The Ranger Takedown is a special, unarmed move you can learn from Ranger Andy, located in Novac.
Quick tip before you go learn the move:
- High speech simplifies the process. Having a Speech skill of 30 or more allows you to use the first method to learn the maneuver, which is a lot faster and easier.
Learning The Ranger Takedown
To learn the Ranger Takedown, you must first make your way to Novac, located south of the 188 Trading Post.
Once there, head into the Motel area and go to Ranger Andy’s bungalow (the 2nd one to the left of the giant dinosaur)
Method 1: War Stories
If you have a Speech skill of 30, you can talk to Ranger Andy and ask him about his injuries. Once you see the [Speech 30] dialogue option, select it.
This will bring some comfort to Andy and he’ll teach you the Ranger Takedown.
Method 2: Andy and Charlie unmarked quest.
If you don’t have a Speech skill of 30, you’ll be forced to finish a short unmarked quest, called Andy and Charlie in the game’s code.
Talk to Ranger Andy and exhaust his dialogue tree. Eventually, he will express worry that his ranger station, called Ranger Station Charlie, may have been attacked. Offer to check up on them and he’ll agree.
Next, make your way to Ranger Station Charlie, located south of Novac. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it will become marked on your map at the end of the conversation with Ranger Andy.
Walk into the premises and find the entrance to the main building. It’s located just to your right after you enter.
Be wary of landmines and tripwires in the following area.
Inside, you’ll find out that the station has been attacked. You’ll have to find 2 holotapes here.
The first one is located underneath the metal table you’ll see right in front of you as you enter. The second one is located on top of a metal box next to that same table. You should see the second tape right as you enter.
After you’ve picked up both of the tapes, you can head back to Ranger Andy in his room and tell him what happened.
Andy will be distraught by the events at Ranger Station Charlie, but nevertheless, he’ll give you some caps, Novac and NCR reputation, and teach you the Ranger Takedown as a reward for your work.
Effects of the Ranger Takedown
To perform the Ranger takedown, make a power attack (by holding down the attack button) while moving backward. In first-person mode, you’ll do a sort of open-palm push attack, in third-person mode, you’ll do a leg sweep.
In either case, the enemy you hit will be knocked down, allowing you to attack them more relentlessly, or, if you have an unarmed skill of 50, you’ll be able to perform the “Stomp” attack in V.A.T.S.