How can I make the mean goth kids talk to me and be my friends?
The goth kids behind the school are jerks. But I want to be friends with everybody! And besides, they have pretty okay taste in music. When I try to talk to them, they blow me off because I ‘look like a conformist’ and mention an old dude by the U-Stor-It who sells ‘clothes like theirs’.
I found the Hobo merchant in question, and was able to buy an Emo Haircut, Eyeliner, Du-Rag (which doesn’t seem very goth, to be honest) and some gloves from him, but even when wearing all of those items, the goths won’t give me the time of day. What gives?
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The hobo merchant will not sell you the goth clothing just yet, that comes later along the main quest, on the second day after the announcement of the the new Taco Bell at the South Park mall, Cartman will tell you that the elves stole the stick in the middle of the night, and that the humans will need reinforcements from the goth kids.
Deliver Cartman’s message to them, and they say they’ll only help you if you look and act like them;
- To look like them, you’ll need the goth equipment from the hobo merchant by the U-Stor-It, which he should now sell. (Allegedly, you only need the Goth Cap, Goth Clothes, and Goth Gloves equipment. Any goth hairstyles, glasses and makeup are supposedly optional. But, you might as well go for the full look.)
- Coffee – Head to the Tweek Bros. Coffee Shop and buy some Tweek Bros. Dark Roast. It is the only coffee dark enough to be considered goth. As a bonus, this will also make you friends with Tweek’s parents.
- Cigarettes – There’ll be some tough looking kids in the alley beteewn Jimbo’s Guns and the bar. Beat ’em up and take their smokes.
At some point during this process, the elves will kidnap you and take you to their hideout, behind Kyle’s House. They’ll try to convince you to join with them, not Cartman, and recruit the goth kids for the elves. They’ll let you go, you can decide who to ally with later (And there’s a few friendship opportunities here).
Return to the goth kids wearing your new goth equipment, and they’ll send you on another quest – to get a photo of yourself with an anti-conformity sign in front of the PTA. Various bits of story occur, and Randy will teach you a new spell, and sends you to investigate the Taco Bell before he’ll let you take your picture. This leg of the quest will require some combat, so switch out of your goth gear. When you return with evidence against the Taco Bell, Randy will take your picture and send it to you (Talk with the PTA milling about after for another 5 friends).
Re-equip the goth gear and show the goth kids the evidence of you conforming to their non-conformity (If they keep telling you to get that picture at this point, you do not have your goth disguise fully equipped, I got stuck for a while here because I had some other black glove equipped). This isn’t quite enough to sway them however, you must now show them you can dance like a goth. You must satisfactorily complete a brief DDR sequence – NOTE: Myself and a number of other PC players got a little stuck here, the DDR sequence is not controlled with WASD, but with the arrow keys. No amount of trying to use WASD or trying to out-think the game by not conforming (not pushing any buttons) will get you past this.
Now sufficiently convinced of your non-conformist ways, all four goth kids will friend you. Now you must decide who will you report their allegiance to.
The answer to your question may be:
Stop spending so much time with Butters.
There is a bit in the game where you are expected to somehow magically know that your companion can cast spells outside of combat. And furthermore you are expected to know that: different companions have their own unique spell.
If you don’t realise this then you may get have a problem progressing the game past the mission to liberate the children who are locked in the school cafeteria.
To reach the cafeteria you have to change to Kenny as your companion and then use his charm spell to open a school hall gate.
If you do not do this, then you may feel that your way is blocked, before noticing the goths at the side of the school standing by locked doors. The goths will totally tell you to go and get some goth clothes at the other side of town.
Thus one might arrive at the wrong conclusion:
‘to get past the gate in the school hall, one has to get goth clothes from the street vendor outside the storage depot thing.’
However, that won’t work because the story hasn’t been progressed to the point that the street vendor is selling goth clothes.
Thus, one might start to think maybe there is bug and start Googling ‘South Park goth clothes’ and things like that, leading to this question.
If only you had ditched Butters in the first place, none of this would have happened.
(All of this totally didn’t happen to me. I knew how to do it right the first time because I’m super cool.)
You have to wear the equipment that has “Goth” in the name.