Either you’ve just come ago to Megaton after perfect the Rivet City run (huzzah!), or friend chickened out. One of two people way, you’re at Megaton. Before we head inside and also do any type of of the questy stuff, let’s have actually a talk about the kinda-sorta crucial wandering merchants that prowl the Wasteland.

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There are four of them, each marketing a selection of goodies. Stunner Wolfgang market junk, if you need a tin Can, Crutch, or some various other component for a Schematic, he’s your guy. Crow sells armor and also clothes, Doc Hoff sell drugs, and also by drugs, he means anything that have the right to be consumed. Finally and also most imporantly lucky Harith sell guns and also ammo.

They hover the Wastelands, making stop at Canterbury Commons, heaven Falls, Evergreen Mills, Agatha’s House, Megaton, and Rivet City. In Canterbury Commons you have the right to talk to Uncle Roe and also invest in their caravans, expanding their inventories and easily accessible Caps, which is in every means beneficial for you once you starting hauling in Gatling Lasers, Enclave strength Armor, Tri-Beam Laser Rifles, Plasma Rifles, and ther high-quality toys. Also, they’ll provide you presents for investing in them! That’s a ways off, however, together we have actually nowhere close to the money nor the must invest in anything various other than our immediate survival.

They also sell a number of Schematics, as detailed above, when you can afford them. It is in warned, however, that the development is no nice to these merchants. A single Albino Radscorpion can quickly kill one, its Brahmin, and also any bodyguard they can have. Do it a priority to gain those Schematics off of castle while they’re still around. Friend don’t want to get to level 30 only to uncover out Doc Hoff has been killed and also there’s no method you can obtain his Schematic for the Nuka Grenade. Anywho, you’ve to be warned. Now, onward-to Megaton!


Schematics are plans that permit you to produce unique weapons at a Workbench. This isn’t the only way these weapons have the right to be obtained, however it’s the many common. When you score at the very least one Schematic because that a weapon, girlfriend can create said weapon. Many Schematics the the same type improve the created weapon in some way: boosting its basic durability, request fewer components or creating much more of said weapon.


Although stunner Wolfgang sells Pre-War Books, the form of publication he selling is different than the type Scribe Yearling will certainly be looking for (see the Arlington Library.) because that one, Wolfgang’s publications are worth 5 hat each, not one, and their symbol is the junk icon, not a bunch the books

2) Lucas Simms: Mayor, and Sheriff - (Megaton)

When friend arrive within you’ll it is in greeted through Lucas Simms. He’ll phone call you part information around Megaton. Ask him around the bomb and also offer to disarm it. He’ll market you 100 Caps, but you can gain him come raise it to 500 through a successful Speech challenge.. And you could as well, the 400 extra Caps will come in handy. In ~ this stage in the game, this could require a few save/loads, but the extra caps space worth it. Also, if girlfriend agree to aid him you deserve to ask him about your dad… he’ll be more talkative now, eventually sending you come Moriarty for much more information.

3) Walter’s Water issues - (Megaton - Water treatment Plant)

Head west, past the Sheriff’s house, and also up a ramp come the Water handling Plant. Inside throughout the day, or external at night you deserve to often uncover an old guy named Walter. Ask that what you deserve to do come help, and also he’ll tell you come go roughly looking at pipes because that leaks.

Now that you have that quest, head ago to the enntrance gate of town and also go under the ramp leading south. On her left you’ll find the an initial leaky pipe, and also you’ll require a Repair ability of 30 or an ext to settle it, i m sorry is nothing because that me. Now head south and also go approximately the left of the bomb as soon as you with it and up some stairs to the south-east… stairs, not a ramp. Follow me the stairs to her right, you’ll uncover the second leak. The final leak is lot trickier to find, together it’s ~ above the roof of the children of the Atom building. From wherein you are, head increase the stairs until you reach the wall of Megaton, climate follow it about to the west. Go past Moriarty’s and also the Men’s Restroom and down the stairs causing Craterside Supply. Native the door to Craterside supply, head east and look listed below the strength of the Atom globe. You must see the leaky pipeline merrily spewing water simply under it. Conserve your game and jump from the Craterside it is provided platform come the roof the pipeline is on and fix it. Whew! now head east and also go to the lower roof, and also finally down to the ramp. Certain beats jumping down, eh?

Go earlier to Walter and also tell the you addressed the pipes. You’ll gain a lining 100 endure points and 200 hat for your trouble, and he’ll sell to trade money for any type of Scrap steel you find. This is by far the best perk of perfect his quest, together he’ll offer you caps because that what is otherwise garbage, and also you’ll likewise get 5 experience because that each piece of Scrap steel you lug him. Currently head over to Moriarty’s Saloon.


It’s no a negative idea come stockpile Scrap Metal, and turn a totality bunch of it in as whole for substantial XP gains. If you rest in a bed girlfriend own/rent prior to hand, the short-lived Well Rested perk will provide you a 10% XP bonus, which is fine worth exploiting here.

4) The Courier wink (Megaton - Moriarty’s Saloon)

You’ll hear Gob complaining about the GNR network, and- depending who is around-Nova and Jericho chastising him for it. Go speak to Lucy West, the blonde girl sit to the right of the door. She’ll ask friend to deliver a post to her family members in Arefu, i m sorry triggers the quest “Blood Ties” . We’ll be delaying this one because that a while, but it doesn’t ache to choose it increase now, eh?

5) mr Burke’s Explosive Proposition

Further come the best you’ll find a male in white named Mister Burke. He’ll conversation you increase if you acquire too close and ask friend to do the the contrary of what Lucas Simms asked you to do-detonate the bomb in the center of Megaton. Every you need to do is affix a Pulse fee to the bomb, and also you’ll get paid. You have the right to make a Speech effort to scrounge 500 extra caps turn off of him, favor with Lucas. If you have the Black Widow perk you have the right to bypass the Speech check, or to convince Mister Burke to just leave the bad town alone. Friend should try to succeed in ~ the Speech difficulty just for the experience, and also once done, ask Burke what to perform if friend can’t collection the charge. He’ll call you about Leo Stahl. So… time to take a expedition to the Water treatment Plant in ~ night.

6) Leo’s Addiction

Wait until nightfall… unless it currently is, of food (lucky you!), then head come the Water treatment Plant, wherein you should discover Leo Stahl sit by a workdesk in the earlier room. Choose the first option multiple time to get a Speech check, i beg your pardon shouldn’t be as well hard compared to mister Burke and Lucas. Convince him to obtain off drugs and you’ll obtain a 100 experience suggest reward, and he’ll provide you the an essential to his stash, which is a exorbitant treasure trove the meds and also over 100 Caps.

7) come Boom, or not to Boom?

Now, there space three methods to deal with Megaton’s bomb, comprehensive over the next three steps-you must read them all, and pick the alternative that intrigues you the most.

Tattle on mister Burke

This is the great Karma option… back the tattling chin is optional. If girlfriend run earlier and phone call Lucas, he’ll get riled up and also come to attend to Mister Burke. Naturally, he puts mister Burke under arrest, and just as normally Mister Burke decides come shoot Lucas through a Silenced 10mm Pistol as shortly as his ago is turned. You deserve to pre-empt Burke by shooting him in V.A.T.S. Together he’s preparing to shoot Lucas… yet if lock both die, you’re not getting any kind of reward. If Lucas lives, you have the right to disarm the bomb and claim her reward… and also get mister Burke’s Scoped .44 Magnum and also his nifty clothes. The best way, as far as rewards walk (monetary, gear, and also XP), is to usage Speech to obtain Burke to salary you extra, climate go gain Leo Stahl off drugs, tattle top top Burke and also kill him before Lucas bites it, and then finish the mission… This strategy gets you Burke’s gear, Leo’s drugs, and a great bit of extra quest XP.

Disarm the Bomb

If you simply disarm the bomb, pops Burke will certainly be none as well happy. Talk to Lucas Simms for your reward that 100 caps (or 500, if you offered Speech to gain him to provide you more) and also 300 experience. Also, you’ll acquire your very own cozy hovel in Megaton, i beg your pardon is the genuine prize here.

Plant the Pulse Charge

If friend go along with Mister Burke, you have the right to tell him you don’t think you’re up to the task and also he’ll tell friend to view Leo Stahl around getting something to help you out… through this he method drugs. If your Explosives skill is under 25, go check out Leo in the Water handling Plant. You deserve to convince that to market you drugs, or if your Speech is high sufficient you can get him come quit and also take his stash. Popping a box of Mentants deserve to temporarily raise your Perception by up to 5 points (to a preferably of ten, the course), i m sorry will ultimately raise her Explosives ability by up to ten points. If that’s still no enough… you’re going to either have to obtain some clothing that rises your stats, or go out and level up.

Assuming you have an Explosives score of 25 (before or after Mentats), placed the Pulse charge on the bomb and also go accomplish Burke in Tenpenny Tower, i m sorry is far to the south-west the Megaton (just follow the quest marker for this one). When you acquire there, questioning to watch Mister Burke, go up the elevator to reach the Penthouse Suites, permit the guard open the door come Tenpenny’s room and go through the double doors come the balcony. Talk to mister Burke and also then activate the remote detonator, and watch one of Fallout 3’s an ext iconic scenes. Finest if viewed at dusk. You’ll obtain the standard key quest reward of 300 experience, 500 Caps, or 1000 if you provided Black Widow or Speech on Burke, and your very own Penthouse in Tenpenny Tower.


If you decision to side with Mister Burke, take into consideration completing every one of the Megaton quests first, and be sure to take the Bobblehead - Strength prior to you blow Megaton up. You deserve to not acquire it after ruining Megaton. If girlfriend grab the Bobblehead - Strength early, don’t finish the quest “Those!” till you have the Almost Perfect perk. Climate you can select Ant Might and also bring your strength up to an moral ten.

Note: Weapon info (Silenced 10mm Pistol):

The Silenced 10mm Pistol is slower in V.A.T.S., but is otherwise the same to the regular 10mm Pistol. What the silencer does, that knows? the doesn’t it seems ~ to assist you remain undetected once making sneak attacks, especially because you most likely won’t be death anything terribly attention in one shot v it.


If you act against Mister Burke in Megaton, he’ll send a formation of Hitmen after ~ you later on in the video game (which will certainly take the kind of a random encounter.) these are simply Talon agency Mercenaries, and also nothing to acquire worried about. This will occur if you kill Mister Burke, disarm the bomb, or use Black Widow to convince him to leave Megaton alone.


Despite getting the most Caps because that blowing the city up, it’s just more convenient to get into your residence in Megaton. We’ll proceed with the overview as if you’d disarmed the bomb… or at least as if friend hadn’t blown increase Megaton (yet). If you desire to acquire the suite at Tenpenny, you have to put that off till you’re done with Megaton. Craters don’t do for much questing. Drop off the excess gear you’ve been accumulating due to the fact that the Rivet City run. Excess equipment at this suggest includes everything however Power Fists, a searching Rifle, whatever armor you pick to wear, and also any weightless gear (like meds).

Before we continue, there are number of things you have to know about your new home:

You deserve to buy upgrades for them from a vendor in the town your home is in, (you"ll be told who sells it to you) consisting of themes, (which commonly come with helpful goodies), aesthetic items, like Nuka-Cola dispensers, and also truly advantageous items, favor the **My an initial Infirmary** . This things space expensive however, and also the Infirmary need to be ~ above the height of her list.The **My an initial Infirmary** heals you fully, clears all her Rads, and also fixes hurt body parts. Absolutely crucial for do Rads a no issue. **My an initial Laboratory** easily creates one random drug a day, consisting of Buffout, Jet, Rad Away, Rad-X, Stimpaks, etc. It likewise cures any kind of addictions to drugs you can have. Nice nice, but not essential.The Workbench enables you to create items indigenous Schematics. The course, you can do this at any type of Workbench in the game, choose the one in Craterside Supply, or... Well, there are lots of them. Still, it"s more convenient to have actually it at home, wherein you have the right to store all her components.In both homes you"ll acquire a Mr. Handy robobutler, who deserve to perform a range of tasks... Firstly, he"ll tell you whereby you deserve to buy much more stuff, in instance you forget. Secondly, he have the right to dispense 5 bottles of Purified Water every pair of days because that free... Reportedly from his "condensation unit". You now have infinite Purified Water to heal yourself with, sell, or provide away come beggars to raise her Karma. Thirdly the can offer you a haircut, allowing you to change your hair style/color at any kind of time. And lastly, he deserve to tell jokes. Over there aren"t really many, and also they"re all science themed, however they"re worth a listen.You now have actually a bed, which you can... You guessed it... Sleep in! Return house when you"re hurt and also restore all your health and also get rid of crippling wounds for free. Finest of all though, resting in your own bed

will provide you the momentary Well Rested perk, which offers you a 10% bonus on all XP earned because that eight hours. This stacks through Swift Learner , and is in every way favorable.

If you buy the Vault layout for her house, it"ll look... Well, favor a vault the following time you go in. It"ll have actually a bunch of useless machines, some food, and a 10mm Pistol upstairs, but nothing to walk crazy about.The Raider template will obtain you a great bit the blood, guts, and corpses ~ above meat hooks. You"ll also get part Beer, Med-X, Whiskey, an attack Rifle, a 10mm Pistol, and also some Frag Grenades.With the Wasteland explorer theme you"ll get some skulls, a motorcycle, a picnic table, plenty of Pork N"Beans, Beer, Whiskey, 2 10mm Pistols, and a searching Rifle.The scientific research theme will obtain you some mechanical junk strewn about, very similar to the Vault theme. In Megaton you"ll gain a copy the **Nikola Tesla and You** , and also in Tenpenny Tower you"ll obtain a **Big publication of Science** .With the Pre-War theme you"ll gain a nice tiny household through furniture, rugs, and some knick-knacks prefer an intact Garden Gnome and tricycle. You"ll also get a bunch the food.The Love maker theme will placed some entwined numbers hanging indigenous the ceiling, a tree covering in vacation lights, clothes, Whiskey, Vodka, and also every range of glasses in her house. You"ll also get some drugs upstairs, and a copy the **Lying, conference Syle** ~ above the desk in your room. If you get the Tenpenny Tower Suite, you"ll acquire a **Lying, conference Style** native this theme, too. Love is lying, no matter where friend live.

Most imporantly, you have actually places to save your loot! If you’re a fill rat favor me, then you’ll finish up storing lots of loot, all separated by group into various containers. There’s an excellent reason to keep some goodies, though, and also below you’ll find a perform of some items you could want come store, and why:

Abraxo CleanerNuka-Grenade
CameraGive come Scribe Rothchild
Cherry BombBottlecap Mine
ConductorRock-It Launcher
CrutchRailway Rifle
Deathclaw HandDeathclaw Gauntlet
Firehose NozzleRock-It Launcher
Fission BatteryRailway Rifle
Lawn Mower BladeShiskebab

Leaf BlowerRock-It Launcher
Leather BeltDeathclaw Gauntlet
LunchboxBottlecap Mine
Medical BraceDeathclaw Gauntlet
Motorcycle Gas TankShishkebab
Motorcycle HandbrakeShishkebab
Nuka-ColaNuka-Cola Quantum (requires the *Quantum Chemist* perk)
Nuka-Cola QuantumNuka-Grenade, give to Serria Petrovita
Paint GunDart Gun

Pilot LightShishkebab
Pre-War BookTurn in come Scribe Yearling
Pressure CookerRailway Rifle
Purified WaterGive come beggars because that Karma
Radscorpion poison GlandDart Gun
Scrap MetalGive come Walter, provide to Winthrop
Sensor ModuleBottlecap Mine, provide to Protector Casdin, give to Scribe Rothchild
Steam Gauge AssemblyRailway Rifle
Sugar BombsGive to Murphy

Sugar BombsGive come Murphy
Surgical TubingDart Gun
Teddy BearGive come Sandra or Midea
Tin CanNuka-Grenade
Toy CarDart Gun
Vacuum CleanerRock-It Launcher
WonderglueDeathclaw Gauntlet

When you’re done v your house… if you acquired it… head east over come Jericho’s house, it’s the one right alongside yours. Makes you feeling safe, living right alongside him, eh?

9) Robbing Jericho - (Megaton - Jericho’s House)

Book - Grognak the Barbarian

Jericho is a former (although no necessarily reformed) Raider who spends many of his time drinking in Moriarty’s Saloon and also getting turned down by Nova. You deserve to recruit him as a party member if her karma is short enough. Enter his house and grab the Grognak the Barbarian top top the floor by a teddy bear. Now return to Moriarty’s Saloon.

10) Dad’s Direction

We were here earlier, yet now we’re all set to follow through on Lucas Simm’s advice and talk to Moriarty, who can know something around Dad. Talk to Moriarty (he’ll be in the bar throughout the day) and ask him around your dad. He’ll insurance claim to remember you from once you to be a kid, and tell you the your dad to be here. Succeed at a Speech challenge and he’ll phone call you an ext about your dad-apparently the old man headed south-east right into the city, and also that he was heading because that Galaxy News Radio. Over there is a more profitable way the going about getting this information, however.

Instead of talking to Moriarty, find Gob the Ghoul. If you’re nice to him, you have the right to use Speech to acquire him to tell you around Moriarty’s terminal in the back. The terminal is locked , yet you can acquire his password indigenous the locked cabinet in his office. Still too hard? Jeeze… choose pocket Moriarty’s Office crucial from Moriarty or Gob first then. Even far better yet, go ask Nova around the terminal after utilizing Speech on Gob, and she’ll give you the password if friend succeed at yet an additional Speech check. You must look at Moriarty’s terminal nevertheless of what you execute to obtain info on world in town. This is another means to discover out Leo is a junkie, if girlfriend didn’t obtain Mister Burke to tell you.

If girlfriend fail at the Speech check with Moriarty, he’ll questioning you because that 100 Caps for the information. If you salary him, he’ll tell you. If you to speak you don’t have the money, he’ll ask friend to do a task for him and also get the money from a junkie out in Springvale called Silver. If you pest him again prior to doing his job, he’ll raise the cost to 300 caps, and also you’ll need to succeed in ~ a Speech examine to lower him ago down come 100. Back it’s most likely not essential for many people, we’ll cover dealing with Silver next. If girlfriend don’t need/want to execute it, head end to the Craterside it is provided store and also skip the next step in the guide.

11) Soliciting Silver

Book - Pugilism Illustrated

If you need to attend to Silver, head end to Springvale (which is north of Megaton). Do this your active quest and also follow the solid green arrow on your compass to uncover her house. On your method there, don’t be fear to loot about Springvale, specifically make certain you acquire the Pugilism Illustrated in among the mailboxes. Go inside Silver’s ranch and talk to her. She’ll call a little of a various story 보다 Moriarty did. You deserve to use Speech to acquire her to give you every the hat she earned (400) or you have the right to just ask she for the caps she owes and she’ll provide you 300… Or you can just kill her and take the caps. One of two people way, return to Moriarty and pay him 100 caps because that the information.

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If you decision to go out of your way to address Silver, you could end up succeeding at multiple Speech obstacles (Gob, Nova, Silver) and also cash in 300 caps (400 Caps from Silver, minus the 100 caps Moriarty wants). You have the right to (and should) still take it a gander at Moriarty’s terminal when you gain back. As soon as you have Moriarty’s information, head end to Craterside Supply.