How To Run In Fallout New Vegas

Slow Walking By Default.

Learning how to run in Fallout New Vegas is a bit tricky, mostly because the game doesn’t actually have a sprint mechanic you can use to move quickly. The base walking speed is supposed to be a running pace by default, but I think we can all agree that it’s a little too slow. 

Key Highlights
  • Firstly, you can Holster your Weapon for a better run. By holstering your gun, you get a slight boost in your speed.
  • Secondly, Using Console Commands player.setav speedmult also increases your movement speed. You just have to enter the console command, and it’ll get activated.
  • The Last method is to Download and activate the Sprint Mod in Fallout New Vegas, which will increase your speed to the highest limit.

But simply because the sprint mechanic is not officially present in the game, doesn’t mean that we can’t introduce one into it ourselves. So with this guide, we’ll show you what to do if you require a speed boost.

How To Run In Fallout New Vegas Guide

In this guide we will be going over three methods that you can use to improve your movement speed in the game. Only one of these will be something that exists in the game by default, but the other two will require a bit of tweaking on your part.

Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to do something that will destroy your save file. Our first cheat actually relates to the Console Commands, which are mostly safe to use as long as you remember to save often. As for the second one, the Fallout New Vegas community has made an extensive catalogue of mods that provide options for players to alter their games in a number of different ways.

With that said, let’s start our list off with the easiest method.

Holster Your Weapons

How To Run In Fallout New Vegas
Holstered Weapons.

The game doesn’t tell you this, but if you want to learn how to run in the game, simply holster your weapons. Most players probably travel across the Mojave Wasteland with a weapon equipped at all times, and that’s a good thing for when you encounter trouble. But simply because you have a gun equipped, that doesn’t mean that it has to be drawn all the time.

Similar Article: Fallout New Vegas: Veronica Companion Guide.

Holstering your gun leaves you a bit vulnerable, but in exchange for that you get a slight boost in speed. I’m not saying that you’re going to be sprinting from settlement to settlement like Usain Bolt, but you’ll still be thankful for the increase in momentum. 

To accomplish this, simply press and hold down the Reload button on your controller or keyboard. It should take a second, but your character should eventually holster their weapon. Now if you find yourself in trouble in this state, press the attack button to draw your weapons once more.  And that’s all there is to it.

Use Console Commands

How To Run In Fallout New Vegas
Use Console Commands.

The Fallout New Vegas Console Commands list includes a number of different options for players to switch up the way they play the game. And among the dozens of different commands that allow you to alter the way your character behaves, there is one that lets you increase the movement speed.

This is the player.setav speedmult [percentage] command and it lets you choose the value by which you want to change your movement speed. By default, the [percentage] should be 100, but you can increase it to around 120 or 130 for a mild boost to your speed.

To actually use the console command, you have to first boot up the game and load your desired save file. Now open up the Console by pressing the tilde (~) key, which is usually found below the Esc key on most modern keyboards. This will then cause the game to pause, and a text bar should appear in the bottom left corner of your screen. Enter the desired command with your chosen value in this bar, and then press Enter to activate. If you want to revert back to the default speed, simply change the [percentage] value back to 100.

Be warned however that there is a chance that this could break your game if you go overboard. I’ll go ahead and say that up to 200 speed is okay, but after that, you might begin moving faster than the game is actually able to load in assets. So keep this in mind when altering your save file.

Use The Sprint Mod

How To Run In Fallout New Vegas
Sprint Mod.

Instead of holstering or using Console Commands to learn how to run in Fallout New Vegas, how about modding the mechanic into the game itself? This will take a bit of time and effort, but the result will be a more comprehensive experience than the other two options on this list.

To start with, head on over to Nexus Mods and download the Fallout New Vegas Sprint Mod. This requires you to first install the New Vegas Script Extender (NVSE), but if you’re already familiar with modding this game, then you already expected as much.

For the uninitiated, however, NVSE is a resource that broadens the scripting capabilities of New Vegas without tampering with the executable files so there are no permanent side effects. Once it’s installed, go ahead and also download the Sprint Mod and activate it.

Now when you boot up the game, a full sprint system will be implemented that includes head bobbing and even takes your carried weight and endurance into account. Similar to the sprinting mechanic in Fallout 4, this one also consumes your AP when you use it.


Is Running A Mechanic In The Base Game?

Unfortunately, a running mechanic was never formally added to the base game.

Could Using Console Commands Break My Game?

Potentially yes. But only if you overdo it by a lot.

Is The Fallout New Vegas Sprint Mod Safe To Download?

Yes the mod is completely safe to download. The file is hosted on Nexus Mods, one of the most trusted sources of mods on the internet.

This has been eXputer’s guide on running in Fallout New Vegas. While you’re here, why not also check out our How To Find All Companions In Fallout New Vegas article.

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