|For other uses of the term, see Wasteland Survival Guide.|
- 1 Quick walkthrough
- 2 Detailed walkthrough
- 2.1 Chapter 1
- 2.2 Chapter 2
- 2.3 Chapter 3
- 2.4 Final reward
- 2.5 Alternative solution
- 3 Quest stages
- 4 Notes
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Bugs
|Side Quest: Wasteland Survival Guide|
|Speak to Moira Brown about writing her book.|
|Complete the three parts for chapter 1.|
|Find food in the Super-Duper Mart.||Contract at least 200 Rads.||Travel to the playground in Minefield.|
|Find medicine as well.||Contract 600 Rads.||Acquire a frag mine for Moira.|
|Reward: Food sanitizer||Reward: Rad Regeneration perk||Reward: Bottlecap mine schematics|
|Reward: Iguana bits||Reward: RadAway and Rad-X||Reward: Frag grenades|
|Reward: 100 XP and Stimpaks|
|Complete the three parts for chapter 2.|
|Use the repellent stick on 3 mole rats.||Place an observer unit in the Anchorage Memorial.||Return with less than 50% health.|
|Use it on another 7 mole rats.||Don't kill any mirelurks in the process.||Cripple a limb as well.|
|Reward: Keep the repellent stick||Reward: Shady hat||Reward: Environment suit|
|Reward: Jet and Psycho||Reward: Stealth Boys||Reward: Med-X|
|Reward: 100 XP and ammunition|
|Complete the three parts for chapter 3.|
|Learn Rivet City's history from Bannon.||Install the processor widget in the RobCo facility.||Access the card catalog in Arlington Library.|
|Learn the true history from Horace Pinkerton.||Hack RobCo's mainframe.||Retrieve the complete archive.|
|Reward: Discount in Rivet City||Reward: Big Book of Science||Reward: Lying, Congressional Style|
|Reward: Mentats||Reward: Pulse grenades||Reward: Bottle caps||Convince Moira to give up.|
|Reward: 100 XP, a mini nuke, copy of the Wasteland Survival Guide and the Survival Expert perk||Reward: XP, discount at Craterside Supply and the Dream Crusher perk|
Moira Brown, the owner of Craterside Supply in Megaton, wants someone to do some dangerous research for a book she is writing entitled The Wasteland Survival Guide. Though each chapter is generally a unique quest, they all share common attributes for their rewards. All non-unique item rewards are given in a quantity proportionate to the Lone Wanderer's level, meaning the player character will receive more of some items at higher levels. The player character is also given dialogue options based on which of their SPECIAL stats are at least 7: the more stats at 7 or higher, the more dialogue options. The player character's dialogue options affect both the style of the book and the specific rewards at the end of the quest. A well-made (all options completed) book will increase the player character's overall survival skills versus a standard (some to no options) book and becomes its own unique perk rather than a simple overall bonus.
- Standard replies are always available and produce a straightforward and no-nonsense book, and the player character endures a lot of pain to get through alive. The effects of this style increase overall HP, likely from taking so much punishment.
- Snide replies are always available and produce a clearly cynical book, albeit one that is snappy and amusing. The effects of this style increase Critical Hit Chance, likely from trying to find more creative and sadistic ways to hack and blast things into a fine red mist.
- To make a smart reply, Intelligence or Perception (the specific stat differs for each segment) must be at least 7. A smart book presents an intelligent and thorough treatment of the subject. The effects of this style increase Science and Medicine skill levels.
- To make a tough reply, Strength or Endurance (the specific stat differs for each segment) must be at least 7. A tough book focuses on personal reliance and determination. The effects of this style increase Damage Resistance.
- To make a sly reply, Charisma or Agility (the specific stat differs for each segment) must be at least 7. A sly book is formed from an engaging and personal presentation: a veritable Wanderer's Manifesto. The effects of this style increase Sneak and Speech skill levels.
One can also lie to Moira to skip portions of the quest, which negatively affects the outcome.
Each portion of the chapter can be done in any order. Only optional quest tasks affect the overall outcome.
If one chooses to destroy Megaton during The Power of the Atom while the Survival Guide quest is active, the latter will not be affected at all, as Moira survives as a ghoul and continues to give quest updates as normal. She is to be found at the ruins of Megaton initially, but will then move to Underworld after the first conversation with her. Or, if enough time passes, she will eventually move on her own. If Moira dies, when the player character approaches Megaton, a message will appear saying "Moira Brown has been killed and the Wasteland Survival Guide will never be written." At the same time, a quest message will appear announcing that the quest has been failed.
Chapter 1 focuses on the basics: finding food and medicine, dealing with radiation, and dealing with pain.
Find food at the Super-Duper Mart
- Main Objective: Find food in the Super-Duper Mart.
- Optional Objective: Find medicine in the Super-Duper Mart.
Moira wants the Lone Wanderer to look for food and possibly medicine at the nearby Super-Duper Mart. Moira will mark it on the player character's map. The mart is filled with raiders. For more information, see the Super-Duper Mart page.
Inside, at the front of the mart, opening the refrigerator will fulfill the first part of the quest. After this, the player can venture further inside to finish the optional objective. There is a first aid box labeled "Pharmacy Supplies" in the back room (next to the mini nuke and protectron), in the left-hand corner of the store. Looting it will fulfill the optional objective, but will also summon several more raiders. The intercom will transmit their voices as a warning.
Moira will reward the Lone Wanderer with iguana bits if they only complete the required objective or successfully lie to her, and a food sanitizer in addition to the iguana bits if the player character completes the optional objective.
If the player character already visited the Super-Duper Mart and picked up food and medicine there prior to initiating the Wasteland Survival Guide quest with Moira, when they speak to her, they will instead recount their experiences, which effectively completes this portion of Chapter 1 without having to do it again.
After completing the quest and the optional objective, the player character can get special conversation paths if their Endurance, Intelligence or Charisma is above 7; Strength, Agility or Intelligence apply if the player character didn't. The standard or snide responses are available by default.
|smart||"I encountered some raiders, but they were easily outsmarted."||Int 7||No|
|tough||"I got the food and dealt with those pansy raiders. They couldn't stop me."||Str 7||No|
|snide||"That place was a death trap. It was crawling with raiders."||nothing||No|
|standard||"It's got a lot more food than most places, but I wasn't the only one there."||nothing||No|
|sly||"Those big, shadowy stores can be great for hiding out."||Agi 7||No|
|smart||"The raiders were using the pharmacy as a place to store their best gear."||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"I had a fun party with some raiders. Then a guard robot jumped out of a cake."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"I found raiders and a robot. It was hardly a safe place to scavenge."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"Those raiders must've shot me twenty times. But who's counting?"||End 7||yes|
|sly||"It's very hard to talk my way past that many people shooting at me..."||Cha 7||yes|
Contract radiation sickness
- Main Objective: Contract 200 Rads
- Optional Objective: Contract 600 Rads
Moira wants the Lone Wanderer to contract radiation sickness in order to study the effects of radiation poisoning on a person, as well as to test her radiation sickness remedy on the player character. 200 rads are considered the minimum, while 600 is necessary for the optional objective. Moira will completely heal all of the player character's radiation at the end of the quest.
There are any number of highly irradiated areas that will easily fulfill the objective. The closest option is the nuclear bomb right in the middle of town. The quickest way to fulfill the radiation requirements is to drink from the radioactive water surrounding the atomic bomb. Other high radiation areas include the White House, the surface entrance of Vault 87, Nuka-Cola plant, the crashed Delta IX rocket near the Statesman Hotel, and the Wheaton armory interior. Another is just behind Springvale Elementary, where there is a fenced-in dump containing radioactive barrels.
After the mission is completed, the Lone Wanderer's rad count is reduced to 0. Moira will give the player character some Rad-X and RadAway, and she will also start selling them. If the optional objective is complete, Moira remarks that the player character now has a "teeny, tiny, um, mutation" after curing them, which manifests in the form of the Rad Regeneration perk. Alternatively, with having a high enough Science skill (at least 50), they will be given the option of simply explaining the effects of radiation poisoning. The optional objective counts as complete towards the quality of the final reward perk. However, the player character does not get the optional objective perk this way. Note that this is a "smart" response.
After completing the quest and optional objective, the Lone Wanderer can get special conversation paths if their Endurance, Perception or Charisma is 7 or better. There are no conversation paths for high Strength, Intelligence or Agility. Note that the player character is suffering the effects of Critical Radiation Poisoning (-1 STR, -3 END, -2 AGL), which may affect their ability to choose the Endurance option. Using a Buffout before speaking to Moira will allow for one to select the "tough" option, provided their base Endurance is seven or greater, as it counteracts the -3 Endurance penalty from the radiation poisoning.
|sly||"I like to think of it as adding to my glowing personality."||Cha 7||no|
|smart||"The headaches certainly make it hard to focus properly."||Int 7||no|
|standard||"Itchiness, sores, and so forth. I've had worse, but still not fun."||nothing||no|
|tough||"I can barely feel it. Radiation sickness is for the weak."||End 7||no|
|smart||"Fear not! With my vast scientific knowledge, I explain this one myself."||Science||yes|
|snide||"Why don't you drink a tall glass of wastewater and find out for yourself?"||nothing||no|
|Standard||"Just do your examination and fix me up please."||nothing||yes|
|smart||"If I listen closely, I can hear my genes crying."||Per 7||yes|
|snide||"I feel about as bad as you look."||Ghoul Moira||yes|
|snide||"Too... tired... to be... snide."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"Well, it itches a little, but I can walk it off."||End 7||yes|
|sly||"Oh, I feel fine! <cough> Never better! <cough> No problem at all! <wheeze>"||Cha 7||yes|
Traversing a mine field
- Main Objective: Travel to the playground in the center of Minefield.
- Optional Objective: Retrieve and return a frag mine to Moira.
Moira wants the player character to reach the playground in the center of Minefield, which is appropriately named, as the streets have many frag mines planted on them. She would also like for them to retrieve a mine if they are able to do so. Note that simply disarming one and then going to talk to Moira will not give one credit for the optional objective.
Minefield is far northeast of Megaton, it is also home to the sniper, Arkansas, who adds to the challenge of this quest by shooting at the player character and surrounding cars.
As frag mines are quite prevalent in the game, it is possible to lie to Moira about visiting Minefield and still complete the optional objective to complete the quest. If the Minefield was already visited before doing this task, one can inform Moira of this, but will not be able to complete the optional objective.
After completing the quest and optional objective, the player character can choose special conversation paths with an Endurance, Perception or Agility attribute of seven or higher. There are no conversation paths for high Strength, Intelligence or Charisma.
|standard||"No, but it was a close call. Moving slow and staying off the dirt helped."||nothing||no|
|smart||"Technically, it's the landmines that blow up, not me. And no, I didn't."||Int 7||no|
|tough||"I get blown up a lot. I get better. You got to be hard."||End 7||no|
|sly||"I've got the grace of a cat. No landmine's going to stop me."||Agi 7||no|
|snide||"Yes, I blew up and died. Now I'm haunting you because of that stupid book. Boo."||nothing||no|
|nothing||"I got through Minefield alive, and I even brought you a present."||nothing||no|
|smart||"Watch the details and look for broken patterns. That's where the traps are."||Per 7||yes|
|snide||"Oh, disarming it's real easy. Just jump up and down on it. You go first."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"That whole place is a deathtrap."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"That whole town is a trap. There was a sniper out there, just waiting for me."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"There may have been an explosion or two. Oh, and a sniper. No big deal."||End 7||yes|
|sly||"Fast hands and faster wits can get you an awful lot. Including landmines."||Agi 7||yes|
Once all three quest objectives are completed, the first chapter will be done. Moira will reward the Lone Wanderer with some stimpaks and 100 experience points for finishing the first chapter of The Wasteland Survival Guide.
Chapter 2 of the guide centers on dealing with some of the many dangerous creatures that are known to inhabit the wastelands, and also how to handle injuries.
Test the repellent on mole rats
- Main Objective:Test the mole rat repellent on 3 mole rats.
- Optional Objective: Test the repellent on seven more mole rats (10 total with the first 3).
Moira wants the Lone Wanderer to test out her new mole rat repellent, which she has placed on the end of a stick, on some mole rats. Three is enough to finish the quest, while ten is preferred for a more thorough test of the repellent. Contrary to the name, the mole rat repellent does not repel mole rats. Instead, it causes their heads to explode. One hit causes a delay of a few seconds, while two hits kill them instantly. Moira is not happy when she finds out.
Moira will direct the player character to the Tepid Sewers, located near the Anchorage Memorial, which will have enough mole rats for both objectives (though finding enough for the optional objective in this location alone will involve getting around raiders, a turret, some explosive gases, and maybe a few frag mines), but any mole rats, which are plentiful throughout the wastes, count toward completion of the quest.
The closest location with mole rats is actually just outside Megaton. Towards the back of Megaton, several (anywhere from three to five) will spawn.
If one is having trouble finding mole rats in any of these areas, Jury St. station is full of mole rats, and at the end of the train tracks there are two doors on either wall that lead into the Jury St. tunnels, granting access to the mole rats.
The reward for this quest is some doses of Jet and Psycho. If the optional objective is complete, the player character gets to keep the repellent stick. If not, Moira will take it back and it can then be purchased from her or stolen from her hard-locked desk upstairs.
|Jet & Psycho||1||2||3||4||5|
After completing the quest and optional objective, the player character can get special conversation paths if their Endurance, Intelligence or Charisma is seven or better. There are no conversation paths for high Strength, Perception or Agility.
|standard||"I don't think it works like you hoped. The mole rats all died."||nothing||no|
|smart||"You added too much chemical stimulant. The result was rather explosive."||Int 7||no|
|tough||"Those dumb mole rats just blew up! You should have seen the guts!"||Str 7||no|
|sly||"Well, at least it's non-lethal for people. For mole rats... not so much."||Cha 7||no|
|snide||"It repelled their limbs from their body. Can you make one that works on people?"||nothing||no|
|nothing||"I tested it out, and it works just fine. <Lie.>"||Speech||negative|
|smart||"It appears that mole rats have a most fatal allergy to it. Explosively so."||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"It's like explosive whack-a-mole rat. Can I get it in bullet form? For people?"||nothing||yes|
|standard||"Sorry, Moira, but your 'Repellent' is fatal to mole rats."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"It gives them quite a kick, like too much jet or something."||End 7||yes|
|sly||"I don't believe this is as non-lethal as you had expected. To put it lightly."||Cha 7||yes|
Place an observer unit inside a mirelurk nest
- Main Objective: Place an observer unit (provided by Moira) inside a mirelurk egg clutch in the Anchorage Memorial.
- Optional Objective: Complete the main objective without killing a mirelurk.
Moira wants the player character to gather data on mirelurk behavior by placing an observer inside the mirelurk nest at the Anchorage Memorial, specifically inside an egg clutch. So as not to upset her data gathering, she would prefer this to be done without killing any of them. This optional objective only applies to mirelurks killed during the quest, and only those inside the memorial itself. One will not be held responsible for killing any mirelurks anywhere else, nor will it matter if any are killed inside the memorial before starting the mission. Also, any mirelurks killed by followers will not fail the optional objective.
The entrance to the Anchorage Memorial Facility Bay, where one needs to go to place the observer, is located on the same level as the monument itself, down a small set of stairs to the southwest. The egg clutches are at the lower level of the Bay. Alternatively, there is a side door to the southeast leading to the service entrance, a side door to the northwest that leads to the Anchorage Memorial Facility and a back entrance to the large egg hatchery at the bottom of the Memorial Facility Offices can be found underwater to the south of the memorial. Each alternative entrance will lead to the Facility Bay.
Unlike most other optional objectives, this optional objective will be completed only upon talking to Moira, and telling her that the mirelurks are "none the wiser."
After completing the quest, the Lone Wanderer can get special conversation paths if their Strength, Intelligence or Charisma is seven or better. There are no conversation paths for high Endurance, Perception or Agility.
|standard||"They're pretty much crab-based humanoids."||nothing||no|
|smart||"Their lairs are partially aquatic, so the radiation must not bother them."||Per 7||no|
|tough||"Between shells and scales, they're pretty tough. But not tough enough."||Str 7||no|
|sly||"They're savages with big claws and absolutely no interest in small talk."||Cha 7||no|
|snide||"What's to say? They're crabs. They're delicious and nutritious."||nothing||no|
|smart||"They descended from local crabs. I'd call them 'Scylla Serrata Horrendus.'"||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"They've got a little, bubbling castle and they spend all day circling it. <Lie>"||nothing||yes|
|standard||"They're definitely vicious and highly territorial."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"They don't seem to fight each other. So no struggle for leadership."||Str 7||yes|
|sly||"They seem mostly independent. I don't think there's any sort of 'society' there."||Cha 7||yes|
Return to Moira with injuries equaling more than 50% of your health
- Main Objective: Return to Moira with less than 50% total health.
- Optional Objective: Return to Moira with a crippled body part.
Moira wants to see the Lone Wanderer when they are badly injured, so she can see how people deal with various injuries. She would prefer that one has at least one crippled limb before returning. Any injuries, self-inflicted or otherwise, count toward completing the quest. Moira will heal all injuries upon completion.
A good way to complete this quest, including the optional portion, is to walk outside of Craterside Supply and simply jump over the railing onto the ground below, behind the atomic bomb. This will result in loosing health and may also cause a broken leg.
With a Medicine skill of 70+, the player character is considered "a good enough doctor to just explain" about injuries, and receive credit for the quest but not the optional objective. This qualifies as a "smart" response that may have an effect on the perk received upon completion of the quest as a whole.
After completing the quest and optional objective, the player character gets special conversation paths if their Endurance, Intelligence or Charisma is seven or better. There are no conversation paths for high Strength, Perception or Agility.
|standard||"It feels like a dozen super mutants did a dance on my spine in steel boots."||nothing||no|
|sly||"Pardon me if I bleed profusely while thinking how best to describe this pain."||Cha 7||no|
|smart||"Acute physical trauma and severe lacerations. It's hardly pleasant."||Int 7||no|
|tough||"What, these little scratches? Hardly the worst scrape I've been in."||End 7||no|
|snide||"On a scale of one to ten, I'd say it's a "shut the fuck up and fix me."||nothing||no|
|smart||"Why get myself hurt? I'm a good enough doctor to explain this part for you."||Medicine||
|smart||"Pain's an abstract. I stay focused on the definable things, like survival."||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"My only solace is thinking about inflicting this pain on people like you."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"The adrenaline helps. So does the fear of death. There's a lot of both."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"I hardly even feel pain anymore, honestly."||End 7||yes|
|sly||"Despite my glossary of expletives, nothing properly sums up this pain."||Cha 7||yes|
Once all three quests are completed, the Lone Wanderer is awarded 100 XP and some ammunition, the exact quantities depending on Luck. If they are between levels 12 and 15, they will have a chance of receiving various quantities of any of the small arms bullet types. As Moira puts it, "just lots and lots of ammunition."
Chapter 3 revolves around how towns and cities came to be after the Great War and also deals with pre-War technology.
Research Rivet City's history
- Main Objective: Find out the history about Rivet City.
- Optional Objective: Find out Rivet City's true history.
Moira would like to know the history of Rivet City, preferably as accurately as possible.
Almost every citizen of Rivet City is unfamiliar with its history. Most will point the Lone Wanderer in the right direction, however. Bannon is the first person people will point to (alternatively, one can speak to Vera Weatherly, making the same quest progress). He claims that he helped found the city. Note that when the quest objective is first started, the optional objective does not appear. Upon speaking to any citizen about the history of Rivet City, the main objective will complete and the optional objective will appear. The player character can return to Moira at this point for normal completion, or fact-check this story for optional completion.
Fact-checking this information requires meeting with Pinkerton. Belle Bonny in The Muddy Rudder bar will point the Lone Wanderer to his home in the broken bow of the ship. They may also receive information about Pinkerton by talking to Vera Weatherly, who mentions that Seagrave Holmes has lived in the city since he was a boy. Talking to him will tell the player character that Pinkerton may have left information in the bow. The security officers also make thinly veiled references to his location while dismissing him as dead.
To get to Pinkerton, one has to exit Rivet City and travel a short distance south to the other, "uninhabited" half of the ship, where there is a walkway leading to a door. It is a Very Hard lock (level 100 Lockpick), and if the Lone Wanderer is unable to pick it, they must jump into the water to the left of the door and swim to the broken middle of the ship, where they will find a door underwater. An alternative to swimming around the corner is to jump off the ship from the marketplace entrance and take a short swim to the underwater doorway. It's much shorter and results in less radiation exposure. Upon entering from the underwater door and surfacing, one will encounter two mirelurks (type depends on level) that reside in the shallow area. Pinkerton's living space is on the upper level, accessed through a staircase past the mirelurks. The corridor to the lab is filled with flammable gas and several booby traps set by Pinkerton. At the end of the corridor will be a locked door, which will display the message: "This door is activated elsewhere." The terminal is in fact a trap, and the switch operating the door is on the opposite wall.
If the player character tries to engage Pinkerton in conversation about Rivet City's history before talking to Belle, Pinkerton will claim to have been one of the founders without giving proof of it to the Lone Wanderer, this won't complete the optional part of the quest. However, he will allow one to access his terminal, which will contain information to complete the optional part of the quest. The dialogue option "Bannon claims to have founded the city" is required for him to give proof directly. Even if one hasn't spoken to Bannon, using his terminal is enough to finish the quest, though one must get the password for it from Pinkerton.
At the end of the quest, Moira will reward the player character with some Mentats, as well as a permanent 10% discount with Rivet City's merchants (if they achieved the optional conditions). They can also, as a joke, tell Moira that Rivet City was originally an underwater city. She will then talk about how it might have been part of Atlantis. One then receives Mentats and bad Karma but won't receive the 10% discount. This option will also worsen the guide, eliminating the chance to get the Guru level perk.
After completing the quest and optional objective, the player character can get special conversation paths if their Strength, Intelligence or Charisma is seven or better. There are no conversation paths for high Endurance, Perception or Agility.
|standard||"According to them, it was all set up by one upper deck resident."||nothing||no|
|smart||"There's simply too many stories, and not enough evidence to support any of them."||Per 7||no|
|tough||"Those tough upper deck folk built the whole place from the ground up!"||Str 7||no|
|sly||"None of them agree on a story. So let's just say I set the whole place up."||Cha 7||negative|
|snide||"I guess I heard one story that was plausible enough. Let's go with it..."||nothing||no|
|nothing||"Rivet City is actually the remains of an ancient, underwater civilization. <Lie.>"||Speech||negative|
|smart||"It began as a research station, which is why it's still a scientific haven."||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"Some old coot says he took these notes. They seem reasonable enough."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"It began as a successful science station, and traders settled in around it."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"They cleared out the mirelurks. Then science folks and the rest moved in."||Str 7||yes|
|sly||"It had success as a science station, and people flock to success."||Cha 7||yes|
RobCo Production Facility Mainframe
- Main Objective: Install the processor widget in the RobCo production facility mainframe.
- Optional Objective: Hack the RobCo production facility mainframe. Unlike in other parts of the quest, this optional objective doesn't show up in the Pip-Boy after talking to Moira.
Moira would like to study robotics technology at the RobCo factory. Ideally, she would also like to examine how robots are controlled. Special humorous dialog options appear when taking this quest, if the Lone Wanderer has previously obtained the Mechanist's costume and have it equipped.
To complete this quest, the Lone Wanderer must travels to the RobCo facility and install the processor widget in the mainframe. The mainframe is on the very top level.
Upon reaching the mainframe and installing the widget, every robot in the facility will activate and become hostile. To complete the optional objective, a Science skill of at least 50 is required to hack the mainframe. Once unlocked, the mainframe provides three toggle options to control the robots. The first protocol ("Pest Extermination") makes the robots hostile to the radroaches and mole rats. The second ("Total Liquidation"), active at the start, makes them hostile to the Lone Wanderer and anyone friendly towards them. Finally, the third protocol ("Stress Testing") makes them hostile to each other. Toggling any of the three completes the optional objective.
Alternatively, if one has the Robotics Expert perk, they can tell Moira about the technology in question, completing the quest and the optional objective immediately; however, this will only work if the perk was already obtained when starting the quest. Note that this will automatically count as a "smart" response.
After completing the quest and optional objective, one can get special conversation paths if their Strength, Intelligence or Charisma is 7 or better. There are no conversation paths for high Endurance, Perception or Agility. Also note that the "snide" response is considered negative if the bonus objective is not completed, thereby reducing the quality of the final perk.
|standard||"It was easy enough to attach the unit. The mainframe took care of the rest."||nothing||no|
|smart||"Installation was much easier than reaching the mainframe in the first place."||Int 7||no|
|tough||"The unit went in the computer. Then the robots woke up. Pretty straightforward."||Str 7||no|
|sly||"Make the right connection, and robots do what you want. Just like people."||Cha 7||no|
|snide||"I didn't even need that tele-thingy unit. I was just that good. <Lie.>"||nothing||negative|
|sly||"Like a charm. I only wish it were always that easy to manipulate people."||Cha 7||yes|
|smart||"Even after reprogramming, the robots were of questionable value as allies."||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"It was robotic carnage. But I caused it, so it was the okay sort of carnage."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"Once I adjusted their programming, the robots were no problem."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"I just hacked the mainframe so the robots would be a challenge."||Str 7||yes|
|smart||"I could just write that section for you. Trust me -- I'm an expert."
Arlington Public Library
- Main Objective: Access the card catalog at the Arlington Public Library.
- Optional Objective: Retrieve complete Library Archive.
Moira would like the Lone Wanderer to retrieve library data from the Arlington Library. Retrieving the card catalog is enough, but also finding the library archive tape would be a bonus.
The Brotherhood of Steel is guarding the library, so one will have to be nice to Scribe Yearling in order to be let through, alternatively one can just sneak past her. The terminal at the front desk has the card catalog holotape; Yearling will give a key if asked; otherwise, it must be hacked. In order to get the optional objective, you have to reach the archive terminal. Raiders and radroaches are plentiful, but two Brotherhood of Steel soldiers will help in cleaning up the enemies. The terminal used to download the archives can be found on the third floor of the Library Media Archive, in a room just off of a short hallway which can be accessed from the room containing a ceiling turret.
Moira will pay bottlecaps for completing the quest and will give a copy of Lying, Congressional Style if the optional objective is completed.
After completing the quest and optional objective, one can get special conversation paths if their Endurance, Intelligence or Agility is 7 or better. There are no conversation paths for high Strength, Perception or Charisma.
|standard||"Yeah, it's still there. The Brotherhood's even trying to clear out the place."||nothing||no|
|smart||"The building is there, but the books are all ruined."||Per 7||no|
|tough||"Most of the books would make better burning than reading."||End 7||no|
|sly||"Oh, it's still there, but it's full of raiders. The place is a death trap."||Cha 7||no|
|snide||"I may have been able to recover more, but it said to be quiet, so screw that."||nothing||no|
|standard||"I went to the site of the library, but the building was destroyed. <Lie.>"||time||negative|
|sly||"The place was a death trap. But I got in and out as quick as I could."||Agi 7||yes|
|smart||"This is an entire library's archives. You know how valuable that is, right?"||Int 7||yes|
|snide||"The librarian's on duty. I'd have brought you a present, but I forgot my card."||nothing||yes|
|standard||"The archive was probably the most useful information in there."||nothing||yes|
|tough||"Now you can protect and catalog all of the information it once had."||End 7||yes|
Completing the third chapter is considered the completion of the entire quest. The Lone Wanderer is rewarded with 100 XP, a mini nuke (Moira comments how she planned to use it to dig a well, but it actually just made her nervous), a copy of The Wasteland Survival Guide and the Survival Expert perk. The perk will vary depending on conversation choices with Moira. See the perk page for more details.
The number of optional objectives completed not only affects the benefits gained but the overall usefulness of the guide. The actual description depends on any optional objectives completed as well as the end of objective responses given. It can range from being a joke book to a necessity. At its best, Moira lists the player character as the main author.
Resultant special encounter
After completion of this quest, the Lone Wanderer may randomly encounters a wastelander who has read the book. The following encounters can occur depending on the perk obtained at the end of the quest:
- Junior Survivor: One will find a poorly armed wastelander fighting a mole rat. If the wastelander survives, they will give the player character the book and tell them that it is "good for a laugh."
- Survival Expert: One will find a wastelander fighting a mole rat. They will survive and ask if the player character is the author. If one replies yes, they will give a word of thanks.
- Survival Guru: One will find a well-equipped wastelander finishing off a wounded mirelurk, radscorpion or a raider. When they are done, they will ask the player character if they wrote the book. If one says yes, the wastelander will give a word of thanks, plus a sum of 10-25 caps, depending on one's Barter skill.
Resultant Three Dog commentary
If minimal research is done on the book, Three Dog will announce to "Steer clear of the book" and say that the player's "Research methods suck," claiming "It will get you killed quicker than you can say 'Hug a deathclaw.'" But if one does well, he will claim "It's a must-have while exploring."
Instead of completing the chapters of the book, the Lone Wanderer can persuade her into not writing the book at all. With Speech skill. As a reward, the Lone Wanderer will get the Dream Crusher perk, a variable amount of XP (depending on how many chapters have been completed; essentially, the quest gives the same amount of reward XP whichever course the player chooses), 30% lower prices at the Craterside Supply, and Moira's Repair skill will increase to 54 (+5 from her jumpsuit) from the standard 24. This allows her to repair up to 72% condition, as long as she wears the repairman jumpsuit. Doing this rewards negative Karma and permanently dampens the mood of the cheerful Moira. This branch of the quest is most likely non-canon, due to the presence of the survival guide in Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4.
- If the player character has negative Karma, there will be an extra speech option when asking Moira about the book at the beginning.
- Three of the objectives can be completed without being on that stage of the quest:
- Visiting the Super-Duper Mart and opening the fridge, then the Pharmacy Supplies will allow for the Lone Wanderer to complete this part of the quest with a dialogue option while still getting credit for the optional objective.
- Should the player character be irradiated above 600 rads when asking about "contracting radiation sickness," they are able to complete this part of the quest with a dialogue option then and there and still get credit for the optional objective.
- If the player character has already visited Minefield and gone through the entire town, then they are given the option to tell Moira that they've already been there.
- If the player character is already injured, then they can go to Moira and are still given credit for receiving an injury.
- Completing The Replicated Man will sometimes not allow the Lone Wanderer to complete "research Rivet City's history" with a dialogue option even if the player character read the relevant entry in Pinkerton's terminal. Instead, the player needs to return to the broken bow and access the terminal again.
- Copies of the book are found in Fallout: New Vegas, in the Mojave Wasteland, four years after the events of Fallout 3 and in the Commonwealth in 2287, ten years after the events of Fallout 3.
- The player character is given the option of talking to Pinkerton about where James went, even if the player has been to the GNR Radio Station when talking to him about the history of Rivet City.
- If the Lone Wanderer chooses to blow up Megaton, Moira Brown survives the explosion but ends up ghoulified. She then moves on to the Underworld, where the Survival Guide quest is still able to be completed, and a copy of the book is able to be obtained afterward.
- If Moira is killed, a message will appear saying, "Moira has been killed, and her book will never be written." This results in failing this quest.
- If the player character chooses not to make a foreword for the Wasteland Survival Guide while wearing the Vault 101 jumpsuit, Vault 101 security armor or Vault 101 utility jumpsuit, Moira's dialogue changes by adding a part telling the Lone Wanderer that they might "want to stop wearing a suit with their number written across their back."
- Should the player have the perk “Rad Regeneration” and have more than 400 Rads it will make the completion of the “crippled body part” portion of the “injuries equalling more than 50% of your health” section difficult.
Behind the scenes
- The Wasteland Survival Guide was the name of the hint and walkthrough book for the game Wasteland, considered the inspiration for the first Fallout game.
- This guide is also included as a booklet with at least some of the retail versions of the game.
- At the end of the quest, one can snidely remark that Moira likely wants them to go print and distribute the guide, but she reassures them that it's not necessary. This was a cut part of the Survival Guide quest involving going to Hubris Comics and doing this task.
- Sometimes, when choosing the options when talking to her (Tough, Smart, etc.,), the Lone Wanderer will not receive the option for the one the Lone Wanderer wants to choose. This can be fixed by reloading a save and trying again before talking to her. [verified]
- The Replicated Man. Avoiding the Rivet City history download a second time solves this; however, if one is stuck with Moira asking the Lone Wanderer about Rivet City despite having completed that quest, simply go into the console and enter set "00014e96".ms03c1 to 4 (include the quotes). After entering the above command into the console, talking to Moira should make it so that she doesn't ask about Rivet city again and she will ask about the Moira quest that is currently active. [verified] It is possible to create a bug after completing the Rivet City history part of the quest whereby Moira will keep asking the Lone Wanderer about it despite having completed it earlier and returning from one of the other Moira quests e.g. Arlington Library. Even if the Lone Wanderer informs her about Rivet City's history a second time, they are left with only one speech option which is to "Take a break" from the research. Talking to her again doesn't do anything as she simply asks about Rivet City's history again, and the Lone Wanderer can tell her about it again. This happens if the Lone Wanderer visits Pinkerton's computer in Pinkerton's Lab within the Broken Bow of Rivet city and download Rivet City's history a second time after completing the Rivet city quest earlier—usually because the Lone Wanderer returns to Pinkerton, and his computer, for the quest
- Sometimes, when attempting to install the processor widget, the Lone Wanderer will not get the option to do so. Reloading a save from from before entering the factory seems to fix this. [verified]