Fallout Wiki
Fallout Wiki
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.

Gametitle-FO76 WL.png
Gametitle-FO76 WL.png
Welcome to the Top of the Mountain State - Highest point in West Virginia— Spruce Knob elevation marker

Foundation is a location in the Savage Divide region of Appalachia, and serves as the Settler headquarters. It was built in 2103 on the site of the former Spruce Knob.


A fortified settlement built on the site of a pre-War tourist attraction, Foundation is the main base of the Settlers, a group of people that came from Pittsburgh under the leadership of Paige in the hope that it would offer some reprieve from the horrors in the north. Upon their arrival, and subsequent discovery of Spruce Knob, they repurposed the existing buildings, cleared the surrounding trees and Foundation was formed.[1]


Foundation contains several buildings, including a barracks, boarding house, and a variety of stores ran by the Sunnys. The Spruce Knob observation deck is located in its center. There are two instanced interior locations - Founder's Hall and Foundation supply room. Fast traveling to Foundation will spawn the player south of the settlement, on the road leading to the main gate. When Minerva visits Foundation, her tent will be placed along the eastern side of the main road, between the main gate and the fast travel destination.


Davie Taylor Derrick Taylor Elsie Taylor
Maggie Williams Minerva (on rotation) Samuel
Sunny (general store) Sunny (armory) Sunny (kitchen)
Tommy Ten-Toes (on rotation) Ward Gate guard
Settler guards x7 Settlers x18
Brahmin x1 Chickens x?
Founder's Hall
Aubrie Willem (optional; after Here to Stay) Jen Private Lucky (after Duty Calls)
Mochou (optional; after Invisible Ties) Captain Oliver Fields (after Duty Calls) Paige
Penelope Hornwright (after Trade Secrets) Recalibrated Liberator (after Invisible Ties) Settler forager (optional; before recruiting)
Sergeant Thompson (after Duty Calls) Tutti Frutti (after Trade Secrets)
Foundation supply room
Mike Tiller (optional; after Supplying Demands) Gloria Chance Sunny
Tad Chance
Ayla Frankie Beckett (formerly)

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.


  • None of the containers within Foundation will contain instanced loot.
  • Settler wanderer mentions that she came to Appalachia with Paige's group, but decided against staying with them at Foundation.
  • Being at the top of Spruce Knob, Foundation is the highest settlement in Appalachia.


  • As of patch, yao guai and Scorched no longer spawn in the settlement.
  • As of patch, fast traveling to Foundation is free of charge.


  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png 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.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Samuel will occasionally wander from his designated position at the direction bulletin board.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png When Grahm passes through Foundation, he may become stuck inside the southside moat or underneath the overpass near the Founder's Hall.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Scorched officers and feral ghoul officers may occasionally wander into Foundation.[verified]


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

Behind the scenes

According to level designer Steve Massey, Foundation replaced Spruce Knob as it was previously a "pretty boring workshop location" and it was selected due to its central location within the Savage Divide.[2]