|For the "fake" Flooded Metro near Wilhelm's Wharf, see Arlington/Wasteland Metro.|
|For the connecting metro station called "Flooded Metro", see Minuteman Metro station.|
The flooded metro is a location in the Capital Wasteland in 2277. It marks access to a metro tunnel in the southwest of the urban DC area, between the Arlington Library and Red Racer factory. A large raider encampment is just to the southeast of this location, across a road full of derelict cars.
The flooded metro is located on the side of an old expressway which is littered with decrepit pre-War cars and runs under the rubble of a highway overpass. The entrance to the old metro station is located in the middle of a square at the bottom of a set of nonfunctional escalators. On the other side of the expressway lies a large raider camp, whose occupants can easily overpower a lower leveled player.
The interior of the flooded metro is a fairly long and winding maze of stairs and tunnels that connect to Mason District South at the other end. It is infested with several mirelurks up to and including kings, as well as irradiated (highly in some places) water.
- Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual, in the Pulowski Preservation shelter close to the escalators.
- Guns and Bullets in the first room from the tunnel, west side of the room behind the generator.
- The Shocker, a unique power fist with a manual explaining its use. See the weapon's article for directions.
- A Nuka-Cola Quantum is in the same room as the Shocker, on top of a gun cabinet.
- Pugilism Illustrated and Nuka-Cola Quantum on the makeshift kitchen table in the raider camp. The Quantum is in a wooden crate on top of a shelf near the fridge.
- Tumblers Today in the lofted area of the raider camp near one of the mattresses.
- One of the biggest chain reactions of car explosions in the game can be set off on the street here.
- The Mason District, that contains Hubris Comics, can be accessed by going through the flooded metro.
- The metro is a "Type A" random encounter location.
- There is a "false" map marker named "Flooded Metro". In reality, the northern marker is the entrance to Arlington/Wasteland Metro, from the vicinity of Wilhelm's Wharf and Grayditch.
- If the player character has good Karma, this is a possible spawn point for Talon Company mercenaries.
- The dead skeletal woman in the Pulowski shelter near the station is a covert pre-War Chinese commando.
The flooded metro appears only in Fallout 3.
Behind the scenes
The station appears to have meant to have been named "Flooded Sewer." The files for the flooded sewer location refer to this specific flooded metro, and even hold files for the Shocker glove and an unused metro sign. Since there is another location on the game map of the same name, it would seem that either at one point in development there was a mix-up, and this Metro was meant to be named "flooded sewer" but an oversight meant it never got round to being done, or some other situation occurred.
In real life, the metro stations and tunnels of DC are equipped with hundreds of pumps that work to ensure the tunnels stay free of water. In the event of an apocalypse like in the game, metro stations would no doubt become flooded quickly, making this location very believable.
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