Breakheart Banks is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.


Breakheart Banks was a small family farm on the banks of the Saugus River, recently overrun by super mutants.[1]


Breakheart Banks can be approached from the west and south, with the other sides consisting of a steep cliff into the river. There is a fortification garrisoned by a single super mutant and some mutant hounds. Nearby, there is a car near the north end, with tin can alarms suspended overhead and skeleton lovers in an eternal embrace.

Inside the shack there is a mattress, a weapons workbench, a steamer trunk, as well as a fridge stocked with corn cobs and mole rat meat. A cooking station can be used next to the cornfield. To the northwest a fishing boat is stranded. It has an interior that can be entered and is the source of the nautical radio signal.

Notable lootEdit

Related questsEdit

  • Cleansing the Commonwealth: Knight Rhys gives the Sole Survivor an assignment to clear the location of what he calls "abominations" to further the aims of the Brotherhood of Steel.
  • Greenskins: A group of super mutants has been terrorizing a group of settlers who are unable to defend themselves. The Sole Survivor is called on to make sure they'll never be a threat to anyone else again.
  • Hypothesis: To aid in one of his experiments, Doctor Holdren of the Institute's BioScience division asks the Sole Survivor to obtain a tissue sample from a particularly tough super mutant and return it to him.
  • Kidnapping: Concerned settlers will ask the Sole Survivor to help them rescue a fellow settler that was kidnapped for ransom by nearby hostiles, hoping to have them freed without harm.
  • Leading by Example: Lancer Captain Kells requests the Sole Survivor's help in training a Brotherhood squire by allowing him to accompany them on a mission.


  • The remains of a crashed military convoy can be found to the east on the road running past the banks. The location has three crashed semi tractor-trailers, with one carrying two armored vehicles. The trailer still on the road has a locked rear door. The area is protected by leveled military robots. After the main quest is finished, it will become a checkpoint for whichever faction was helped during the main quest.
  • If the area is cleared and the Nuka-Cola Quantum is collected before speaking to the settlers for The Slog: Greenskins, the Nuka-Cola Quantum will reappear and enemies will respawn.
  • Despite having the farm/settlement icon, this location does not have a workshop and therefore cannot become a settlement.
  • The Breakheart Banks cave (zUnusedCave) is an unused map.

Companion commentsEdit

  • When at this location, companions make comments, which are activated at the building.
Location comments
Character Comment
Cait "Who in their right mind would be farmin' in the middle of the goddamn wasteland?"
Codsworth "Oh my. The poor souls."
Curie "Oh. The poor farmers."
Danse "Damn Super Mutants. They should be exterminated for their crimes against humanity."
Deacon "Damned Super Mutants."
John Hancock "Can't fault 'em for wanting to carve out a life of their own. Though that life probably should've involved a bigger wall."
Nick Valentine "Makes ya wonder who would choose this sort of a life."
Piper Wright "Hope these folks didn't suffer. Course, knowing Super Mutants..."
Preston Garvey "God damn it! These people didn't stand a chance."
Robert MacCready "This place really got worked over. I wonder if anyone managed to escape."
X6-88 "Super Mutant attack. These people were probably eaten."


Breakheart Banks appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

Breakheart Banks is named after the real-life location Breakheart Reservation, which is in the same approximate location in the towns of Saugus and Wakefield.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 Xbox OneIcon xboxone When trying to clear out the location for the Brotherhood of Steel side quest, Cleansing the Commonwealth: Breakheart Banks, the quest may become stuck and fail to complete.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc A workaround for this is using the console and inputting setstage BoSR01 40.



  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p. 282: "[2.16] BREAKHEART BANKS
    A small family farm on the banks of the Saugus River, with a corn field and melon patch, has fallen to the oversized hands of a Super Mutant gang. Remember to loot the trunk on the top floor of the central shack. Need a drink? Try a Quantum on the small lookout platform to the east."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
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