|This page is about the location. For the quest, see Galaxy News Radio (quest).|
For the radio station, see Galaxy News Radio (radio).
The Galaxy News Radio building and GNR plaza are located in the Chevy Chase district. The first and easiest way there is to find Farragut West station and go through the utility tunnels. After a brief fight with some ghouls, the Lone Wanderer should find themselves in the Tenleytown/Friendship station tunnels. Following the tracks to the Tenleytown half (go right) leads to two super mutants fighting Lyons' Pride in an alley.
GNR plaza is the focal point of a battle between super mutants and the Brotherhood of Steel. The area consists of a sculptured fountain in the center and a caved-in metro entrance. The entrance to the station is fortified with sandbags. Several Brotherhood members stand guard at the steps and on balconies off to the side. During this quest, one of the five known super mutant behemoths will spawn behind a wrecked bus that blocks the alley from which the behemoth spawns in. It will then proceed to destroy the bus, taking out Reddin as well, before attacking the player character and the surviving Brotherhood members; for many players, this will be their first encounter of such an enemy.
The main lobby of GNR is heavily fortified with sandbags and other barricades as well as several named Brotherhood of Steel members armed with flamers, missile launchers and laser rifles. To the left and right are doors leading to the balconies outside as well as some bathrooms. There are some first aid boxes and ammunition boxes scattered throughout the lobby.
Upstairs, there are some offices and the recording studio in which Three Dog resides. Another door leads to the back exit, which is inaccessible from the exterior.
- Big Book of Science located in the GNR studio near a red chair.
- There are five pieces of scrap metal in the GNR studio area: One on some shelves directly across from the top of the stairs, three among the shelves to the right of the stairs, and one more on a fallen fridge by the west wall.
- If Sarah Lyons is currently with the player character, a dead Brotherhood of Steel knight carrying a Fat Man and eight mini nukes can be found outside GNR during or after the encounter with the super mutant behemoth. He will still be there even without Sarah Lyons, but he will be carrying standard Brotherhood equipment.
- Three Dog's headwear (head wrap and glasses) worn by Three Dog.
- It is possible to find a picture of the building under the notes section of the Pip-Boy 3000.
- Prior to fending off the super mutant horde, the main doors will be locked and inaccessible. Just buzz the intercom after the super mutant behemoth is defeated and the door will be unlocked.
- It is possible to skip the need to come to GNR plaza during the main quest by talking to Dr. Li about where the Lone Wanderer's father went. If she's spoken with before Three Dog, she will inform the player character about Jefferson Memorial, triggering the next phase of the main quest.
- If one talks to Dr. Li before coming to the plaza, then Sentinel Lyons and the other Brotherhood troops that would normally be there won't be. However, the terminals at the Citadel still list Initiate Reddin as KIA, even though the battle never occurred.
- Walking into Chevy Chase can trigger the battle of the Galaxy News Radio's plaza.
- The other way in is the eastern side entrance of the building which requires some climbing, as there is no easy way to this side. Once on the side, there is a locked door (very hard) that will result in lost Karma if picked.
- The area where the behemoth comes from winds around the GNR building and into a dead end, so it is unknown how the behemoth gets into the GNR plaza.
- The blocked metro entrance near GNR building leads to GNR Plaza station according to a nearby sign. This station is inaccessible and never visited in-game.
- In the GNR studio is a room with a hole in the floor and the ceiling and a lot of debris lying about. Through the hole in the ceiling, you can see the radio tower and another door. It's possible to stack the debris and jump up through the hole in the ceiling where you find the door is a Very Hard lock. Behind the door is a third floor that is unfinished by the game developers.
- The GNR plaza can also be found on the right side of the game intro movie; however, it does not correspond with its actual in-game location and is used only for aesthetics. A quick exploration of the intro movie's "in-game" location (teleported to by using the command coc intro01) shows that, like most of the set, it is simply a wall used as a building prop.
Behind the scenes
On a real-world map, south-southwest of the Tenleytown Metro Station is a building with broadcast towers called NBC4 (4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016) that currently houses Channel 4 NBC Washington. This is most likely the real-world counterpart of the GNR building plaza.