Powering Up is an Institute main quest and achievement/trophy in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthrough

Institute Main Quest: Powering Up
Speak with Father.
Record the speech.
Talk to Father.
Install the new parts at Diamond City Radio.
Meet Father at the Institute's reactor.
Activate the reactor.
Speak with Father.
Attend the Directorate meeting.
Reward: 500 XP
Leads to: End of the Line

Detailed walkthrough

When teleporting to the Institute, one must talk to Father. He will ask you to craft a speech near a microphone beside a terminal near him. He will then give the task of going to Diamond City to boost the range of Diamond City Radio. Once arriving to Diamond City, head over to Travis's shack where he broadcasts from. When entering his shack, look on the ground for a box of radio things to his transmitter gear.

Place the gear in the right spot:

  • 'Radio thing with the buttons' goes to the left.
  • 'Radio thing with dials' goes in the center.
  • 'Radio thing with the tubes' goes on the right.

After that is done, return to the Institute and go to Father, who is waiting in the reactor room where he will prompt to put in the Beryllium agitator that the Sole Survivor acquired from the previous mission into the reactor.

When placing that in the reactor, one must activate it using the terminal near it. The door to the reactor will close and the player character will have to talk to Father, after which he will ask to attend a board meeting as the director. There the Sole Survivor will discuss the future plans of the Institute.

The player character will discover that the Directorate already have made the decision to destroy the Brotherhood of Steel. If arguing for a solution that avoids conflict, it will be rejected because The Brotherhood of Steel already started it by invading the Commonwealth with their troops and airships.

One has to decide whether the Institute shall focus on further development of synths or weapons. When the meeting concludes this quest completes and the quest End of the Line starts automatically.

Quest stages

10 Talk to Father
30 Record the Speech
40 Speak with Father
50 Reconfigure the Transmitter
60 Speak with Father
70 Activate the Reactor
80 Speak with Father
90 Talk to the Directorate
200Icon checkQuest complete
1500Icon checkQuest failed


  • Choosing any of the options during the crafting of the speech has no effect on the Institute's stand or ending.
  • The speech can be heard intermittently on Diamond City Radio after quest completion.

Behind the scenes

The Institute's reactor shape is based on the tokamak design used in fusion research over the last few decades.


  • Playstation 4Icon ps4 When talking to Father, sometimes he will tend to walk away, cutting out the dialogue and resetting it.[verification overdue]
  • PCIcon pc Sitting down will not start the meeting and you are unable to speak with the participants. One possible cause for this bug might be the destruction of the Brotherhood of Steel prior to finishing this quest.[verified]
    • Leaving and re-entering the institute may fix the problem.
  • PCIcon pc When entering the reactor room Enrico Thompson will have change his yellow institute coat with a blue one while still performing in the Facilities department.[verification overdue]

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