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

Quick walkthroughEdit

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 walkthroughEdit

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

Place the gear in the correct location:

  • '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 Father, who is waiting in the reactor room at the Institute. He will prompt you to install the beryllium agitator that was acquired from the previous mission into the reactor.

After placing the agitator in the reactor, one must activate it using the terminal nearby. The door to the reactor will close and the player character must then talk to Father. He will ask you attend a board meeting as the director. At the board meeting the future plans of the Institute will be discussed.

The player character will discover that the Directorate has already 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 has already voided 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 stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
10 Talk to FatherI need to check in with Shaun about the state of the reactor.
30 Record the SpeechI've been asked to record a speech that will be broadcast across the Commonwealth once the Institute's reactor is turned on.
40 Speak with Father
50 Reconfigure the TransmitterDiamond City Radio's transmitter needs to be modified so it can transmit the Institute's message to the Commonwealth.
60 Speak with Father
70 Activate the ReactorIt's time to finally start the Institute's reactor and usher in a new era for the Commonwealth.
80 Speak with Father
90 Talk to the DirectorateWith the reactor running, I need to attend a special Directorate meeting to decide what happens next.
200Icon checkQuest completeThe Institute's reactor is online, and the Directorate has decided it's time to remove any threats to the Institute's survival.
1500Icon crossQuest failed


  • Choosing any of the options during the crafting of the speech has no effect on the Institute's stand or ending.
  • Travis Miles will not react to the player installing the radio's parts. Installing the parts does not affect your standing with him.
  • The speech can be heard intermittently on Diamond City Radio after quest completion.
    • If the player character is enemies with the Institute, the speech is held by Shaun instead.

Behind the scenesEdit

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


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 Xbox OneIcon xboxone 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. If this doesn't work, then open the console and type in setstage 000a274b 200. It will finish the quest and start the next one.
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 When entering the reactor room Enrico Thompson will have exchanged his yellow institute coat for a blue one while still working in the Facilities department.[verified]
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