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The alien captive recorded logs are holotapes in the Fallout 3 in the add-on Mothership Zeta.


There are a total of 25 recordings. Although they are usually not physical objects, the recordings will appear as holotapes when spawned via console commands, and are stored in the Notes section of the Pip-Boy. Collecting them all will grant the Alien Archivist achievement/trophy.

You will need to collect all the recordings while playing through the add-on's storyline. Steps 3, 4, and 5 (see detailed walkthrough) are not available after the space walk up to the bridge. After completing the add-on you are only able to access the bridge, the engineering core, the steamworks, and the holding cells - all other areas are inaccessible.


Alien captive recorded logs chart in order by log number.

Recording Encounter step Area Get Before Spacewalk? Location Form ID
#01 1 Holding cells Yes To the right of the recorded log 3 in another "Control" panel. xx009A0C
#02 4 Cryo lab Yes In the southernmost corner in a "Control" panel. xx009A0D
#03 1 Holding cells Yes To the right of your holding cell, in a room, you will pass under a "healing archway". It is immediately to the left as you go through the doorway, in another "Control" panel. xx009A0E
#04 4 Cryo lab Yes Enter the lab, take a left, activate the "Release Mechanism" and then go down stairs into the room you just opened and it will be on a wall in a "Control" panel behind a Healing Archway. xx009A0F
#05 2 Engineering core Yes In the southern part, to the right of the far southern doorway. xx00A88D
#06 2 Engineering core Yes In the same room as 5, 7 and 8 logs. xx00A88E
#07 2 Engineering core Yes In the same room as 5, 6 and 8 logs. xx00A88F
#08 2 Engineering core Yes In the same room as 5, 6 and 7 logs. xx00A890
#09 7 Experimentation lab No Near the tables with the abominations being operated on. xx00AB74
#10 7 Experimentation lab No In the room of the experimentation lab with the core and the core coolant switches, look on the right wall of the room for the log. xx00AB75
#11 4 Cryo lab Yes In the northernmost part of the lab before you go into cryo storage. There is a "Control" panel to the right of a door when you go into the room where you can freeze everybody by pressing a switch. xx00AB76
#12 1 Holding cells Yes To the right of the recorded log 1 in another "Control" panel. It is to the right of the door. xx00AB77
#13 5 Research lab Yes Near Colonel Hartigan's space capsule. xx00AB78
#14 1 Holding cells Yes In the same room as 15 and 22 on the opposite wall. xx00AB79
#15 1 Holding cells Yes To the left of your holding cell, down the hall in what looks like a control room, you must then activate a "Control" on the wall. xx00AB7A
#16 4 Cryo storage Yes In the westernmost most part of the cryo storage room, and in the southern part of the room to the west. xx00AB7B
#17 4 Cryo lab Yes In the northernmost part of the lab before you go into cryo storage, there is a "Control" panel to the left of a door when you go into the room where you can freeze everybody by pressing a switch. xx00AB7D
#18 8 Biological research No As far north as you can go, in what looks to be a small control center. xx00AB7E
#19 3 Waste disposal. Can only be accessed once so make sure you get it while you are there. Yes In the room where you get "ambushed". As soon as you enter the room where the ambush occurs, turn directly to your right; there should be a "Control" panel there. This is the large room right before you meet back up with Sally. WARNING: Do not miss this one before you get out of the waste disposal site as the teleporter shuts down. Also, the teleporter to waste disposal site is only open during the quest Among the Stars. As such, this is the only time to get the recording. xx00AB7F
#20 7 Experimentation lab No As soon as you go into the lab, take a right and keep heading right until you see the weird experimentation chairs, it is on the wall in front of those chairs. xx00AB80
#21 5 Research lab Yes In the center of the middle room by two horses on the tables. xx00ABC5
#22 1 Holding cells Yes In the same room as the 15th one on a "Control" panel. xx00ABC6
#23 9 Living quarters No When you enter, continue down the hall way. You will enter a large room, continue heading south until you come to a hallway, at this hallway turn right and keep going until you see a room with tables and chairs, it looks like an alien dining room/cafeteria, as soon as you enter this room it will be on your right. xx00AC04
#24 6 Weapons lab No In the room where all the guns and ammunition and grenades/mines are located, in what seems to be a control room. xx00AC05
#25 4 Cryo storage Yes As soon as you enter to the left in a "Control" panel. xx00AC06


The following is the recording played during the official trailer for Mothership Zeta:

This is my final message.
Whoever finds this tape; you've got to send help up here. They've been keeping us in cells, but I've managed to escape. I think I know what they want with our world, and they won't stop until they've taken hundreds, or thousands, of us.
I've got to keep moving. Good luck to all of us. And Godspeed.

It is revealed to be an edit of Alien captive recorded log 19, which complete transcript is available here.

Alien captive recorded log 1

What? Talk into this thing? Just... talk? I don't have to do anything else?
Ow! All right! <Zap!> Ow! I said all right! Just stop! Hello. Um... hello. My name is Andrew Endicott. On the night of May 17th, the year our Lord 1697, I was... I was taken. From my home in Salem Village. I... I do not know where I am, exactly, or why I came to be here. I have seen, through... windows... the stars, and sun, and beloved Earth. Down there, below me. So it would seem I am aboard some vessel, suspended in the ether. Ironically, it would seem, so close to where I thought Heaven must surely lie. But this is not Heaven. And my captors are not angels. I am not entirely unconvinced that the scripture is wrong. That Heaven and Hell are reversed. For my captives are devils. Demons from my nightmares. Even now they watch me, make me talk. They seem to want me to tell my story. I know not why. A record of their deeds, perhaps? Or am I just a pawn in some... some evil game. And there are others. Other... captives, I mean. From whence they came I cannot say. Some wear strange dress, as if they are from... a different time. And some are... frozen! As in ice! Unmoving! But, I think... alive. I believe they plan the same fate for me. Will I be frozen, too? Will I...
Ow! Stop it! I did what you said! You wanted me to talk, so I talked! Just leave me! Leave me be!

Alien captive recorded log 2

[Alien babble]
What? What the fuck is this thing? Ya got some kind of Martian sex machine, you sick fuck? Uh, uh. No way.
[Angry alien babble, electrical shock]
Ahh! God DAMNIT! Fuckin' crazy-ass Moon Man! Go ahead! Do your worst!
[Alien babble]
Gaaaaahh!! Jesus H! Do you not get it, space cadet? I. Do. Not. Fucking. Understand. What. You. Want. Me. To. Do!
This thing? This? What? Talk? I am talking! What do you want me to say?!
[Commanding alien babble]
Blah, blah, blah, yakkety, yakkety! That all you assholes can say?! Space men with all this science, and you can't even speak fuckin' English!?
Okay, how's about this: my name is Vin. I am on a fucking UFO. I'm from Flatbush, and I want to get home. Can I get a taxi, please? How's that? Huh? That work for ya, starstruck? What? Don't you raise that fuckin' thing to me again... No, you're gonna hit me again! Is that...?
[Alien babble, electronic shock]
Argh, son of a-- Why don't you go back to Uranus, huh? Ha, ha, ha...
[Electronic shock, scream]

Alien captive recorded log 3

[Angry alien babble]
Yes, yes, I understand! I've seen the others. I'll do what you want.
This is Doctor Morrison Rand, Professor of Anthropological Archaeology at Banfield College, Humboldt, Oregon. Shortly after 10:00 p.m., on August 16, 2041, as I was leaving the college campus, headed to my car, I saw a blinding light. It just... appeared. In the sky, directly over me. I was blinded. I also found my body completely immobilized. I couldn't move, not at all. What happened next is... hazy. I don't remember much.
But what became clear later - what is certainly clear now - is that I was abducted. I am now the captive of an alien race, one of many people held here, against our will. And, like those others, I am recording who I am. Why? Because the aliens want us to, for some reason. They have us do it right before they put us into some kind of... suspended animation.
These recordings... it's almost as if we're creating our own library catalog entries, before we get put into a giant collection. The entire experience would be fascinating if I weren't so completely terrified.
[Angry alien babble]
What? Stop? You want me to stop now. All right! All right, see? I'm stopping...

Alien captive recorded log 4

[Alien babble]
Oh! I see! Like a tape recorder, right? You just want me to talk? I can do that, certainly. Hello there! I'm Madeline Wallace. Of the Cincinnati Wallaces? Well, I...I'm here, on this rocket ship. I'm with the strange men, the space men. The ones who brought me here. My entire family is onboard, actually. My husband, Roy, daughter Margaret, and my son Arthur, as well. Oh, you should see Arthur! He's so excited. He says this is much better than the things they show on Captain Cosmos. And I have to say - I agree! Everything is just so...fantastical! I can only hope our captives have been talking with Uncle Sam.
Because with these doohickeys, we'd have the Reds beat in no time! Heh heh heh heh.
(Alien Babble)
Hmmm? I'm terribly sorry, sir. I'm doing my best. I really don't know what you want me to say. Whomever will listen to this recording, I would just like to state that if you find yourself in the same boat as the Wallaces, don't be afraid. I'm not entirely sure what our hosts want, but the situation has been entirely acceptable. We have been treated fairly. Anyway, the space man is waving his little electrical stick thingy, so I think I'm done. Goodbye!

Alien captive recorded log 5

Paulson's recording.

Where's my wife? Where's my boy? What've you done with them? When I get free, so help me God I'm going to kill every last one of you!
Agggh! What are you doing? What the hell do you want with us? LET ME GO!

Alien captive recorded log 6

Elliott Tercorien's recording.

Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, oh shit...
Gah! Look, just let me go, okay? This is crazy, this is like batshit unbelievable crazy. I didn't do anything, I don't know what you want with me. Is this because of Anchorage? I swear, I didn't even want to be there, man. You've gotta believe me. I didn't even WANT to be out in the field! I was hoping for a job in Washington, you know?
What? What do you want? I don't understand! Why is this happening to me??

Alien captive recorded log 7

Toshiro Kago's recording.

Original transcript:

[A few seconds of silence]
Nanda kono arisama ha? Youkaihenge ka?
Hanase, imasugu!
Kikoenuka, hanase, ima... <zap>


[A few seconds of silence]
What the hell? Monsters?
Let go of me, now!
I said, let go of m...[grunt]

Alien captive recorded log 8

The late Colonel Hartigan's recording.

This is... this is incredible! I'm... I'm Colonel Hartigan, of the United States Air Force.
I'm sorry, what? I don't understa... Oh, speak into this? Yes, I was saying, I'm Colonel Hartigan, United States Air Force. Our nation has been conducting manned spaceflight tests... I'm sorry, you'll have to forgive me. Frankly we never expect to meet you all! I'm sure there's a great deal that our two species can learn from <zap> Oww! What the Hell? What is this, what are you doing?

Alien captive recorded log 9

[Alien babble]
Oh god, what are you doing to me? What's that thing? Get it out of me!
Ahhh... that hurts... oh, please... stop... no... [grunting]
[Growling noises, grunts]

Alien captive recorded log 10

A note about an encounter with Frank.

[Angry alien babble]
I can't feel my legs... what did you do to my legs?! ...Frank, I can't see you...
[Growling noises]
Frank? Frank! What did they do to you?!
[Growling noises, screams]

Alien captive recorded log 11

Private Lawrence Mears, U.S. Army Medic, Serial Number 3476511.
[Angry alien babble]
Private Lawrence Mears, U.S. Army Medic, Serial Number 3476511.
[Angry alien babble]
AGH! Fuck! You... can do what... ever you want to me... I'm not saying jack sh-- Stick it where the... sun don't shine...
[Angry alien babble]
AGGGH! Oh my g...P-priv...ate Law-lawrence M...mea...rs. U.S. Ar...army M-m-m...edic...
[Angry alien babble]

Alien captive recorded log 12

Sally's first recording.

Where am I? Where's my sister?
I can hear some weird noises, but I can't see you. Why is it so dark in here? What's this machine? Please... someone talk to me!
I want to go home! Please! Where's my mommy and daddy?! I just want to go home!
OW! That's bright! Ugh... wait... what... OH MY GOD! NOOOOOO! Stay away from me! GET AWAY!

Alien captive recorded log 13

[Alien babble]
Giles Wolstencroft: Hey now. No reason to get yourselves worked up. Whatever you need, I'm going to tell it to you.
[Alien babble]
Giles Wolstencroft: Well, I'm pretty sure you want me to talk into this thing, so here goes. My name is Giles Wolstencroft...I'm the current Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Vault-Tec Corporation. I was inspecting the construction site of Vault 76 when I was captured by what I can only assume are alien beings from another world. I'm not sure what they want from me, or what they will do to me, but whatever they need, I will readily provide. Perhaps if I can bridge our communication gap and establish a rapport with them, we can enter into an exclusive trade agreement.
In fact, instead of talking to this damn machine, I'm going to attempt to address them directly. On behalf of the Vault-Tec Corporation, I'd like to extend a heartfelt welcome to you. Wait... you don't need that...wait!
[Electronic shock]

Alien captive recorded log 14

Female voice: What are we gonna do? They just threw me in this cell with you after they poked and prodded me and now I just hope they won't kill us!
Male voice: Just take it easy. If they wanted us dead, we'd be dead. They must need something from us.
Female voice: Yeah! They need us for food or something! You saw that guy! He was all... cut open... like he'd been butchered! Oh, my god! We're gonna be next!
Male voice: Hey! I said, calm down! If they hear you they may come for us. Try and take it easy!
Female voice: NO! GET US THE HELL OUT OF HERE! [pounding noise] SOMEONE! GET US OUT! PLEASE! [pounding noise]
Male voice: I said to SHUT UP! [slap] I'm...I'm sorry I did that. Please, forgive me. But we need to keep our heads on straight if we're going to survive.
Female voice: [Crying] Please, please. I just want to go home...I just want to go home...

Alien captive recorded log 15

Well, this is just ridiculous! I demand to see whomever's in charge!
[Alien babble and electronic shock]
AGGHH! What the--? Do you have any idea who you're dealing with?
[Alien babble and electronic shock]
AGGHH! Stop it! I am a U.S. Senator and I warn you. If any harm comes to me, you'll bring the full wrath of the U.S. Military upon yourselves.
[Alien babble]
What? Where are you taking me? Get your god damn hands off me! You'll all pay for this. [Fading] The U.S. doesn't bargain with aliens!

Alien captive recorded log 16

I'm Holly Barrisford, a linguistics specialist for the U.S.S.A. I think I'm beginning to understand you, but you need to stop shocking me!
[Angry alien babble]
Damn. I wish you could understand me.
[Calm, soft alien babble]
Do you understand?
[Alien babble]
That's it. You get it. I mean you no harm, I just want to learn how to speak with you. Then perhaps we can discuss what you need from us.
[Alien babble]
What are you doing with that needle? No! Get it away from me! NO! PLEASE! We can be friends! You don't... need to... [faints]

Alien captive recorded log 17

The human voice is completely silent. The only audio is that of the alien babbling.

Our defenses consist of 3 battalions of light infantry, 34 pieces of field artillery, 108 armored vehicles and 42 aerial vehicles.
(Alien Babble)
We have 38 ICBM's always on alert and ready to fire when the word is passed down from the White House.
(Alien Babble)
The codes to activate the launch sequences are... are... uhhngh.... no... I can't let you... uggh... get out of my mind!
(Alien Babble)
Agggh! The c-codes... are... ugh.... no... I can't betray... AGH! My head! I can't... won't... AGGGGH! Agggh...
(Alien Babble)

Alien captive recorded log 18

Just wait until I tell Marsha and Karen about this! Imagine...I'm actually on a spaceship!
[Impatient alien babble]
Oh! They're pointing at... oh, talk in to this? What is this? Is this the space phone? Hey, Marsh. This is Janet, you will NEVER guess where I am. Never. Ohhhhh... I wish I could hear you but I'll just tell you. I'm in space! I was driving along the highway when there was this light... and suddenly, I'm on this real spaceship! No joke! Now all these little green men are making all these noises and pointing at stuff trying to talk to me! I bet I'm the first one they've met! So I figure I'll talk with them a while, then I'll join you later and I can tell you all about it over lunch! Oh, if I only had my camera. Well, they're pointing at some table with all sorts of gizmos sticking out of it. Gotta go! Kisses!
[Kissing noises]

Alien captive recorded log 19

Parts of this recording were used in the official trailer.

This is my final message. If this doesn't work, I hope someone gets this recording and can bring it back to Earth.

I've been able to figure out how to use some of the alien devices, like this recorder, and I think I know what they want with our world. They mean to take as many of us as they can and change us into... some sort of... abomination. Many have been killed because of their experiments. They've been keeping us in cells, and then moving us one by one to their experimentation labs. I've managed to escape, but they are looking for me.

You've got to send help up here. As far as I can tell, they're never going to stop until they've captured hundreds... maybe thousands of us. The good news is that they're totally reliant on technology. Without it, they're no tougher than you or I. A small, well-equipped force could take this ship and free all of the prisoners on board. That's your best chance.

I've got to keep moving, so I need to hide this tape. Good luck to all of us, and godspeed.

Alien captive recorded log 20

[Alien babble and electronic shocks]
Oh, man... what did you-- why can't I feel my arms?
Wait... are those... are those MY ARMS? WHAT DID YOU DO?
[Alien babble and electronic shocks]

Alien captive recorded log 21

Sally's second recording.

Hello, Mr. Alien. Yeah, I know... I'll talk into the thing. I don't know why you brought me back here. We've done this a whole bunch of.... Hey! Giddyup Buttercup! Wow! I always wanted one of those!... Why do you have one? I don't understand... What do you want? It's a toy. A TOY. Why are you so excited? You're weird.

Alien captive recorded log 22

Somah's interrogation.

Oh, no way. NO WAY. This is a bad dream, right? I'm dreaming? Shit... So what, I'm being held hostage now or something? I'm some kind of prisoner? Listen, if this is because of what we did... I just worked for those guys, okay? It's not like I enjoyed it. I was just in it for the caps, all right? Can I go now?

Alien captive recorded log 23

[Alien babble]
[Man sobbing]
Please... just, please, let me go...
[Mechanical sounds]

Alien captive recorded log 24

This log is a recording of a mooing creature.

[Alien babble]
[Alien babble]
[Alien babble]

Alien captive recorded log 25

Oh, man, I've seen this on TV...
[Angry alien babble]
You're going to eat me, aren't you? I'm like some sort of delicacy on your planet, right? Right?! Well, I hope you choke! I hope you stuff your stupid little green faces and choke to death! Unless this is like that other show where I get put in to some sort of weird alien zoo. That might be okay.

Behind the scenes


PCPC Playing log 12 on the Pip-Boy 3000 will cause the game to crash.[verified]