For the achievement, see Into the Fire (achievement).

Join the Responders' most prestigious unit - the Fire Breathers.

Into the Fire is a main quest in Fallout 76.


After completing the research into a vaccine against the Scorched, the Vault 76 dwellers need to find the Fire Breathers. If they're gone, they need to pick up the torch and lead the fight against the scorchbeasts in the name of the Responders.

Quick walkthrough

  • Finish the mental quiz.
  • Head to the physical test and complete it.
  • Head to the final exam and complete it.

Detailed walkthrough

This quest can be started by approaching the Charleston Fire Department and listening to the Protectrons' advertisements to join the Fire Breathers division of the Responders. The player character is prompted to take a Knowledge Exam on fire safety. The player can find information pamphlet scattered around the Charleston Fire Department which can provide the answers to the Exam. The answers to all 7 of the questions are as follows:

  1. Evacuate as quickly as possible.
  2. A water-soaked rag.
  3. Gently bind the burn with clean bandages.
  4. Retreat immediately.
  5. 1 pt. purified water, 2 ash roses, 2 blight, 2 soot flowers.
  6. Fall back and engage from a distance with firearms.
  7. End his life as mercifully as possible.

The next step is to take a Physical Exam at a testing site at the Charleston Herald building. This starts the quest Runner's High, in which the player character must complete an obstacle course and clear two checkpoints within three minutes. Once this is passed, the final exam is held at the Belching Betty mineshaft in the Ash Heap.

There, a Protectron named Bernie will award the Fire Breather uniform and Fire Breather helmet and an anti-Scorched training pistol, as well as the Fire Breathers final exam briefing holotape.

Exploring Belching Betty will reveal the story of the Scorchslayers, a squad of Fire Breathers initiates who died fighting the Scorched at the location. The primary objective of the final exam is to activate an emergency beacon in the northeastern end of the mineshaft. Bernie will detect when it has been activated and will ask the applicant to return to him. It should be noted that upon activation of the beacon, a new wave of scorched will spawn and attack the player(s) until they have left the area. Bernie will give out the Welcome to the Fire Breathers holotape and congratulate the new member, asking them to return to the Charleston Fire Department for company registration.

Registration can be completed on the Fire Breathers' master terminal on the second floor of the Charleston Fire Department. While putting their name into the system, the player character will be alerted of a priority call into the Fire Department. Listening to it will start The Missing Link.

From the same terminal, it is possible to unlock the anti-Scorched receiver for pistols; for rifles and shotguns, it needs the IDs from the Fire Breathers at the Big Bend Tunnel.

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
3 Explore the Charleston Fire Department
5 Join the "Fire Breathers"Seems the "Fire Breathers," an elite Responders unit, were based in the Charleston Fire Department. Might be worth checking the place out.
10 Pass the Knowledge ExamJoining the Fire Breathers requires I complete a series of exams, the first being a good, old-fashioned knowledge test. I wonder if I can find the answers around anywhere...
15 (Optional) Search the station for Knowledge Exam study materials
20 Complete the Physical ExamKnowledge exam complete. Now it's time to take care of the physical exam.
30 Initiate the final examAnother exam down! Time to find out what's next. I should access the "Final Exam" entry on the terminal to proceed.
40 Head to the final exam siteJust one more to go. Seems the final step is a practical exam where I'll have to delve into a local mine overrun by Scorched. Oh goody.
45 Collect your kitI spoke to "Bernie," the final exam proctor, who gave me a ticket to collect the equipment I'll need to for the test
50 Listen to the "Fire Breathers Final Exam Briefing" holotapeI received my equipment along with a holotape I need to listen to before beginning the final exam.
55 Activate the emergency beaconI listened to the tape provided by Bernie. Mine full of Scorched, go to the bottom, hit the emergency beacon, come back up. All without getting eaten.
60 Return to BernieI activated the emergency beacon. Now I just need to make it back out of the mine safely.
70 Register with the Fire Breather's computer systemI made it out of the mine alive, completing the Fire Breather's final exam! I've now got to head back to the Charleston Fire Department to register myself.
80 Listen to the priority messageIt sounds like there's an outstanding message from Hank Madigan, the Fire Breather's lieutenant. I should head into the dispatch room to give it a listen.
100Quest finishedQuest completeMadigan believes he found a "game-changer" in the fight against the Scorched. He last checked in from the "Top of the World." Looks like I should probably head there next.


This quest can be initiated before the previous quest, An Ounce of Prevention, is completed.


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