Conclusion: What to do with Victory Buchanan
The very insane Victory Buchanan greets you once you enter his chambers. There are multiple outcomes here based on your dialogue choices:
- Attack — Will lead to Vic Buchanan getting immediately shot in the head. No boss battle, just a quick headshot. His death means you’re done with this quest, but the Patriarch won’t be pleased since you were asked to bring him back alive.
- Lie — Vic’s “scarecrow” Clarence will drop a frag grenade. Vic also ends up dead.
- “The Gift turned on you,” “We freed the Rangers,” Kiss Ass 10, or First Aid 8 – Will offer new dialogue options for you.
If Vic Buchanan dies, you can pick up his stuff which includes Vic’s Piece (a pistol) and the Mermaid Ornament (for your Kodiak).
If you chose the other options, Vic will suggest that he should join your team. Yes, he’s that insane:
- You can have him arrested to end the quest normally. He’ll end up in Ranger HQ’s brig.
- You can attack and kill him still.
- Or, if you’re up for it, you can actually welcome him to the team.
Note: If you recruit Victory Buchanan, you can learn more about his skills in our companions guide.
In any case, pick up the rest of the loot in Vic’s room. You’ll find the Best Boss skill book (Leadership +1) and Polar Vortex assault rifle. Meanwhile, the bathroom has a cassette and the K-Cannon revolver.
There’s a toaster (Toaster Repair 7) which has the Poke Action Figure. It matches the Peek Action Figure you found in the Patriarch’s Palace. If you tell the Patriarch about these, you’ll get the Peek & Poke ornament for the Kodiak.
Lastly, you can inspect the map at the corner of the room. These mark the locations of the Patriarch’s wives: Cleo, Larra, and Livia.
Remember that grave we found in Aspen’s traps area? One of the Patriarch’s wives is buried there. If you have Vic tag along, he’ll have some extra commentary.
What happens if you have Vic Buchanan with you?
There are some distinct changes here, many of which will occur as you’re leaving the Little Hell resort. First, if you speak with Gwendolyn Reed, Vic will just laugh and let her go.
Once you enter The Gift’s lab, Vic will attempt to blow her up with the bomb strapped to her wheelchair. Assuming you already removed it earlier, his efforts will be all for naught.
When speaking with Ash, Victory Buchanan becomes distraught at the idea that his childhood friend could easily betray him.
When you reach the lounge area, there’s going to be a tense confrontation. Rook and La Loca will demand that you kill Vic Buchanan, and you’ll have the option to do just that.
You can also use Hard Ass 8 to make Rook back down. If you can’t do either of these, Rook and La Loca will become hostile. You’ll have no choice but to terminate them both.
Note: You probably don’t want these two characters to die since they give you the Ranger Survivor perk (+5% healing bonus) once you speak to them in Ranger HQ.
Whatever happens, Cpl. Riley Woodson will congratulate you on “getting shit done” — which is super weird considering that we just killed two of his Ranger squadmates in front of him.
Note: Next, you’ll have the opportunity to let Pizepi join the squad. It won’t matter whether you killed Rook and La Loca or had them back down. Heck, it won’t even matter if you recruited Vic Buchanan or not. Pizepi will still want to squad up. You can learn more via our companions guide.
You can visit the graves of the Patriarch’s other wives — Larra and Livia — to hear additional commentary from Vic. Larra’s grave is found in Broadmoor Heights’ park. Livia’s grave, meanwhile, is found off to the side of Hoon Homestead.
You’ll get the Phase Blaster if you visit Larra’s grave with Victory Buchanan tagging along. Plus, he’ll have some additional comments.
You’ll notice special commentary from the Patriarch if you bring Vic to meet him in the Patriarch’s Palace. Likewise, once you’ve found Liberty Buchanan, the two siblings will have a spat.
Lastly, you’ll get an extra dose of criticism from a very important character. We’ll meet her next now that we’re done with this Wasteland 3 quest. Head over to the next part of our walkthrough.