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The artillery battery at Fort Defiance is ready to deal a blow to the Scorched.

Event: Distant Thunder is an event in Fallout 76.

Quick walkthrough

Event Quest: Distant Thunder
Mark scorched with a recon scope.
Eliminate all scorched in the area (optional)
Evacuate the targeted area.
Defeat the remaining scorched.
Reward: 25 caps, 350 XP, random ammo/consumables, random power armor plan, random weapon/weapon plan.

Detailed walkthrough

A large group of Scorched have congregated in the Cranberry Bog within range for artillery stationed at Fort Defiance to fire upon. Hostiles may be tagged by viewing them through any recon scope or with the Pearly Peepers. If the player has neither, they may obtain the plans for the Brotherhood recon rifle, a hunting rifle with a recon scope attached by default, from one of the terminals near the Fort Defiance entrance.

Once sufficient targets have been marked, the artillery piece will shell the area. Be sure to clear out of the area in order to avoid ending up as collateral damage. Once the firing concludes, any stragglers must be mopped by the player.

Optionally, the player may elect to simply exterminate all enemies without marking them for the artillery. The only difference in rewards is a modest XP and caps payout, which is received upon marking all required targets.

Quest stages

Quest stages
DescriptionLog Entry
Mark Scorched with Recon Scope (0/#)The Artillery Battery at Fort Defiance is online and has Scorched targets available. A forward observer needs to go and use a Recon Scope to mark the targets for the artillery.
(Optional) Eliminate all Scorched
Evacuate target locationThe targets are marked. Artillery is inbound. It's time to evacuate the area.
Artillery strike incomingThe targets are marked. Artillery is inbound. It's time to evacuate the area.
Mop up remaining Scorched


Distant Thunder rewards
  • Random power armor plan[1] (1)
    • Random power armor plan (10%)[2] (1)
    • Random T-51b plan (50%) (Level 30+) (1)
    • Random T-60 plan (50%) (Level 40+) (1)
    • Random power armor mod plan (90%) (1)
    • Cranberry Bog grab bag[3] (1)
    • Random weapon (40%)
    • Random armor (40%)
    • Random plan (20%)
    • Random aid (1)
    • Random ammo (1)


    PCPC Xbox OneXbox One Playstation 4Playstation 4 The Thorn is a marked as a possible location for this event in the game files, but the event does not appear in this location.[verified]


    1. 004FD93A
    2. This is supposedly bugged?
    3. 0043450B