|This page is about the location as it appeared before Wastelanders, being a public workshop. For the current version of the location, see Foundation.|
Spruce Knob is a location in the Savage Divide region of Appalachia. It was a public workshop with claim and defend event quests. As of 2103, the location has been occupied by Settlers and turned into the settlement of Foundation.
Spruce Knob is the highest peak in the former state of West Virginia, at an elevation of 4863 feet above sea level. The Allegheny Mountains peak served as a natural spot for an observation tower, maintained by the Monongahela National Forest, overlooking the Spruce Knob Lake. The 900-foot tower was a tourist attraction and was eventually expanded with a monorail station to allow direct access to the camping grounds beneath the tower.
After the Great War, the tower made a natural strongpoint and observation post for the Appalachian Brotherhood, who established a communications center and lookout tower on the observation deck. However, with the scorchbeasts causing havoc all across Appalachia, they were forced to withdraw and abandon the installation, leaving the fortifications behind in a usable state.
When the Settlers occupied Spruce Knob, they built the settlement of Foundation, a place that became their main headquarters and where they could start rebuilding Appalachia. Since then, houses, windmills, craft stations, shops, and more structures were built with wood, steel, and salvaged components, changing the area completely.
The observation tower is a highly visible landmark and consists of the aforementioned tower and monorail station, flanking the sides of State Route 101. The tower provides a commanding view of the surrounding area, especially the lake, and contains a tinker's workbench. At the foot of the tower was the local workshop, allowing player characters to claim and build in the area. The location contained food (4), water (4), gold (3), copper (1) and acid (1) resource nodes, combined with an excellent defense capability. The observation tower provided a good place to build defensive turrets to defend the workshop area from attacks, especially from scorchbeasts when they attack to take out the resource extractors during a Defend Workshop quest.
- Potential Vault-Tec bobblehead - Southwest of the observation tower, on a rock adjacent to the western observation area.
- Potential magazine - In the lower southeast fenced entrance below the cliff Spruce Knob, in the gatehouse, on the desk.
- Potential plan- On top of the control panel, to the left of tinker's workbench.
The peak is significantly lower than Seneca Rocks, despite signage indicating the peak is the highest point in West Virginia.
Spruce Knob appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 444, SPRUCE KNOB:
"The name of the highest mountain in the Allegheny Mountains, this alpine horror show of a location features a monorail station, as well as a circular observation tower. Check the geographical survey marker on the southwest ground vista platform for a possible Bobblehead (by the trash can), and inspect a guard hut at the lower road entrance to the southeast for some light reading. The monorail station features a train in atrocious condition but with some junk to grab. The tower requires access from the bridge or the winding exterior stairwell; it offers good junk and a defensive position, with the workshop at its base."