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Recover Foundation's stolen equipment.

Daily: Vital Equipment is a daily quest in the Fallout 76 update Wastelanders.


Speaking to Ward at Foundation each day after the daily quests reset reveals that someone has stolen a piece of equipment from the Settlers, and he requests that it be recovered. He provides a tracking beacon for the Pip-Boy to use to track the equipment down.

Travel to the location on the map where the equipment is, utilizing the tracking beacon to locate it. It will usually be found in a fast-travel location within the radius of the marked area. Once located, the equipment is either in the hands of a Raider or Blood Eagle thief. If a Blood Eagle has it, kill them to recover the equipment and return it to Ward. Mentioning to Ward that the player had to kill to retrieve the stolen item will result in a reward, including sixty caps and three extra legendary scrip. Offering to donate the reward grants a boost in reputation with the Settlers.

If the equipment is in the hands of a raider, a SPECIAL check in conversation (provided the raider is non-hostile) will prompt the raider to keep the equipment in return for paying the Vault Dwellers off to keep quiet on the matter, earning reputation with the raiders in exchange for losing some with the settlers. Alternatively, the Vault Dwellers can kill them in order to recover the equipment, which will allow for a similar result as to if it was recovered from a Blood Eagle. Sometimes, the target holding the stolen item will already be dead upon arriving at the location, killed by the hostile enemies normally lurking around the area, making it easy to recover the item and return it to Ward.

Possible locations

Possible items to retrieve

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Talk to WardI have to go see Ward at Foundation.
200 Get within tracking rangeWard has asked me to recover some missing equipment.
300 Use the Foundation Property Tracker radio station to find the stolen property
320 (Optional) Convince the thief to pay for the propertyI let the thief keep the equipment. For a price of course.
400 Return stolen item to WardI've recovered the stolen equipment for Ward.
9995Quest finishedQuest Complete


If the player character is on good terms (not hostile) with the Raiders, but kills the raider thief in this quest, any other raiders accompanying the thief will not turn hostile.


  • PCPC The Foundation reputation may not increase if the reward is donated.[verified]
    • This can be mitigated by not skipping through Ward's dialogue lines and by backing out of the dialogue window and trying again when he says one of his generic lines while the dialogue window is open.
  • PCPC Xbox OneXbox One Ward will not give out the instructions to obtain the equipment, making it impossible to finish the quest.[verified]
  • PCPC Finding any of the quest items while not having the quest active allows for instant completion of the daily quest without removing the item and never changing dialogue for further daily quests, thus allowing for an instant turn in of the daily quest for the future.[verified]
    • As of patch, this issue has been fixed. The quest item has been removed from the inventory and the quest works as intended.
  • Playstation 4Playstation 4 After recovering the item, it may be impossible to interact with Ward afterwards to let him know you recovered it. The option to interact with him will appear, but pressing the corresponding button will have nothing happen.[verified]
  • PCPC The Foundation property tracker may not show up under the radio tab. Occurs after skipping through Ward's dialogue when accepting the quest. [verification overdue]