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From The Vault

Growing Up Fast

Happy Birthday!
location: Vault 101
given by: Dad
reward: Pip-Boy 3000
BB Gun
previous: Baby Steps
leads to: Future Imperfect
base id: 00014E84
Vault 101 Citizenship Award

requirements: Got your Pip-Boy 3000
gamerscore: 10
trophy type: Bronze

Growing Up Fast is a Fallout 3 quest. As part of this quest, you gain the Vault 101 Citizenship Award which is a Achievement for the Xbox 360 and PC; and a Bronze Trophy on the PlayStation 3.




Have a present

This quest begins immediately after the Baby Steps quest, though it occurs in 2268, at the player character's 10th birthday party. The player will be congratulated and be given a Pip-Boy 3000.

Enjoy your party

  • Talk with Stanley
    • Text Choice: Ask if the Pipboy 3000 is your only gift or if he has something else for you.
    • Text Choice: All other options you receive nothing.

The player is to speak with the guests to advance the plot. There are really only two that must be spoken with, however. Amata will more than likely be the first to speak with the player, with three different dialogue options. Regardless of which option is picked, she will give the player the comic "Grognak the Barbarian #14." Old Lady Palmer will provide the player with a Sweetroll. Optionally, Stanley, the one responsible for setting the player up with the Pip-Boy 3000, is also to be spoken to. If asked if the Pip-Boy is the only present, he will give the player a Kid's Baseball Cap.

After Old Lady Palmer has been spoken with, Andy, a Mr. Handy robot, will try to cut the cake, but will accidentally destroy it instead. This will agitate Butch DeLoria, and he will demand the player's Sweetroll. Various dialogue options exist at this point. Most of the time, Butch will end up attacking the player, particularly if the Sweetroll is not given. Officer Gomez will eventually break up the fight. The situation may be explained to him if this happens. One scenario to note: if the Sweetroll was eaten, and the player calmly explains this to him, he will just sit back down. Also, if the sweetroll was dropped, Butch will sit back down and you can get the sweetroll from where you left it. Regardless of what goes down, Amata will approach the player to see what Butch's outburst was about, and Dad will also ask what happened if he is spoken to.

Shortly after this, Dad will get up and go to the Intercom, where he converses with someone over it. He will at this point direct the player to go down to the reactor room for a surprise he and Jonas have been working on.

Armed and in Charge

  • Go down to reactor room
  • Shoot 3 targets
  • Kill the Radroach

The latest objective is to meet Jonas in the reactor room. Head out the door Dad just opened and turn right; Beatrice will more than likely speak with the player on the way there. She'll give the player a poem which can be read in the "Notes" section of the Pip-Boy 3000.

Turn left at the "reactor" sign head down the hall and turn right. Go down the stairs and enter the room. Talk to Jonas, and he'll direct you to see Dad, who is just coming down the stairs. When he speaks to the player, he'll give him/her a BB Gun. A new objective pops up at this point. Head through the nearby door, and shoot all three targets with the BB Gun.

After each target has been shot once, a Radroach will come wandering into the area. The player is tasked to kill it with their new BB gun. After this, Dad wants to capture the moment, and asks Jonas to take a picture. Simply stand next to him at this point to complete the quest.


  • You don't have to read your birthday present, Grognak the Barbarian, right away. It will be in the dresser in your room along with the Vault 101 Utility Jumpsuit when Escape! begins.
  • Instead of heading downstairs to meet with Jonas you can head straight forward up the stairs to witness a conversation between Officer Kendall and the Overseer, where the latter states what he really thinks of your party (he apparently has a distaste for you). Kendall can be pickpocketed for 2 Stimpaks with no Karma loss.
  • Think Beatrice is too happy? Read the poem she gives you, it is a very dark and depressing take on the oppressive life in a Vault.(If you do not want to talk with Beatrice, simply run to the reactor room before she can reach you.)
  • You find out that your Pip-Boy is a 3000a model; one of the older models, but "reliable" (as Stanley calls it) or just a "piece of junk" (as Wally Mack calls it). It's able to link up with the Stealth Boy 3001 model, showing it isn't too outdated (or that the Stealth Boy 3001s were designed to be backwards compatible with the 3000 series of Pip-Boys). Stanley reckons you could "drop a bomb on it and it would still work", then corrects himself by stating "as a matter of fact, I know you could".
  • The note on the bulletin board about a missing copy of Dean's Electronics is misleading, it is nowhere to be found.
  • If the player runs out of BBs, his/her father will resupply him/her with 30 new BBs if spoken to. This also works if the ammo is dropped, allowing for it to be picked it up again afterward to gain a theoretically unlimited amount of BB's. Regardless of this, there will still only be 50 BB pellets during the Escape! quest.
  • You can attack your father or Jonas, prompting them to scold you. You can do this until they are rendered unconscious if you desire.
  • Along with "Clear Project Purity of any remaining Mutant Threat" in the quest The Waters of Life, this appears to be one of only two quests which prevents the hero from completing Fallout without killing anyone or anything. Once the character has been given the BB gun, it is impossible to leave the reactor room area (since the top door has a "Very Difficult" lock, and it is impossible to drop the BB gun. Although it is possible to complain to dad that you "didn't want a stupid BB gun" and to say of killing the Radroach "I can't do it!", eventually Jonas will not enter dialog and the only options with dad are to ask for more ammunition or to end the conversation.
  • During your birthday, you can hear the young Tunnel Snakes talking about their gang, having Wally Mack and Butch argue about the gang's name. Wally replies in one point "You and your snakes and rats" as if the name couldn't be the Tunnel Snakes, but this seems to happen after all. The name "Vault Dwellers" is also suggested and immediately shot down by Butch, who says something along the lines of "...who would want to run around being called a Vault Dweller...". The main character in Fallout is called the Vault Dweller throughout the game.


  • While your dad is waiting for you to stand next for him for the picture. if you shoot Jonas a couple of times and then go next to your dad, Jonas will not take the picture but just stand there. The only fix is to load a previous save
  • At 10th Birthday, upon being given the PipBoy, you are unable to move but still able to look around. The scene around you progresses.
  • In the birthday scene, Officer Gomez may become unresponsive. When Butch attacks you, nobody intervenes, so you continually get pummeled. Butch's attack will continue even as you head downstairs to receive your BB gun.
Quests in Fallout 3
Vault 101

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