Bring the Rockhound Excavator back to life

Earth Mover is a side quest in Fallout 76.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Quest starts after claiming the workshop at Mount Blair. Once the excavator is activated, it will collect a wide range of metal scrap for 30 minutes.

Detailed walkthroughEdit

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Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
? Learn how to activate the giant Excavator
? Find or build ignition cores (#/4)I've discovered an entry in a terminal aboard the Rockhound Excavator describing a part called an Ignition Core. I'll need to find or build four of them at a Tinker Workbench to bring the machine's reactors online.
? Install ignition cores (#/4)I've obtained four Ignition Cores. I should plug them into their respective ports in the Rockhound Excavator's reactors.
? Activate the Rockhound excavatorAll of the Ignition Cores have been installed into the Rockhound Excavator's reactors. I should return to the control room to bring the machine online.
? Keep the Rockhound excavator operational to collect ore (30 minutes)I've activated the Rockhound Excavator. I should be able to collect the ore it's extracting from the ground as long as I repair any damage it sustains while it's in operation.
?Icon check(Quest completed)The Ignition Cores in the Rockhound Excavator's reactors have been depleted. If I want it to extract more ore from the ground, the Ignition Cores will need to be fully replaced.


Prior to patch, when crafting ignition cores it was recommended to drop each one after crafting them to avoid a bug where the game would scrap the previous ignition cores for resources to make the new ignition core.

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