Formerly a historical site run by the National Park Service, The Mall is now a bombed-out war zone occupied by super mutants. The well-maintained public park has been replaced by a labyrinthine network of trenches, fences, and bunkers in fortified positions where the super mutants are entrenched. Crossing this part of the Mall will involve enduring firefights (unless sneaking around the outsides), but the various metro stations on either side of this zone offer a relatively safe passage underground.
Super mutants occupy relatively all buildings in this location, save for the Washington Monument and the Museum of History. It seems that the Brotherhood made a push east, set up a bunker, and occupied it, however judging from the Initiate corpses lying around the Mall in the eastern portion, they made a hasty retreat back to the Washington Monument after sustaining heavy casualties. The outside of Underworld is patrolled by Willow, who, despite her claims that super mutants leave ghouls alone, will be shot at by nearby super mutants.
Slavers occupy the Lincoln Memorial, which they wrested out of super mutant hands (as can be seen from the mutant corpses laying outside), and are in the process of disassembling it. Approaching the memorial, the player character will be stopped and taken to their leader, Leroy Walker, who will start the Head of State quest.
The Brotherhood of Steel holds a defensive position around the Washington Monument in the center of the Mall, and Talon Company is taking the offense against super mutants to the west toward The Capitol Building.
The Reflecting Pool, found between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, is full of wrecked cars and shopping carts. Its radiation is strong enough to reach a few feet away from the water.
The Mall is a key location in Fallout 3 that connects several important buildings and subway systems together. However, because of this, it has the second-largest concentration of super mutants in the Capital Wasteland, the first being Vault 87.
Points of interest
- Duck and Cover! in the super mutant bunker.
- Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual and Nuka-Cola Quantum in the mirelurk nesting hole.
- Many of the super mutants in the Mall do not respawn so it is possible to make the area relatively clear of enemies.
- The Mall is one of the most diverse locations on the map in terms of factions. It includes members of the Brotherhood of Steel, Talon Company mercs, slavers, super mutants and an Underworld ghoul. Once the Waters of Life quest is finished, a small group of Enclave soldiers can be found at the Capitol Building as well.
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