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Secure Silo Alpha/Bravo/Charlie and prep for launch.

Mission: Countdown Alpha, Mission: Countdown Bravo, and Mission: Countdown Charlie are repeatable main quests in Fallout 76 which trigger a nuke launch upon a map location selected by the player, creating a blast zone.

Quick walkthrough

Repeatable quest: Mission: Countdown
Enter the missile silo at ether Site Alpha, Site Bravo or Site Charlie.
Make a biometric ID card to bypass the security grids.
Fight through the missile silo to reach the control room.
End the lockdown by repairing the reactor.
Replace the mainframe cores (15 total).
Prepare the launch and defend the security chiefs while doing so.
Input the launch code and choose a target to complete the quest.
Reward: see table
Completed. Leads to Death from Above!

Detailed walkthrough

Before starting this quest, the player character will need to acquire at least one nuclear keycard and the decrypted weekly launch code for a silo bunker.

Upon entering a silo bunker (either Site Alpha, Site Bravo, or Site Charlie), be prepared for many robot enemies, mainly Protectrons, Assaultrons, and Mister Gutsy robots of the Lieutenant, Major, and Colonel rank. Bring energy-resistant gear and energy weapons, along with ballistic-resistant gear to protect against Mister Gutsy robots, which use armor-piercing double tap ballistic weapons, and Assaultron Dominators, who use assaultron blades in close-quarters combat. Both enemy types can whittle down health in a short period of time if they are not dealt with quickly. A highly radioactive room will also be within the silo, that being the silo's power chamber with its primary and secondary reactors, so bringing radiation protection is recommendable until the radiation is subdued.

The first part of the quest will require the player character to find a way past the first set of laser grids, by means of forging a biometric ID card. Old biometric ID cards can be found through the door to the left after first stepping out of the elevator. The majority of the silo will be filled with laser turrets and robots, but with a Level 3 hacking skill, and using terminals scattered throughout, the robots and turrets can be programmed to shut down or by removing targeting restrictions, made to turn on one another. The robots that can be deactivated include the Robobrains serving as the area commanders, such as the Residence Assistant and Launch Commander Robobrains. The initial starting room, serving as the residential area of the silo, will have a few Mister Handies to deal with before the Mister Gutsies start to appear from the robot fabrication tubes in some of the rooms.

In the next room are two terminals that the player character must read to acquire information on security protocols, giving instructions for creating new biometric ID cards. After acquiring an old biometric ID Card, the player should locate an ID card eraser and follow the instructions on the terminal. Afterwards, following the mission markers will take player characters to biometric scanners in the medical room which they will enter. Then, a nearby terminal will fabricate the new card. Activating the card will deactivate the first laser grid.

Through the deactivated laser grid and the silo corridors is the Power House and another terminal to handle the robots and turrets. Here, the player character should locate a terminal with instructions in the room with the nuclear reactors. Using the terminal will shut down the reactors for 3 minutes and allow the player character to repair sections of piping around the room marked by yellow and black stripes that are cracked and hissing steam from them. These repairs do not require any materials to complete. Prepare to deal with radiation from the reactors, as well as a variety of robots that will periodically spawn, including utility Protectrons armed with nailguns that work like railway rifles. Once the reactors restart, either manually or automatically, the quest will proceed to the next stage.

In the next stage of the quest, the player will follow quest markers to the control room, where they will need to destroy dozens of mainframe cores. Destroying the cores in one room will deactivate nearby laser grids and grant access to more cores and laser grids. There are more terminals with aforementioned robot and turret controls, but the player character should be prepared to fight higher level robots such as Assaultron Dominators and Major/Colonel Gutsy in the main mainframe room. After destroying all cores, follow the markers to the next area.

The following stage of the quest involves crafting 15 replacement mainframe cores or finding intact ones around the room. Repairs can be made at a nearby tinker's workbench with circuitry and steel. Replacing all 15 cores and using the terminal to open a security door will take the player to the launch silo and the final part of the quest. There is also a terminal needed to open a shortcut from the entrance straight to the storage area, bypassing most of the silo explored earlier if killed and needing to retrace steps to where the player characters died. One should also watch out for a Sentry Bot in the storage area, who is patrolling alongside the usual Protectron, Assaultron, and Mister Gutsy robots. Any mainframe cores collected or left over from this part of the quest can be kept for another attempt later.

Inside the launch silo is a nuclear missile. Past this, through a door and up a few flights of stairs is the Launch Control Center. The player character will be prompted to initiate launch prep. Doing so will spawn friendly launch control robots which must be protected as they carry out their corresponding tasks. Each Crew Chief is a Protectron with various robot parts attached to the head, torso, or legs, such as the head of a Mister Handy or Gutsy for the Launch Control Chief, Sentry Bot upper body for the Chief Propulsion Officer, Assaultron head for the Chief Telemetry Officer, Robobrain torso for the Chief Targeting Officer, and Assaultron torso for the Chief Guidance Officer. This process tends to be rather tedious, with the robots being slow moving and the enemies numerous, especially Assaultrons, Robobrains, and Mister Gutsies with their head lasers, melee strikes, Tesla weapons, smokescreens, and armor-piercing double-tap ballistic weapons. Successfully defending the Crew Chiefs will complete the quest. If any robots are destroyed, use the nearby robot fabricators to create new ones to replace them. As long as one is intact, launch prep will continue, but at a slower pace until at least two are working the prep work again, and be paused completely if all the Crew Chiefs are destroyed until one is rebuilt. Once launch prep is complete, any remaining security robots that were still active and trying to stop the preparations will be immediately killed off since the silo is now armed and ready to fire.

Once the quest is completed, the player character will be prompted to select a blast zone target location within Appalachia for the nuclear missile. Some lower-level areas located in the western portion of Appalachia are considered to be within a "protected zone" and cannot be targeted. If fissure site Prime is targeted, the scorchbeast queen will be spawned and the Scorched Earth event will begin. If Monongah Mine is targeted, the event A Colossal Problem will be triggered. Targeting other locations will spawn higher level versions of whatever enemy is normally present in that area. After the missile launches, the player character will be allowed a few more minutes to explore the silo post-launch until being automatically ejected as the silo locks down for building the next missile.

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
10/11/19 Head for the Control RoomI should explore Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie and make my way to its Control Room.
100 Find a way past the Laser GridsJust inside Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie, a laser grid blocks the way forward. I need to find a way to bypass the security system.
110 Find a way to make a Biometric ID CardJust inside Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie, a laser grid blocks the way forward. In order to pass, I need to create and register a Biometric ID Card with the security system.
120 Find an old Biometric ID Card
130/140 Erase the old Biometric ID Card
150 Acquire your Biometric Data
160 Create your Biometric ID Card
170/180/198/199 Register your Biometric ID Card
200/210 Find a way to end the Reactor Security Lockdown
211 (Optional) Find a way to repair the ReactorSilo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's reactors have broken down, flooding the Reactor Area with radiation and triggering a security lockdown. I need to find a way to end the lockdown.
220 (Optional) Shut down the Reactor for repairs
230 (Optional) Repair the Reactor Pipes
240/250/298/299 (Optional) Restart the Reactor
300/301/310/320/398/399 Destroy the Mainframe CoresSilo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Operations Mainframe has locked down the Operations Center. In order to break through, I need to destroy the mainframe.
400/401/410/411 Find a way to open the Security DoorThe door leading out of Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Storage Area is sealed. I need to find a way to open it.
419 Replace the Mainframe Cores (X/15)The Facilities Mainframe in Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Storage Area has broken down. I need to repair or find replacements for its damaged Mainframe Cores in order to restart it.
420 (Optional) Find spare Mainframe Cores
420 (Optional) Repair damaged Mainframe Cores
430/440/498/499 Open the Security DoorI've repaired the Facilities Mainframe in Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Storage Area. I should be able to use it to open the nearby door.
500/501/510 Initiate Launch PrepI've entered Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Control Room. In order to begin the launch sequence, I need to initiate Launch Prep.
520 Complete Launch PrepI've entered Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie's Control Room and begun Launch Prep. I need to defend the Launch Crew Chiefs until they can complete the process.
520 Defend the Section Chiefs (1/1)
520 Defend the Section Chiefs (X/5)
520 (As necessary) Replace the Section Chiefs
530/598/599/1000Quest finishedI explored Silo Alpha/Beta/Charlie.

Rewards

Quest rewards
350 XP 100 caps Mystery Pick legendary (15%)
<Aid> (x1) <GrabBag> (x1) 1-3 missiles (x2)
  • 50 XP is rewarded upon completing each step of the quest: Residential, Reactor, Operations and Storage.

Notes

  • The quest is automatically started upon taking the elevator down in any of the three silo sites.
  • Progress on this quest is retained upon leaving the location, however it will be reset upon leaving the server.
  • Repairing the 15 damaged mainframe cores will require 2 circuitry and 3 steel each, for a total of 30 circuitry and 45 steel.
  • After Fallout 76 patch 1.0.4.13, the Missile Silo quest rewards are only obtainable once per day.
  • After launching a nuke, Missile silos will be inaccessible and placed on cooldown for 3 hours on that server and 3 real-world hours for the character that inserted the keycard, should they change worlds.
  • The amount of robots that spawn during the Launch Prep Sequence is dependent on the number of players within the silo.
  • In the Storage area, a terminal may be accessed to unlock a door providing a shortcut from the hallway connecting the Residential and Reactor areas.
  • If the player does not leave the Silo after launching the nuke, they will eventually be removed from the area and placed outside the silo's secret exit.
  • Once a player enters their nuclear keycard, another player cannot enter their own.
  • The decontamination arches in the reactor sector may be activated via terminal in order to remove unwanted radiation.

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Robobrains spawned during the Launch Prep Sequence will not grant any experience points or loot.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Rarely, the Launch Prep chiefs will not contribute toward the progress bar.[verified]
    • Leaving and re-entering the silo will reset their placement and may restore progression.
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Occasionally, all robots and turrets will immediately die as the player approaches them.[verified]

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