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X-8: High School Horror!

Now... let the intruder have the Sonic Emitter schematics. Klein wants it, all right, boy? Let the intruder dig it up wherever you buried it.Doctor Borous

X-8: High School Horror! is a main quest in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues. After completing the quest, the player is awarded with the Spinal-Tapped achievement.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: X-8: High School Horror!
Travel to the X-8 Research Center.
Initiate the residential cyberdog guard test at the X-8 test terminal.
Enter the X-8 residential test facility.
Search Gabe's digging spots in the X-8 residential test facility for Audio Sample - Gabriel's Bark.
Reward: Gabriel's Bark audio frequency, Spinal-Tapped achievement/trophy
Leads to: X-8 Data Retrieval Test

Detailed walkthrough

Taking place at the X-8 Research Center, the quest has two parts. For the first part, the Courier needs to start and complete the "Institutional Data Retrieval" basic test, while the second part requires taking the "Residential Cyberdog Guard Test."

Once inside the research center, turn south and head down the stairs to find a room with coffins and three floating brains. Approach the "X-8 Test Terminal" next to the locked metal door with the "Testing Areas" sign above it. From the terminal, select "Enter Institutional Data Retrieval" and then select the "Basic" test. Then enter the test facility through the now-unlocked door.

Institutional Data Retrieval

The facility is an American high school, created by Doctor Borous, who will comment on the Courier's progress through a loudspeaker. Enemies encountered here are cyberdogs, "Hall Monitor" automated turrets and Lobotomites.

Head through the southern double door into "Hall H" and enter into the first classroom on the right. In it, find a wall-mounted "X-8 Turret Control System" terminal in the northeastern corner of the room, with which the turret in the next room can be manipulated.

Continue through the southern door into a large classroom, access the terminal on the desk and download the first student report from it. Exit the room through the northern door and continue north, past the door into the library. Inside, find another terminal in the northwestern corner of the room, and download the second student report from it.

Exit the library through the northeastern doorway, past the small kitchen area, and through the northern door with the "Stairs" sign above it. Go up the stairs and take the southern door to enter the library's second floor. Follow the path to reach the double door in the southwestern corner, and enter the hallway behind it. Turn west for a short distance and enter through the doorway that reads "Coach's Office." Inside, find another terminal on a desk in the southeastern corner, which holds the third and last student entry. Once obtained, leave the office again and exit through the eastern metal door at the end of the hallway.

From here, head north through the metal door and follow the path until reaching a red exit sign. Exit back to the main facility through the nearby metal door.

Residential Cyberdog Guard Test

Back in the main facility, access the "X-8 Test Terminal" again, select "Enter Residential Cyberdog Guard Test" and go through the metal door once more. This time it leads into a large cavern, home of Dr. Borous' former pet cyberdog Gabe. The goal is to obtain the Audio Sample - Gabriel's Bark holotape from one of the six earthen mounds labeled as "Gabe's Digging Spot," the mount holding the item is random every time.

The digging spots are located as follows:

  • Upon entering, head east past a small fence with some metal crates, the spot is slightly to the left.
  • Turn south to find the second spot next to a support beam.
  • Turn west to find the third spot next to a massive rock pillar.
  • Turn slightly northwest to find the fourth spot next to a long piece of fence on the ground.
  • From here, find the fifth spot to the southwest nearby, or the sixth spot to the northwest behind the house.

After retrieving the holotape, several Robo-Scorpions spawn near the exit, and the quest concludes.

Quest stages

10 Travel to the X-8 Research Center.
20 Initiate the Institutional Data Retrieval test at the X-8 Test Terminal.
25 Retrieve the three student records from the desk terminals in the X-8 Institutional Facility.
30 Exit the X-8 Institutional Facility.
40 Initiate the Residential Cyberdog Guard Test at the X-8 Test Terminal.
50 Enter the X-8 Residential Test Facility.
60Quest finishedSearch Gabe's digging spots in the X-8 Residential Test Facility for the audio sample of Gabriel's Bark.


  • The Sonic Emitter can be used to disable the force field above the library, which destroys the turret above it.
  • Upon completion of the "Institutional Data Retrieval" basic course, the side quest X-8 Data Retrieval Test becomes available.
  • While killing Gabe is not necessary to complete the quest, doing so results in a countdown being initiated by the Think Tank and Dr. Borous, after which Gabe explodes in a nuclear explosion.
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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
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander •  Back in Your Own Backyard •  Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues •  Boulder City Showdown •  Can You Find it in Your Heart? •  Climb Ev'ry Mountain •  Don't Tread on the Bear! •  Emergency Radio •  Eye for an Eye •  Flags of Our Foul-Ups •  Hard Luck Blues •  I Don't Hurt Anymore •  I Put a Spell on You •  Keep Your Eyes on the Prize •  Medical Mystery •  No, Not Much •  Pressing Matters •  Restoring Hope •  Return to Sender •  That Lucky Old Sun •  The White Wash •  There Stands the Grass •  Three-Card Bounty •  We Will All Go Together •  You Can Depend on Me
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!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion •  The Silo •  The Job •  The Launch •  The Tunnelers •  The Divide •  The Courier •  The End •  The Apocalypse