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My squad was ambushed by a Legion party led by that bastard Alexus. He was taking us into the mine up ahead, but I managed to get away. I need help to get them out.Renolds

Anywhere I Wander is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Anywhere I Wander
Talk to Private Renolds.
Enter the mine and find the two NCR soldiers, who are being held captive.
Get the Jail Key from Alexus.
Kill the Caesar's Legion soldiers and free or kill the NCR soldiers.
Return to Private Renolds.
Reward: 100 XP and NCR fame.

Detailed walkthrough

On the road between Nelson and Techatticup Mine, the Courier will be approached by a NCR trooper Private Renolds. He explains that his squad was ambushed by Caesar's Legion and taken captive in the mine farther down the road. Renolds was able to escape but two of his fellow troopers remain in captivity. He states that "bastard Alexus" is responsible for the ambush. One may accept the quest, garnering Caps if a 45 Barter check is passed.

When approaching the mine, one will encounter two Legion recruits who patrol the area around the entrance. Depending on one's reputation with the faction, one can proceed into the mine with or without engaging the recruits, progressing through the mine to the cages where the troopers are held.

The storage key that unlocks the cages is held by Decanus Alexus, who can be pickpocketed or killed to retrieve it. One can also pick the locks to the cells and in either case, untie the prisoners. Return to Private Renolds to inform him of one's success to complete the quest.

Quest stages

10 Rescue the NCR hostages from the Techatticup Mine.
20Quest finishedReport back to Private Renolds.


  • As soon as the gates are unlocked, the Legion soldiers will attack if one has anything less than a neutral standing with the faction. The Legion will attack the freed NCR troopers regardless of the Courier's standing.
  • One does not need to chaperon either prisoner out of the mine, but if they both die in the process, the quest will fail.
  • Killing the two troopers in sight of Legion soldiers will not cause them to turn hostile.
  • The quest may be unobtainable if Renolds is killed by legionary assassins that spawn in the area. There are also fire geckos in the area that could pose a threat to him.
  • If the player character rescues the hostages before talking to Renolds, they can respond to his request by saying, "were they the hostages in the mine?" This will garner surprise from Renolds and the quest will complete in the same fashion.

Behind the scenes

The title of the quest shares its name with the 1951 Frank Loesser novel Anywhere I Wander.


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Alexus may not be there at all. [verified]
  • PCPC You may not be able to interact with the NCR prisoners until you're given the quest by Private Reynolds. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Alexus and other Legionaries may already be dead before entering the mine. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Private Reynolds may get killed by the Legionary assassin at the exit and the mission won't fail. [verified]
  • PCPC After rescuing the hostages, Private Reynolds is unresponsive to complete the quest. [verified]
Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
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Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
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