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Shock Value is a Fallout 3 quest and achievement that is added to the game in the Broken Steel add-on.


Talk to Paladin Tristan

Right after completing Death From Above you are told to talk to Paladin Tristan in the Citadel. Tristan briefs you on your next mission, which is to retrieve a pre-War experimental device called Tesla Coil from the remains of Olney Powerworks. The scribes need the coil to finish a little surprise for the Enclave, the Tesla Cannon.

(Optional) Use Enclave-controlled Deathclaws to your advantage

If you ask Tristan for a little help, he tells you to talk to Scribe Vallincourt in the Citadel Lab. She gives you a Deathclaw Control Scrambler which allows you to "hijack" Enclave-controlled Deathclaws so long as you are within range of an Enclave transmitter.

South-east of Old Olney is an Enclave camp where you can test the controller. All you have to do is unlock the Deathclaw Cage and let it kill the Enclave soldiers. You can also sneak up the nearby collapsed bridge and get within range of the Deathclaw and watch it attack the Enclave soldiers. Although a lot of the time you never get the 'completed' notification for this (Optional) task and the marker stays on radar until you enter the Old Olney sewers.

Find the ruins of Olney Powerworks

Once you get to Olney, bring up the local map on your Pip-Boy and look for the entrance to the sewer. Once you get into the sewer, find the ladder which leads to Old Olney Underground. Arriving there, you are greeted by the ghouls Wint and Kidd who are the last survivors of a group of ghouls which tried to establish a settlement here - a plan the Deathclaws apparently did not approve of. The ghouls leave after your conversation, deducing that it's safe to leave the way you came.

From here on, the way to Olney Powerworks is pretty linear. Navigating the Deathclaw-infested Old Olney Underground, you find Wint's and Kidd's dead comrades, like Badger, Connelly, Dunbar, Carl and Sanders, and eventually reach a door to Old Olney S. Wilson Building. In the building you encounter a couple of Enclave soldiers and a door on the second level (behind two Enclave Soldiers) that leads to Olney Powerworks.

Find a tesla coil

The old power plant is guarded by sentry bots which can be deactivated from a couple of security terminals. You can either take the short way by hacking the very hard terminal through the door to your left a bit after you enter or the long way to the right of the fork. Either way, you eventually reach the room with the tesla coil which is inside a still-functioning electrical device. Removing the coil results in sustaining a large amount of damage unless you first go down to the room adjacent to the chamber and use the Hard-locked terminal outside the door to the Tesla chamber to shut off the power. Alternately, you can jump into the Tesla Coil chamber from above and activate the three emergency switches inside the chamber. You still receive a small shock, but greatly reduced. If skill level prevents access to the shutdown switch throwing a few pulse grenades into the tesla pit will knock out the power preventing any accidental damage to the player allowing them to access the three switches.

Take the tesla coil to Paladin Tristan

Once done, a nearby ladder takes you out to a street north of Old Olney. Here you are likely greeted by a couple of Deathclaws and upon defeating them you can fast travel back to the Citadel. Hand the coil over to Tristan and receive your next assignment, Who Dares Wins.


  • While in the sewers, if one takes a short diversion, they can find a dead Brotherhood of Steel member with the unique Prototype medic power armor.
  • While attempting the optional quest to use Deathclaws to your advantage, make sure you tell your followers to wait; otherwise they might kill the Deathclaw, thereby blowing the option.
  • The "help" provided by the Deathclaw Control Scrambler is questionable as the only Enclave-controlled Deathclaw encountered during this quest is located in the Enclave camp outside Old Olney and cannot leave the radius of the Enclave transmitter without dying.
  • The manhole the ladder connects to is initially exit only, so forget about short cutting in that way. You can, however, use it to return to Olney Powerworks later on.
  • There are two sets of around 10 Alien power cells (considerably more if the PC has the Scrounger perk [40~50]) in ammo boxes located in the nooks above the water fountains, next to the twin turret guns, at the end of the long hallway full of computers. The water fountains have little "flying saucers" on top of them as clues, like miniature versions of the full sized ones found in playgrounds.
    • The room containing the remote research terminal to disengage the tesla coil also contains three sets (x12) of Alien power cells: one on a stove near the back of the room, one on a table to the left of that stove, and the third on a table next to the terminal itself.
  • Once you get the Scrambler if you return to your home(megaton)an Enclave Deathclaw may appear in your house and follow you outside then attacking the settlers.
  • If you fall into the tesla hole under Old Olney you die straight away.

Behind the scenes

  • The ghouls Wint and Kidd are possibly named after the henchmen Mr Albert Wint & Mr Charles Kidd from the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
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