Fallout New Vegas – Hacking Tips

Published on October 22nd, 2010

You get a good amount of XP for terminals in , so it pays dividends to do it properly and correctly identify passwords. Check out this guide for tips on how to hack successfully.

First up, in order to be a successful hacker, you need to know what you have to do to solve the password.

When you activate a hackable terminal you’ll be presented with a list of words mixed in with random characters. All of the words are the same length and one of the words is the password. You have to select a word by clicking on it. Upon selecting the word you’ll see something like “2/8” displayed on screen. The left hand digit refers to the amount of letters that are correct in the word that you choose. The second digit refers to how many letters are in the word. This second digit remains constant throughout your guesses because all words in each puzzle are of equal length.

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Gain EXP through hacking

It’s very important to note that the first digit indicates that a letter is correct only if it is in the right spot. So, for example, you choose the word “RECEIVE” and it displays “2/7,” two of those letters are correct and in the correct order. By process of elimination you can then go through the other words that are left and narrow them down. If, for example, the word “BREATHE” is in the list, you know that it won’t be the password as it only has one letter in the correct position, the final character (“E.”)

You have four attempts to get the password right, but note: If you aren’t 100% sure on your final go then quit out and start again. You’ll have to guess a new password but you’ll have four more attempts to do so. By increasing your character’s Science skill, you’ll have less words to choose from, so therefore the password is much easier to solve.

First up, choose any word. Then providing you have got 1 or more letters right, eliminate all other words that don’t contain one of the letters from your chosen word in the right position. For example, if you chose REACTED, you won’t need BROUGHT. If you have 0 right, the job is actually much easier because many of the words are similar, so the elimination process should be simpler. When you have eliminated all words that can’t possible be the password, choose one of the ones that are left.

There are also things you can do with the characters that are not part of words. Clicking on matching brackets (i.e. () [] {} or , even with other characters between, but not a whole unremoved word between) can remove a dud password or even reset the number of remaining guesses to four. The brackets must be of the same type and on the same line. Take “.)(@” as an example. Selecting the first “”. Note that although you cannot match brackets with a whole word between them, you can match brackets separated by the dots that appear when a dud word is removed ( ). Also, two or more opening brackets can be matched to a single closing bracket (“[ [ ]” on a line gives you two chances), but the opposite is not true (“[ ] ]” only gives you one chance). Choosing a single non-letter character will simply waste an attempt. If all wrong passwords have already been removed, and you click on a bracket sequence, you will not use up an attempt and you will be told “Entry Denied.”

Taking the above approach may require pencil and paper, but there are other tricks that do not. Looking at common word substructures can also be useful. For example, if any word ending in “ING” gets less than 3 letters correct, then the correct answer cannot end in “ING”. Likewise, many words may start with “CON”, etc.

Previous choices are displayed on the right-hand side of the terminal. You may find this easier to use for position-based character mapping than trying to do it mentally.

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