Nick Valentine is a synth and NPC character you can recruit as your companion in Fallout 4. He’s a detective straight out of a noir film – smart, rash and prone to vice. This guide will show you Nick Valentine’s location, his abilities and perks, as well as how to raise his affinity level.
- Name: Nick Valentine
- Type: Synth
- Location: Vault 114
- Quest: Long Time Coming
- Romance: No
- Perk: Close to Metal
Nick Valentine’s LocationYou will first encounter Nick Valentine as part of the main quest. Early in the main quest you will be sent to Diamond City to find more information about your son. As part of the quest Jewel of the Commonwealth you will be tasked with visiting Nick Valentine’s detective agency. Nick is not there and his secretary sends you to explore Park Street Station. When you enter Park Street Station you will face a lot of mobster-like enemies. It is a big place that even holds a vault. Vault 114 can be found at the end of Park Street Station and Nick is held in captivity inside it. Once you reach his location make sure you pick up the Speech Bobblehead on the desk behind Nick. You will have to do more of the main quest to unlock him as companion, but this is the location where you first actually meet him.
How to get Nick ValentineWhen you go to Diamond City, you’ll receive a quest called Unlikely Valentine, which will lead you to Park Street Station (Vault 114), which is where you can recruit Valentine. Park Street Station is filled with mobsters and even on normal difficulty I faced several legendary enemies. At one point you will reach the entrance to Vault 114. Go inside and clear the rest of the enemies until you reach the room where Nick is locked. There is a mini-boss enemy at the door called Dino that you’ll have to dispose of to free Nick. As you try exiting Vault 114 you will have a choice to make whether to fight the mob boss and his girlfriend or diffuse the situation with high enough charisma. You’ll next have to go back to Diamond city, to Nick’s office and complete another main story quest. After you examine Kellogg’s house Nick will start a conversation with you at the end of which you will be able to use him as your companion.
Nick Valentine’s abilities & perksAbilities: Valentine is good with a revolver – he starts with one that never runs out of ammunition. He’s also a decent hand-to-hand fighter and an excellent hacker/lockpicker – a good choice for low intelligence builds. He is extremely useful companion. His lockpicking will get you inside Expert lock safes and terminals and his medium range shooting is great during fights. You can basically ignore lockpicking/hacking perks and use Nick instead.
Perks: Close to Metal (One extra guess and 50% faster terminal cooldown when hacking)
How to reach maximum relationship level with Nick ValentineNick isn’t a potential romantic interest. The only way we know of raising his affinity towards the player is by finishing his quest and making choices from the table bellow. UPDATE: Nick dislikes any actions you take against the well being of regular synths. He will most likely not like you working a lot for the Brotherhood of Steel, and will probably support your actions for the Railroad. He also greatly dislikes any action you take against civilians. One of the things he likes is when you hack terminals yourself (thanks Kevin Manley for the tip).