This page is about the current version of the location, as it appears after Wastelanders. For the old version of the location, the public workshop before Wastelanders, see Spruce Knob.
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Foundation is a location in the Savage Divide region of Appalachia in 2103, and is the headquarters of the Settlers. It is built on the former location of Spruce Knob.


A fledgling village built on the site of a pre-War tourist attraction. Foundation is the main base of the Settlers. Originally settled by members of a Construction Workers Union in Washington, D.C., they came to Appalachia under the leadership of Paige, in the hope that it would offer some reprieve from the horrors of the Capital Wasteland. Upon their arrival, and subsequent discovery of Spruce Knob, they repurposed the existing buildings, cleared the surrounding trees and Foundation was formed.


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Foundation contains several buildings, including a barracks, boarding house, and a variety of stores belonging to the various Sunnys.


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Notable loot

  • Elsie's story - Note, in the Taylors' home, on a kitchen counter (cannot be taken).
  • Ward's journal - Note, in the medical office pod across from the power armor stations (cannot be taken).
  • Potential magazine - On the east side of Foundation, at a small guard house near a gate, on a desk.


  • As of patch, yao guai and Scorched no longer spawn in the settlement.
  • As of patch, fast traveling to Foundation is free of charge.
  • The weather vane on the roof of the Taylor's residence is not correctly aligned to the cardinal directions, with the north indicator facing west, the east indicator facing north, the south indicator facing east, and the west indicator facing south.


Foundation appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update. It was built on the former location of Spruce Knob.


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