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Solve the mystery of Watoga's rampaging robots.

Mayor for a Day is a side quest in Fallout 76.

Quick walkthrough

Detailed walkthrough

Before starting this quest, note that the level of the unique weapon All Rise will vary with the current level of the player character at the time of quest completion. Because this is the only chance this weapon can be obtained, it may be desirable to defer completing this quest until reaching level 50.

Upon entering the Cranberry Bog, a radio message will play when in the vicinity of Watoga, where the last mayor of Watoga, Barbara Elizabeth, asks anyone hearing the message to come to her office at the Watoga Municipal Center. Upon nearing Watoga, it is possible to be attacked by the town's robots, consisting of Protectrons, Eyebots, Mister Handies, and Assaultrons, and no matter how many are killed, more will spawn in short order from the various robot fabricator pods around the city. Upon reaching the Municipal Center, fight through the Scorched inside until reaching the Mayor's office, where the player will find Mayor Elizabeth's corpse and her automated assistant, MAIA, who will play the Mayor's final executive order before she succumbed to her injuries, with MAIA offering her final goodbye to the Mayor and how it was an honor to serve her. MAIA requests that the player character find the source of the virus that has caused Watoga's robots to attack anyone who sets foot in the town and purge it from the system the robots are controlled by, replacing it with a virus that will render the robots passive to the player character and allow them unrestricted access through Watoga.

Checking the Mayor's computer, it directs the player character to check the saboteur's hideout in the Abandoned Bog Town for clues.

Search hideout for clues (5 items)

Once the clues are collected, search through the saboteur's work terminal to find out how they corrupted the Watoga robots' programming to attack anyone who enters town, and learn that a new virus designed in the player character's likeness can be made at the nearby RobCo Research Center. Once the new virus is created, deliver it back to MAIA, who will suggest uploading it from the roof of the Municipal Center. Once it is uploaded, the robots should cease being hostile to the player character. However, high level Mister Gutsy robots will be guarding the uplink, from Lieutenants to Colonels, possibly even legendary ones, so they will need to be dealt with in order for the upload to be completed and should they disrupt it, such as through killing the player character, it will have to be started all over again. A scorchbeast may also appear to cause some trouble, but usually becomes the focus of fire for the robots, and the super mutants on the roof of the Watoga Civic Center. Once completed, the robots will become passive and non-hostile to the player character, and MAIA will reward the player for their services, completing the quest.

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
1 Reach the Mayor's Office.There's some kind of emergency in Watoga. I can learn more if I can reach the Mayor's office.
2 Listen to MAIA.Apparently I'm mayor of Watoga now? I should listen to this computer to learn more about what's going on.
3 Learn more about the Saboteur.I should read through entries on the Mayor's computer to learn more about this saboteur.
4 Find the Saboteur's hideout.The saboteur's hideout might be in Bog Town. I should try to find it.
5 Search hideout for clues (x/5)I've found what must be the saboteur's hideout. I'll see if I can piece together enough clues to figure out my next move.
6 Investigate Saboteur's Work TerminalI can upload my likeness into a virus software update in the saboteur's office at RobCo Research Facility. I have a keycard that should get me into his office, and the password to his computer.
7 Take Virus Holotape to MAIAI'm not exactly sure what to do with this virus holotape. I bet MAIA will have some idea. I should take it back to her and see what she thinks.
8 Start upload process.I need to take the virus holotape to a terminal on the roof so its software update can be broadcast to the city robots.
9 Prevent security from stopping the uploadI need to fend off security robots while the upload finishes, and I'll need to start again if they interrupt it.
10Quest finished(Quest completed)I successfully updated the Watoga municipal robot's programming. That should make them more friendly, to me at least. Also, MAIA gave me the code to the mayor's safe, which should contain something useful.

Notes

  • Completion of the quest will allow the player character to move more freely through the town of Watoga without being attacked by the robots.

Bugs

PCPC The RobCo keycard and terminal password have over 100 duplicates in their respective storage containers, but only the one marked with the diamond is relevant. Taking the wrong one will result in the mission not advancing, as well as failure to login to the terminal in RobCo later.[verified]

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