holding one.

    Go to the Crashed Vertibird and weaken as many as you can, then go nuts in VATS swinging to finish them off with your melee weapon of choice. If you need more, go to New Vegas Steel, near Camp McCarran. Inside are three Mr. Steel, that count as Mr. Gutsy. They are on a three-day respawn timer, so use them to kill off any for your total remaining, and go to Goodsprings. Wait for 24 hours, 3 times, for a total of 72 hours, and return until you have all you need. If you are not strong enough to take on the Crashed Vertibird robots, you can also take some out in the REPCONN Headquarters. If you manage to make it to the top and shut down robot security, you can just go back for all the Gutsy inside while they are disabled and hit them until they explode, unable to defend themselves.

    In short, I personally managed to acquire the Armed for Bear, Man-Machine Interface, and Pro Deathclaw Hunter challenges, and I hope this encourages any of you who are despairing about a late game save and having to do this again to not give up and go for the gold. It took me three hours total to get ALL challenge achievements, even at max level with the only quest left being the endgame.

    Happy Challenge Hunting!

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    neeker75This solution is spot on - Armed for Bear, Man Machine Interface and Deathclaw Pro Hunter are definitely the easiest ones to complete for late in the game (Level 48, all DLCs done except GRA, one mission to finish off Legate).

    I expected problems with the Deathclaws, but it turned out to be so easy if you shoot them from afar. I took a 12.7mm SMG from one of the DLCs, went to the quarry, and weakened them one by one to within inches of death. I then finished them off with the recharger rifle. Very easy when they didn't know what hit them and were never running towards me. Got all five without using a single stimpak or even losing any HP.

    I never did try for the Legion kills because I was having Boone with me in my main save and he started killing Legions very early, causing them to hate me anyhow. I had such a hard time getting Caesar's head crippled for the two-star challenge, I didn't want to return to the Fort. Armed for Bear is so much easier. I just went from camp to camp, stealth-killing 15 named officers (all alive too!) and I'm still on "neutral" with the NCR after all the kills. Didn't have to repair the machete even once.

    Anyway sorry for the bunch of text. I'm just so excited to finally completing this game after 17 days with it. Thanks for the guide!
    Posted by neeker75 on 17 Jun 13 at 14:44
    HyacinthHouse71If you are hard pressed to find enough NCR officers, there is also Col. Moore in the Hoover Dam offices. Go through the dam and there is a door for the offices. It is the big room in the middle of the offices. Also, beware because I was declared a terrorist by the NCR and now they all shoot on sight!!!
    Posted by HyacinthHouse71 on 27 Mar 14 at 23:36
    j wiziteSomebody pointed out that the legion challenge is easy. I can confirm it's easy. I think people are reluctant to do this because they are not sure if it's possible due to cult status. It doesn't matter if you are vilified by the legion and have already killed everyone at the Cottonwood Cove. The developer did a bone head thing. When reaching the docks you have to look down in order for you to get the Prompt to sail to the Fort. A lot of people have missed that based on commentary above.
    Posted by j wizite on 24 Jul 14 at 03:19
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  • FallOut PhoenixFallOut Phoenix393,907
    30 Sep 2011 29 Sep 2011 30 Sep 2011
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    The following are all the three star challenges added to the game.

    Against All Tyrants

    Kill any named Legion members with Hunting Revolvers, Ranger Sequoias, Brush Guns, Service Rifles, Hunting Rifles, or Cowboy Repeaters. (10 required, note: These need to have unique names)

    Armed For Bear

    Kill any named NCR Ranger or commissioned officer (Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General) with Machetes, Rippers, Chainsaws, Throwing Spears, or Ballistic Fists. (15 required, note: These need to have unique names)

    Crackerjack Timing

    Kill Mojave Wasteland Cazadores with Tin Grenades, Long Fuse Dynamite, and Time Bombs. (10 required, Tin Grenades require the Mad Bomber perk)

    Deathclaw Pro Hunter

    Kill adult Mojave Wasteland Deathclaws with .22 Pistols, Switchblades, Boxing Tape, Recharger Rifles, or Dynamite. (5 required)

    Man-Machine Interface

    Kill Mojave Wasteland Mr. Gutsys and Sentry Bots with Brass Knuckles, Spiked Knuckles, Tire Irons, and Lead Pipes. (10 required)

    Not all Deathclaws count. Quarry Junction Deathclaws are the only ones that will count and Blind Deathclaws should count as I killed one and it contributed. However I've seen mixed reports on which Deathclaws work however.

    For tips for killing Deathclaws easier try using Turbo or if you have Implant GRX so that you have more time to dodge.

    There are three Gutsys that contribute inside New Vegas Steel. You could also visit the crashed vertibird or Helios One. I suggest using Love and Hate found in Bonnie Springs ( since it will contribute to Curios & Relics.

    As for the last challenge I recommend saving your file and killing either all the named Legion or NCR members and then reload your save since the Cazador challenge is much too bothersome in my opinion. Weapons for either the Legion or NCR challenge can be found at Gun Runners.

    Named members of the NCR and Legion can be found at the Ranger Stations, Camp Forlorn Hope, Camp McCarran, The Fort, and Cottonwood Cove.

    Also for the Cazador Challenge BIG NME has suggested the following

    Tips on your Cazador Challenge in three steps.
    Required that you have cleared out Bonnie Springs of the Vipers, yet still make your way towards there are around 6-8 Cazadors on route.
    1. Wear the Elite Riot Gear & Helmet.
    2. Hot Key your Stimpack's & Save.
    3. Start at the Tribal Village and make your way towards Bonnie Springs. let the Cazador Swam you and throw the required weapon at your feet. Press the hot key for stimpack and you'll have multi-kills.
    Now I know I said three steps, but if you did not kill the Vipers at Bonnie Springs then you can make your way to Callville Bay and to the Boat house filled with Cazadors.
    I had 9 Long Fuse Dynamite only needed 8.

    BIG NME also suggests the following for the Deathclaws.

    Now as for the Deathclaw there are plenty around the Junction 15 Railway Station, they all count towards the "Deathclaw Pro Hunter", some are young but are not much of anything, just a slight annoyance.
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    BERRYLEGENDDeathclaws in the Thorn count.
    Posted by BERRYLEGEND on 03 Oct 11 at 05:59
    Orrinator ReduxThe cazadores are easier to kill if you cripple one of their wings. They usually don't fly afterwards, making them much easier to hit with something like long-fuse dynamite. Also, I killed one with the impact of a thrown long-fuse dynamite (it was already very low health from the wing crippling), but it didn't count towards the 10 required.
    Posted by Orrinator Redux on 03 Oct 11 at 14:34
    LockieEasiest way I found to do the Deathclaws was to travel to Quarry Junction, snipe one with whatever weapon then hop on a rock around the edge of the quarry where it can't reach you. Then wittle its health down as it runs around in circles and finish it off with the Silenced .22 pistol.
    Posted by Lockie on 09 Jan 16 at 04:19
  • Ckilla01Ckilla01102,285 102,285 GamerScore
    19 Oct 2011 19 Oct 2011 19 Oct 2011
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    I started this at the end of the game and was still able to acomplish it. For this stratagy you will need the NCR.

    ** You might want to make a save if you go for Armed for bear if you dont want bad karma with the NCR. It does drop fast!

    Man-Machine Interface; Brass Knuckles or Spiked Knuckles
    Deathclaw Pro Hunter; Silenced .22 Pistol
    Armed for Bear; Machete

    1.) Man-Machine Interface: 10 needed
    As RF117 has stated
    Nellis Air Force base will have two Mister Gutsy (towards main entrance).
    Nellis Array will have two more Mister Gutsy (As you fast travel there you should have no problem locating them).

    -Use Brass Knuckles or Spiked Knuckles to kill the Mister Gutsy Robots.
    -After you kill all four head over to any area of the map, and wait five days.
    -Once the fifth day has passed head over to the Nellis Air Force base and Nellis Array to kill four more Mister Gutsy.
    -Re-due till challenge is complete

    2.)Deathclaw Pro Hunter: 5 needed
    I killed all the Deathclaws, so I went to THE THORN where you can kill them in
    an arena either 1 or 3 at a time. I simply shot 2-3 rockets at them and finished them off with the Silenced .22 Pistol. Just repeat till Challenge complete.

    3.)Armed For Bear: 15 needed
    *This requires named NCR Rangers or commissioned officers (Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General)

    I started with the smaller camps. Remember to kill the Named NCR with the machete, and the others you can use a gun. Might be handy to have stempacks and a Rocket launcher for the NCR Veterans and Heavy Gunners.

    ***NOTE If you have Miss Fortune or Mysterious Stranger they can pop up when using vats and that kill will not count.

    If you kill rangers outside a building the ones on the inside wont know.. and vise-versa

    Ranger Station Alpha has (2) Ranger Rebecca Lineholm and Comm Officer Castillo
    Ranger Station Bravo has (2) Comm Officer Tiden and Ranger Ericsen
    Ranger Station Charlie has (1) Comm Officer Stepinac
    Ranger Station Delta has (2) Comm Officer Scheffer and Ranger Pason
    Ranger Station Echo has (2)Comm Officer Green and Ranger Erasmus
    Mojave Outpost has (3) Major Night, Ranger Chost, and Ranger Jackson
    Camp McCarran has (4) Colonel James Hsu, Lieutenant Carrie Boyd, Lieutenant Gorobets, and Major Dhatri

    Total = 16
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    MissFuchsiaFire@Megamonkeymania: Thank you so much for your suggestion! This way I can complete the challenge without losing reputation with the Boomers. The OP should add this to the solution. :)
    Posted by MissFuchsiaFire on 20 May 12 at 09:18
    BLAZE VIIThe Deathclaws in THE THORN didn't work for me but I went to "Quarry Junction" and f**** 'em all up including a Deathclaw mother & alpha male haha. Nice solution thanks!
    Posted by BLAZE VII on 20 Jun 12 at 08:16
    deutschZuidWhat about Camp Golf and the NCR embassy in the Strip?
    Posted by deutschZuid on 03 Mar 13 at 13:12
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