Fallout: New Vegas Skill Books

So many skills, so few skill points. Fallout: New Vegas is all about hard choices, and the distribution of skill points when you level up is certainly one of them. Thankfully, there are a number of skill books scattered around the gameworld, which you can use to pump up previously neglected stats. Look below for our complete list, organized by book type.

Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor (Barter)

Vault 22 – Pest control — head north of the steps from the elevator, into the lab room. On the table with bubbling vials.

Allied Technologies Offices – In the room to the west of the entrance room, in the Southwest Corner.

Cap Counterfeiting Shack – On the suitcase by the bed, in the back room of the cellar.

Primm – Inside the Bison Steve Casino, on the floor behind the gift shop counter.

Nikola Tesla and You (Energy Weapons)

REPCONN HQ – Inside the locked shipping room with the collapse ceiling. On top of a safe on the floor, in the corner.

REPCONN HQ – On the second floor, in the northeast server room, on the table with the terminal in the far corner.

Hidden Valley – In the white plastic bin by the desk in Schuler’s office, in Bunker L1.

Old Nuclear Test Site – On the small table opposite the entrance, inside the irradiated shack.

Duck and Cover! (Explosives)

Nellis AFB – Inside Mother Pearl’s barracks, on the bookshelf.

Sloan – Inside the small barracks shack, next to the trailer, on the left locker shelf, near the bunk beds.

Mojave Outpost – Inside the bar and barracks building, on the bottom shelf, in the middle below the bar counter.

Ranger Station Foxtrot – Inside the tent.

Guns and Bullets (Guns)

Gomorrah – In the Zoara Club, on the first low bookshelf, to the left of Big Sal’s office.

Raul’s Shack – IN the small wooden crate on the floor, at the foot of the metal shelves, to the left of the entrance.

Vault 34 – On the small metal table between the sofas by the pool table, in the Armory Common room. Follow the sign after descending.

Nevada Highway Patrol Station – In the first room you come to after the entrance, on a desk near the door that leads to the cells.

Tumblers Today (Lockpick)

Silver Peak Mine – Inside the shack, behind the two small tables, on the bottom of an open locker, to the right of the entrance.

Bitter Springs Recreation Area – Inside the office shack to the west, on the desk in the smaller of the two rooms.

The Prospector’s Den – Inside the cave system, in the subterranean section, in the barracks room, on the floor in the far right corner.

Wolfhorn Ranch – Inside the farmhouse, under the door-less refrigerator.

D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine (Medicine)

Follower’s Safehouse – On the bedside table shelf, in the second room.

Mesquite Mountains Crater – Inside Hell’s Motel, below the globe with the hat on it, on the table with the Repair Kit and Radio.

HELIOS One – On the bed with the pillow, in the room with the Holotape password, on the very top floor — cross the planks to get there.

Novac – In the middle of the queen-sized bed, inside Ranger Andy’s motel bungalow.

Grognak the Barbarian (Melee Weapons)

Jacobstown – On the floor next to the cooker, inside the eastern bungalow, near the pond.

Cannibal Johnson’s Cave – On the sleeping mattress near the ham radio, close to the campfire.

Hidden Supply Cave – On one of the cave’s large metal crates.

Cottonwood Cave – Inside the Headquarters building, on the upper floor, on the bedside table’s shelf.

Dean’s Electronics (Repair)

Nellis Air Force Base – Inside Loyal’s workshop shed, on the long metal counter.

Sloan – Inside the barracks, on the shelf between the Dino Toy and the Radio.

Southern Nevada Wind Farm – Inside the shack, on the table with the clipboard.

Abandoned BoS Bunker – On the metal sill, opposite the Reloading Bench, inside the office area.

Big Book of Science (Science)

Brewer’s Beer Bootlegging – In the basement of the shack, on the table with the chemistry equipment.

REPCONN Headquarters – Inside the HQ, on a shelf in the Gift Shop store-room.

Nipton – On the mayor’s desk, on the top floor of the town hall.

Camp Forlorn Hope – Inside Major Polati’s tent, on the desk in the far right corner.

Chinese Army: Spec. Ops Training Manual (Sneak)

NCR Sharecropper Farms – In the ranch house near the four fertilizer hoppers, by the corner desk.

Vault 3 – On the low bookcase, inside the executive dorm.

Goodsprings – Under a book in the low bookcase, inside the ranch house just east of the schoolhouse.

Camp Searchlight – In the east chapel, inside the Gecko-filled basement, on the stone floor, at the foot of the metal shelves.

Lying, Congressional Style (Speech)

Brooks Tumbleweed Ranch – On an open locker shelf, in the upstairs room with the chessboard.

Cerulean Robotics – On the floor among the desks in the office.

NCR Correctional Facility – In the Administration Building, on the desk in the darkened room opposite Eddie’s room.

Lucky Jim Mine – Inside the shack, below the Varmint rifle, to the right of the empty fridges.

Wasteland Survival Guide (Survival)

Scavenger Platform – On the Northern Platform section, among the other books by the fallen metal shelf.

Lone Wolf Radio – Inside the radio trailer, near the Scrap Electronics and mattress.

Mesquite Mountains Campsite – Inside the westernmost tent, behind the rolled-up bedding.

Matthews Animal Husbandry Farm – Top balcony of the northern barn, near the barrel.

Pugilism Illustrated (Hand-to-Hand)

The Tops Casino – On a small table near the pool tables, in the Presidential Suite.

Fisherman’s Pride Shack – On the bedside table inside the shack.

Nipton Road Rest-stop – Inside the store marked “Lester,” on one of the wooden bookcase shelves.

Vault 11 – Inside the living quarters, in Female Dorm #1, by the fallen dresser.

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5 Comments on Fallout: New Vegas Skill Books

The Browser

On November 10, 2010 at 7:38 am

4th Explosive skill book is at Ranger Station Foxtrot in the tent


On November 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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The Browser

On November 16, 2010 at 4:37 am

There is a 5th Big Book of Science given you by Ignacio Rivas after choosing to sent energy to Full Region (third option) in the quest “That Lucky Old Sun” at Helios One.


On December 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

You can glitch Helios One and get to level 30 in 2 minutes. I take that over a Big Book of Science any day.


On August 12, 2011 at 3:45 am

So whats the challenge then Nafez? Youve just ruined the fun in the game but you dont get it, do you?